"Personally, right now, the first app I open in the morning is Twitter. But it hasn’t always been. A year ago, that app was Path. A year before that, that app was Instagram. Before that, it was probably Twitter again. Or Foursquare. Or Techmeme (technically, the web browser). At some point it was Facebook. And way back when it was probably — shudder — email."

MG Siegler, who also wonders “if there’s an app that can target just this use case? An app that aims to be your first stop in the morning, every morning.”

Has there been a study ranking apps by how often they’re opened? I suspect that Facebook would top the list for Americans, while email would be no. 2. It would be interesting to see a regularly-updated chart showing positions 3-10.

At my last job, someone said there are three websites every American visits daily. The first is Google, the second is Facebook. Everyone else can hope to be no. 3.


Still, are we using this technology correctly? Is the same tool that rendered the newspaper and the encyclopedia obsolete best used boiled down to its most basic form — context-free images that either drum up outrage or hit any other quick-trigger emotional button? Do we need large-scale Internet education? If we do, how do we reach those who are past the age of traditional, mandated schooling?

Or is this just the way it is now?


Ben Collins, writing in Esquire: http://www.esquire.com/_mobile/features/the-internet-is-broken?src=nl&mag=esq&list=nl_enl_pol_non_122013_broken-internet

H/t @julesmattsson and @jonathanhaynes

"(Twitter’s) influence seems due to the fact that it’s popular among influential people and provides energetic reverberation for their thoughts"

O’Reilly: http://radar.oreilly.com/2013/12/tweets-loud-and-quiet.html#.UrGv5doKEXY.twitter

It follows that strategically, journalists should use Twitter to consume news and get their content in front of other publishers. Do everything else on Facebook.

What is ‘Local News’? Lessons on Hyperlocal News from Patch


AOL CEO Tim Armstrong is “throwing in the towel” when it comes to Patch, according to The New York Times. I had a debate on Twitter Monday night with some hyperlocal content creators and others about lessons news organizations can learn from Patch. Here’s what they had to say about Patch and more:

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"News in general doesn’t matter most of the time, and most people would be far better off if they spent their time consuming less news and more ideas that have more lasting import."

Twitter Co-Founder Evan Williams  (via courtenaybird)

(via courtenaybird)