Amid travels over the past month, here’s what’s been rolling by in front of my face. BOOKS Digital Death – A. David Lewis, one of the co-editors on this collection of essays, was kind enough to let me read through an advance copy a few weeks ago – and it really is an excellent piece of … Read moreOctober Love List
I’ve run into a handful of people this summer who asked me what I’m reading lately. It seemed like a roundup might be in order. Here’s what I’ve been looking at and listening to lately. FILM Snowpiercer (2013) – Bong Joon-ho had a heck of a time getting this film to the U.S. market, but I’m … Read moreAugust Love List
Twitter and LinkedIn both offered blog explanations and spin on Friday about Twitter’s drive to deliver (in the words of Twitter Group Product Manager Michael Sippey) “a consistent set of products and tools.” As it turns out, that goal does not include allowing LinkedIn to populate users’ feeds with tweets that are being pulled from … Read moreA ‘consistent Twitter experience’ doesn’t include LinkedIn feeds
If you aren’t from Korea or don’t have anyone close to you who is, it’s entirely likely that you don’t know about KakaoTalk. It’s an app (available for the iPhone and Android) that acts as an SMS-alternative messaging system. As I learned over the weekend, however, it also has an out-of-the-box Barack Obama voice alert. … Read moreKakaoTalk has a Barack Obama audio alert
Any doubts about Pinterest being the social media break-out success of the first half of 2012 were further challenged by the ComScore numbers discussed today at Poynter. February saw site visits shoot up 52 percent, which is just astounding. Personally, I continue to see a faster adoption rate among my friends and colleagues than I … Read morePinterest use, growth and copyright issues
After finishing Gary Shteyngart’s Super Sad True Love Story a few weeks ago, I was struck by how intimately he had thought through the impact of technology on human relationships. His book anticipates the evolution of Facebook, as well as the descendants of devices such as the iPhone and yet-to-be-released Google glasses. The novel also … Read more5 technologies explored in Shteyngart’s ‘Super Sad True Love Story’
Unfortunately, my work did not take me to the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this year. I’ve been forced instead to keep up with announcements and displays through CNET, GigaOM and the Chicago Tribune’s Wailin Wong on Twitter, as well as a few other places. As I touched on a few weeks back, the … Read moreCES 2012 highlights that matter
As someone who designed his first website with little to no HTML knowledge and a copy of Dreamweaver that was required for an undergraduate class many years ago, WordPress had a profound impact on how I understood website architecture and what was possible without in-depth familiarity with databases and PHP. I knew how to fiddle … Read moreWhat will Federated Media’s WordPress deal offer bloggers?