Great idea, took long enough. Twitter actually talked about killing DMs for a while, but now that it got some revenue-generating stuff out the door, it’s revisiting the topic and noticed that private messaging has exploded worldwide. I wouldn’t be surprised to see it try some ways to monetize DMs, though. Like most other services, things like paid sticker packs and maybe photo filters are solid options.
Someone put together a ‘Best Vines of 2013′ video. Needless to say, it’s Internet GOLD. Take a look…
Juvenile thumbnail aside, this got me curious about Vine again.
iMessage is complicated and has had a bad lock-in problem for two years, while Google Hangouts has plenty of its own problems. I know I’m a dissenter among most of the tech folks you know, but confusion and frustration with iMessage and Hangouts are why my messaging preferences these days are now, in order:
They work. They keep messages in order. They push notify. I don’t need to know one email address for this device or a different account for this other purpose or whoops that’s not your mobile number it’s Google Voice so that message just went nowhere. All I need to know is your name, you know, like in the real world.
The post-PC world is great. The post-SMS world—a work in progress, to be fair—is an utter mess.
For a hair over 20 minutes, John and I discussed what I refer to as “Newsreaders 2.0”—this new generation of tools rising like a phoenix from Google Reader’s soon-to-be ashes. We get into why there seems to be so much interest again in a post-social-media world and what’s different this time around.
Awesome Twitter. Totally awesome. Like, really really cool awesome. You’re all a bunch of great folks. I mean that. From the bottom of my shoe.
Great piece by Mat Honan, with a proper and positive shout-out to Facebook’s filtering system. Many of us are drowning in “new stuff,” and most solutions—either walk away or follow less stuff—are way too binary. Part of the reason I like Facebook so much is that it does an increasingly good job of surfacing just the stuff you care about, and leaving the rest just a couple taps or clicks away if you actually do want to see it.
You also have tools to help teach Facebook and customize who and what you see. Are you really interested in most things a friend does, but the only photos they ever post are stupid Instagrams of their lunch? Ok, you don’t have to unfriend, just tell Facebook you don’t want to see their photos in News Feed (in fact, I think you can block their Instagram shots, specifically, but it’s been a while since I’ve had to do this). You can dial up and down the number of posts you see from each individual, from “only important,” to “most,” to “all.” That’s awesome.
This algorithmic filtering is a tool that more social networks, news outlets, and general services need. We’re all drowning in data, but shutting off each individual spigot is a far too heavy handed solution. We don’t need to cut those relationships, followers, and followees, we just need to temper them, like most things in life.