Boy oh boy has it been a long time since I have last blogged here. And you know what? The only reason I am writing again is the new Squarespace iPad app
The second part is that a lot of people have put out resolutions that they will start blogging again in 2011 and hell, I might just try to do that too. You can of course follow me on Twitter and all links I tweet or share elsewhere end up in my pinboard account. What I might try to do is go back to a bit deeper analysis. I see this not working already but with this nice of an app
Looking forward to reviving this blog
Writing this from a very sleek little app that makes me happy about my squarespace account
Wondering where the screenshot will end up and not having screen rotation is a bit of a bummer but this is blogging in style.
Ok it crashed on me after saving as draft but check the post management view or the stats and it did save the draft before crashing
Thank you Squarespace!
I love Twitter, hell I even secured myself the wonderful username “o“, which is a naturally scarce username length for those that have not noticed.
But that is not what this is about. The thing is that I think there is one relatively simple thing, among others, that makes Twitter so successful: it hinders conversations. I do not mean on a grander scale. It’s the wonderful enabler for long-term disconnected conversations. Maybe the more correct term for what twitter does not have so much is chatter.
Yes do you have lots of people talking about stuff that might not be interesting to you, but it is your decision who you want to follow and there is an option to even follow a lot of people and still see what is going on. Perhaps those of us who have grown up in IRC times remember that a chat with 200 people was impossible. Thinking about it and comparing it to twitter, it’s as if you had 2 million people in one chat room but you are only seeing those lines of the people you follow. That models brakes conversations over the entire space in a big way and hence keeps down the volume immensely.
The reason I am bringing it up at this point is that I really hope that Twitter will not put too much emphasis on enabling more conversation to happen. It is already happening but not real chitchat among 5 people and that should be something that should not happen. Imagine somebody asking something and then being able to go into the thread of that question and have a discussion easily by referencing that post. For all people just seeing part of that discussion it is totally useless and making the discussion easy means it will happen. So please people of Twitter, make it hard as it is now.
And while I am at it, please remove Re-Tweets. I admit, I did it once because it is so much easier to Re-Tweet then to write your own words, but that again is the point. It gets too easy. Twitters goal should not be the highest volume of Tweets by each user, but the long term bonding of relationships. This is where possible value comes from.
So how many people that still tweet more than once a week (fully enough) have an increasing number of friends in both direction? That would be the core user group I’d say, next to the echo chamber
We have loads of user generated content out there and I like it. The main thing behind getting into blogging years ago was my own personal remberall. I blogged the summaries from my MBA for example. This is also true for del.icio.us, even though I haven’t found the perfect bookmarking tool yet. Furl was actually getting close now thinking about it but it somehow stopped being used. Not sure why.
Now I am starting to become a fan of Brightkite, am still an avid user of Flickr, still love Twitter, have my own Tumblr like blog (thinking about moving to Tumblr from Chyrp hating the not possible import feature). I am also on facebook which aggregated my twitter stream and facebook aggregates it all, actually double aggregating some stuff because it’s autotumbled.
The problem I really have is that I want all that. I want it in one system where I can add private feeds and can search for it. I want it so it integrates all tags. If I look for tag “advertising” it should list all stuff for this tag, be it del.icio.us, tumblr, or wordpress. I want it to understand my exact location based on using brightkite and other service while not having to publish my location to flickr and other. This system also need to accept imports from all those platforms as RSS feeds are not going back far enough.
Friendfeed is not bad already but I actually want Friendfeed to store all the content of the stuff that comes in from RSS feeds because I want it included in the searches. I don’t want them to show it to me, I just want it returned in searches damn it, so it’s not about duplicate content or something. I often do not have the word I want to find in the title of the post, if I even remember the title of the post.
This is actually what lifestreaming is about but it’s more of a personal lifestreaming thing. I do not care about sharing it with the world. I can, but it is too much for most people anyway. When I look back in my timeline I would love it tightly integrated with my current location at that time without having to tell that to the world. I want public and private photos.
