App.net is closing …

… and I’m a little sadder today. I’ve enjoyed using it – even if on a free tier – and the quality of overall discussion and the education and kindness of the people I found there.
Thanks to all those involved. It’s been a pleasure for me.

Ultimately, we failed to overcome the chicken-and-egg issue between application developers and user adoption of those applications. We envisioned a pool of differentiated, fast-growing third-party applications would sustain the numbers needed to make the business work. Our initial developer adoption exceeded expectations, but that initial excitement didn’t ultimately translate into a big enough pool of customers for those developers. This was a foreseeable risk, but one we felt was worth taking.

A sincere thanks to the folks that supported and built App.net.

— Dalton & Bryan

via: http://blog.app.net/2017/01/12/app-net-is-shutting-down

People wonder why their daughter is taking 10,000 photos a day. What they don’t realize is that she isn’t preserving images. She’s talking. It’s not about an accumulation of photos defining who you are. It’s about instant expression and who you are right now. Internet-connected photography is really a reinvention of the camera. And what it does is allow you to share your experience of the world while also seeing everyone else’s experience of the world, everywhere, all the time.
Evan Spiegel

via bicyiclemind

What it feels like to be the last generation to remember life before the internet

“When you wake up, you have this gift of a blank brain. You could fill it with anything. But for most of us, we have this kind of panic. Instead of wondering what should I do, we wonder what did I miss. It’s almost like our unconsciousness is a kind of failure and we can’t believe we’ve been offline for eight hours,” says Michael Harris. It is habits like this that are insidious, not the internet itself. It is a personal thing.

A nice article on Quartz

Where are you based?

Don’t Ask Where I’m From, Ask Where I’m a Local →

A couple of months ago my pal Franz blogged about his experience during the Vienna’ WordCamp on the aftermath of having metabolized a – great! – TED Talk by Taiye Selasi.

For me this was a little gem to discover, especially appreciated in this rainy day …