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The importance of delivery to New Yorkers

I recently discovered Wakozi.com, what TechCrunch called “Kozmo for booze.” For those of you who never knew Kozmo.com, they were a movie-and-snacks delivery service that operated in Manhattan (and later in other cities) in the late-90s. Their angle was that they delivered your order for free in under an hour. I was one of their [Keep Reading...]

Update on Amazon’s TextBuyIt

As you may have read on Wednesday, I bought a book through Amazon’s new service TextBuyIt. I was really impressed by the user flow and was able to buy the book I was looking for in about two minutes. Even more incredible is that the book showed up at my house yesterday morning, just two [Keep Reading...]

Design — Architect — Engineer

I’m talking about the verbs, not the nouns. To design. To architect. To engineer. These words are often conflated — a common source of despair for those of us in the related fields, misunderstood and misidentified. This issue has been tackled by many people far more seasoned and insightful than me. But if I may [Keep Reading...]

Text message your order to Amazon

Amazon launched a new service yesterday called TextBuyIt in which you can look up and compare product info via SMS and purchase with your pre-existing account. I tried it out this morning by texting “Purple cow” to short code 262966 (“Amazon” on the keypad). A moment later I got a response that read: Reply w/1 [Keep Reading...]

NY Tech Meetup — April 2008

Just got home from this month’s NY Tech Meetup, which Scott said is the 42nd meeting so far. I’m talking about Scott Heiferman, CEO and co-founder of Meetup.com. He started NY Tech and is the MC for every event. This month they packed in eight presenters at five minutes each, so things moved pretty swiftly. [Keep Reading...]

Links from 3/30/2008 to 4/1/2008

Leading With Insight » SlideShareVia Armano Good UI Design: Make It Easy, Show Me You Care – ReadWriteWeb Find your Pals on Flickr ? via Gmail, Hotmail, and Yahoo Mail!From Photojojo Top 5 reasons why ?The Customer Is Always Right? is wrongVia Kottke adaptive path » Conversation with Matt Jones, Co-founder/Designer, Dopplr Sign Up Forms [Keep Reading...]

How Bebo Ruined My Life

My story, sad but true. While doing research for the blog post I wrote on Sunday comparing the “People you may know” feature of various social networking sites, I made the soon-to-be regrettable decision to add friends to my Bebo account. Like many services of their kind, they allow you to import your address book [Keep Reading...]