Beautifully programmed, when there’s great content to view. It would be a nice app for a small group of motivated people, or a travel company. In that form, it could be *really* useful. But for the open internet - not so much. Tap “Recent Activity” and see all the junk people are posting. Geolocations and single curse-words? “Frankie and Johnnie kissed here”? “This is a nice dog park.” Meh. I think the form-factor is an issue; I don’t think I’d allow creation from a mobile device smaller than a tablet. Guaranteed short-form low-quality stuff.
If you’ve downloaded the app, try following ‘Steffe’; one of my friends from Flickr. He has a set called “Runestones.”
[Yes, I joined. What I’ll do with it - no idea yet. Have to try *something*. The service needs quality stuff, obviously.]
Geo for Bootstrap, a Timeless Theme by Divshot.
My eyes, my eyes. To have put this into Bootstrap … omigod.
The Future of Digital Longform.
“The people who focus on length are the people who could argue semantics forever, and who will never see the web’s great potential. All the space in the world could well free up journalists to write to whatever length wish (however short or long a story deserves); frees up designers to build templates and pages previously unimaginable and richly interactive; frees up directors of photography and visuals to select however many (or few) images a story deserves, frees them up not to have to fight for inches, but to fight for the right photographs. To say this is about “longform” is to undermine this moment in our digital evolution. This is about creativity and blowing up templates and designing for the story, and helping the reader better understand harder to grasp stories. And it is my distinct pleasure to say, that’s what I see happening.” Well-said.
Nieman Journalism Lab: Getty Images blows the web’s mind by setting 35 million photos free.
“Getty Images (or third parties acting on its behalf) may collect data related to use of the Embedded Viewer and embedded Getty Images Content, and reserves the right to place advertisements in the Embedded Viewer or otherwise monetize its use without any compensation to you.” Their emphasis. I wonder what the photogs think. I’m sure we’ll hear, shortly.
TechCrunch: Stripe Debuts A New Checkout Experience With One-Click Payments.
Pretty. I understand Stripe only pays out once a week, rather than on-demand as PayPal does (three days from request to deposit).
Later: I think I’ve mentioned this before, but if I haven’t … do check where your payment-processor-of-choice is incorporated, and what their legal schemes are. You’ll be surprised (maybe not) to sometimes find them incorporated in Eastern Europe - or Bermuda/Cayman Islands, and limiting you to arbitration.
New MAMP Pro out, too.
Wow. Getting fancy.
ReadWrite: Flipboard Acquires Social Magazine Zite From CNN.
“Flipboard said that it would not continue to evolve Zite and that Flipboard would integrate the technology of Zite into Flipboard.” Sad, sad day. Zite was my favorite iPad random newsgatherer. Flipboard was interesting until I found Zite. Totally bummed over this. Totally.
CodeKit 2 is out, and looks awesome.
Shift: Episode 020 - Radical Transparency.
Later: One other thing. The concept of leadership. More people are capable of being leaders than most perceive; leaders are common. The greater problem is a dearth of ‘worker bees’; folks happy to work at their respective grindstones. Even worse in today’s ‘personal branding’ environment; noone’s content to be a “B-actor.” How do you lead when everyone’s fighting to be a leader? Do flat heirarchies work when everyone’s at the top?
New Republic: Technology’s Mindfulness Racket.
vowe dot net: Streaming music has replaced my music collection.
A great deal of options.
Scripting.com: Why blogging is an amateur thing.
“We need a word for what we do because it is an important activity. You can’t understand how news works today without understanding the role that bloggers play. So in a sense professional reporters hurt themselves by usurping a term that meant something before they applied it to themselves.” Hear, hear.
A List Apart: Delivery Logistics.
“Detailing ‘I will deliver 1x Photoshop file as a final design’ in your estimate or proposal is setting yourself up for failure. We can’t ever know how many deliverables we’ll need to convey our ideas effectively, or what fidelity will work best at each step of the design process.”
10,000 Words: Ready to Change the Web? Applications for Knight News Challenge Open Today.
Fast Co: Oral History - Sex! Drugs! Apps! SXSW Interactive At 20.
Long read; familiar names and faces. Leave for when you have the proper time to stroll through it.
LA Times: Bitcoin virtual currency is on verge of collapse.
NewMusicBox: You’re Doing Targeted Marketing Wrong.
Zach Holman: Only 90s Web Developers Remember This.
But TABLE markup still validates … (wink) …
RandomHouse.CA/Hazlitt: What Do We Actually Want Social Media to Do?
“So what do want social media to do? We want it to externalize and enable the good things: the connections with others, the lively public square, the humming pulse of the world. At the same time, we wish it could somehow evade the other side of things: the tracking, the personal branding, the fear of missing out, the pointless evasion.” I picked a bland pullquote; do read the whole thing.
What do I want? Not filters. Not lists. Hallways between niches, with doors that can be slammed shut. More control. Better implementation of subject niches. Too often a casual ‘Like’ becomes the forcible rape of my timeline. Excuse the graphic description, but that’s exactly how it feels. The goal has become to ‘get responses’, and as such, we have another race to self-exposure and that former blog-addictor, sensationalism. Or pee-on-the-fire-hydrant-last ‘personal branding.’ If I like a page for photos, and get descriptions of what your parrot horked up after dinner, I’m out of there. Social media as implemented today encourages blather. Blather has its place; just not as the majority of my timeline. Anyone can be funny. Not everyone is witty.
If you put up a page for a specific subject, please God stay on subject. A waver or two is fine, once in a while. But we came to you for a specific reason. Don’t forget that reason.
Via wood s lot.
Phone meeting, extended. Links as I can.
BBC: Facebook quietly ends email address system.
ReadWrite: How Facebook Plans To Take Over The Internet.
[Hysterical laughter.] AOL. He wants to be AOL. That’s the best he can do?
I’m this close to immolating my FB account.
Github: ClearSkies, Dropbox-like syncing without the cloud.
Consumerist: DropBox Jumps On Forced Arbitration Bandwagon, But Offers Online Opt-Out.
“Thank you Dropbox for unburdening consumers of their statutory right to seek legal redress in a court of law! It’s like you read our minds. We’d all much rather be heard by a paid arbitrator in a process that is heavily unbalanced in favor of businesses.”