December 3, 2008
Makes me wonder as I look at Yahoo! Buzz – year in review 2008. These are the top 10 search terms in Yahoo search.
- Britney spears (Music /Entertainment)
- WWE (Sports Entertainment)
- Barack Obama (Politics)
- Miley Cyrus ( Entertainment)
- RuneScape (Online gaming entertainment)
- Jessica Alba (Movie star / entertainment)
- Naruto (Entertainment)
- Lindsay Lohan (Movie star / entertainment)
- Angelina Jolie (Movie star / entertainment)
- American Idol (TV / entertainment)
Note that 9 out of the 10 terms are entertainment oriented, a trend which is similar to 2007.
Wonder if this is a reflection of Yahoo users or whether the entertainment industry is recession proof ? What do you think ? (Note: Britney spears is worth $110 million)
There are two beasts in entertainment which I feel when legalized in India, could change the face of entertainment and prove to be a great opportunity for startups.
- Gambling on TV / in casinos.
- Pornography on TV.
What do you think ? Any ideas for killer startups in this space 🙂 ? (or should we say hot startups 🙂 )
Filed in Ideas!, product management, recession, Search engines, Social Media, Social Tech, Startup, Startup Networking, Technology for real life, User Interface
Tags: britney spears, entertainment in india, entertainment industry, Ideas!, killer startups, new startup ideas, recession, recession proof, startup ideas, top search 2008, vinodh nandakumar, vinodhn, yahoo top searches
November 13, 2008
World Usability Day (WUD) is a global initiative of the Usability Professionals’ Association to ensure that services and products important to human life are easier to access and simpler to use. Each year, in November, over 300 events are organized in over 40 countries around the world to raise awareness for the general public, and train professionals in the issues central to good usability research, development and practice.
The 2008 World Usability Day focuses on Usability in Transportation focussing on the interaction people and vehicles, the challenges and issues infrastructure and modes for moving around in our environment. World Usability Day 2008 is focused on exploring and creating awareness for several aspects of transportation in Bangalore and in India.
Date : 29th November 2008
Time : 10.30 to 4.30 am
Venue : Yahoo campus (inner ring raod, domlur)
If you are going to be at the event, drop me a line in comments below or send me a message on Twitter.
Filed in Events I'm attending, Rich Internet Applications, Social Tech, Technology for real life, Usability, User Experience, User Interface, Web 2.0
Tags: Events I'm attending, how to build UX, UPA, UPA bangalore, Usability, usability india, usability professionals association, user centric design, User Experience, User Interface, UX, UX events, vinodh nandakumar, vinodhn, world usability day, WUD 2008
November 7, 2008
It gives me great pleasure to announce that I will now be guest blogging for the Product Management View – a blog focussed on product management and strategy , run by world class product managers from various backgrounds and vast experience in this field.I am pleased to be associated with them and look forward to some great discussions over there. Thanks to Stewart Rogers from PM view for making this happen.
My first post for the Product management view is about maximizing product value through effective feature prioritization. Looking forward to hearing your thoughts on this topic and having some great conversations.
Filed in Agile, Collaboration, geeky, Ideas!, information architecture, personas, product management, product reviews, Requirements gathering, Social Networking, Social Tech, Technology for real life, Usability, use cases, User Experience, Web 2.0
Tags: blog alliances, building web products, feature prioritization, feature triaging, indian bloggers, product management, product positioning, product strategy, strategies for web products, vinodh nandakumar, vinodh on product management view, vinodh on product managment, vinodhn
November 6, 2008
I just finished going through the Consumer experience report, from Razorfish a survey which has documented the online behavior and characteristics of more than 1,000 “connected” consumers on the internet. This was refreshing to read in the midst of all grim news and presentations from VC firms and the layoffs in internet firms.
The Consumer experience report looks at:
- People’s life online and their exchanges and networks that they build on the web
- Changing consumer behavior heralded by Web 2.0, UGC and the voice of the consumer
- what is the real impact of the “social web”;
- Key drives for transactions and purchases on the web
- and who is really using the mobile web and what are they doing.
The survey report is nicely documented and gives several key insights into online consumer behavior. If you are building a consumer internet product, it would suggest you go through this report.
Here are some thoughts I found encouraging, with potential for building opportunities on
- Search as the start of most online experiences
- Increasing importance of user experience design and designing for the “Facebook generation”
- Emergence of online video as a rising star and increased adoption across demographics
- Accelerated adoption of social media technologies at a breakneck speed – Increasing popularity of Twitter, Facebook and other social technologies which connect people and enable conversations
- Peer driven search and search from social recommendation sites driving digital commerce
- Market for smartphone is growing and adoption of online mobile services nascent
- Growth of mico conversations and social media tools like twitter -“I don’t remember how I kept in touch before!”
- Increased use of widgets which mashup data from various sources and can be accessed on the web and mobile
- Increased demand for data visualization and enabling users to track their activities over the social web.
So what are your thoughts on the report ? If you run an Internet startup, what are you doing to leverage this ?
You can download the entire report in PDF from here.
Filed in Collaboration, product management, Rich Internet Applications, Social Media, Social Networking, Social Tech, Startup, Startup Networking, Technology for real life, Usability, User Interface, Web 2.0
Tags: conversations, demographics, facebook, how the web is changing, internet, marketing, microblogging, PR, social, Social Media, social media evangelism, social media evolution, social media strategies, Social Networking, social web, twitter, understanding consumer behavior, understanding user experience, user behavior, users, Web 2.0, web 3.0
November 4, 2008
So what is spatial search ?
In today’s context, where the Internet is the starting point for finding any information you need about anything in the world, and of course most of us use Google. The problem with traditional search is that it does not support or have information about the geographical dimension.
Why is spatial search important ?
This becomes extremely important when searching for something like “Guest houses in Bangalore”. Although the geographical location, in this case ‘Bangalore’ can be used as a part of search query term, the search engine does not interpret it as a geographical location.
So results for the search query – “Guest houses in Bangalore” will turn up documents with “Guest houses” and “Bangalore” and might not show up results with guest houses koramangala or indiranagar which are localities in Bangalore and also hence very apt results. This is because, the search engine does not have a relationship between these terms.
The other issue with traditional search in entities like homes is that the geographical information of these locations are not known, and hence they cannot be visualized on a map – which would be the most intuitive way to visualize these results.
While planning and architecting my100floors, we understood the need for Spatial search and helping users visualize home searches on maps. Moreover we felt that that searching for properties on maps was the intuitive way to find properties. In fact, we are the first to provide a map based search in India, cracking the problem of non-availability of geo-coded data.
The next post will talk about our implementation of Spatial search in, challenges we faced and a walk through of the user experience.
Filed in Cool stuff, cool technology, design, geeky, Ideas!, product management, Requirements gathering, Rich Internet Applications, Search engines, Social Tech, Startup, Technology for real life, Usability, User Experience, User Interface, Web 2.0
Tags: product management, product strategy, Startup
October 14, 2008
Off topic, but couldn’t resist blogging about this.
Image Source : Dead President
Filed in Cool stuff, design, Google, Ideas!, Social Tech, tangential, Technology for real life, User Experience
Tags: baba ramdev, Google, google chrome, india, indian advertising, marketing, pranayama, product marketing, product positioning, product strategy, smart advertising, vinodh nandakumar, vinodhn, yoga, yogic guru
October 13, 2008
Nice video which captures the Wall Street meltdown, now we do know who started the fire 🙂
Remixed version of Billy Joel’s fame “We didn’t start the fire”.