Google Getting Gamey

Posted in Uncategorized on July 18, 2011 by michaeldwells

Lots of folks in the lab have been looking into gamification of news as a means of increasing user engagement. If I’m honest, I have to say I don’t really approve – news reading is its own reward. The game mechanisms people have been looking to adopt have emerged from the online gaming world where time spent playing equals profit for the publisher. These tools are designed to keep people doing something they wouldn’t otherwise do. They’re tied in with the gaming addiction we associate most with slot machines. Do we really want kids reading news in the same way that old ladies sit robotically pumping quarters in sleazy Vegas casinos?

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Those mockups in full…

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on July 17, 2011 by michaeldwells

You’ve read my last post and now you’re naturally curious about what I’ve come up with. I hope this brings some clarity. Whatever you think, I’d love to hear your feedback. First up, the results of some experimentation in my favourite medium – cardboard. I’ve always said, if it can’t be made out of cardboard and Sellotape™, it ain’t worth making. Continue reading

Homework Assignement 1: Let’s try some mockups…

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on July 17, 2011 by michaeldwells

My proposals for connecting citizen journalism with professional reporting and bringing back the web to commenters began life as a pile of rough ideas hastily thrown together. Over the course of the Learning Lab I shall be refining them into a (hopefully) useful product.

To help us on our way, we have lectures from successful figures in the world of Internet journalism, and we’re asked to write up our responses to those lectures, so that’s what this is. Take a look and let me know what you think.

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The Timely Arrival of BrowserID

Posted in Uncategorized on July 16, 2011 by michaeldwells

Here’s an interesting development. Here we all are trying to improve the user experience of online news and what do the good folks at Mozilla pull out of their collective hat? Only a service that solves the whole thorny issue of identity.

Not only does this make it easier to solve the problems I want to solve, it’s also an object lesson in bringing a clever, complex idea into reality. In particular, they have a really nice mockup of how a production version of BrowserID might work. Thanks. I might have to steal that later on.


And So It Begins

Posted in Uncategorized on July 5, 2011 by michaeldwells

Apparently I need one of these blog things for this MoJo business. Interesting stuff. My sister tells me this is the site all the cool kids use. It does look very nice, in an Appley kind of way. Must resist temptation to waste time finding out what everything does.