Wanted to test this photoblog UI and thought: San Antonio is a nice place to take photos. So had to buy tickets to Warriors/Spurs tonight.→ 2017/03/29 9:55 am
Last Friday we published Core Intuition 275. From the show notes:
Daniel and Manton talk about Manton’s decision to hire Jean MacDonald as Micro.blog’s Community Manager, and the psychological effects of transitioning from a single to multi-person company. They also react to this week’s Apple announcements, focusing mainly on Apple’s new Clips app and how it relates to Apple’s historic focus on facilitating user creativity.
This episode captures the biggest shift for my business since I left my regular job a couple years ago. I’m also hoping to resume my Timetable podcast soon, since there’s more I’d like to talk about that won’t always fit into Core Intuition.
The blog has gone a little quiet as I focus on a bunch of coding work. Very busy week.→ 2017/03/27 10:04 am
Didn’t expect much from my bracket, but after that great UNC win I’ve somehow picked 3 teams correctly in the Final Four. (Not S. Carolina.)→ 2017/03/26 7:43 pm
Earlier this month I flew up to Portland for a few days. It was a great trip. I posted about attending the Blazers game and meeting the IndieWeb group at the DreamHost office. I also sat down with Jean MacDonald to talk about what she has been up to and show her what I’ve been building for Micro.blog.
Today I sent an update to Kickstarter backers about the stretch goal promise I made to hire a community manager. I couldn’t be happier to announce that Jean MacDonald will be helping me in the next steps for Micro.blog.
It became clear as I’ve been talking with Jean that she will add so much to the project. Making the announcement today has inspired me even more to finish rolling out Micro.blog and to see where the community takes it.
On last week’s Core Intuition, I told Daniel that the approach for Micro.blog has to be different than for my previous apps. It’s such a big opportunity that if I don’t focus everything on it, then it will not work. I covered the same theme in a post last month:
I’ve realized as I work toward launching Micro.blog that this product is different. It has a much greater scope than anything I’ve built by myself. To be successful, it needs a team.
No single decision will guarantee success. But today’s announcement is a big milestone for Micro.blog because it’s more than a promise or hope for things to come. Jean’s experience will be essential to guiding the community and moving the platform forward.
Stephen Hackett marked his 10th anniversary of using Twitter by writing about how great Twitter has been for connecting people. Of course, the company’s problems are also well known:
The company itself seems to struggle in getting even basic decisions right. I often joke that Twitter may be doomed, but I don’t say it in pure jest.
He made a similar joke on Connected 133 that Twitter will be gone in 5 years. I think it’s a toss-up. But one thing I’m pretty sure about: the hate tweets and harassment problems can’t be fixed by waving a magic wand. They are fundamental and must be planned for at the beginning.
Busy morning! Stopped for Tacodeli to start the day right. Big announcement going out to Micro.blog Kickstarter backers soon.→ 2017/03/21 9:09 am
I’ve tried everything for cutting cable. Sling, Hulu, HBO, iTunes. PlayStation Vue on the Apple TV is the real deal. The best by far.→ 2017/03/20 10:46 am
App.net officially shut down last night. As I wrote about earlier this year, App.net was an important milestone in the move to more open social networks. I’m glad the platform existed and I enjoyed participating there as a user and developer.
Linkrot and the lack of permanence on the web is a recurring theme for this blog. In the final days as App.net was winding down, I wanted to put my money where my mouth was. I spun up a couple new servers and wrote a set of scripts to essentially download every post on App.net. It feels like a fragile archive, put together hastily, but I believe it’s mostly complete. I’ve also downloaded thumbnail versions of some of the public photos hosted on App.net.
I’ll be making the posts available somewhere, although I don’t know exactly what form the archive should take yet. I’ll also be considering whether to integrate it with Micro.blog, for anyone who wants to migrate to a new microblog and didn’t have time to manually export their posts. (I’ve already built a similar feature to import from Twitter’s .zip archives.)
