- 10/07/2016My answer on QUORA to "What is the best type of computer monitor for coding?"
I like to “spread out” and and have multiple types of collateral available, so Size - or at any rate - Scale Matters.
I use a couple of 20+” monitors. Advantages:
Cheaper - Hey, it’s who I am
Broad “panoramic” vista allows me to slide things left & right, while still keeping a good viewable aspect ration on individual windows
More Flexible -I can move one of the monitors over and add it to my laptop (a separate rig - useful for client-site work), if I’d prefer to work there
Easier to maintain - If one monitor goes down, I can replace it (see “Cheaper”) … and still continue to work
note: This image is generic - NOT my desk.
- Producer28/06/2016Dumb UX ... Fixed (and Quickly)Update: beBee's tech team corrected this usability glitch with 2 hours of acknowledging it. That's how to do it. Two Thumbs Up.IMO: This bodes well for beBee's success - esp. when compared to longstanding indifference ("user antagonism") from...
Comments28/06/2016 #3 Federico Álvarez San Martín#2 #1 Thank you very much @Phil Friedman and @John Vaughan. That is all the bebee team. We hear and we want to improve slowly so that ye find them at home. I hope we always escribáis possible improvements or bugs that you find. Thank you very much again. Best regards.28/06/2016 #2 John Vaughan#1 Thanks, @Phil Friedman. And a big shout-out to @Federico Álvarez San Martín and his team. Been doing this QA-as-UX thing for 30+ years now. The marketing folks tend to respond predictably, but the tech folks are where the rubber meets the road.
HEY! The [ Enter ] thing appears to be fixed. BIG THUMBS UP to Federico & Team for nice speedy turnaround.
I will leave this posting up, even tho it's fixed. Nice object lesson in "responsive design"....28/06/2016 #1 Phil FriedmanAgreed, @John Vaughan, it is a most annoying way to do things. And impeded engagement by cutting comments short, often inadvertently, but always by frustration. Hopefully @Federico Álvarez San Martín View moreAgreed, @John Vaughan, it is a most annoying way to do things. And impeded engagement by cutting comments short, often inadvertently, but always by frustration. Hopefully @Federico Álvarez San Martín, will revisit this soon. Cheers! Close
- Producer27/06/2016"Change" = ConfusionThis is a larger issue, as well, but in specific....I wrote an article titled "Change" a couple of weeks ago (on June 13, 2016). Got some good responses. Was communicating with some of the folks who had commented on my article when I discovered...
Comments28/06/2016 #34 John Vaughan@Javier beBee > I'd like to follow up on one of my questions in this post re "beBee Equity":
Perhaps it's not technically an "ambassador" role, but - Do my services in improving beBee's design count toward my beBee Equity?
i.e. Is there equity value in making beBee BETTER, as well as in MARKETING beBee?
I would propose that the design (usability, accessibility, etc.) aspects of "Making beBee all that it can beBee" are especially critical at this early stage.
Case in point: I've offered several (in my mind) valuable, actionable observations re beBee design in this thread. I just suggested (below) a way to make it much easier for people to engage in Affinity on beBee. It's a technique that has implications for your interaction design across the service. It's valuable stuff, but I don't see the equity value reflected in the description of Ambassadorship. Clarification?28/06/2016 #33 John Vaughan#31 @Kevin Pashuk
*hmmm ... @Federico Álvarez San Martín: I notice that Comments didn't "take" the @ sign for Kevin's name ... until I connected with him. I'd say that the algorithm should be context-sensitive, rather than connection-sensitive. i.e. It should offer up links to the "Kevin's" in this Comment stream. Then offer the opportunity to connect (or do it implicitly) when I choose to address him.
Ya see, Kevin - I just can't escape the compulsion.
As for "Ignorance" ... https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/intelligent-ignorance-john-vaughan28/06/2016 #31 Kevin Pashuk@John Vaughan, my first son is a Six Sigma Black Belt and is an expert at finding ways to do things more efficiently. I can't take him anywhere. Whenever we go to a restaurant he can't help but come up with a list of several things that could me done better. Me, I enjoy my meal in ignorant bliss. Being a UX designer must drive you nuts... bad UX design is bad enough for us non professionals. PS... my second son is in school right now specializing in UX design.28/06/2016 #30 Teresa GezzeHi @John Vaughan. I completely agree with you. I didn’t mean technical as in technique, what I meant is that it is not up to communications, so I can’t explain much more than the decisions on the actual blog/content part. But I’m sure Miriam and Federico will gladly help with those doubts!
