Archive: November 25th, 2009

FT.com / Weekend columnists / Tim Harford - Given the choice, how much choice would you like?

Finally, some debunking of the "paradox of choice" oversimplification.

"It's like twitter. Except we charge people to use it."

This is just wonderful. "Please design a logo for me. With pie charts. For free."

Cause and effect

On November 14th, Cork City was the location of a wherein a crowd of people sang Mister Blue Sky on the city’s main thoroughfare.

One week later, the city suffered its worst flooding in 800 years.

Coincidence?

Consistency

In the latest ruckus around search results, a spokesman for Google proudly declaims that the company is sticking to its principles:

Google views the integrity of our search results as an extremely important priority.

Accordingly, we do not remove a page from our search results simply because its content is unpopular or because we receive complaints concerning it.

Oh, really?

If you change the word “complaint” to “DMCA takedown notice” then it’s a different story.

So the lesson is: complaining about the offensive nature of a search result will get you nowhere but sending a spurious legal claim will result in immediate action.

101 Things I Learned in Interaction Design School

A set of short, easily-digested lessons from the world of interaction design, inspired by "101 Things I Learned In Architecture School."