Links for today

The Designer’s Notebook on hooks for users
http://www.gamasutra.com/view/feature/3913/the_designers_notebook_numbers_.php

Strategies for sharing UGC content
http://influence.forumone.com/archives/317-Strategies-for-Visualizing-and-Sharing-Policy-Content.html

Growing up social
http://www.mediapost.com/publications/?fa=Articles.san&art_aid=99160

The New PC Worm Spreads Havoc
http://www.netfamilynews.org/2009/01/new-pc-worm-infecting-millions.html

Social User Demographics
http://www.emarketer.com/Article.aspx?id=1006882

A Review of Danah Boyd’s Social Networking Thesis “Taken Out of Context”
http://www.netfamilynews.org/2009/01/youth-perspective-essential.html

US Retail Sales fall for the first time in 14 years
http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087&sid=aL7sHljfxY64&refer=home

Geeky gaming furniture
http://weburbanist.com/2009/01/23/19-pieces-gaming-furniture/

An online start-up teaches kids math
http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/01/27/start-up-uses-online-games-to-teach-kids-math/

Teaching kids about online harassment
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/27/business/media/27adco.html?_r=1&ref=technology

The age of personalization
http://adage.com/mediaworks/article?article_id=134049

Video Games out sell DVD
http://www.joystiq.com/2009/01/26/games-outsell-dvd-blu-ray-at-retail-globally/

Getting Facebook peeps to spread your widgets
http://www.emarketer.com/Article.aspx?id=1006875

Puma in football superstars
http://www.kzero.co.uk/blog/?p=2675

Teen’s opinions of the super bowl?
http://www.ypulse.com/ypulse-research-roundup-global-teens-not-into-super-bowl-college-recruiters-love-social-media/

Spore targeting kids
http://blog.wired.com/games/2009/01/electronic-arts.html

Targeting tweens with marketing in these virtual experiences
http://www.sanluisobispo.com/living/family_relationships/story/598043.html

Franktown gets more PR
http://www.virtualworldsnews.com/2009/01/franktown-rocks-building-longterm-brand-for-virtual-world.html

FusionFall looking to engage more communication
http://www.virtualworldsnews.com/2009/01/fusionfall-eyeing-more-social-options.html

200+ Virtual Worlds for kids developing or Live
http://www.virtualworldsnews.com/2009/01/virtual-worlds-management-today-released-its-updated-youth-worlds-analysis-based-on-comprehensive-research-available-through.html

John Cleese on Time/Flow of creativity
http://edu.blogs.com/edublogs/2009/01/john-cleese-on-time-place-and-flow-of-creativity.html

Wizard 101 leveling
http://www.massively.com/2009/01/26/get-mystical-with-this-wizard101-combat-primer/

As always, many props to places like Ypulse, Virtual World News, ShapingYouth.org, and the New York Times/LA Times technology pages.  Not to mention my Netvibes (oh, shush, you google reader folks, hahaha), and all the blog resources linked above (and, of course, to John Cleese, for simply existing).

I have each article tabbed on my browser for rambling, but as always, get far too swept up in my day.

Many apologies.  Hope you find something in there that works for you!


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  1. January 28, 2009 at 1:18 pm

    wow these are terrific!

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