I am inches away to starting an open source project.
This is an ongoing discussion and now Michael Arrington is at it again. This time it is about Friendfeed having taken 5 months for his account to have half as many friends as in twitter, where it has taken 24 months … now read again.
Anyway, he is comparing apples with oranges, sorry Michael. Friendfeed is something totally different than Twitter. The oh so wunderful thing about Twitter is that there are NO conversations, or only short ones. That reduces the load on your own cognitive capabilities immensely. You go to twitter to hear what people are doing and possibly ask a question which is answered by a few of them. But there is not discussion forming around that one message.
Friendfeed is a simple aggregation service, and yes, it has a few nice features but at least with the current interface, there is no way to follow that conversation. I have added a lot more people than I would on twitter to Friendfeed, including you, I think, but that is only because I value your opinion and when I search for something on Friendfeed I want your opinion to be part of the answer. I will not be following live what you are doing.
So these two are totally different things. I believe Twitter can become a new communication medium if they stay true to what they are doing, meaning that they are not making discussions too easy. Friendfeed might replace Google, but not Twitter.
no it won’t. Simply as that. Scoble thinks Friendfeed will win, Arrington believes in Twitter, so does Steve Gillmor. Now Loic comes in an says Friendfeed will kill Google Reader. Enough already people!
I do like Twitter, I do like Friendfeed and I do like Google Reader. And I don’t think anyone will kill anyone here. Twitter is a communication system with a very clear focus. The noise level is way higher for Friendfeed and in terms of Google Reader, that’s me desciding what to read in terms of sites. These things ar three totally different things and they will hopefully move their seperate ways.
I did start playing with the Friendfeed API though to see what interesting things can be done with it, so I do agree that there is a lot of power behind Friendfeed. But I have been using a similar system with Noserub for some time and I have my install at id.thylmann.net which actually allows me to stay master over my own data, which is something that is totally missed out here. The data Friendfeed aggregates is scary indeed.
Seems that Loic once again brought a good discussion to the house that we have been having several times over though under the name of Open Social Graph. Where does my social graph reside, whom does it belong to? I am writing more and more about this first of all because it is a subject dear to my heard, second I am in lots of discussion with Dirk, one of Ormigo‘s developers, about it, and third, it is relevant to what we do within Ormigo in terms of the long term vision.
What Loic really wants is already available through e.g. Noserub. The tools is only a side project but it is getting more and more attention and due to the fact that it is open-source, you can just install it on your server. id.thylmann.net/othylmann is my account on my own Noserub Server for example. I’m likely moving that soon, because the fun thing is that all the data belongs to you, you can ex- and import it, and you can add friends simply through adding any of their URLs. In the end it is all about the Data Portability that Michael talks about in his Techcrunch Post.
Noserub is just an example implementation of what it will mean in the end. Being able to port around your data, adding friends through URLs with the help of Google’s Open Social API, and more. And you can create special RSS Feeds within Noserub allowing you to then put that RSS Feed on your blog. But the thing is that even though Loic now believes that he wants his Blog to be the center of his life again, I am not sure he means that. We still need some new Design to handle all our social life and display it for all to see. It’s too much content and actually, privacy is still something that we really need to care for.
Back at home after a great day back at work, I am starting to reflect about Wednesday and Thursday at the Nokia Idea Generation Workshop. What an amazing two days. Nokia made sure that all our needs were cared for, to be able to fully concentrate on the work shop. The St. Martin’s Lane Hotel was amazing and a challenge to the senses, and this was followed by a very good dinner in the beautiful setting of the Sketch Restaurant. With some great wine, and Mojitos later at the St. Martin Lane’s bar, the evening was full of great conversations on and off-topic.
The thing is that the crowd was wonderful and everybody wanted to stay in contact afterwards. We were fortunate to have some amazing people from Nokia but also from very diverse fields in the location that helped having a free spirit and open discussions: 14 Henrietta Street.
