The frustrating microinteraction of discarding a post

It is the little things that make or break the overall experience with an application. Words to be used to interact with users are better left for experts to craft.

Here’s a quick example of a microinteraction—discarding a post—in three Android applications.

Google+ asks if the user wants to “discard this post”, giving them two options—No and Yes.
Google+ asks if the user wants to “discard this post”, giving them two options—No and Yes. The title of the dialog: Google+.
Facebook asks if the user is sure they want to “discard this post”, giving them two options—No and Yes.
Facebook asks if the user is sure they want to “discard this post”, giving them two options—No and Yes. The title of the dialog: Cancel.

“Okay, there’s a yes and a no. I’ll try no. Crap!” Both Google+ and Facebook give me le USB stick. Every single time.

Twitter asks if the user wants to “save changes”, giving them three options—Cancel, Discard and Save.
Twitter asks if the user wants to “save changes”, giving them three options—Cancel, Discard and Save. The title of the dialog: New Tweet.

Of these three, Twitter wins. It is to-the-point. It gives the user a chance to act, not just respond. More importantly, it focuses on the user’s task, not the technology to accomplish it.

This post is part of the #blogg100 challenge—100 blog posts à 100 words in 100 days.

Twitter bios – pushing your creativity beyond character limits

– You have 160 characters. Go!
– Wait a sec. It says “Bio”, dear Twitter, “BIO-graphy”. How can I possibly tell the world all about me in under 160 characters?
– Get creative.

One of the things I love about Twitter is its niche. They contributed to define microblogging once, and continue sticking to the concept since, in everything they do.

For your bio text, for example, you get the gracious span of hundred and sixty characters to market your account. (Note it’s not “biography” or “about me page”, just a simple yet powerful “Bio”.) They challenge you to think twice about how you want to be perceived as a twitterer.

What do you want to convey with your bio – where you work, where you are from, what your interests are or what the name of your cat is? Here’s a list of entertaining Twitter bios for your inspiration. Get creative with yours!

Have you found an impressive bio? Share them with me in the comments below, or mention @clartem on Twitter!

I’ve changed my name. Here’s why.

Artem Pereverzev is a strange name to pronounce. If you are Russian-speaking or know the language, you realise that the right way to spell it is this: Артём Переверзев.

The background

A surname with a number-three-looking letter in it is indeed strange. The fact that I am a citizen of Latvia and officially, the name appearing in my passport must comply with the country’s linguistic rules (which results in an another and horrendous spelling of my name) doesn’t make things easier. Over the years, I’ve heard all kinds of jokes, too. Artem-Fartem is most probably my least favourite of them.

The context

  • On Wednesday, I embarked on the quest to complete the #blogg100 challenge by Fredrik Wass.
  • Since 2009, my Twitter handle has been @pereverzev, which isn’t easy to remember or pronounce, if you’re not one of ca. 265,000,000,000 Russian-speakers.
  • My domain celareartem.com (which for the next 98 days will redirect to blog.celareartem.com) consists of seven different letters: C, E, L, A, R, T and M.
  • My other Twitter account @clartem, where all seven letters are present, has been passive. (I’d love to lay hands on @celareartem, but it’s already occupied. Do you know someone who knows someone? I’d like to ask for a favour!)

The result

Yesterday, I swapped the two Twitter handles around, because I figured hey, publishing a blog post a day for the next 100 days is a great way to promote my content on Twitter, where people can recognise me by my username. So, why did I change my username? Because I believe it’s easier to remember and pronounce. That’s why. (Some day, it might result in having to do with my personal brand. Some day.)

And maybe I’ll just go ahead and do a similar thing to what Niclas Strandh did. Who? Oh, right. His name is Deeped.

How has your social media behaviour changed?

I hear (read) many people use Twitter less and less, now that they have Google+, where they send updates that do not need to be limited number of characters. Reportedly, their Facebook usage has almost stayed unchanged.

For me, it is different. I use Twitter as never before, almost having an inexplicable urge to never miss a tweet, as though just to please myself. And Facebook – well, I don’t really follow my friends’ news there. I just post my own news (usually as a cross post from Twitter) and reply to not-so-frequent comments.

Despite largely negative critique, Google have succeeded after all, I guess. Not making me switch from another service, no. But I think they succeeded in putting me, myself, the “You+” from the Google+ introduction mapin the centre. I have noticed how I am becoming more and more self-centred. What it means in the long run, I am not sure. 

What do you think? Has you social media behaviour changed after you started using Google+? If so, how?

First ever tweetup in Örebro

October 18, 2010 was a special day for all geeks, geekettes and humans in and around Örebro. The first ever meetup of social media enthusiasts coined by a hashtag #tweetuporebro took place in a not-so-cozy upper room at Hälls Konditori. Organised by Sociala Örebro and Keränen Konsulting, its idea was to gather people together for them to share ideas, establish new contacts, follow up on the old ones and socialise in real life, away from keyboard.

