Top Stories: July 2-6, 2012

Reevaluating criticism of visualizations, why websites still matter, Amazon as friend and foe.

Here’s a look at the top stories published across O’Reilly sites this week.

Walking the tightrope of visualization criticism
A creative field, such as visualization, will have many different interpretations and perspectives. The resolution and richness of this opinion is important to safeguard.

You still need your own website
Brett Slatkin’s hope for a federated social web hasn’t worked out as expected, so he’s shifting perspective from infrastructure to user behavior. Here he explains why you shouldn’t abandon your website for third-party platforms.

Amazon as friend and foe
Greenleaf Book Group founder and CEO Clint Greenleaf shares a unique perspective on working with and competing against Amazon.

Lessons for ecommerce in store closings and old supply chains
An analyst says online commerce is a descendant of — and a return to — the circa-1900s catalog model popularized by Sears.

Sears catalog photo: A Vintage Sears Catalog Jewelry Page! – Free to use! by HA! Designs – Artbyheather, on Flickr

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