1991: “Do you have a mobile phone?” “No, don’t need one.”
Yesterday, Foursquare has launched the Time Machine of your checkins. It is an awesome tool which lets you visualize all of your past check-ins, starting from your very first on (who that was for me on November 4th 2009!!). The time machine is a must see tool, really! Below, a signification change between the different categories of the last five years; from University to chill & relaxt spots!
Just want to share with you the visualisation of Twitter (based on the geo-tag in the tweets). The above visualisation is about the hashtag #Euro2012. What you also must see are the visualisations of @Replies, RT’s and Europe! Enjoy!
Lately I found an interesting blog about data science based on the Facebook world we life in. A blog powered by the algorithms of Wolfram Alpha that allows people to contribute detailed data to Wolfram Aplpha for research purposes. Some interesting quotes from that blog:
'How big are these networks usually? In other words, how many friends do people typically have on Facebook? Well, at least for our users, that’s easy to answer. The median is 342. There’s a cutoff at 5000 because that’s the maximum number of friends for a personal Facebook page.'
Your Facebook age:
'The first thing we see is that the ages of friends always peak at or near the age of the person themselves—which is presumably a reflection of the fact that in today’s society many friends are made in age-based classes in school or college. For younger people, the peak around the person’s age tends to be pretty sharp. For older people, the distribution gets progressively broader.’
Young people are married!
'There’s some obvious goofiness at low ages with kids (slightly more often girls than boys) misreporting themselves as married.’
You talk about…
'People talk less about video games as they get older, and more about politics and the weather. Men typically talk more about sports and technology than women—and, somewhat surprisingly to me, they also talk more about movies, television and music. Women talk more about pets+animals, family+friends, relationships—and, at least after they reach child-bearing years, health.’
Yes, what we see is pretty much what we would expect from Facebook data, but these graphics give us a awesome visible overview.
Check it out: Data Science of the Facebook World
Nowadays I am more in design and human computer interaction because I started a Stanford course whereby I will learn to design technologies that bring people joy, rather than frustration….yes finally! ;)
One of my favorite parts of this project didn’t require any coding on my part. Foursquare’s brand is playful when appropriate, and we like to hide Easter eggs. Working with an iOS engineer, Brian, we added a hidden pull-to-refresh graphic. First, I gave Brian a blank, placeholder image so he could functionally complete the pull-to-refresh. As I worked on the illustration with a designer teammate, I continued to commit (and overwrite) the same image until it was done. I make many changes to our app like this.
See the Tumblr page of one of the designers for more information and beautiful designs.
The new 6.0 version update from foursquare brings a new way to discover more and to figure out the most interesting things going on around you. It looks great and works awesome. What I noticed is that all my daily apps now have menu’s on the left side of the screen. Will this the best way to navigate through apps? Makes this update the app easier to use? What do you think of the new design?
ps. go to the new home screen in Foursquare 6.0. Keep dragging up and you’ll be delighted with an easter egg.
With the current financial situation in the world more and more ‘creative possibilities' turn up in the news to sell or buy products. In Oktober 2012, a guy from Winterswijk (somewhere in the Netherlands) was trying to sell his house by lots:
He has been trying for some time to sell his house. He hopes to sell a total of 60,000 lots (50 euro each!), giving him a total of three million would result. With the winning prize of his villa of one million euros. Source in Dutch.
Last week, we hear more and more about Bitcoin; a digital currency, a protocol and a software (open-source) that enables us to make instant peer-to-peer transactions, worldwide payments with low or zero processing fees and probably much more. Right now (April 6th, 6pm) is 1 Bitcoin 143,39 US Dollar and are there 11 million of them in circulation (the max will be a hard deadline of 21 million Bitcoins).
It is an interesting online and offline movement! What will you do? What will national and international banks do, what will the government do and are we willing to accept Bitcoins?
ps. it’s pretty cool that the original Bitcoin ‘just a paper is’. The idea of Bitcoin, the way of working and the open code behind Bitcoin are all written out in a paper of 9 pages!
ps2. if you want to see a movies that explains Bitcoin on a normal and easy way, checkout this short video.
It took me 7 weeks of playing with the Mailbox app before I got the real value of swiping a mail message into the future. It was that moment when I swiped the mail, included an event ticket, to the day of the event (4 weeks ahead). The snoozed mail with the event ticket, which must be printed out (a little bit old-fashioned today, but okee), returned in my inbox at the right time and at the right moment, so I didn’t forget to print out my ticket. No search was was necessary, no call to a friend was needed, no stress, just a snoozed mail at the right time!
Last week I started on a new project: the Human-Computer Interaction course from Stanford given by Scott Klemmer. The course is all about helping me build human-centered design skills, so that I have the principles and methods to create excellent interfaces with any technology.
Why? Because I think more channels can be connected to one with great design and thoughts. Bad design’s cost money, time and lives and because I like to think about it, brainstorm about it, and to make prototypes about it - which are a strategy for efficiently dealing with things that are hard to predict - I think this course will help me with that.
During the Mobile World Congress I saw the interview from Gray Stewart with Dennis Crowley. I met Dennis myself for a foursquare research back in the summer of 2011. From that time (okee from 2009) I follow foursquare closely.
Below you’ll find ‘the speech’ of Crowley during the WDDBCN interview:
- Foursquare will come up with more like advice services within 6 month.
- Make people part of the story, that they can feel a sense of ownership and that they feel proud of it.
- We didn’t pretend to be a big company, we just wanted people to be part of it.
- I use Evernote and write do’s and don’ts for myself.
- Top 3 tips for startups on pitching: 1) be clear about problem and product, 2) be passionate about it, and 3) talk is cheap: build it.
- We got 32 no’s before the first yes from an investor. We have been very patient and methodological about it.
- Life of an entrepreneur is a roller coaster inside of a roller coaster.
- Got to be focussed on what your roadmap is and stick to that. Ignore people who get inspired or even copy from you.
- Dont get distracted by Yelp, Facebook checkins, and competition. Keep focused on your roadmap and your own passion.
- Startups are about making staff that makes u happy.
- Our road so far was 6-7 years of failure.
- People can copy what you’ve done, but not the vision of what you want to do.
My lessons learn from that interview:
- learn by your mistakes and capture those mistakes in a note. Read them back once in a while and learn from the mistakes.
- if you start a startup write down what you are, what you are building and what you are not. Write everything on a whiteboard so that everyone can see it clearly. Make your brand manual (free tip Dens)!
[Update] MWC 2013 Keynote 7: Mobile as a platform for innovation.
- Social maps make cities come alive. Static maps are boring.
- We´re slowly becoming the location layer for the internet.
- 20% of users who use Explore to discover a place end up checking in to that place.
- Venues that spend 100$ in Foursquare will get 50 loyal new customers
- 3bn checkins/day, adding 5m/day. Massive data from living maps. The location layer for mobile for everything
- It’s survival of the fittest: You build something great, people download it. It’s easy.
- Foursquare’s MWC14 dream: We all use Google Glasses and get rec feeds by foursquare. We are inventing future of contextual aware computing.