I was going to say that this is a really lovely post from Jim about Second Life, but it’s no actually about Second Life at all: it’s about a person.
Empathy is for everyone:
No matter how many times I go through this journey, it never stops surprising me how easy it is to lose perspective in the heat of a project and forget that there is no difference between a user, a client and a designer. It shouldn’t be so hard to remember that no matter the title, we’re all just people trying to get things done.
A nice reminder from Viv.
Caterina Fake takes a heartfelt look at the history of online communities:
The internet is full of strangers, generous strangers who want to help you for no reason at all. Strangers post poetry and discographies and advice and essays and photos and art and diatribes. None of them are known to you, in the old-fashioned sense. But they give the internet its life and meaning.
An in-depth look behind the scenes of the responsive relaunch of People Magazine’s mobile site that Josh, Karen, and Ethan were involved in. I love it when people share their process and build stories like this.
Turning text into hypertext. Pivot on people, places and things mentioned in books. I really, really like this.
This is wonderful. A web server powered by people. Change the URL and a person will manually fetch the corresponding resource.
You can be part of the server team too.
A voyeuristically fascinating photoset that puts faces to the “here’s whats in my bag” meme.
I get about 50-60% of these memes.
Marc Canter's been saying it for years: social networks for humans don't scale and lock-in is a no-no. I need to investigate People Aggregator.
New kids on the block.
Mike follows on from his original question "who would you be?" by adding the subclause "if you were a woman". My answer: Hedy Lamarr.
Going to South by Southwest? Add your name to the WiKi.