I am playing a bit of a punk to the wise elders of tech....Gavin and Michael. I don't disagree with feelings of these riffs against walled gardens, lobster traps and annoying ads but I don't think the advice that emerges works.
I would suggest...
- Don't design for yourself. (Perry White reference alone makes this point)
- Providing your vision, comments, staff time and content and only asking for email name alone is akin introducing yourself online.
- It is not that big of a deal for people to "skip to homepage" through the splash page. Those pages are the best ways to start collecting information on users.
- People are not on Facebook or "being pushed to Facebook" by groups. They are there for their friends. They are on Myspace in equal numbers. It is the nonprofits that need to listen and organize where the people are. Going where the people are at is reducing the barrier.
Get Thee Behind Me, Disco Duck! » Digital Diner.
Michael Gilbert (who I think of as my own personal Perry White) suggested I repost my response here, on the Diner. (I think he’s worried that I haven’t posted much stuff in the last few months. Not to worry Michael, it was just a dry spell caused by excessive time travel.