The blog is visible when you’re not logged in -- on the homepage -- and at the footer when you are log in. I too believe every user should be able to access it in a more obvious way. Nevertheless we are working on many things and, for now -- and although we have grown a lot -- we are not a huge team as on other social networks. But we’re trying very hard and we take all the info you guys provide into account. That I can say. Thanks again, John.28/06/2016 #29 John Vaughan#20 @Tersa Gezze (continued)
Glad to hear that there will be changes to beBee's current design - particularly as regards FAQ's, self-servicing, and acceptance.
There are some standard best practices:
In my opinion, usability is not actually "a technical decision".
My role - as a UX professional - is to explore doubt. And provide solutions.
As noted in the article above: The human dynamics of Change are always an interesting exercise.
Best of luck28/06/2016 #25 John Vaughan#19 Oh, Sweet Jesus. Here's another one, @Federico Álvarez San Martín
Now your Messaging interface SENDS the message when I hit the [ Enter ] key twice. It's very Facebook-y, but it means that - from the keyboard - I end up sending only one line of my message, when all I really wanted to do was start a new line of text.
LinkedIn tried to implement this theoretically-helpful-but-actually-stupid technique several months ago. It didn't work. It was broadly despised.
Check it out.
and ... Don't emulate your competitor's bad design.28/06/2016 #20 Teresa Gezze#14 Hello @John Vaughan
To answer your request and suggestion.
beBee blog is more than just the beBee Guide, which means it is a section inside it and that is why it’s not listed. The FAQ’s and the blog (which includes the guides) are two different things.
The way the beBee Guide is shown on beBee is not actually our call, more of a technical decision regarding Javier.
The FAQ’s will be on the site, accessible from anywhere on beBee. These listed question will have short answers that link to step-by-step explanations on beBee Guide. Each short answer will have a link to a longer and more specific guide.
I hope this will satisfy your doubts. And as I said before we’re working hard to create a FAQ list that will include all the links: beBee Guide, Support, Contact and Feedback.
Thanks for your attention, John.27/06/2016 #16 John VaughanOkay. So I've just identified another glitch (probably why my original message got lost)
Your comment system doesn't accommodate messages beyond a certain size. I attempted to send the previous 2 messages as one file - and beBee lost it. Fortunately, I saved the message offline and then cut it into 2 parts. Which beBee didn't choke on.
Obviously, you've got an internal limitation on message size
BUT you don't tell us about it
This results in a nasty and unnecessary surprise
Okay, @Federico Álvarez San Martín, over to you and Alberto Anaya Arcas ...
Two possible solutions:
1) increase allowable message size
2) pop up an error message before destroying my work
Option #1 = better27/06/2016 #15 John VaughanJohn's Lost Message (laboriously and lovingly re-created, for your viewing pleasure) Part 2
I appreciate getting the email invitation from beBee that someone wants to be an Administrator for my Hive, but What does that mean ... to me? A short contextual explanation would be nice. At the very least a link to the relevant article in FAQ's.
Pamela & Paul>
The "silver-plattering of self-service" is one of the essential Best Practices in any interactive environment: If you suggest something, then link to it. I got to beBeeBlog with one click, thanks-for-the-link. Providing a link to Glitch Hitch (Pamela) and Cheat Sheet (Pablo) makes it likelier that I'll actually do it. Just sayin'
Federico and Alberto>
Thanks for the connect. I look forward to working with you guys. It will occasionally be awkward (QA always is), but valuable (QA always is).
net/Net: Yes, the personal responsiveness of beBee is much appreciated, esp. after a few years of LinkedIn. And I believe that it all goes to the soul of "affinity"
- "Making beBee all it can bee."
beBee Plus is our playpen for gathering, sharing, and exploring ways to make this a social network special.
I'll be posting some "leftover suggestions" from experiences w/ networks like LinkedIn and Quora. Plus some new stuff.
