Posts tagged tech
Posts tagged tech
Well done, David Karp, Mark Coatney, John Maloney, and all the other Tumblr board members and employees past and present who contributed to a massive sale of a blogging platform for more than a billion dollars.
The blog I write, Journal of a Journalist, has more than sixty thousand followers on Tumblr. This, in itself, is testament to Tumblr’s success as a social networking platform—not as a blogging platform. I started using Tumblr in 2007, primarily because it was easier to use than Wordpress and because my own social community (NYC media people) were plugged in to the initial demographic the site was trying to attract. There were other worthy blogging software launches during that time, but Tumblr succeeded. Vox and Posterous, despite their very strong functionality, didn’t.
This is because David Karp’s peculiar brand of genius created the first mass market mobile-oriented social media platform; it only masquerades as a blogging platform. Looking at Tumblr, I see a crowded, frenzied social media platform organized around visual images and short bursts of text—perfect for use on your phone. But the traditional accompaniments of blogs? The replies back and forth, for instance? Or longform content? Not so much.
Looking around Tumblr now, I see a vibrant and amazing site. All sorts of subcultures - fandom, activism, art, ethnicities,.. Any subculture you think of, it’s here. But it’s here as a social networking platform.
In short, Yahoo just (allegedly) spent a shit ton of money on the biggest social networking platform that isn’t Facebook or Twitter. If Yahoo’s new order is filled with smarties who won’t pull a Flickr or Delicious and ruin a vibrant social network, we’re in for a fascinating, fascinating year.
The Syrian Electronic Army hacked The Onion’s Twitter account posting a string of anti-Semitic and anti-Qatari messages to the popular humor site’s feed…
Meta meta meta meta we just learned that Assad’s cybersquad love Reddit memes, yup.
Just wrote my latest @reuters article on receipt-scanning smartphone apps.
It’s about tech/science journalism and the English language. Check it out.
Just wrote for @fastcompany.
I just tested out experimental brain-controlled computer interfaces for Fast Company and then examined how they could be used to change life for stroke and traumatic brain injury patients. The future is crazy awesome. (via The Ways Brain-Scanning Neuro-Toys Will Change Everything | Fast Company | business innovation)
Hundreds of Reddit users have crowdsourced the Boston terrorism investigation and are searching through photos and videos for clues to the suspect’s identity. I wrote about the good and the bad for @fastcompany. What do you think?
Ever been curious why you can’t make calls on your mobile phone after terrorist attacks or natural disasters? I investigated the science behind overloaded lines for @fastcompany and found out what you can do about it.
Online dating in the age of Google Glass. To paraphrase Hunter S. Thompson, the future is some weird s**t.
As I write for Fast Company, playing massive multiplayer RPGs has become way less interesting than hacking into their services, stealing source code, and mapping how the hell the network infrastructure actually works.
Just wrote this piece for Fast Company. Absolutely fascinating—the three tech giants are helping build and scale out a massive database of trafficking leads for law enforcement worldwide.
Just wrote for @fastcompany. In 2013, you can even liveblog your prison sentence.
Check out my reporting for @fastcompany on Taco Bell and KFC adapting their restaurants to India—and the hundreds of millions of veggie-loving middle class consumers who just want a burrito. (via 1: Chipotle Vegetable Chalupas | Indian Taco Bells, KFCs Adopt Touch Screen Ordering, Vegetable Sandwiches | Co.Create: Creativity \ Culture \ Commerce)
Man, I haven’t seen this Daria episode taking the piss out of the 1990s dot-com boom since… uh… Kozmo.com was around.
In 1991, the first Webcam is invented in the Cambridge University Computer Lab, allowing users to check coffee pot levels without moving.
Their laziness was technology’s gain.
Coffee and the internet: a dynamic duo and source of inspiration to journalists everywhere.
I can’t tell if it’s this or the first cell phone call that is the bigger tech achievement now.
Coffee - fueling journalism and the internet.