The Instrumented Self

What if you could instrument activities in your life, analyse them, and learn from them? What if you socialised that data, or produced analysis centres which found patterns? I spent 30 minutes thinking about this after my internet connection went down, and came up with a bunch of questions. The Instrumented Self Instrument your heart.…

Zynga’s CityVille, Virtual Currency and Air Miles

To learn more about social gaming and the game mechanics used, a group of us got together and played CityVille for a while. Besides the social/gaming aspects of these games, something else struck me: the similarity between virtual currency in these games, and reward programs such as Air Miles. Here’s my theory: Air Miles is…

Games, Design, User Experience and Getting People to Do Stuff

For years now, I’ve lived with a 75% completed LinkedIn profile. I’m happy to, but it annoys the hell out of me every time I look at my profile. There’s some deep psychology thing going on there which is tugging at some internal bias. It’s “half-finished” – incomplete. Isn’t that a clever little bit of…

The Democratization of Intimacy

Isn’t that a great phrase? – “The Democratization of Intimacy” I got that from Stefana Broadbent’s talk at TED, How the Internet Enables Intimacy. It has some great insights into how we have communicated with our family over the years. Imagine: many centuries ago, you lived where you worked, whether in a workshop or on…

Status and Longevity

Over on the Radar, Dale writes about Desperately Seeking Status. Dale’s a bit perturbed by the rather cold statement: “It never hurts to remind yourself of the business you’re really in: providing your customers and clients with status.” Though I agree, I also think that we don’t see enough conversation around this important topic. As…