Push(y) Notifications

As an early adopter of smartphones, and product manager at a company with an iPhone app, I. Love. Push Notifications. They provide relevant information at appropriate times and locations, and a quick entry point for the user to exactly where they want to go within an app. However, companies are (rightly) approaching this new direct-communication method cautiously. There are several reasons why, one of which will be familiar to anyone who has studied the Tragedy of the Commons. Continue reading Push(y) Notifications

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Tragedy of the (Boston) Commons

This winter, the city of Boston has gotten a LOT of snow¬†[1] [2] [3]. It’s gotten to the point where it’s hard to watch the local news without seeing another story of a roof collapsing or worse, a meteorologist reporting of more to come. However, the people of Boston have remained strong, and plowed, dug, back-hoed, and removed snow from every major street and sidewalk. Well,¬†almost every sidewalk.

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