Of all the buzzwords in tech, perhaps none has been deployed with as much philosophical conviction as “frictionless.” Over the past decade or so, eliminating “friction” — the name given to any quality that makes a product more difficult or time-consuming to use — has become an obsession of the tech industry, accepted as gospel by many of the world’s largest companies.
Ben Terrett on balancing the needs of an individual user with the needs of everyone else.
Of course we care about our clients: we want them to be successful and profitable. But we think there’s a balance to be struck between what success means for just the user or customer, and what success means for society.
There was a moment that it seemed like a proliferation of flickr-like webservices would result in a network of deep shared pools of cultural resource, from which every user could build expressions and applications, but the “entrap and surveil” economics of platforms kicked in.
And now we have no history, and rather than communicating via visualizations of our own shared cultural record, we are left waiting like dogs for treats as facebook decides to surface one of our own images from 3 or 8 years ago. Don’t try to search the graph! Advertisers only.
Chris has set up a whole site dedicated to someone-else’s-server sites with links to resources and services (APIs), along with ideas of what you could build in this way.
Software is politics, because software is power.
The transcript of a tremendous talk by Richard Pope.
Charles Arthur analyses the data from Google’s woeful history of shutting down its services.
So if you want to know when Google Keep, opened for business on 21 March 2013, will probably shut - again, assuming Google decides it’s just not working - then, the mean suggests the answer is: 18 March 2017. That’s about long enough for you to cram lots of information that you might rely on into it; and also long enough for Google to discover that, well, people aren’t using it to the extent that it hoped.
A one-stop-shop with links to the authentication settings of various online services. Take the time to do a little Spring cleaning.
Gareth is putting some wisdom of crowds behind the design of APIs. Vote on the principles that you think are important in a good API.
If anybody out there has some experience with the Amazon Associates Web Service API and XSLT, I could do with some help.
Dopplr can has API.
The second part of Gareth's series for Digital Web on APIs. This time he's got some PHP code samples for parsing XML and JSON.
PayPal has a new competitor. Amazon is now offering a payment services to developers.
Ben Buchanan on how most supposedly open Web 2.0 (sic) sites are really walled gardens lacking interoperability.
I'm loving this mashup of lolcats, Twitter and Flickr. Occasionally the text and the picture matches up in a serendipitously hilarious way.
Multimap's API is now open and free as in beer (as long as the traffic is within reasonable bounds). This is good stuff. And they're all in with the Open Street Map guys too.
Track Cindy and Jason on their trip across the country... mashup style.
Aral just posted his extensions to the Twitter API.
A nice collection of royalty free texture photos using the Flickr API.
Machine tags will now be available through the Flickr API (that's triple tags to you and me).
Dave Winer doesn't get JSON.