Time will tell what this statement really means in practice—and I fully understand the argument (and Twitter’s right to take such a stance against their 3rd-party developers)—but it’s easy to speculate where this goes. It’s sad to see a company—that was popularized in no small part by giving 3rd parties access to their data—begin to change course and restrict those developers and former partners.
(via Daring Fireball)
I think Jack Dorsey is my new hero. I knew he was a founder of both Twitter and Square, but really didn’t know anything else about him. He’s super-sharp and has some great thoughts on startups, observing opportunities, and timing your ideas. I’d love to see a full hour or more with him.
(via Keegan Jones)
Great essay by Pell. It’s true of our entire online persona, not just Facebook. It reminds me of bumper stickers. I have no bumper stickers on my car. It’s not that I have no opinions, it’s just that, ultimately, I make snap judgements about every driver I see on the road based off of their bumper stickers. Snap judgements are a barrier to truly getting to know someone and an online profile is essentially a big pile of bumper stickers—lacking depth and context and human presence.
Interesting concept. There are probably several other services that could benefit from a decentralization similar to email—imagine standardization and decentralization (and the data portability that comes with it) for services like video or photo sharing, for example—but Twitter may make the most sense right now.
Some great backstory and perspective by Biz on both of his “overnight” successes: Blogger and Twitter.
In many ways it’s hard to remember, the but internet didn’t used to be as social as it is now. There was a time, not too long ago, where Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, etc. didn’t exist, or at least had very little traction in our daily lives.
Last week, as I found myself needing to make a final push on some work—in particular, a large update to the very blogging platform this post is published on (more on that later)—I noticed, and became increasingly annoyed with my proclivity toward CRS. What is “CRS”, you ask? It’s what I’ve dubbed Constant-Refresh-Syndrome—and I had it bad.
Over the last year I had the honor of sharing office space with the Tweety Got Back crew. They are simple wonderful, and so is their new site. If you’re on Twitter and don’t have a fun theme set up, go grab one. They’ve made it ridiculously easy.
As always, I’m a sucker for good info-graphics and good motion-graphics. Put the two together and you’ve really got me.
You have to watch this a couple times to really internalize some of the numbers. In particular, Facebook’s overall dominance is simply staggering.
I’m currently working on a book cover design for none other than my dad, Chuck Blakeman. We’ve got a few different designs we’ve narrowed it down to, and I thought I’d have some fun by throwing a couple of them out on Twitter to get some responses.
The above aren’t all of the ideas I came up with, but representative of the 4 different directions of the design choices.
So far, what has surprised me the most is the polarization between the grey covers and the more colorful covers. It’s almost a mutually-exclusive response. If you like the grey cover in the first set, you’ll like the grey cover in the second. If you like the white cover, you’ll like the blue/yellow cover.
I’m not sure what to do with that information yet, but it’s fun to see the strong pattern in responses. What would you pick?