- Producer20/06/2016Those Socialismic SwedesExperience the power … of a book book.awwww … C’mon. This is just fun . I first blogged about the Wondrous Power of IKEA about a year or so ago. It seems worth a revisit, now that we're reconsidering Scandinavian "socialism with a smile" as a...
- Producer17/06/2016beBee+ Plus As long as we're mentioning wanna-have's @Javier Cámara Rica... imho, John Vaughan1) Why are we limited to posting to only 3 hives? This limitation is one of the most frustrating aspects of LinkedIn - and it is the reason I get "moderated". Makes no...
- Producer14/06/2016The Power of "No"We're deluged with endless Likes . The Default Path in the social media arena drives us inexorably towards blithery Happy-Talk . Don't get me wrong, I enjoy Facebook's lightweight, eclectic, scattershot approach to reality: LOLcats are always ...
Comments15/06/2016 #3 Christopher TaylorAs a means to quickly convey a feeling that you will probably discuss with people in length later on.. The like and dislike buttons make sense to me..however, I do try to use a more literal means of engaging in conversation.... You know?...like memes!
Jokes aside @John Vaughan, I really enjoyed this post and I am a firm lover of the 'thumbs' function.14/06/2016 #1 Jeffrey BoxerI think this is a good point, and I'd add that there are a wide range of other emotions that are difficult to express with a "like." For example, if someone's family member dies, a like is an incredibly awkward response. Congratulations, anger, sympathy , etc. are all impossible with the current system.
- Producer05/06/2016Information PollinationThis post is extracted pretty much verbatim from an article I published on LinkedIn regarding the "economics" and logistics of sharing information - specifically - sharing among multiple Groups (hives). Some of it is geeky numbers analysis, but my...
- ProducerUI on the fly... "invalid image ID"As the @youEyeGuy, I can't help but notice - and comment on - things that DON'T work.my Twitter handle: @youEyeGuyHere are some observations from my first attempts at both publishing and managing my first real hive (beBee+):Import-antIf it's good,...
- ProducerSocial Networking RolesIn 2009 thought leader Bell Labs was exploring what I like to call "FaceBook for the Enterprise".my intro to this topic FramingThe Intuitive Collaborative Design Group (ICD) was charged with implementing a social networking and collaboration...
- ProducerWhy Are We Here?Framing: This article is extracted verbatim from LinkedIn, where it was originally published a while back. Although it refers specifically to LinkedIn structure and format, I believe that several of the observations apply to how we use beBee.my...
- 01/06/2016extra clicks + less functionality + indifference
= the Trifecta of Un-usabilitywww.linkedin.com Actually, "This is STILL Stupid." A few months ago I had a hissy-fit about LinkedIn's poorly-executed attempt to make its messaging interface more "FaceBook-y" by assuming that - when you hit...
- Producer22/04/2016The Decline of LinkedIn: Why It Bugged Us.I am currently retrieving a series of articles I wrote over a year ago which explained how I saw the inevitable fall of LinkedIn, archiving them for history here on beBee. These articles, originally published on LinkedIn Pulse, now seem prophetic,...
Comments01/06/2016 #6 John Vaughan22/04/2016 #4 Brian McKenzieI thought i had a long list ! Surprising, my host of rants has no repition of yours. I have religated it to business intelligence platform. I will hunt down contacts and follow them on twitter, quora, medium, their own website and FB, as most LI users are NOT publishing, posting, commenting or engaging on the LI platform.22/04/2016 #1 Madeline Anderson-BalmerWow Gary, I haven't had these kinds of problems on Linked In, except for the views piece. Maybe it's because I only go on 2 or 3 times a day to check in and update, post, etc. If I were having these problems you can bet I would definitely STOP using the platform. For myself and the industry I support, I still feel that Linked In is a viable platform to build awareness, influence, and viewership. Linked In is our website's third highest referral source.
- Producer13/04/2016User Research tips and best practicesOn the previous article we started important topic – the importance of user research in UX Design and I promised you to write more about it. This time I want to share with you benefits of user research,what are the types & dimensions of user...
Comments13/04/2016 #4 Brian McKenzieGreat insights @Ekaterina Novoseltseva If you have a product I want - but poor UX and customer flow - I will search for another provider and buy the product from them - this happens with after service too. I am not so platform loyal just because you showed up at the top of Google. ( I usually jump to page 6 anyways)