Digital Wellness: the future of mobile app development or a passing fad?

The data is out: we’re addicted. We’re spending almost six hours a day online and of those 3.3 hours are on mobile devices. We are officially addicted to our phones.  The conversation around addictions often focuses on the addicted “just stopping” whatever it is they’re addicted to. Yet an entire industry built on gum and … Continue reading Digital Wellness: the future of mobile app development or a passing fad?

Intentional nostalgia: a guide

A few years ago, a coworker brought in a box of cookies his grandmother had sent him that were exactly like ones my grandmother used to bake. The moment I opened the bag, saw and smelled them, I was transported back into my grandmother’s kitchen, to when I was a child and she baked them … Continue reading Intentional nostalgia: a guide

Facebook Spaces: what it is now and what it could be

This week at Facebook’s F8 conference I had a chance to try out Facebook Spaces, their new virtual meeting place for groups. As a non-gamer and someone who has only tried VR in passive, sit-back-and-enjoy-the-show applications, I was curious to see what a “VR for everyone” product looked and felt like. At F8, Facebook set … Continue reading Facebook Spaces: what it is now and what it could be

Thoughts about data silos and on Microsoft buying LinkedIn

“Don't Post Anything You Wouldn't Want Your Grandmother to See” is the title of a post from a year ago highlighting how user’s confusion about how their content is shared have led to misunderstandings. It’s also good advice on how to evaluate personal content before sharing on any social network. Its final piece of advice … Continue reading Thoughts about data silos and on Microsoft buying LinkedIn

My favorite TechCrunch Disrupt startup: Bark

The TechCrunch Disrupt conference is always an interesting litmus test of the industry and this week’s event in New York did not disappoint. My favorite part of the conference is the Startup Battlefield, where sometimes whimsical, sometimes world-changing products are presented by teams from all over the world. This time, one finalist caught my attention: … Continue reading My favorite TechCrunch Disrupt startup: Bark

Why we can’t have nice things: planning for abuse

As a product manager, it's really easy to plan for good behavior. Think of a scenario, map the flow, design the product. It can be that simple. Of course, along the way assumptions are made about how the user interacts with the product. Assumptions that in some ways can be reflective of the PM’s personal … Continue reading Why we can’t have nice things: planning for abuse

Yik Yak: yet another social network flavor

Yesterday, the New York Times wrote about how Yik Yak, a not-so-new social network and app, is being used in colleges and called it the virtual equivalent of the “bathroom wall at the student union.” A crude but perhaps accurate representation of how the social network is being used in the college setting for which … Continue reading Yik Yak: yet another social network flavor

“Inadvertent Algorithmic Cruelty” doesn’t have to be inevitable

Last night I read a series of tweets that I’m still thinking about 12 hours later. Eryn tweeted about a scenario (a scenario is a “common flow while using the product” a definition I took from this excellent product design post) in casual gaming after she received a Gift of Life in Candy Crush from … Continue reading “Inadvertent Algorithmic Cruelty” doesn’t have to be inevitable

If people really wanted an app to find The One…

Last week the New York Times ran a profile on The League and called it a “a Dating App for Would-Be Power Couples.” The League, it seems, tries to find better matches by using LinkedIn information “to create professional and educational affinities while also weeding out immediate colleagues.” In an effort to get users to … Continue reading If people really wanted an app to find The One…

Follow up Monday: LinkedIn’s Reference Search & Facebook’s news feed

A short update for two companies I often write about, LinkedIn and Facebook, and some product news for each. First up is LinkedIn. An article in the NY Times described a product that LinkedIn offers corporate recruiters (for a fee) called “Reference Search.” It looks up people with employment locations and dates identical to a … Continue reading Follow up Monday: LinkedIn’s Reference Search & Facebook’s news feed