Every few days, I check on my younger brother's Facebook feed to see if he's stuck, like flypaper, to the latest conservative rantings. Sure enough, I found him blabbing on about the Obama administration being an oligarchy, and praising the courage of local government... on the issue of transgenders using the restroom. Now I remember why he's hidden and why I shouldn't see his trash.
Bret Taylor: Why didn't FriendFeed succeed? https://www.quora.com/Why-didnt-FriendFeed-succeed
It was an interesting (and honest) answer but I'm not sure it makes me any less sad about FriendFeed's demise. While they weren't going for a single community, it certainly became mine. I can tell by the various fractured parts of my social life over various social networks from here to FB, Twitter and beyond that I've used to try and replicate it.· Hey, it's CAJ!
I don't care about FriendFeed as a business (although I understand that's what it all boils down to) but how sad that even though "FriendFeed turned into a community rather than a product for communities" that in itself wasn't enough to keep it going.· heleninstitches
So... yesterday morning, my Grandpa on my dad's side died. He was 93, and while in great health most of his life, was failing over the last two years. The death was not a surprise, and while he was a very good man, we were ready, so there is little by way of mourning.
Just after Christmas, I took Matthew (7) and we both went to visit him and my grandmother one last time. Grandpa was mostly lucid, and we spent about an hour working on getting his TV and DVD to work and show him how to use the remote to switch between both.· louisgray
No hugs needed yet. I think the memorial is early March and I'll be one of the people doling out hugs.· louisgray
Serious face. Since some people were discussing whether I'd lost a ton of IQ points since the closure of FriendFeed... that is up to you to decide. But I don't want to pour heart and soul into this site like I did FF. That was special.
I posted about smart streams a few days ago on the blog (as well as Medium and LinkedIn). What's happened in social overall is that the casual mainstream has won, and the intelligent sites (FriendFeed and Google Reader, etc) lost. The smart longform blogs are mostly gone, in exchange for viral videos and top ten lists.· louisgray
The old neighbourhood is gone. But the diaspora of souls continue.· Micah
We Need Smart and Personal Streams, Not Just The Latest Updates http://blog.louisgray.com/2016/02/we-need-smart-and-personal-streams-not.html
"Quantity Isn’t Quality. Popular Isn’t Personal." Well written, Louis. As one of the people who might check in with Twitter once a day, this resonated really well. I get frustrated when I see a grip of Tweets from a handful of people and must scroll for what feels like forever to find the people I most want to read. I know I could create lists, but, frankly, I am too lazy for that! ;)· Jenny H.
Thanks, Jenny! I know the quality people are here anyway. Shhh...· louisgray
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