seven years (and counting) on Twitter

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Just a couple of days ago Twitter sent me an email notifying me my 7th birthday (or anniversary of my subscription) on their platform, sharing this slice of cake to party… Over the years my relationship with this social networksocial media platform has changed a lot. Love, hate, indifference, love again… I’ve been through all of them! Nowadays I’m using it basically as a broadcast point for sharing my contents or stuff I care about, while every 1:1 tweeting is done with friends. Then last year I’ve opened a (free, basic) account over App.net which gives me a more intimate, personal, conversation with my contacts and fellow subscribers…

A Personal Philosophy for Adopting Tools

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This brings me to a broader point: in an age of personal technological revolution, we all need a more explicit philosophy for adopting tools. Without this clarity, we run the risk of drowning in a sea of distracting apps and shiny web sites.

My philosophy — to only adopt tools that solve a major pre-existing problem — has served me well.

I use e-mail, for example, because the ability to communicate asynchronously with people around the world is quite important for my work. E-mail solves this problem.

I don’t use Twitter, however, because the ability to have short, casual interactions with many people I don’t know well is not that important to my work.

Cal Newport ☞ Why I’ve never joined Facebook

Sustania 2013

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Sustainia100 is an annual guide to 100 innovative solutions from around the world that presents readily available projects, initiatives and technologies at the forefront of sustainable transformation.

Our 2013 edition of Sustainia100 was launched June 9th in London. Sustainia received 500+ submissions from 79 countries for this year’s guide. The final 100 solutions are deployed in two thirds of the world’s countries – including Kenya, India, Mexico and South Africa, making the Sustainia100 guide reflect innovation from the traditional western hubs as well as parts of the world that are normally not well covered.

Identifying 100 innovative, sustainable solutions in 10 key sectors, spanning from energy, transportation to fashion, food and education. Sustainia100 gives investors, regional developers, business leaders, politicians, and consumers in-depth insights to the most promising projects and technologies within their field.

Download Sustainia100 here: sustainia.me/solutions

The fine folks at iFixIt have published a post on this Sustania initiave on their blog. Sustainia is an innovation platform in Copenhagen that celebrates today’s top visionaries. These are people who are chipping away at the world’s biggest problems using tangible solutions—all in the pursuit of a sustainable future.

Five hundred applicants, in over 79 countries, sought to be in the running for the 2013 Sustainia Award. Some of this year’s finalists include Liter of Light, TaKaDu, Netural.com, and Tvilight. And iFixit is incredibly humbled and honored to be in the running with them!

Voting is runs from September 19-October 31. The finalist will be decided on and announced by honorary Chair, Arnold Schwarzenegger, as well as the Sustainia committee on November 2, 2013.