This week I was amazed by all I learned at UX Web Summit, an Environments for Humans online one-day conference! An impressive line-up of speakers, great resources and tips (blog post soon!) on user experience, and the opportunity to get questions personally answered by experts in the field made for an outstanding day.Shout out to Ari Stiles and Christopher Schmitt for their work organizing an incredible conference! I love attending online conferences and usually attend in my pj’s at home. This time I joined other Refresh Detroit members at Washtenaw Community College to attend the conference. Interaction designer and developer Aral Balkan kicked off the event with the wonderful video below. Enjoy!
- Chris Barger, director of social media at General Motors
- Blagica Bottigliero, internal social media specialist at Edelman
- Hajj Fleming, founder of Brand Camp University.
Here are my notes from the discussion:
- Companies may be hesitant to engage in social media due to time suck.
- Small business owners don’t have time to commit 24/7 to social media. Possible solution: hire someone to manage social media.
- Everybody is in the social media space, not just Generation Y.
- Fear can be a great catalyst to do something you’re not comfortable with. Fear can take you to the next level.
- People get caught up in the terms used in social media. Need to remember basic business principles: connect with others.
- Reasons to use social media:
- Someone out there is talking about you, so talk back!
- The world can see you being a better business.
- Take every opportunity to recognize and announce the good things others are accomplishing. Even if they are your competitors. There’s enough room for us all to be successful.
- As a brand, you’re in the business to sell.
- While we meet people on social media channels, at the end of the day, we still need to meet face to face.
- Can’t put a measurement on every single aspect of social media.
One of my favorite comments from the panel discussion was Dave Murray’s comment
We walk away from this event with smiles on our faces and knowledge in our pockets.
I was caught off guard today when I explained to a user how to fill in form fields on a form. The user said “What are form fields?” I pointed to the areas on the form, and the user replied, “I call those spaces or text boxes.”
His response made me wonder what others call the areas that are filled out in forms.
I’m not looking for the “developer” term; I’m looking for the “person filling out the form” term. For example, you need to fill out a registration form. What do you call the area where you enter your first name?
May 21, 2010 Update
Unfortunately Poll Everywhere isn’t displaying the poll correctly across all browsers, so I had to take the live poll down. Below is the image of the final poll. And the winner is “field” followed closely by the term “form field”.