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“Bot” is a hilariously over-simplified buzzword. Let’s fix that.

The bots are coming. And they will be everywhere, like Facebook Messenger where they’ll be deployed to 900mm+ users. Some will deliver you tacos. Some will go on racist tirades. But here’s the thing: not all bots are created equal. While “bot” is a great over-arching term for a collection of happenings all boiling down…Continue reading“Bot” is a hilariously over-simplified buzzword. Let’s fix that.

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Social Media Tech Thoughts

Facebook’s making an even bigger play for our attention around news. Did you notice?

It’s no secret that Facebook has been making a big push into capturing our attention around news. A decade ago news organizations “owned” creation, distribution, monetization, and attention. One could argue that Facebook has been making a play for just about every aspect of the news business, perhaps save for creation (for now). Two days…Continue readingFacebook’s making an even bigger play for our attention around news. Did you notice?

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Twitter needs an algorithm

Last week’s #RIPTwitter ruckus, sparked by the news that they may be interesting an algorithmic timeline soon, really got under my skin. Time and time again I went to the app to construct a tweet that would perfectly illustrate my thoughts on the matter, and each time canceled it before sending it out. More was…Continue readingTwitter needs an algorithm

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Shredding the straw man: my theory on removing the headphone jack from the iPhone

Hint: It’s not about thinness Last week a big rumor started swirling around the Internet about this year’s upcoming iPhone release. It seemed to send chills down spines and sent Apple doomsayers into a fervor. The headlines said it all: New iPhone 7 Leak Exposes Apple’s Achilles Heel iPhone Users Are Already Petitioning Against This Rumored…Continue readingShredding the straw man: my theory on removing the headphone jack from the iPhone

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Social Media Tech Thoughts

Without batching, Medium’s notifications are seriously overwhelming

*ping* Ev Williams This morning I logged into Medium to read some stuff and was greeted by a bright green indicator in the top right, shouting “80.” Now I love the dopamine rush as much as the next person, but after clicking on that I was completely overwhelmed. Each individual line-item was basically saying the…Continue readingWithout batching, Medium’s notifications are seriously overwhelming

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Battery life, load times, and actually giving a shit about your customers

Update: according to TechCrunch it looks like Facebook may be working on a fix for this! We have heard reports of some people experiencing battery issues with our iOS app. We’re looking into this and hope to have a fix in place soon. — Facebook Spokesman These screenshots should speak for themselves, but just to…Continue readingBattery life, load times, and actually giving a shit about your customers

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Lifehacks Productivity Tech Tips & Tricks

Where the hell did that thing go? Tips for organizing things on your desktop

A little Dropbox trick for making sure I never misplace an orphan file Most of us now have at least two computing devices that we use on a regular basis. For some it’s their laptop and mobile phone. For others like me it’s my iMac, MacBook, iPhone, and iPad. They all have their purpose and are…Continue readingWhere the hell did that thing go? Tips for organizing things on your desktop

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Design Ideas Productivity Tech

Slack is amazing, but will its success destroy any semblance of work/life balance we have left?

Thinking through remedies for the always-on, always-communicating world. About the author:Hi. I’m Matt Galligan, aproduct design & strategy consultant that previously co-founded three startups: Circa, SimpleGeo, and Socialthing. Author’s Note: This post is now out of date. About five months after I wrote this Slack introduced a Do Not Disturb feature that is in many…Continue readingSlack is amazing, but will its success destroy any semblance of work/life balance we have left?

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There’s a chat for that: Apple’s biggest platform opportunity yet

Update: In the years since I made this post, Apple has since launched Business Chat. While it’s not all that I had outlined in this post, it gets at some of the core thoughts: we don’t need an app for everything. I’m excited to see where Apple takes Business Chat from here. There’s already been…Continue readingThere’s a chat for that:
Apple’s biggest platform opportunity yet

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Sorry publishers, the revolution will not be read about inside of your walls

As someone that’s been in the business of news for a while now, I thought I’d give my quick gut-check on Apple’s new News app and some industry trends. When we launched Circa nearly three years ago much of how we thought about news at the time was that it was a commodity and it would…Continue readingSorry publishers, the revolution will not be read about inside of your walls