“There are two types of companies: those that work hard to charge customers more, and those that work hard to charge customers less. Both approaches can work. We are firmly in the second camp.”—Jeff Bezos - introducing the new Kindles today
“But the fear, at least in my case, is less about Facebook’s relentless invasion of users’ privacy, and more about how its thirst for greater user engagement is making the service unwieldy and bloated.”—
No surprise, I agree with Fred’s view that one graph won’t rule them all. Our investments in exfm, foursquare, tumblr, twitter, etoro, boxee and svpply is backed by our belief multiple graphs are important to users.
Check out this post about a teenagers view of Tumblr vs Facebook. The comparison resonates with me and why people use both products everyday.
I think the same rationale driving multiple graphs, leads me to believe that one cloud will not rule them all. The best experience for each activity tied to a separate cloud instance is what I want.
And I suspect it will come from various sources, apps and companies.
“There is, however, one other characteristic that does define the Web, and that is the humble hyperlink. Links are a feature of HTML, but they are not limited to HTML. Links are the connections that give the Web its name, and links are the biggest thing missing from native platforms. Some have pointed out to me that iOS and Android allow you to construct URLs that let users navigate between apps, but what they are navigating is not a network, but the tiny subset of the App Store they have installed on their devices. That is a far less powerful idea than the Web, where a single click is guaranteed (network willing) to take you to a self-contained application that begins running immediately”—Joe Hewitt
“I may not know Troy Davis, but I don’t have to in order to care about him. I will never be able to hug him, watch him laugh, or see him cry, but I will stand in solidarity with him because he is a fellow human being who deserves life. Even if per chance he is guilty, and even if he did commit the act that is being accused of him, I would stand in solidarity with him because our humanities are tied to each other. I do not believe that killing a man will accomplish anything. I believe in grace, mercy, and reconciliation every time. People severely underestimate the power of transformational love, and I think it’s about time we start recovering the humanity that we’re quickly losing.”—latikaaaa
“There is nobody in this country who got rich on his own. Nobody. You built a factory out there — good for you. But I want to be clear. You moved your goods to market on the roads the rest of us paid for. You hired workers the rest of us paid to educate. You were safe in your factory because of police forces and fire forces that the rest of us paid for. You didn’t have to worry that maurauding bands would come and seize everything at your factory… Now look. You built a factory and it turned into something terrific or a great idea — God Bless! [sic] Keep a Big Hunk of it. But part of the underlying social contract is you take a hunk of that and pay forward for the next kid who comes along.”—Elizabeth Warren (via jacobjoaquin)
“Whatever your role is at the company you work for—whether you’re an executive with many reports, or an individual contributor on a team, practicing regular, daily mindfulness and compassion will make you a healthier, more productive person. Additionally, the people you work with are going to respond better and do better work. The outcome is going to be a superior product or service, a happier user or client, and in the best case—a positive global impact.”—Biz Stone
There are very few desktop apps running on my Macs. Mostly everything I do is running off the browser (few exceptions: adobe lightroom & skype).
So that means the vast majority of my data is in the cloud. It’s in Google Apps, dropbox, evernote, tumblr, twitter, and delicious.
But finding my data, when i need it, in a super fast way, is increasingly becoming a challenge - especially on a mobile phone. Gmail has trained me not to care about folders and to care more about search. But searching gmail from the iphone is slow at best and barely works.
Greplin has recently built an iOS app that allows you to search your stuff in the cloud. It’s extremely fast and it presents the information in an awesome way, like highlighting phone numbers and other contact information in an email.
I’m so happy with this app. It has taken it’s rightful place on my first page on the iPhone. Well deserved.