Sadly there is not a lot more I can rave about as I can’t talk about the content, even though it wouldn’t be too interesting for all of you out there if you weren’t part of the talks to get there. Thanks go especially to Scott Hirsh who was a great facilitator, always being in the background and nudging us back on track if the excitement of one special subject got the better of us
I do not want to single out any one person from the gang that was there, so I will leave it at that, other that I have to post about my new Nokia N810 soon, thanks, which is an amazing step forward from the Nokia N770 that I already have. I am really seeing myself using it, already have stuff like a last.fm clients, media system, ssh, skype, and others installed. But more on that in another post.
Thanks for challenging discussions, great insight, and listening to the world around you! Looking forward to the next meeting.
I am wondering if I am not slowly but surely getting into problems. I like trying out things and there is a lot of great stuff out there. Aggregators of your personal life are starting to come up but this actually poses a problem.
I recently made a change in how I blog, twitter, tumble, the like. Real thoughts go in here, little notes go into twitter, which is more of a conversation. All the stuff in between now actually ends up on my Tumblr Blog. But the Tumblr Blog actually aggregates del.icio.us tags tagged linkblog, as well as flickr posts with tag moblog and my kyte.tv posts as well as qik live streams. It kind of aggregates my short thoughts.
Above that I also installed Noserub on my own server, for a large part because Dirk works at Ormigo and because I think it is one of the most interesting implementations in the open social graph movement. It aggregates all my accounts into one view. I can’t really have it aggregate my Tumblr blog because that would double aggregate a lot of stuff. It is actually more likely that I will remove some stuff and only have it take the Tumblr blog. That is actually more what goes on in my life that might interest other people than all the other stuff.
This is also one of the reasons I kept twitter out of the aggregation via Tumblr, because it’s kind of a different level that people have to be able to choose distinctly to follow.
What we really need is something that will aggregate all my feeds, and somehow allows my friends to selectively subscribe to that stream of my ideas, somehow only giving them what might interest them, maybe based on what they read. This would actually be a very fun project. There you go, another start-up idea for somebody out there. Even better would be if somebody would write something that extends Noserub to that extend. I am sure Dirk would not mind.
With that off my chest, on to some more work
I’ve been wanting to write about this for some time and now that Louis Gray asked, I really need to listen and post about it. First of all, at the moment I put my account private again. I am still torn whether I should keep it public or private but for now, keeping it private makes it just this little bit more free to say stuff. It’s probably just because I am chicken
Above that, I have to say that I only subscribe to @olivert posts on my mobile, nothing else. I would not want to get the gazillions of SMS from all the posts from friends, especially because there are some people that are syndicating their blog posts on there, which I personally think is a clear don’t. You can post your blog post if you think your friends should know, but don’t make it a default.
I am moving further away from answering the question though… ok. I learn stuff. It’s trivial things like two of my friends getting a MacBook Air, or being live with Jason Calacanis forgot his passport at the hotel on his trip back from Paris, or just now David Sifry wondering why all major travel sites have downward trending traffic … I learned about the Sun-MySQL deal first via Twitter; I learned about Qik.com and got my Seesmic invite from Loic. I just answered a friends question about how Google does the Geolocation on the iPod Touch update. It’s weird, but stuff happens on there and as it is a bit like a very very slow IRC channel, you can handle the load and be part of the communication.
It does take a little bit of getting used too, but with something like Twitteriffic, it gets really easy to post and react. And as you have to be short, it is not really something that takes up a lot of time. This post probably took more time now than all the twitter posts I will do today.
So yes Louis, I think you should sign up. It’s not a drag on your performance like IRC (I entered a channel with 150 people yesterday and wondered how I ever managed to keep up ), so that worry should not be there. Just be selective with your friends. It’s like reading RSS feeds. You might have too many at one point and then you learn to scale down. Slowly you can’t live without it anymore.