Change is hard, especially when it comes to an app redesign – right, Snapchat? In this edition of Weekly Reads, we’ll covers platform changes from Snapchat, Facebook and Reddit, as well as trending topics and the evolving world of esports. Remember, no matter the changes, we’re all in this together!
Snapchat learned the hard way that app design matters alotto users. After releasing an update earlier this year, 1.2 million users signed a petition begging the app to switch back to its previous design. The platform listened and did switch back, but not after they saw a 2% decrease in usage. Lesson for all of us: UX truly matters. Read more after the jump…
For me, watching the U.S. Women’s National Basketball Team destroy the competition was a highlight of the Rio Olympics, especially in comparison to their more highly touted male counterparts who occasionally struggled to squeak out wins. The women straight up dominated on their way to winning gold (for the sixth straight time), outscoring their opponents by an average of 37 points. Their superiority made me wonder: why does the WNBA settle for such terrible names and logos for their teams? These women are athletes and competitors. They deserve better than to play for the Sparks, Sky, Fever and Dream. The especially irksome names are all derived from NBA affiliates, with the women’s team being the lesser of the two. The Wizards (an awful name in its own right) have the Mystics, the Timberwolves have the Lynx, the Spurs have the Stars, and the Mavericks have the Wings. Let’s give these women the respect they deserve and come up with some team names that are cool, and logos that aren’t simply bastardizations of their NBA brothers.
Thursday should have been the first day of the 2012-13 National Hockey League (NHL) season. Unfortunately for hockey fans, owners and the National Hockey League Players Association (NHLPA) are in the midst of their third lockout in less than 20 years.
In short, this lockout began nearly a month ago, has wiped out at least the first 82 regular season games, and neither side has effectively told me why. A simple Google search for “NHL lockout” provides sparse results of any actual statements or messaging from one side or another. According to a few articles, one of the key sticking points is the players’ share of Hockey Related Revenues. But after a quick search none of the articles point to actual numbers behind those “revenues,” or better yet, why one side is more deserving of those revenues than the other.
The fact that NHL lockouts have been so frequent has prompted the popular opinion shared by ESPN’s Johnette Howard: Time to ignore the lockout. Who cares? Stop whining and just get it figured out. As a fan, I agree with Ms. Howard. The third labor-related stoppage of play in 18 years for a sport that lacks mainstream popularity…I’ve got NFL and NCAA football games on the weekends and playoff baseball to occupy my sports time. Just figure it out, you guys.