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An Exploration In The New And Vibrant Read/Write Culture On App.Net. First Posts, Habits And Lingo.

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This is it. Dare to stop.

I could’ve seen it coming with my own trackrecord. Over the past 10 years I have started dozens of nicheblogs on different subjects. Full of enthousiasm and eager to really make it work. Only to find after a couple of days or weeks that it’s hard work. And I should know. I’ve been blogging for a decade now. Guess I’m a slow student :-)

Anyway, long story short: I will not update this blog any time soon. I love App.net and had tons of fun in the first couple of weeks. But now I am in full swing with some big projects for clients and for myself and I have to make a choice. Time is limited, I have a family and a social life (Yes I do!) that I care about. Some things jus have to go.

I tried to protect myself for this moment by making the blog as simple as possible. Just use quotes, images, quick entries. As a notebook where you leave some scribbles. Tear some pages from a magazine and rearrange it on a wall. Something like that. But you still have to look at the magazine, flip through the pages. Every new issue. Every time. To keep up. This may take little time but it takes time. Time I choose to invest in other things. Perhaps even going to bed early or making pancakes for my little girl. Reading a book. Doing other work.

It was fun while it lasted. I might come back someday. Maybe not. We’ll see.

Thanks. Blog on.

Posted on Monday, October 1st 2012

Twitter just isn’t fun any more. As a developer, I’ve been relegated to a third class citizen. As a user, I’m clearly not as important to Twitter as celebrities and those who follow them. As someone who has directed hundreds of thousands of users to Twitter, I feel like a kicked puppy. As a regular contributor, I feel taken for a chump. I’m merely fodder for advertisers. So, for now, it’s goodbye. My Dabr development is now focussed on App.net. My Twitter usage is relegated to a few auto-tweets & checking it for a few minutes when the withdrawal gets too much.

I Haven’t Quit Twitter – Twitter Quit Me | Terence Eden has a Blog

Posted on Thursday, September 13th 2012

Source shkspr.mobi

Bassguy: Making Mention The Best App.net Client


So, here are the tweaks and additions that I believe would cement Mention as the best App.net OS X client:

  • It needs a menu bar icon. I really need it to glow when I have @messages.
  • The buttons have changed the appearance and location substantially, but I don’t like either version. The purple buttons on the side were garish, and the shiny silver buttons on the bottom look like something from Mac OS X 10.2.
  • It extensively uses drawers. I am not a fan of this in the least. The preferences drawer instead of a separate window is particularly heinous.
  • Filters! This is why I love Tweetbot so much. I need to filter crap out.
  • Better link interaction. I want some “Open in” options as well as Instapaper support.
  • Inline media is important.
  • More useful contextual menus when right clicking posts.
  • The ability to modify your profile from the app. (I would assume that would need API support from App.net)
  • Multi-user support. What if I need to post from a branded account?
  • Visually distinguishing my posts from the posts of others in the timeline.

Read more at his own post

Posted on Saturday, September 8th 2012

Reblogged from Grant Brünner: Bassguy

Just sayin...

This shows for me how more characters in an activitystream can help a conversation without turning into a forum or usenet. A little conversation on the term “Just sayin” ↬Sham

Posted on Friday, September 7th 2012

we’re adding app.net as an uploading service to Mobypicture today. That means you can post photo/video and audio to app.net from over 1500 clients (including practically all twitter clients)


Posted on Friday, September 7th 2012

Source alpha.app.net

When Twitter pulls back from features, they create room for new potentially valuable networked products and services that are radically different from Twitter, with different tradeoffs. I think we’re at the point in the evolution of the net where there will be a lot of experimentation, in part fueled by the new space Twitter is opening up for competition. It’s good for innovation. I think we may well be getting unstuck in some very big areas, very soon, as a result of the changing developer landscape.

Dave Winer about Twitter’s changes

Posted on Thursday, September 6th 2012

Source threads2.scripting.com

I believe ADN Threads are a new class of viral social interaction. Soon it will be common for 100k posts in a few hours spanning all topics to trace back to one root post that says “Hm, chocolate or vanilla ice cream tonight?”


Posted on Thursday, September 6th 2012

Source alpha.app.net