Medium’s met­ric that mat­ters: Total Time Read­ing:

I some­times char­ac­ter­ize Medium as con­tent match­mak­ing: we want peo­ple to write, and oth­ers to read, great posts. It’s two-sided: one can’t exist with­out the other. What is the core activ­ity that con­nects the two sides? It’s read­ing. Read­ers don’t just view a page, or click an ad. They read.

Cargo Cult Ana­lyt­ics:

If the pace at which you receive new met­rics out­strips the pace at which you can change your newsroom’s pri­or­i­ties, then what’s the point?

Path uploads your entire iPhone address book to its servers

Path uploads your entire iPhone address book to its servers. Shouldn’t this be the kind of shady behav­ior that an app store review process pre­vents? Would be fan­tas­tic to see answers to these 3 ques­tions.

Update: Path’s CEO answered those three ques­tions a minute after I posted this. His response to #2 is a cop out. “Indus­try best prac­tice” is just a way of avoid­ing blame. Pro­tect your users data and do what’s right, not what’s typical.

The shape of our future book

The cur­rent sur­face forms for dig­i­tal books are far from per­fect, but they work and are get­ting bet­ter with each device and soft­ware iter­a­tion. So, in my opin­ion, many of the crit­i­cal future ques­tions dig­i­tal books design­ers will have to address don’t directly involve pure con­tent lay­out. Future-book design is not merely about font sizes and lead­ing. Instead, our hard­est (and pos­si­bly most reward­ing) prob­lems will involve the inter­min­gling of con­tent and data.

Craig Mod — The shape of our future book.

Index your city: An idea for local news

A while back I moved into a new apart­ment in Port­land. It’s in a great neigh­bor­hood and a ter­rific build­ing. One of the best parts is the top floor view of Lone Fir Ceme­tery across the street. It’s a ceme­tery that saw its first bur­ial in 1846 and has quite a bit of his­tory tied to it.

What is inter­est­ing to me is that on the edge of this mas­sive, his­toric ceme­tery is an empty cor­ner of land. It’s roped off and is mostly gravel. After dig­ging through Wikipedia’s foot­notes I found that this lot is tied to some controversy.

The one use­ful arti­cle I could find online states that:

The county would go ahead with plans to tear down its build­ing at the cor­ner of South­east Mor­ri­son Street and 20th Avenue — a squat beige box and park­ing lot built atop the graves of Chi­nese immi­grants buried there in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

To me that’s fas­ci­nat­ing. It’s a cor­ner of land that has roots going back over 100 years but is still empty and unmarked. There’s no rea­son I should have to dig through Wikipedia and track down an Ore­gon­ian arti­cle re-posted on another site to find that out.

Dave Winer says that, “Rule #1 of local blog­ging: If you hear fire trucks in the night, in the morn­ing you should be able to find out where the fire was.” If that’s local blog­ging then a thriv­ing local news ecosys­tem should adopt a mind­set akin to “If you have a ques­tion about some­thing in our city, we’ll answer it for you.”

The Ore­gon­ian, or a startup news ser­vice, is miss­ing a golden oppor­tu­nity here. Port­land is a town with pretty well-defined neigh­bor­hoods that each have their unique his­to­ries. Some­one who can index those loca­tions as well as the news and his­tory of each has cre­ated a solid prod­uct which they can deliver to res­i­dents as well as visitors.

A personal archive

This was a lot of excite­ment for one year. Since the whole point of Pin­board is to be around for the long haul, I’m hop­ing for much less of it in the year to come. A per­sonal archive works a lit­tle bit like a bank — you want to be able to use it and for­get about it, rather than see it pop up in the evening news.

maciej — Two years of Pin­board.