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Human-Computer Interface: The Simplicity of Asking and Telling

Simplicity in user interface combined with the power of the what is returned equals uncommon success.

Google User Interface

The Google interface allows complex queries with the most basic interaction.


Twitter User Interface

The Twitter interface allows publication into the social conversation stream with a user interaction that looks very similar.

One interaction is asking, the other is telling.


  1. Brij | May 15th, 2008 | 12:41 am

    Brilliant observation.

    Last year I blogged about strong intentional relationship between Google and Twitter character constraints.


    Enjoying your blog and tweets.

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