twiist.be: lessons learned

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It took a long time, but finally I got something to publish.
(I had it before, but used it only in e-mails)
These are the most important things I remebered from twiist.be : the way internet is supposed to .be

Lessons learned!

A website is supposed to work and to transmit content. This experience depends on browsers, time, money and should therefore not be the same for every user. (Drew MClellan)

Good specs are half of the job.
Sometimes clients hav no idea what they exactly want: there’s no shame in teaching them some lessons.
What to do: good analysis with the basic specs and some specific specs from the client. When they’re offered an alternative, you show them a new way.
Most of the time cheaper: for them in money, for you in time and effort.

(Aral Balkan)
In these times full of commodizations (hardware, software and coffee beans) we should look for the differenttiating factors: user experience.
Back to the the early days, when computers were magic and every experience was a user experience.

We should see creating user experience as an art: it isn’t enough to not annoy the user, you should offer your audience a full web experience.
Ex.: http://silverbackapp.com/ ==> resize the window and be stunned!

User experience is not the responsability of the designer or the developer: everyone should be involved. We all should keep user experience in mind. All the time.

build – share – listen – evolve

Build the application/website
Share it with everyone involved in the project.
Listen tot their comments
Evolve the project.

Keeping these steps in mind, we will be able to not only get the job done but as well give the user joy.

Eveything therefore should exist from two things: delight (= user experience) and a story.
Ex.: the http://naklab.com/ logo has a nice story behind it. see the game of life.

(Elliot Jay Stocks)
Best quote of the day
Functionality leads to usage,
aestithics leads to experience.

ex.:
http://www.bornliving.com/ Migael Ripoll
http://www.thethingswemake.co.uk/ Mike kus
http://madebyelephant.com/ Tim Van Damme
http://squaredeye.com/ Mathew Smith
http://markboultondesign.com/
http://www.shauninman.com/pact/

Microformats will rule the internet.
That’s what I concluded from the keynotes by Glenn Jones, Brian Suda and Chris Messina.
We should try to get the microformat in every website, especially when it’s about social.
Short time ago google picked up the microformats in which way they now lead the whole internet in the right direction.
http://microformats.org/blog/2009/05/15/rich-snippets-microformat-search/

Microformats, openID and transcient semantics.
Things to remember!

Online presentations:
Brian Suda: http://suda.co.uk/publications/twiist/
Glenn Jones: http://www.slideshare.net/glennjones/experiments-in-data-portability-2
Chris Messina: http://www.slideshare.net/factoryjoe/the-open-social-web

Special thanks to all the speakers, Filip and Simon for organizing and netlog for the drinks!
And thanks to motionmill for letting me go!

Did I forgot something to mention?
Please tell me!

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