Search on Pocket Casts needs a lot of work. Makes the app frustrating to use and just adds another brick to my “reasons to move back to Apple” wall.

An incoming Harvard freshman, a 17 year old Palestinian boy, had his visa cancelled & was deported because US officials searched his phone/laptop & said his friends had social media posts that were critical of the US.

Sana Saeed

The US will no longer attract the best.

The weird thing about Brexit for me, personally, is that it coincides with big changes for my wife and I – in a good way, nothing to worry about – and so there’s a possibility I’ll go without any posts or comments for a while; hopefully it’s just because of the good changes.

More than two years of an “indiscriminate iPhone attack”, centring on both websites and Safari. I know native apps aren’t perfectly safe but stuff like this is why it can be difficult to be pro-web. Who has time to worry about this stuff when you can just use apps?

Home Screen: August, 2019

As part of my move away from Google, I’m now trying (and enjoying) the following:

  • Nova Launcher: removes the clutter of the Pixel Launcher
  • Firefox Focus: lightweight browsing FTW
  • DuckDuckGo: results I want
  • Protonmail: accessible privacy

The success of social media is especially confusing in light of technological progress; we have made it so much easier to create and host high fidelity images, videos, even words (fonts, etc), and yet the vast majority of people will only look at them at their lowest quality.

Of all of the issues people have with Google, when I think about the potential they have squandered the biggest failure has to be YouTube. This thing could’ve changed video-based media industries across the world in a lot of big ways and yet here we are, no better than before.

Replies on Micro.blog

A reply to the ongoing discussion about replies

Going back to at least earlier this year it seemed like the limit on replies was going to be shortened, or at least that was the plan, and if that does happen at any point then all of a sudden the whole “let’s start a conversation” dynamic is much different; perhaps people would be more inclined to take such conversations elsewhere (messaging services, email, physical space, etc) and so the value of the short-reply conversation (micro-convo if you will) stands alone.

There’s a chance with only short replies allowed that replies themselves will take on more of their own identity, and a core part of that will be the shorter replies themselves. Then they would be not just something that is so easily considered clutter. However, I do agree with Smokey that these issues could be better solved via timeline filtering, of which there is already a foundation (filtering out mentions to people you do not follow) and as compared to introducing a “like” system is much less likely to fundamentally alter the entire platform.

I also like John’s idea of “disappearing likes." It reminds me of how Snapchat first became popular due to disappearing posts, except this could serve as less destructive version of “likes” in general.

Overall when it comes to cluttered timelines I’m not at all convinced that introducing a reply-wide change to the system is the best way to go, since it feels too much like shoving something on everybody because some people think of short replies as clutter. For those who do think this way, have you considered using RSS in conjunction with Micro.blog? I find it’s easier to get at the exact posts you want this way, rather than looking to turn the conversation host (Micro.blog) into something fundamentally different.

Right now replies definitely need some updates and I think this is one of the issues that ought to be addressed. Personally, as somebody outside of the Apple ecosystem I feel there are bigger problems; even short replies are hard work when it comes to just using the web but I think updates to the replies feature across all systems would be a great upgrade for Micro.blog as a whole.

Of the many things I have attempted to change in my life, it’s fair to say transitioning to a diet aimed at (safely) losing weight has been the most difficult. Why does so much food have to be so damned good.

One of the phrases I hate to hear: “Bad language.” How about we all stop trying to control each other?

One of the reasons I trust @manton and @macgenie and @cheesemaker more than, say, the latest “hot talent building a platform with VC money” is that Micro.blog has already been built with the idea that if the hosting ever goes away, my data does not go with it.

This is important.

Bad Reading on the Broken Web

I’ve just been reading twitter in my browser – it’s a bad procrastination habit but now I at least try to read good, creative, often positive things as a way to make it a good habit – and I prefer scrolling via the keyboard. The cursor is in the address bar and it is very difficult to get it out of there, maybe even impossible… this is a terrible design and surely only made to encourage people into just getting the app and, more importantly, only really using it on your phone/iPad.

It is utterly frustrating to see “everybody” (read: lots of mostly active people) using these silos, these services, and just going along with it like cattle. It is a wave of lazy living, lazy thinking, and fear-lead decision making that has brought us to a point wherein good stories on the web are now largely trapped within ecosystems that are increasingly designed to be prisons and little more.

The question is: just give up and go with the crowd, or continue to hold what you think is the better idea – in this instance: the open web, open standards, websites made to good standards, accessible postings, and the slow and steady growth of the technologies therein – in the hope that eventually our stories and ideas will become less trapped?

Conversations like this are why I am looking to leave Google once and for all. Jeremy Keith does a great job of keeping the thread on-topic, whilst both Malte Ubl and Paul Bakaus – the Google employees – speak as if they were part of a cult.

Google’s auto-complete in search is horrible. One of many significant examples of how they are clearly more interested in telling you what you are doing before even trying to give you the software as a tool for what you know you want to do.

I can’t wait to get rid of this Pixel.

It’s amazing how easily we allow sensational, transparently dishonest crap into our lives. Our species is, above all else, seemingly prone to fear-based decision making.

Perception is unquestionably one of the most difficult barriers faced by the independent web. Even for those of us who are opposed to the silos, it’s obvious that they hold a lot of power and are keen to make the open web essentially unusable and thus irrelevant.

Twitter would be infinitely improved if they just banned all politicians.

Sony buying Insomniac… wow. And Kojima RT’d the announcement. 🤔

The correlation between “tech advocate” and junky feeds has to be high positive. I know you all love automation but can you please consider how terrible this experience is for, you know, most people?