When blind dates turns ugly

“A 17-year-old boy in northeastern China was so disappointed with the looks of a woman he met over the Internet that he hanged himself after seeing her face-to-face, state media reported Friday.” Agence France-Presse

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Flickring of the metaverse

“Ben was saying, ‘Oh, but it’s like, you know, like, kind of like if you see the flickering of the metaverse…’ And we’re like, ‘flicker!’ We tried to get ‘flicker’ with an e, but the guy who had the Web domain wasn’t willing to give it up.” Flickr co-creator Caterina Fake

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It’s simple

Mistake 1: Simple visual appearance doesn’t = simple interface” Bruce Tognazzini

Hi-speed express

“At the end of March 2006, 42% of Americans had high-speed at home, up from 30% in March 2005, or a 40% increase. And 48 million Americans — mostly those with high-speed at home — have posted content to the internet.” Pew Internet: Home Broadband Adoption 2006

American youth: the greatest workforce ever

“This is where MySpace Careers comes to the rescue. For a minimal fee you can get as many teenagers as you need to sit at your office, on your computers and abuse your bandwidth with a constant stream of IMs, chats, profile comments and YouTube videos. Imagine the look on that VC when he sees all that industrious busy making!” Supr.c.ilio.us, on MySpace’s new job search website

Like a surgeon

“You know, that’s the first thing I do when I hit a browser bug I can’t pin down - start cutting the styles in half. Doesn’t matter which half, just start narrowing down the potential culprits by halves until I’ve got it down to one or two lines. Glad I’m a web designer and not a surgeon. ‘Does it hurt now? How about now?’” Wilson Miner, on finding CSS bugs by elimination

A grand unified theory

“I’ve got a different theory. YouTube and MySpace are runaway hits because they combine two attributes rarely found together in tech products. They’re easy to use, and they don’t tell you what to do.” Paul Boutin

That’s harsh

“I’ve got my kids brainwashed: You don’t use Google, and you don’t use an iPod.” Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft

The secret to Web 2.0

“The secret to Web 2.0: What do Flickr, Ning, Kiko, Vimeo, Shadows, YouTube, Furl, NewsGator, Shutterfly, Mefeedia, Feedster, Planzo, Zazzle, Tailrank, Yakalike, Qoop, Lulu, Blish, Flagr, FireAnt, Odeo, Measure Map, EVDB, Gather, Oyogi, Last.fm, Jotspot, Frappr, Yedda, Writeboard, Kanoodle, Memeorandum, SuprGlu, 43 Things, Findory, Clipmarks, Wayfaring, AllPeers, Zoozio, Ziggs, Wink, Reddit, Digg, Gumshoo, Ta-da List, Wikipedia, Pubsub, Ookles, YubNub, Bloop, FeedBurner, Bloglines, Gabbr, Gcast, Blinkx, Openomy, Riffs, Myspace, Pandora, LookLater, 30 Boxes, Rollyo, Squishr, Plazes, Noodly, Wondir, Protopage, Blummy, Jots, Vizu, Del.icio.us, Tagyu, Writely, Simpy, Gtalkr, Truveo, EgoSurf, Mozy, Quimble, Basecamp, Squidoo, NewsVine, Clipfire, Lookster, Netvibes, Facebook, Goowy, Yelp, Magnolia, Technorati, Gmail, Feedmarker, Mercora, StumbleUpon, and SpinSpy all have in common? They’re all web sites.Jason Kottke

The Beauty of Simplicity

“Google has the functionality of a really complicated Swiss Army knife, but the home page is our way of approaching it closed. It’s simple, it’s elegant, you can slip it in your pocket, but it’s got the great doodad when you need it. A lot of our competitors are like a Swiss Army knife open—and that can be intimidating and occasionally harmful.” Marissa Mayer, Google’s director of consumer Web products