Last Friday started for me with friendly smiles of people who care about user-friendly solutions, which make our lifes better. I was happy to be among 60 attendees of the first UX Brunch Zürich 2015, organized by Valérie Vuillerat, Rahel Vils and Marc Steffen. Event took place in Impact Hub, which is known as a space with a good vibe. Being there is already enough to love the world around you even on an early Friday morning. But greeting and meeting people, who understand your challenges and the big meaning of those small victories on the way to great designs, is even better.
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This is a great publicity idea by Mother London. Fake a Spam mail and give away 10,000 US Dollars to somebody who is answering. But the best thing, and truly in the spirit of Christmas, is the way the receiving respondent reacts.
In this very good, short and funny presentation, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian talks about the power of Social Media, using a story about naming a humpback whale to illustrate.
I am sitting in the auditorium of the Museum of Natural History in Geneva as I'm writing this. Today sees the first installment of a TED conference in Switzerland.
Whenever pressing social issues are at hand, musicians aren't too far away. Superhuman entertainers like Bob Geldof or Bono of U2 have long posed as the music business' clean conscience. Not everybody, however, does the job as well, but they do it anyway. Because there can be no harm in doing something good, right? The Grist website has compiled a quite funny Top Ten of the most gruesome "Heal The World" moments.
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Here's a little story that must be told: Swiss Marketing expert Christina Schmid has her Friday off.
American Newsweek has produced a seven minute video which recaptures the bygone decade in a somewhat humorous and rapidfire style, with all its ups and downs. It has been troubled times, but we've had our moments, too.
Have you heard of the Fun Theory? If you read blogs, you might have come across the video of the Piano Staircase already. This is only one of three viral spots which are promoting a contest of ideas called The Fun Theory Award. All these ideas are both funny and a true improvement to our lives and our environment.
Do you know this uber cute animal?
Image: Phillie Casablanca, some rights reserved
It's a wombat (vombatus ursinus) and it's found in South-Eastern Australia and in Tasmania.
The "Did you know?" short animation about the use and spread of Social Media has been around the blogosphere earlier this year. Now its creator, Karl Fisch has done an update. With ever more so enlightening details and numbers about our brave new online world.
Okay, part-time mobsters and wanna-be thugs, here's a lesson in Social Media risk from West Virginia. As The Journal reports, a 19 year old burglar broke into the house of a woman at the beginning of this week in Martinsburg, WV, and stole two diamond rings from her. Obviously feeling secure in her home, he decided to check his Facebook account on her computer – and forgot to log out. It was easy for law enforcement after that. He is in custody and faces anything between one and ten years in prison.