Archives for category: Clickable Planet

I questioned Twitter’s decision to block services that allowed users, like myself to create a archive of my tweets. Why would I even want that? I like having the access to the things that I put online. Creating my own archive gives me a sense of control, and having the ability to reference a tweet from months back was kind of nice. However weeks back Twitter became more harsh on developers using their APIs, which saw a lot of twitter services and apps shutting down. The one that affected me was the shutting down of Twitter services for IFTTT. IFTTT is a service that allows you to create rules, so if this happens then thiswill occur. I used it to backup all of my tweets in a Spreadsheet. A quick and painless archive of my random Twitter musings. But once Twitter shut down their APIs, my Twitter history was incomplete. However, for now, a small number of users are able to download their complete Twitter history.


I like the idea of being able to download a history of my tweets. But in my opinion the people who are going to be interested in this functionality of having a Twitter history are going to be power users. Power users who want an active history of their tweets. Not just a downloadable sheet or form, but a document that consistantly stays updated. Its a good start, Twitter, but what’s the next step in Twitter evolution?






[] Martin Bryant, The Next Web, Twitter has started rolling out the option to download all your tweets
[] Aaron Souppouris, The Verge, ‘Your Twitter Archive’ lets you download every tweet you’ve ever written, currently in small-scale testing (update)

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So let me get this straight, Young Sohn a high level exec for Samsung, gets paid to work for one company but uses that money to buy products from its rival company. If I worked for Samsung, I’d be highly irradiated. What this is telling consumers is that our products aren’t even good enough for our own employees to use. This is not the message that Samsung, or any company wants to send.

“At work I’m using Samsung devices; Apple at home, mainly because all of my systems and files are done that way. That’s sticky, you know?” -Young Sohn

Sohn’s job is focused on innovation, but I don’t see how innovation is going to occur when you’re stuck in a competitor’s ecosystem.

[] Jordan Crook, Tech Crunch :: Samsung Exec Calls iDevice Ecosystem “sticky”

How embrassing is this for Apple that people would rather go out and download a competitor’s mapping application rather than the default Maps app that comes preinstalled? Google doesn’t just hold the top spot on Apple’s Top Free Apps board, but it also holds the #4 spot with its YouTube app.

Google has released a native maps app for the iPhone and it’s fast, full-featured, and quite frankly the best-looking mobile maps experience on the market today. After months of problems and a formal apology in the wake of Apple’s own Maps app on iOS 6, many have been waiting for Google to offer a solution that could serve as a viable replacement. If the brief demo we saw earlier this week is any indication, Google has delivered.


-Dieter Bohn, The Verge

Google is developing its own ecosystem that lives within iOS. It is amazing to slowly see this happen. Chrome, Gmail, YouTube, Google Search all work with and within each other making it seamless to jump from app to app with touching the iOS homescreen or going to a default Apple app, and I’m sure that Google Maps will be in the same vein. #Bravo




• Phil Nickinson, Android Central, Google Has Top Free iOS App
• Dieter Bohn, The Verge, Google Maps for iPhone is here: how data and design beat Apple

When I heard about the new blogging platform, Medium, I was pretty excited. When I heard it was from the co-founders of Twitter, I signed up immediately. I love to write and I love the idea of writing. The idea of writing? Yes. Medium is more than just another Blogger, Tumblr, or WordPress clone. In Silicon Valley talk its like Pinterest for writing. Not only do people write about particular topics but they are good at their craft so the posts are a joy to read. What appeals to me is that people are there for the writing, unlike a site like Tumblr or Pinterest or Instagram where you just want to see pretty things. Is something like Medium going to sway me away from having a personal blog? No. I believe there is still a space in the market and in people’s news feeds for personal blogs. Manufactured sites like where people plug their information into are nice, and work well for a lot of people. But there will always be the explorers and entrepreneurs who want their own space on the web, where they control what’s on the masthead. > Adrianne Jeffries, The Verge :: Blogging with Medium, The odd new product from Twitters founders

This is exactly the type of information that Microsoft does not need in the public eye or the developer community. Microsoft you ate spending a lot of money on advertising and people are beginning to actually get curious about windows phone. The problem you face, the problem you’ve always faced is with your market and if a company like Rubicon which makes fun and addicting games is complaining about not making money in your store and not getting the support from you then that is a huge problem. If a large profitable company on other platforms can’t get footing on windows then what hope does a independent developer have?

 

> Steven Dent, Engadget :: <a href=”http://www.engadget.com/2012/12/07/gaming-company-derides-microsoft-rt-marketplace-/”>Gaming Company Derides Microsoft Store:  ‘We’ve made the princely sum of $83′</a>

Who still reads newspaper?  Like seriously **reads** a newspaper? A newspaper is clunky tool for trying to absorb information. Tablets and smartphones, even Kindles are windows into the modern world in which news is currently happening, giving you unprecedented instant access.  Newspapers as a form are antiquated, much like scrolls and papyrus. Newspapers are looking to hold on to revenue by paywalls.  However the problem with paywalls is the incredible amount of other sources of the same information available elsewhere for free.  This isn’t to say that the writers at newspapers like the Washington Post aren’t talented, it’s just to say that to bring in new readers there needs to be something more creative there that can’t be replicated else where.

 

> Neha Prakash, Mashable :: <a href=”http://mashable.com/2012/12/06/wapo-daily-beast-paywall/”>Daily Beast, ‘Washington Post’ Consider Paywalls</a>

This is bad news for Rdio. Rdio’s discovery and collection features made them stand out from Spotify.  The fact that if you wanted to keep an album on Spotify you had to save it as a playlist was idiotic. That is no longer the case. Rdio was already struggling because of its lacking user base, but it previously could boast about better services and features. Now Spotify has those same services AND people actually using the service.  #BadNewsForTheUnderdog

> Ellis Hamburger, The Verge :: Spotify Debuts New Collection, Discovery, and Follow Features…