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Derek Powazek - I’m Not The Product, But I Play One On The Internet
"We can and should support the companies we love with our money. Companies can and should have balanced streams of income so that they’re not solely dependent on just one. We all should consider the business models of the companies we trust with our data.

But we should not assume that, just because we pay a company they’ll treat us better, or that if we’re not paying that the company is allowed to treat us like shit. Reality is just more complicated than that. What matters is how companies demonstrate their respect for their customers. We should hold their feet to the fire when they demonstrate a lack of respect.

And we should all stop saying, “if you’re not paying for the product, you are the product,” because it doesn’t really mean anything, it excuses the behavior of bad companies, and it makes you sound kind of like a stoner looking at their hand for the first time."
pinboard  maciejceglowski  facebook  products  businessmodels  internet  web  derekpowazek  instagram  business  2012  maciejcegłowski 
december 2012 by robertogreco
Derek Powazek - Starting Up: The Love
"I once half-started a company. I identified a market opportunity, built a business plan, bought some domains, and started building. And then one morning I woke up and realized that, if everything went perfectly, I’d spend every day doing something I hated. The market opportunity was awesome – I just wasn’t the guy to do it. I had no love for it.

One way of looking at entrepreneurship is this: What will you look forward to doing every morning? You should start a company around that.

Because, truth be told, startups are hard. Like, really hard. So if you don’t have The Love for what you’re working on, you’re going to fail. Or, put another way: most startups fail, so you might as well spend the time working on something you enjoy, just in case you succeed.

If Cute-Fight is successful, I’ll wake up every morning to look at adorable pets. Not bad, as dayjobs go."
startups  lcproject  openstudioproject  whatwelove  business  entrepreneurship  passion  derekpowazek  2012 
september 2012 by robertogreco
Derek Powazek - Swan Swan Hummingbird
"I don’t believe that songs have to be perfectly understood to be enjoyed. The lyrics wander, with layers of references no one could fully understand unless they’re Michael Stipe. But of all the song’s mysteries, the one I’ve thought about most is the first three words. What the hell does “Swan Swan Hummingbird” mean? Now, after 20 years of it rattling around in my head, I think I finally know."
derekpowazek  rem  music  problemsolving  slow  slowthinking  slowhunches  2011  realizations  lyrics  meaningmaking  synesthesia  poetry 
december 2011 by robertogreco
Derek Powazek - Design for Serendipity
"1. Designers of digital media: There are many serendipitous routes that lead people to your stuff. Understand what they are and nurture them. But don’t become over-reliant on them. Design your stuff to create serendipitous connections between things. Look for every opportunity to hint that there’s much more to be discovered. Take the time to design the serendipity in to the experience.

2. Lovers of print: I love print, too, and yes, there’s something very special about that moment when you’re flipping through a book or a magazine and you discover something new. But that experience can just as easily happen online, especially if designers are doing their jobs (see #1). But just because you have’t yet had a serendipitous experience in digital media, doesn’t mean it can’t happen. It just means designers have more work to do. But mostly you should just stop pretending that digital media cannot also be serendipitous. It just makes you look old, honey. Sorry."
serendipity  derekpowazek  oldmedia  online  webdesign  usability  ux  web  paper  discovery  information  media  design  wikipedia  stumbleupon  webdev 
november 2010 by robertogreco
Derek Powazek - San Francisco Values
"I’ve lived in San Francisco for 15 years, which is 15 years more than anyone connected to this ad [in support of Proposition 8]. San Francisco changed my life. I found a career here. I was married here. I bought property here. I’m never, ever leaving. So I think I can speak to what San Francisco Values really are. Here are a few of them. [Bulleted list here]…

I believe San Franciscans embody the best American values: bravery, liberty, tolerance, and opportunity. I look around San Francisco and I see people who risked everything to move to a place where they could be free. People who decided, out a mix of idealism and insanity, that they could make a more perfect union that values life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

San Francisco values and American values are one and the same."
sanfrancisco  rights  politics  humanity  us  derekpowazek  values  pride  bravery  freedom  liberty  toleranceopportunity  progressivism  reinvention  perseverance  love  coffee  community  coffeehouses  idealism 
september 2010 by robertogreco
Derek Powazek - Press the Magic Button
"If you use Twitter, you pay attention to your mentions – the tweets that include @yourusername – because that’s how you have conversations. And therein lies the problem, because anyone can tweet at you that way. Some of those people are batshit crazy like the Haight Street Guy, while others are just merely rude like the Conference Talker Guy.

