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Bebo is reportedly set to become the latest social network to open up its development platform to third parties.
According to Mashable, the new platform will be launched tomorrow and will apparently be compatible in some way with Facebook, allowing developers to port their applications to Bebo.
Professional social network LinkedIn has launched a developer platform as well as a redesign of its website.
As previously outlined by CEO Dan Nye, the new "Intelligent Application" platform will not be as open as that of rival Facebook, and will be limited to ‘business productivity applications’.
Online retailers still have much to learn about customer experience, and are missing conversion opportunities by not producing more usable websites.
This is the verdict of FutureNow's 2007 Customer Experience Study, which looked at over 300 US e-commerce sites, and grading them on 69 customer experience factors.
While there are many excellent e-commerce sites around, many online retailers are still making some schoolboy errors on their websites which can have a negative effect on sales and customer satisfaction levels.
Customers want a smooth experience when visiting a website, and if they encounter errors, or are frustrated by usability problems, then many will abandon their purchases and shop elsewhere.
What then, are the common mistakes made by e-commerce companies?
Thord Daniel Hedengren has written a series of posts that argue blog sidebars are being rendered useless by widget clutter.
He takes a look at things bloggers should and should not be doing with this valuable but often "wasted" inventory.
Here are Thord's tips...
Mindmeister is an excellent online mind-mapping tool which allows users to brainstorm and organise plans and ideas.
Bruce Tognazzini was Apple's 66th employee, developing the company's first usability guidelines and founding its Human Interface team.
Almost thirty years later, he's a principal at Nielsen Norman Group and still making his feelings known when companies commit design errors.
Here, 'Tog' gives us a variety of thoughts on interface design, freedom, the future of computing, the iPhone's place in world history and why he travels around in a 400 sq ft motorhome while towing a 4x4 and two Segways.
After working on email marketing for many years, I have certainly seen many examples of the good, the bad and the ugly, with many unfortunately falling into the latter two.
However, one brand is leading the way with an email newsletter that has kept me hooked for nearly two years with fresh and engaging content.
A survey of 33,000 web professionals by A List Apart has come up with some interesting findings on the make-up and morale of the web design industry.
Unsurprisingly, the research reveals that the average web designer is white, aged between 25 and 32 and likely to be male.
Among the respondents, only 14.3% of creative directors or art directors and 12.6% of web directors were female.
Product page design is vitally important to the success of an e-commerce operation, and with the Christmas season imminent we thought we'd take a deeper look at how retailers can improve their performance by finessing their product pages.
It doesn't really matter how consumers find your website - if your product pages suck then they'll be unlikely to buy from you. These pages play a huge role in determining whether visitors convert into customers.
Yet a surprising number of product pages lack relevant information and do a poor job of selling the product in question.
So we'll list ten tips for product pages after the jump, to help you convert more people more of the time....
Two news stories caught my attention recently – the UK launch of the iPhone and the scandal at the BBC over naming Blue Peter’s kitten.
You might not think they are related, or related to usability - but I beg to differ.
Bryan Eisenberg is the co-founder of Future Now and the creator of some devilishly clever techniques to help web businesses improve their conversion rates.
Along with his brother Jeffrey, Bryan co-authored the bestsellers 'Waiting For Your Cat to Bark?' and 'Call to Action'. He also publishes the GrokDotCom blog and was voted one of the world’s top 10 usability gurus in our recent User Experience Report.
Here, he talks about the ancient Greek philosophy behind persuasion and suggests why the roots of web design can be traced back to the fifth century BC. Oh yes...