ArtLung [Joe Crawford]

Web developer & user interface engineer
Tinkering with the web since 1996

email: · twitter: @artlung · (photo from instagram)
San Diego, California, USA

May, 2012: 3 posts.

Gamification in the wild: Wells Fargo “Badge” earned 2012 May 03

I’ve been very interested in gamification since I saw Jesse Schell’s “Visions of the Gamepocalypse” back in 2010 (See Jesse Schell: Beyond Facebook, and later when I got a lot of interest from Asian foursquare users in a bid to acquire “Mile High” badges (See: Mile High).

So here we are more than a year later, and gamification is as close as my local Wells Fargo ATM, it says “You’ve earned a new badge: Express Depositor”:

Wells Fargo Gamification

I didn’t click the “Learn More” button, but I’m fascinated by the way these things work. I enjoy playing with and getting location information from Foursquare, and I really like participating in StackOverflow (and related sites). I’m not sure what these badges will mean to me at my bank.

Source cited 2012 May 04

So over several months I was consulted for an article about Flash. There were some issues and errors in it initially, but now that it’s all there, I’m delighted to show you the link: Time to de-Flash your site?

Now, Betteridge’s Law of Headlines states that “Any headline which ends in a question mark can be answered by the word ‘no'”. Still, I think the article manages to convey the complexities of the decision website owners need to make about replacing Flash. It’s still a very mixed bag out there.

It’s been a long time since I’ve had any media mentions, but this was harmless enough. Thanks David Weldon for seeking me out and for the thorough picking of my brain!

Happy Mother’s Day 2012 May 13

Photo of Mom from 2005. Happy Mother's Day Phyllis. Save us a seat.

Photo of Mom from 2005. Happy Mother’s Day Phyllis. Save us a seat.

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