Year: 2013

Your twitter sorted by topic

Imagine if all the tweets in your twitter stream were sorted by topic. You could sit down and read all the tweets about sports at once. All the tweets about local items would be in another section. Then you could filter out other tweets you wish to never see like foursquare check-ins. How far your …

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Four reasons why private circles don’t work on Google Plus

Do you wish you could filter out posts you don’t care about on Google Plus? Take Guy Kawasaki with 4.6 million followers. Great tech business mind of Apple. But the man posts photos of everything in his life. Who cares for that? Readers should have an option to not be in the circle where he …

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Yahoo to shut down the internet’s 7,000th most popular website

On July 8, 2013 Yahoo will shut down the old-school search engine altavista.com. Yup, altavista.com. Memories of the late 1990s of when it was one of the top search engines. 1995: Founded at altavista.digital.com 1996: Became the exclusive provider of search results for Yahoo! 1997: Earned US$50 million in sponsorship revenue. 1998: AltaVista the first …

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Calvin and Hobbes doesn’t use Google

Attention print book lovers, When Calvin wants to find information, he doesn’t run for Google. Instead, he runs for the encyclopedia. Ironically, the encyclopedia does not have the answer. (Calvin and Hobbes comic strip courtesy gocomics)

In olden times it was different

“It is, unfortunately, one of the chief characteristics of modern business to be always in a hurry. In olden times it was different.” — The Medical Record, 1884. Yes. That is 1884. The webcomic XKCD has 19 quotes like this, including: “the art of conversation is dying” (1890) “thirty pages is now too much” (1894) …

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Stereotypes of media consumers

I love all the different stereotypes in this image from the Vancouver Sun.  The iPad user is delighted as a peach with her interactive screen. The newspaper reader is some old guy that looks rather confused.  The mobile phone user wears hip clothes–everyone with mobile phone is hip.  The laptop user is pretty normal looking.  …

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Flickr’s 1.4 million photos per day, Instagram’s 40 million photos per day

Flickr has 1.4 million photos uploaded per day. Instagram claims 40 million photos per day. It’s sad to see Facebook getting eternal rights to 40 million personal photos. Remember, Facebook/Instagram doesn’t claim ownership of the photos, but they do claim forever rights, even after you delete the image from their service. (Instagram’s updated terms are even …

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Thoughts on copyright system via twitter

Our copyright system definitely needs an overhaul. Ariel Bogle of Melville House wrote an excellent article, US copyright chief calls for complete overhaul. Here is my complete commentary on the article in the form of tweets: US Copyright Chief Calls for Complete Overhaul: bit.ly/YESwCz @melvillehouse — Amanda DeMarco (@Readuxreads) March 27, 2013 @readuxreads Yes please! …

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Digital comics war heats up

This is the most hilarious thing all month! I think it might take the cake for funniest thing I’ve seen so far all of 2013! The 80s-style story of two gangs fighting it out also provides such a great backdrop to this gag. This is sorta like the music video for Michael Jackson’s Thriller. I …

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Much knowledge is still sealed in books, away from the internet

When we search for something in Google, and there are no results; we tend to think that if it’s not in Google, then it doesn’t exist. An example: A fascinating twitter account pulls quotes from various articles by the famous (and dead) art critic Clement Greenberg. Reading these abbreviated quotes are fascinating little nuggets. Often …

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Why I love working in the syndication business

Where has content distribution been since 2000 and where is it going? This month I celebrate 13 years working at Tribune Media Services, a syndicate that distributes over 180 columnists, comic strips, and puzzles. I missed my opportunity at my 10-year anniversary party to explain my passions behind working at a syndication company. The surprise …

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ebook marginalia, ebook lending, and used ebook lending

Joel Mathis makes these three great points in: “Three features we’d want in an Amazon used ebooks marketplace” 1) All ebooks should retain their marginalia 2) Unlimited lending/giving 3) Let a real used marketplace develop Please consider reading his points in detail on his blog post. Here’s my commentary on each point: 1) All ebooks …

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280 words is the average length on WordPress

WordPress CEO Matt Mullenweg said that the average post on WordPress is 280 words long, and that’s remained “relatively constant” over the past few years. As most of my blog posts (on spudart.org and mattmaldre.wordpress.com) are 300 words, I find encouragement that the average length is 280 words on WordPress. Many syndicated columns are 600-800 …

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When B&N abandons hardware, what should they do next?

Barnes and Noble should abandon the device market in favor of innovating in other areas of ebooks. states O’Reilly’s Joe Wikert. He’s right on with that. He’s also right on with that Barnes and Noble needs to innovate their reading app for smartphones and tablets. Yeah! Totally. But Wikert is off the mark when he …

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