Nadeem Bakhsh

Nadeem Bakhsh

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UX, usability & product strategy consultant in Dubai. Specialize in web and mobile innovation, growth, engagement and conversion strategies and execution. I'm Kashmiri, Saudi, British and confused. I love working on 'social good', humanitarian, philanthropic and nonprofit projects, my goal is to make the world user friendly. Let’s cloud, crowd and collaborate.

Home page: http://nadude.com

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The Devastating Effects of a Weak UX Research and User Testing Process

Stumble Upon Social Media Traffic via Mashable

Stumble Upon Social Media Traffic via Mashable

Once upon a time in a galaxy far far away, StumbleUpon was awesome, it actually drove more traffic than Facebook. Then their UX process failed somewhere. The graph above was featured from a study carried out in the first three weeks of August 2011. It showed StumbleUpon drove more than 50% of social media referral traffic, while Facebook had almost 39% and Youtube, Twitter, Reddit and others had less than 4% each. Driving more traffic than Facebook? Nobody could argue against its throne of awesomeness. (more…)

Disappointing Windows 8 User Test & Expert Usability Review

Watch what happens when you get a Windows user drunk on tequila and take Windows 8 for a test drive. A blunt and hilariously awesome uncensored look at the broken user experience.

“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” I’m not sure what the goal of this Windows 8 update was, I love Windows 7 and when you give Windows 7 enough power, it is really good.  In fact, OSX Lion was lacking a couple usability features which Windows 7 provided, that are now available in Mountain Lion. Examples you ask? Cutting and pasting files in finder – shocking ay! As well as pasting a bunch of files in a folder, where the same file name already exists – windows 7 allows you to replace, cancel or keep both by appending a number to the new file – Lion freaks out and gives you the option to replace or cancel. There are plenty more too. I still prefer Windows 7 to Mountain Lion.

I was very curious to check out Windows 8, but after trying it out at a store, reading Jakob Nielsen’s Windows 8 Review and watching this drunk user test of windows embedded below, I’m definitely skipping Windows 8.  (more…)

How to set Google Chrome Omnibox Search back to Google.com in English?

Google’s regional language detection and change system drives me crazy. I live in the Middle East, but don’t speak Arabic. Yet if I install Chrome or use Gmail, Google Drive, Documents, Blogger, Apps or any of Google’s products in the region, it always sends me to the arabic version, with no way for me to switch back to Google.com in English – unless I speak Arabic, which I don’t.

It’s easy to fix though, go to chrome settings from the wrench icon on the top right, then Manage Search Engines. Add a new search engine with the name = Google.com English, keyword = hello and URL = www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=%s . Set this as default and you’re good to go. (more…)

How to reset custom contact ringtones back to the default ringtone on Android?

AAGGGGHHHHH! If you set a custom contact ringtone in Android version 4.x – and apparently all other versions, it uses that ringtone for every possible notification from that contact. This includes calling, sms, emails and IM notifications from messaging applications like WhatsApp. Definitely a UX/usability flaw in the Android OS as I need call ringtones to be differentiated from messaging ringtones for obvious reasons. What makes things worse – there is no option to reset the ringtone back to the default ringtone. (more…)

Photography Posing Guides: Sample Poses to Get You Started

DPS Groups of People Posing Guide

DPS Groups of People Posing Guide

Digital Photography School has created a great mini series featuring ‘posing cheat sheets’ for taking pictures of people. When shooting photos of people, it’s useful for them to have a look at the cheat sheets, to pick a pose and visualize the shot. They’ll feel more comfortable and relaxed modeling that awesome pose. (more…)

Mind Blowing Dance

Because dancing is awesome. These are a few dance videos that had every cell in my body wishing they were in sync.

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A Shocking Mobile & Social Media Landscape Difference in 4 Years

We all know mobile and social media has exploded recently, but have you seen any data studies that portray the impact on a global event like the Olympics? Check out this iProspect infographic on Mashable.

Olympics Mobile & Social Media Landscape 2012 by iProspect

Olympics Mobile & Social Media Landscape 2012 by iProspect

Instagram Style Lightroom & Photoshop Filter Presets

Instagram Style Lightroom & Photoshop Filter Presets via Casey Mac Photos

Instagram Style Lightroom & Photoshop Filter Presets via Casey Mac Photos

I love Instagram’s photo filters and wished my camera’s photos could be as cool. Luckily CaseyMac Photos has created all 17 Instagram filters and actions for Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop. They aren’t free, but well worth the $5 charge.

The Short 3 Hour Lifespan of Social Media Links

Bit.ly: Lifespan of Links in Social Media. Distribution of half-lifes over four different referrer types. Facebook, twitter and direct link (links shared via email, instant messengers etc.) half lifes follow a strikingly similar distribution.

Distribution of half-lifes over four different referrer types. via Bit.ly

There is a lot of noise on social networks these days with real friends’ updates getting lost in the chaotic streams of advertising and social media marketing. This is great for businesses but quite annoying as a friend.

Research at bit.ly analyzed a 1000 popular links to find: ‘In general, half life of a bitly link is about 3 hours, unless you publish your links on youtube, where you can expect about 7 hours worth of attention. Many links last a lot less than 2 hours; other more sticky links last longer than 11 hours over all the referrers. This leads us to believe that the lifespan of your link is connected more to what content it points to than on where you post it: on the social web it’s all about what you share, not where you share it!’.

So popular links live around 3 hours with an initial burst of attention within the first 30-90 minutes which slowly fades away while other links lose interest within minutes!

2012’s Best Apps & Programs for Windows, Mac, Android, iPads & iPhones

 

Every year Lifehacker creates a list of their favorite, most popular must-have applications for each popular platform. The apps are divided into categories of productivity, internet/communication, location-aware, music, photos and video, utilities and more.

If you’re setting up a new device or looking for a reliable recommendation check these out.

Android Pack

iPad Pack

iPhone Pack

Linux Pack

Mac OSx Pack

Windows Pack

 

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