I’ve redesigned

“Finally,” Om Malik just told me after I told him about my redesigned blog that just went live. We were just on a panel discussion talking to Google’s sales team.

Some things you’ll notice: a prominent FriendFeed component. I’ve really become addicted to FriendFeed. It’s the best place to watch my interactions around the Internet. More and more of my time has been spent on places like Qik, Twitter, Google Reader, Seesmic, Upcoming, Flickr, YouTube, and commenting on other people’s blogs. In this redesign, done by a team at FastCompany’s offices in New York, we’ve featured many of those in my navigation bar too. UPDATE: Haewon Kye did the redesign and it’s getting mostly good reviews — more than 100 comments in about an hour on various services.

I’ve also added an advertising panel, so I’m sure that’ll start some discussion.

Sorry for being gone so much lately. Now you can see my calendar, and see just how busy my life has become. Plus, something about Twitter is more fun. Trying to say something in 140 characters does have its charms.

I’d love to know what you think. We’ll do tweaks over the next month or two as well.

What else should I add along the side?

UPDATE: TechCrunch says my sell out is complete.

334 thoughts on “I’ve redesigned

  1. Glad to hear it Robert!

    I just used the Seagate competitor as one example. There are a variety of scenarios where you might blog or converse with a spectrum of conflict involved, including financial and non-financial gain/loss. In fact, the Disclosure Policy at your blog is a great one-stop place for readers to learn about your conflicts and disclosure practices across a variety of services. Imagine including in your DP how you intend to disclose on your blog, comments elsewhere, Twitter, FriendFeed and others with less real estate involved — the emergence of such a cross-service standard would move the whole transparency topic into the post-blog era.

    I care less about what your specific policy is — that’s a personal decision. I do, however, believe that posting a DP and linking from every page with anchor text “Disclosure Policy” will help users — and possibly encourage other social media early adopters to do the same.

    Therefore, my follow-up question is: Did you intend your comment above “I plan to disclose every bias I have.” to be your Disclosure Policy or do you plan to create a specific Disclosure Policy page, linking it from your footer or sidebars? My suggestion was the latter…

    Given your integration of blogs, twitter, friendfeed and the like in this redesign; I’d love to highlight your Disclosure Policy as one example of how to increase transparency across services.

  2. Glad to hear it Robert!

    I just used the Seagate competitor as one example. There are a variety of scenarios where you might blog or converse with a spectrum of conflict involved, including financial and non-financial gain/loss. In fact, the Disclosure Policy at your blog is a great one-stop place for readers to learn about your conflicts and disclosure practices across a variety of services. Imagine including in your DP how you intend to disclose on your blog, comments elsewhere, Twitter, FriendFeed and others with less real estate involved — the emergence of such a cross-service standard would move the whole transparency topic into the post-blog era.

    I care less about what your specific policy is — that’s a personal decision. I do, however, believe that posting a DP and linking from every page with anchor text “Disclosure Policy” will help users — and possibly encourage other social media early adopters to do the same.

    Therefore, my follow-up question is: Did you intend your comment above “I plan to disclose every bias I have.” to be your Disclosure Policy or do you plan to create a specific Disclosure Policy page, linking it from your footer or sidebars? My suggestion was the latter…

    Given your integration of blogs, twitter, friendfeed and the like in this redesign; I’d love to highlight your Disclosure Policy as one example of how to increase transparency across services.

  3. The design looks great and loved the font. Any reason for avoiding the navigation menu in the header ?

    Interesting to see that no pages are hosted locally except “archives” !

    Also loved the way you’ve linked “About Me” linking to Wikipedia only that the wikipedia page needs to be updated (It doesn’t say that you are currently working in FastCompany :) )

  4. The design looks great and loved the font. Any reason for avoiding the navigation menu in the header ?

    Interesting to see that no pages are hosted locally except “archives” !

    Also loved the way you’ve linked “About Me” linking to Wikipedia only that the wikipedia page needs to be updated (It doesn’t say that you are currently working in FastCompany :) )

  5. A disclosure policy is smart. I plan to disclose every bias I have.

    The problem isn’t what happens when I blog about a Seagate competitor. If there was a real bias I just wouldn’t blog about the competitor at all.

    But, I’d love to help my readers figure out my conflicts in an easier way.

  6. A disclosure policy is smart. I plan to disclose every bias I have.

    The problem isn’t what happens when I blog about a Seagate competitor. If there was a real bias I just wouldn’t blog about the competitor at all.

    But, I’d love to help my readers figure out my conflicts in an easier way.

  7. Hey Robert,

    Congrats on the redesign. It’s a perfect opportunity to add a “Disclosure Policy” link to the bottom/side of your blog, linking to a brief statement of any conflicts and you policy of disclosing them for readers.

    For example, if you blog about a Seagate competitor, do you plan to remind the reader that Seagate is a sponsor of yours? What if you blog about a competitor to FastCompany, who isn’t a cash sponsor of yours but you definitely have the potential for financial gain from FastCompany success?

    It’s easy to think that everyone already knows your interests/conflicts/policy, but the reality is new people stumble across your blog daily and have no idea. Like Privacy Policy links, a Disclosure Policy link on every page provides old/new readers a standard phrase to look for and build trust with the publisher they are reading.

    You can create a basic DP at http://www.disclosurepolicy.org/ or you can create your own. Whaddya say?

  8. Hey Robert,

    Congrats on the redesign. It’s a perfect opportunity to add a “Disclosure Policy” link to the bottom/side of your blog, linking to a brief statement of any conflicts and you policy of disclosing them for readers.

    For example, if you blog about a Seagate competitor, do you plan to remind the reader that Seagate is a sponsor of yours? What if you blog about a competitor to FastCompany, who isn’t a cash sponsor of yours but you definitely have the potential for financial gain from FastCompany success?

    It’s easy to think that everyone already knows your interests/conflicts/policy, but the reality is new people stumble across your blog daily and have no idea. Like Privacy Policy links, a Disclosure Policy link on every page provides old/new readers a standard phrase to look for and build trust with the publisher they are reading.

    You can create a basic DP at http://www.disclosurepolicy.org/ or you can create your own. Whaddya say?

  9. Although I would like to shout out ‘sell out, sell out!’. I refrain as I see that putting an ad does not make a difference and I don’t really care but it but it does seem a bit hypocritical (As you were agaisnt it before and made big posts on it) and maybe a sign that you were better off before than today due to a few failed business decisions you made in the past.

    Well like the redesign and hope all is going well but I do have one objection. I can see that you have a seagate advert but why the seagate swirls behind your name in the banner? I hope you get some more individuality. If you want a free logo made I wouldn’t mind helping you make a kick ass one.

    later!

  10. Although I would like to shout out ‘sell out, sell out!’. I refrain as I see that putting an ad does not make a difference and I don’t really care but it but it does seem a bit hypocritical (As you were agaisnt it before and made big posts on it) and maybe a sign that you were better off before than today due to a few failed business decisions you made in the past.

    Well like the redesign and hope all is going well but I do have one objection. I can see that you have a seagate advert but why the seagate swirls behind your name in the banner? I hope you get some more individuality. If you want a free logo made I wouldn’t mind helping you make a kick ass one.

    later!

  11. I miss the guy next to the tree!

    This new design is slick and very polished, but I miss the turn-of-the-century look of your old blog – it was so delightfully simple.

    See you on FF!

  12. I miss the guy next to the tree!

    This new design is slick and very polished, but I miss the turn-of-the-century look of your old blog – it was so delightfully simple.

    See you on FF!

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