Checkout: Google is taking the ecommerce road

June 29, 2006

Here we go! Google just launched it’s new service “Google Checkout“. The service formerly known as “Gbuy” has it’s motto: “Find it with Google. Buy it with Google Checkout.” Well the vision is clear and alluring: never again fill out that many forms, never again create multiple passwords and logins at different markets.

But will it work that way? If you buy at any shop, you’ll have to sign in at least to give them the delivery adress. So you’ll save just the credit card information data.

We will see if it works.  

And above all, provide a minimum structure and let users do [Enterprise Web 2.0] themselves.

June 28, 2006

Well, first I have to admit that this headline is stolen from Dion Hinchcliffe’s post “Everyone as Co-Creators: Harnessing Collective Innovation with Web 2.0” .

So what’s up? New technologies like microformats & widgets allow users, even non-programmers, to customize their own webpages, blogs or wikis in an individual manner. More and more people learn to do that, because the “worst thing” is a blog or webpage looking like thousand others. Customize! The technologies are out yet and more and more pop up. Why not insert an own way of seeing things. Have an wheater-forecast plugin is nice, but combine it with your own local wheater report makes the difference. 

in his blog Ian Kennedy says: 

Call it mashups for the rest of us – your blog or MySpace profile is a platform where you mix & match services like an events badge and content such as your linkroll. Mix it all together and add a spice of CSS for your new digital persona.

Yea, that guy really made a good point: Mix it all together for your new digital persona. People do not stick to standard designs or webpages, they are individuals: they buy differen cars, build differend houses, wear different clothes. They all want to be special. That’s it. And now comes the technology to support these afforts: widgets to create own mashups.

The ZDNET Enterprise Web 2.0 Blog asks: “Is the walled garden Web blowing apart?” Yes. That’s what I beliefe. Customizing his digital persona wil become common, no doubt.

Photo Originally uploaded to flickr by brunosmi.

Lessons from the incredible Blue Ball Machine

June 2, 2006

Well I had that link to the Blue Ball Machine in my old Blog and I must have it again here. (remark: turn your sound switch to loud) In times with much stress It’s almost healing and relaxing to watch that hustle and bustle in that machine. It shows me quite plainly some simple lessons:

  1. Sometimes work is like the Blue Ball Machine: it doesn’t make sense, although you work hard. Then it’s perhaps better to lean back to get a picture of the whole procedure and do something different.
  2. There are many ways to get the same thing done. 😉 The way may be nice, interesting, efficient or hard. That doesn’t really matter. Important is the result.
  3. Engineering work can be extremely creative. So if you have good engineers, there’s just one thing left: give them the right goals.

Keep that in mind and have fun.

Blue Ball Night

Originally uploaded to flickr by ++Frank++.