The ghost of “Fox in Socks” inhabited my brain as I wrote my piece on the blockchain, which has had a nice reception. Plus: some musings on writing for Medium.
“Sorry for not blogging” posts are the worst, but sometimes they’re still necessary. Here’s what I’ve been up to instead.
Chat knits remote teams together, gives employees more flexibility, and lets us crack jokes. Let’s not turn it into Big Brother.
Ello took off this week. Why do we keep embracing Facebook alternatives that haven’t yet earned our trust?
Plus: Jason Kottke’s two selves; Kate Losse on the ice bucket challenge; Josh Marshall on people you can’t talk to.
People keep flocking back to Portland’s arts-and-tech fest, as I did, because it’s like a food truck for the creative soul. A full report from the 2014 edition.
Apple’s mesmerizing “personal” and “intimate” new gadget could be an alarmingly efficient interface between the corporate and the corporeal, messaging our nervous systems and monetizing our gestures.
Plus: “Trusted information delivery” vs. curated entertainment, or how Facebook set itself up for distrust. Also: “The things that will last on the Internet are not owned.”
Twitter and Facebook work because of you and me and everyone we know. But people’s habits change. The energy that makes social networks crackle is not stationary, and it will move elsewhere.
Some number of people, greater than three, are returning to labor on their personal blogs. Is it a trend? Is blogging undead? I don’t know, but it can’t be bad.