Fly on the Wall: “Noodage” 28 Aug 2006
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Some of the activity this week at our internal 37signals Campfire chat room:
Ryan on YouTube
Gillian Carson asked Ryan some questions about the Revver and YouTube home pages and how they compare. An excerpt of his response:
I don’t think of YouTube as a site per-se. The sites are blog posts, IMs and emails. That’s the primary thing. Then, when you end up watching a video on YouTube’s site, you realize there are more cool videos there, and you branch out. In this way the root of each visit is a permalink, a particular video, a certain experience — not the home page. In 37 parlance, the video is the epicenter of the perma, and the perma is the epicenter of the whole site. Everything revolves around the videos you love, not the farm that feeds them.
Based on this view, the home page is secondary to the permas. The home page should show me permas I’ve recently visited, recommendations based on those, and so forth. It should provide history and continuity of experience after all the time jumping from lilly pad to lilly pad.
Nood it up
There was a typo where “mood” showed up as “nood.” Kinda cool word. Ryan decided to make use of it:
Term.new (:name => ‘nood’, :definition => ‘Interface element serving aesthetic rather than functional interest’)
E.g. nood it up, needs nood, noodage, etc.
Jason commented on a job applicant who seemed reasonable: “I’m such a fan of reasonable people. I think it’s my favorite quality in someone.”
Attention deficit disorder
Jamis and Ryan talked about how it sometimes feels like Google and Amazon are companies with ADD. That led to this:
We opened up a chat room last week. An impostor “Jason Fried” showed up and claimed Sunrise would be released by the end of the week. That’s not true.
Jamis and Pearl S. Buck
We got an email from someone named Eoin. Interesting name so we did some checking and found this explanation:
Eoin was the original form John (from Greek Ioannes) took in Ireland. When the Normans arrived in the early Middle Ages, they brought Jean, their own form of John. In Ireland, Jean became Sean. Eoin became the name reserved for the saints named John (while Sean was the form used in everday use).
The pronunciation is surprising though: “oan” (sounds like Owen).
Our open chat had a bit of locker room humor (e.g. jokes about wives and to-do lists) and seemed to be populated entirely by men…