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Jakob Nielsen to BBC: Web 2.0 distracts from good design.
Duncan Riley on TechCrunch reports that The Long Tail Is Getting Fatter
Although this fattening of the Web 2.0 marketplace makes it more difficult to stand out from the crowd, the marginal cost and ROI potential has now improved.
However the background as disussed by Richard MacManus on Read/Write Web is of The Shrinking Long Tail - Top 10 Web Domains Increasing in Reach
Nicholas Carr: He found that between the end of 2001 and the end of last year, the number of Internet domains expanded by more than 75%, from 2.9m to 5.1m. At the same time, however, the dominance of the most popular domains grew substantially. At the end of 2001, the top 10 websites accounted for 31% of all the pages viewed on the net. By the end of last year, the top 10 accounted for fully 40% of page views. There are more destinations online, but we seem to be visiting fewer of them.
PSF has more on the DirectGov research previously mentioned:
The national study commissioned by public services supersite www.direct.gov.uk questioned parents, teenagers, over 50s, motorists and disabled people.".
We requested this research and received this data-heavy 100-page survey report of 2,000 people that you can download from our site here. The evidence for Directgov's claims is not particularly convincing, with those wanting online services very much a minority group. Of those questioned, our survey said 8% of motorists wanted to be able to report a bad driver online, 10% to check their car's carbon emissions online and a relatively high 23% of parents wanted to be able to have online truancy alerts.
Bill Higgins says interface designers are in the midst of a "technological paradigm shift". "Emulated user interfaces" are turning into "desktop app in a web browser" with consequent issues. He likes GMail.
New Scientist Online has an excellent, new-ish section 'A guide for the perplexed' on climate myths - a selection:• Human CO2 emissions are too tiny to matter• The cooling after 1940 shows CO2 does not cause warming