A Q&A with the Helsinki-based designer who tries to get his favorite sites to make user experience improvements by creating Tumblrs about it. Read More
Youssef Sarhan, the Irish designer whose UI advice Tumblr, Yo Zuck!, earned him fame, a job interview with Facebook, and a job offer from a Helsinki startup, has turned his sights on Twitter. Mr. Sarhan’s newest Tumblr, Yo, Dick! Implement This, repeats the gag of Yo Zuck!: Mr. Sarhan nitpicks at Twitter’s design and logic. Users can @ reply themselves, but they can’t retweet their own tweets? Sup with that? Stay tuned to see if Twitter calls Mr. Sarhan! What say you, @dickc?
Yo Zuck! Tumblr Got Designer an Interview at Facebook, But No Job Offer. Still, He Made Out Pretty Well
Irish web designer Youssef Sarhan started a Tumblr called Yo Zuck! Implement This at yozuck.tumblr.com, a collection of his ideas for features and improvements for Facebook. A few days later, he got a call from Facebook for an interview. “It went pretty well, actually,” Mr. Sarhan said, but a week later Facebook turned him down. The Irish designer was understandably disappointed.
But he couldn’t stay bummed for long. The publicity around his Tumblr led to other offers. “Being featured on Techcrunch, CNET and a host of other sites pushed the message further than I had ever anticipated. It seemed every time I checked my mail I had a new message from some new start-up or CEO looking to improve the interface and experience of their product. It was a little overwhelming,” he wrote. Read More
Youssef Sarhan thinks about Facebook a lot. For example: “I was at a birthday party this weekend, everyone had a camera and hundreds if not thousands of photos were taken. But where are all these photos? Well, they are dispersed among all my friends profile pages. So I was thinking… What if you could tag a photo, video or entire album to an event so it would appear on the event’s page. This would give folks a go-to place for all things after-party.” Most Facebook users probably have a few complaints or suggestions for the social network, but Mr. Sarhan is addressing his concerns directly to its CEO: “Yo Zuck! Implement this.” Read More
How do you get Mark Zuckerberg’s attention? Irish web designer Youssef Sarhan did it by creating a new Tumblr called Yo Zuck! Implement This at yozuck.tumblr.com, a collection of his ideas for features and improvements for Facebook: video chat, group chat, a fix for broken video links, a site-wide online status indicator–all tricked out with animated .GIFs to show how such features would look.
Betabeat loved the Tumblr and so we tried to speak with Mr. Sarhan–but Facebook has already gotten to him. Read More