To my Kickstarter backers, thanks for your patience as I took an unexpected detour this week. Major work on Micro.blog continues. I have a big announcement for next week and invites should be ready the following week. I’ll post an update to Kickstarter soon.
Last day for App.net. Thank you to the great community there. Best of luck everyone!→ 2017/03/15 4:42 pm
Finishing some web backend work this morning while the kids play Zelda. I’m not very far in the game yet, but so impressed with it.→ 2017/03/11 10:24 am
Even with Kawhi out, very risky to rest so many players on the Warriors tonight. The #1 seed is going to be decided by a couple games.→ 2017/03/11 10:01 am
Fifteen years ago today I started this blog during SXSW. Although I didn’t think much of it at the time, because Twitter hadn’t been invented yet, my first post was essentially a microblog post. 145 characters and no title. (Titles on the old posts were added later during the migration to Movable Type.)
I’ve written about 1100 posts since then, and another 600 microblog posts. Some of my favorites last year:
- Twitter at 10 years. Reflecting on the state of Twitter and where to go from here.
- Today’s social networks are broken. Partly a mission statement for Micro.blog.
- Core Intuition 259 transcript. Daniel and I discussing Apple’s new design book after the election.
- Proud to have voted for Hillary. Still pretty upset about November.
- Podcasting lock-in and the lesson from Penn Station. What happened to Penn Station in New York, and similarities between podcasting and blogging.
- Kapeli’s suspension is a test for Apple. One of many posts about App Store rejections. Apple’s power over indie developers is a recurring theme.
- Apple apologists. There’s no need to defend Apple when they make mistakes.
- Blog when you disagree. Why blogging longer thoughts is still very important.
- Is this even possible? Visiting a new coffee shop every day for a month. After that I worked from libraries.
And the year before:
- A great developer can come from anywhere. This was not universally loved when I published it, but it seems to have outlasted the controversy. One of the best things I’ve written in a while.
- Every device needs the web. Reacting to the lack of WebKit on tvOS.
- Marketing, mission, movement. The best marketing is creating products that people can believe in.
- Two weeks notice. Not a single post, but a bunch of posts with the #2weeks tag, chronicling my work and thoughts as I quit my regular job after 14 years.
- I think it’s a bust. My thoughts on Swift not addressing the problems I have. Essentially still true.
- Don’t solve everything. I avoided trying to figure out cross-site replies. And now we have Webmention.
- Why Ello isn’t enough. Purely centralized will never last.
- WWDC 2015, basketball, and cartoons. My trip to San Francisco.
- Jordan Breeding. Remembering and being inspired by others.
- The unremarkable yesterday. Why I like to blog and write in a journal.
- Defining a microblog post. A few guidelines that are simple enough to last.
- The third era of WWDC. Written in 2014, but appropriate again with the move back to San Jose.
- Ending the App Store top 200. Curation and learning from Beats Music.
- Waiting for App.net’s killer app. I was very hopeful about App.net. Shortly after this we shipped Sunlit.
- What the Tweet Marker award means. Most of my Tweet Marker posts are technical and not worth re-linking. This one is a little more timeless.
- Permanence. Reading this again several years later, I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to build a publishing platform.
- Carousel. That great scene from the first season of Mad Men.
- 30% of the future. From 2011, so on first glance it doesn’t seem to age well. After all, services are an important part of Apple’s business now. But I think I was right.
- Healthcare fallback plan. 8 years ago was a very different time politically. Includes some quotes I still like.
- Go without food. On sacrifice and finishing your projects.
Whether you started visiting this blog years ago or just today, thanks for reading. I hope to still be writing in another 15 years. (I’ll be 56 years old. My kids will be grown up. Nearly everything will be different.)
Stretching time out has a way of highlighting what matters. And if it matters, it’s worth writing down. I hope you’ll join me for the next chapter as I try to move indie microblogging forward with Micro.blog.
Spent the morning trying out Docker to more quickly bring up server instances for certain parts of Micro.blog. Very nice.→ 2017/03/09 1:20 pm