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Dark Patterns: How User Interfaces Trick Us Into Decisions We Didn’t Really Make

What are dark patterns and how much of it is present into our daily digital activities? How much do the decisions we make are based on our own choices and how much are influenced by what we see? Did we really buy into that item or were we somehow coerced into it?

Watch this video and learn how online experiences and user interface designs are intentionally designed to make use of our natural cognitive biases to influence us into making decisions we wouldn’t have naturally made.

Some cases are good; others however, a little tricky. Nonetheless, it’s hard to deny that patterns are a powerful influence in our everyday task.

Everything the tech world says about marketing is wrong | TechCrunch

While marketing take its play from decades of practice, digital marketers are using newly coined terms without understanding how or why these terms were created and used for it’s true purpose. Examples being; Content Marketing, In-bound Marketing and most recently, Growth Hacking

The biggest problem in marketing in the tech world today is that too many marketers do not know the first thing about marketing.

Digital marketers — who, as marketers, really should be cynical enough to know better — have fallen into an echo chamber of meaningless buzzwords.

Source: Everything the tech world says about marketing is wrong | TechCrunch

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Online Companies Have Created a “Meaningless Economy” | Big Think

We are now in an economy of ‘likes’. Growth Hacking means that business no longer depend on the value of traditional economic exchanges but instead on selling of user data. What happens to the real economy when all business become an advertising business and nothing real get sold but likes and shares?

Companies like Facebook no longer depend on traditional economic exchanges to turn profit, so what does this mean for the consumer? When we’re not paying money, we’re paying in other ways, says Douglas Rushkoff.

Source: Online Companies Like Facebook Have Created a “Meaningless Economy” | Big Think

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How Netflix Changed The Game: From A DVD Subscription Service to Number 1 in Online Video Streaming

The old business models are being transformed digitally. Technology being an enabler is changing the fundamentals of business and the revenue stream of many organizations. Majority of these changes are occurring through innovation. Business leaders need to understand this paradigm shift or they will be left behind. This paper briefly looks at how Netflix is winning in the digital transformation space.

Source: Open Forum – How can we understand the digital transformation of business? – Are you being left behind? Digital transformation: How Netflix has changed the game

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Fitbit Charge HR. One More Step Into The Quantified Self


Preamble: Picking this blogging up again after quite a few starts and stops. What can I say… Distractions happen as they are bound to.

One step further in to a more quantified self! This Fitbit Charge HR, integrates with my Fitbit.comGarmin Connect, Strava and MyFitnessPal accounts collecting and quantifying the activities that I’ve been up to since 2010. I track mostly my runs, walks and cycling as well as tracking my daily calorie intake.

If taking into account my Nike+, Dailymile and several others (either dormant or deactivated), my activity data would have gone further back. But these have either been dormant or deactivated altogether. For the simple reason that as I started collecting more data, I needed to declutter the entry points. Eventually aggregating it all into TicTrac into one interface.

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