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The Information Booth

I was meeting someone at Grand Central Terminal last week (and for you non-NY‘ers, Grand Central Station is a subway stop; GCT is the commuter train station).  We agreed to meet “at the clock” which everyone knows is the clock atop the information booth in the middle of the building.

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I was a few minutes early and as I was waiting, I overheard the person in the information booth as she dealt with the line of folks needing help.  What struck me wasn’t the speed with which she answered the questions (how the heck do you keep track of all those bus routes in your head?).  Instead, I was impressed with something else, something that is the yet as unfound grail in digital, but one which Siri and other voice interfaces may be on the way to finding.

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Failbook

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Unless you’re in a cave someplace or have abandoned it for Google+, you’ve probably noticed that Facebook did an overhaul last night.  I logged in this morning and while I’ll admit I’m not the brightest guy in the world, I was thoroughly confused.  Many of the new features are clearly designed to compete with things found on Google+ and Twitter, such as circles.  For those of you struggling to make sense of the new layout, Gizmodo did a nice job color-coding everything in a cheat sheet.

I’m a believer in continuous improvement.  I’m not a believer in keeping up with the Joneses.  Here’s why. Continue reading

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The Shotgun Approach

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I don’t know whether to laugh or cry this morning about a situation one of my clients is having. They, like many other sites, get a fair amount of traffic from Google. In their case, because they’re a news site, Google News is a key traffic driver as well. A week ago, with no notice or changes to the site, their articles disappeared from Google News and their traffic dropped precipitously. What’s really weird is that the site is still fully indexed in regular Google – only News is affected.
Why am I telling you this? Because while the cause is still unknown we have an idea of what’s doing it and there are larger thoughts beyond our specific case that I want to share. Continue reading

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