Archive for November, 2009

London DataStore

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

“The Greater London Authority is currently in the process of scoping London’s DataStore. Initially we propose to release as much GLA data as possible and to encourage other public agencies in London to do the same and we’d like your help!” (past event + @londondatastore + blog post)

Checking your bad mood at the office door

Sunday, November 15th, 2009


Having a positive attitude, even striving for cheerful, in the workplace isn’t always easy. The ability to be positive is an essential leadership skill and responsibility.

  • Studies on “emotional contagions” in professional settings: you can catch a bad mood + expressing positive emotions and moods tends to enhance performance at individual, group and organizational levels
  • To put on a happy face, the first step is self awareness followed by self control (managing how you respond to others). Admit to yourself that, yes, you’re in bad mood, and then make sure you keep your crabbiness under wraps.

Defriending can bruise your ‘digital ego’

Sunday, November 15th, 2009

CNN article

  • Researchers say our reaction to social rejection is the same whether it happens online or off
  • Elaine Fogel learned this after having a LinkedIn request be turned down
  • After experiencing online rejection, Kenneth Loflin altered the way he interacts online
  • Some users think you can avoid awkwardness of defriending by sending e-mail to explain

(plus from danah boyd (2006). Friends, Friendsters, and MySpace: ‘defriending’ someone by dropping them from a friend list can result – deliberately or accidentally – in upset feelings )

Who’s Viewed You? The Impact of Feedback in a mobile location Sharing System

Monday, November 9th, 2009

nice user study (CHI’09)

a mobile location sharing system. In our study, (n = 56), one group was given feedback in the form of a history of location requests, and a second group was given no feedback at all – feedback allays privacy concerns