Even though many of around 25-30 people present at the café that evening have social media or IT as their primary professional focus, there were some who use Twitter and its likes as a business tool or out of sheer interest or hobby. Interesting was also the fact that among the tweetup participants, yours truly seemed to be the only non-Scandinavian one. No speculations as to the reasons why at this point.

In a nutshell, the tweetup was a success. A rather hasty, spontaneous and kind of emotional one. Just like social media.

Varför Twitter inte nämns av Burrows

Igår berättade Annica om att hon inte kunde hitta Twitter i Blogs, Wikis, Myspace, and More. Jag började också undra varför Terry Burrows inte nämner Twitter (en mycket tydlig exempel på Webb 2.0, enligt min mening) i sin bok.

Jag bläddrade igenom boken, tittade på utgivningsår och på screenshots som han använder i sin bok och här är vad jag kommit fram till som svar på frågan varför Terry Burrows inte nämner Twitter i sin bok:

  1. Boken är rätt så ny, den gick ut 2008, “upphovsrättad” 2007, ungefär ett år efter Twitters uppkomst (mars 2006)
  2. En av screenshots som används i boken togs i januari av 2007, vilket kan tyda på att de flesta togs i början av 2007
  3. Twitter fick sitt stora genombrott i Mars 2007, enligt Gawker
  4. Kanske som det mest relevanta argumentet kan nämnas att Terry Burrows inte har något att säga på sin Twitter sida

Lite ironiskt, för han annars har rätt mycket att säga.

Twitter och “Webb 2.0”

Twitter BubbleDet vore lite märkligt av mig att inte (fortsätta) uppdatera mitt Twitter konto. Nu när jag läser kursen “Webb 2.0” alltså. Eller hur?

Jag undrar också lite smått så här varför vi ska använda Blogger och inte Twitter för kursen. Jag har inte alls något emot Blogger. Tvärtom—jag har flera bloggar som jag sköter samtidigt.

Blogger Bubble

Blogger grundades 1999 och Twitter har funnits sedan 2006. Tänker man utifrån två-noll perspektivet lite, så har Twitter haft en mycket bredare påverkan på Social Networking än Blogger. Inte nödvändigt lika djupt som Blogger kanske, men bredare definitivt. Tycker jag i alla fall.

I övrigt, har jag börjat läsa kursboken, som verkar vara mycket intressant och bra skrivet. Detta trots att jag brukar vara ganska skeptisk mot flerfaldiga personligheter som försöker kombinera olika arbetsområden. Terry Burrows verkar lyckas rätt bra med att vara både musiker och författare (hans bok är ju den enda i kursplanen). Det låter lite banalt, men att han lyckas kombinera två verksamheter är lite två-noll av honom.

Blogs, Wikis and More by Terry Burrows

Och så fortsätter jag också vänta på kursen att ta någorlunda start. Under tiden jag skrev detta, så kom den första inlämningsuppgiften. Har aldrig trott att jag skulle vara så glad att sen en. Äntligen!

I can twitter that!

For the past several weeks, I have been using Twitter fleetingly, to put it mildly. Every time I encounter something interesting like a hedgehog running across the road, or when I simply look out the window and see the rain or the sun, or when I buy some expensive jeans, or when I am glad about having started working out (I could go on and on, but I think you get the picture), I only have one thought in mind and that is “Hey, I can twitter that!”

The attraction to Twitter has proved to be magnetic. I sleep and dream about what I can tweet about, exactly which words I can use to make my tweets more effective and how I can draw more visitors to my account, so they can become my followers. “Follow me on Twitter” has a much different implication now. The higher the number of followers, the higher the status in the everpopular microblogging service and beyond. Just like sporting a button with the number of feed readers on my blog, I show off my popularity by mentioning how many Twitter followers I have.

Twitter has become a pond of ideas and links, and one can argue if a dump is not a better description. The abundance of information and variations has made the original question and purpose of the service fade into the background. “What are you doing?” is rarely a question you reply with “So simple yet so powerful! Short movie “Signs” http://bit.ly/smsigns (original) or “Congratulations, Barons! One game to go and you are champions. Again. #lbl #basketball” (original), is it?

My point is by no means to demonise Twitter. I do not even question its value as a service to keep in touch with your friends or as an alternative source of information and news (e.g. @BreakingTweets, @DienaLv, etc.). A longer Gmail outage was the reason for me to start using Twitter in order to find out what was going on. My point is to raise awareness (first of all with myself) about the danger of having all decisions in life being centred around the mighty Twitter. I have to learn to use Twitter as a chain link, not a final destination.

Twitter icons courtesy of Mirjami Manninen (via Smashing Magazine)