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Ambient Intimacy at the Future of Web Apps

I was very happy to have the opportunity to hop up and share my thoughts on Ambient Intimacy at the Future of Web Apps conference in London yesterday. The slides are above.

This is a bit of a move on from the talk I presented earlier in the year at Reboot – a little lighter on the ‘theory’ and a little more emphasis on the practical impacts of designing for Ambient Intimacy.

There are still vast untouched areas on this topic that deserve a lot more attention (and perhaps we’ll give them some in the near future) – in particular, ideas around privacy and ‘containing’ ambient intimacy need to be addressed in much greater depth.

I’d be really interested to hear your throughs on this or anything you can glean from the slides above. (I’m really going to have to do one of those audio slideshare things soon… everything will make much more sense, I’m sure).

  1. You absolutely have to do audio! I would really like to “hear” more about this.

    You mentioned one variable I find central to this “intimacy” discourse – regularity. What’s interesting is that regularity doesn’t mean consistent intervals, which is what brings up another aspect of this: sense of wonder and discovery. I am thrilled to see a new picture on Flickr or a new Twitter message. I know it’s going to happen, I’m not sure who will post it or if it will be interesting, but just knowing that it WILL happen (regularity) is a big driver for the success of this dynamic in my mind.

    I’d like to hear what you explicitly meant by “allow for time shifting”.

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