The difference is, on Haight Street, you have to walk briskly away and hope you’re not followed. And at the conference, you have to de-escalate the conversation politely, in front of a crowd. But on Twitter, there is a magic button, and in one click, poof, the crazy is gone.

It’s a wonderful thing. A thing so lovely I often find myself wishing it existed in real life. So why is blocking such a taboo?...

Imagine for a moment if the function was called: “It’s not you, it’s me.” Or: “I just need a little space.” Or simply: “Engage cloaking device.” I doubt it would feel so personally insulting."
netiquette  attention  blogging  etiquette  anonymity  facebook  internet  flickr  lifehacks  twitter  tips  socialmedia  derekpowazek  blocking  filtering  sanity  cloackingdevices 
july 2010 by robertogreco
Derek Powazek - Why Everything Sucks, Why That’s Awesome, and How It’s Changing Us
"I think this is beautiful. People are out there, trying new things, learning the hard way, and sharing their experience. That gives me hope.
derekpowazek  education  internet  learning  teaching  outliers  malcolmgladwell  practice  amateur  online  lcproject 
june 2010 by robertogreco
48 Hour Magazine
"Welcome to 48 Hour Magazine, a raucous experiment in using new tools to erase media's old limits. As the name suggests, we're going to write, photograph, illustrate, design, edit, and ship a magazine in two days.

Here's how it works: Issue Zero begins May 7th. We'll unveil a theme and you'll have 24 hours to produce and submit your work. We'll take the next 24 to snip, mash and gild it. The end results will be a shiny website and a beautiful glossy paper magazine, delivered right to your old-fashioned mailbox. We promise it will be insane. Better yet, it might even work."
heatherchamp  derekpowazek  alexismadrigal  sarahrich  mathewhonan  dylanfareed  magazines  crowdsourcing  collaborative  publishing  2010 
april 2010 by robertogreco
Derek Powazek - Spammers, Evildoers, and Opportunists
"Which brings us to the One True Way to get a lot of traffic on the web. It’s pretty simple, & I’m going to give it to you here, for free: Make something great. Tell people about it. Do it again. That’s it. Make something you believe in. Make it beautiful, confident, & real. Sweat every detail. If it’s not getting traffic, maybe it wasn’t good enough. Try again. Then tell people about it. Start with your friends. Send them a personal note – not an automated blast from a spam cannon. Post it to your Twitter feed, email list, personal blog. (Don’t have those things? Start them.) Tell people who give a shit – not strangers. Tell them why it matters to you. Find the places where your community congregates online & participate. Connect with them like a person, not a corporation. Engage. Be real. Then do it again. & again. You’ll build a reputation for doing good work, meaning what you say, & building trust. It’ll take time. A lot of time. But it works. & it’s the only thing that does."
derekpowazek  seo  searchengine  search  google  diy  webdev  advice  usability  marketing  business  web  advertising  spam  evil  howto  entrepreneurship  content  tcsnmy  webdesign 
october 2009 by robertogreco
Derek Powazek - Programmers are Tiny Gods
"Like designers, if you give a programmer a problem with parameters, they’ll apply every bit of genius they have to solve it in the best possible way. If you tell them how to do it, you’ll suffer the wrath of an angry God."
design  constraints  coding  wisdom  derekpowazek  programming  software  management  nerd  humor  psychology  business  process 
january 2009 by robertogreco

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