Fitbit weekly summaries

Fitbit now sends weekly sum­maries of your activ­ity right to your inbox. It includes a recap of your steps, miles, weight, and sleep changes.

There’s a leader­board col­umn in the email as well as on the site. Not sure how that works since I’ve kept my Fitbit data pri­vate. For those who want, or need, an extra boost to get going a leader­board could be a cool way to com­pet­i­tively exercise.

Having a reminder of your activ­ity is a great way to reflect on the past week.

The hypocrisy of the media attack on Wikileaks

Ian Dunt at The Guardian writes about the hypocrisy of the media attack on Wikileaks:

The only dif­fer­ence between Wikileaks and other news organ­i­sa­tions is that Wikileaks is doing its job prop­erly. This is not a symp­tom of its greater intel­li­gence, merely its abil­ity to com­pre­hend the ram­i­fi­ca­tions of new tech­nol­ogy. Wikileaks is like a sym­bol of globalisation.

The 37signals Suite and Ownership

37signals launched a bulk sub­scrip­tion suite for their apps a cou­ple of days ago. In the launch announce­ment I noticed that they refer to users as own­ing their apps:

Currently the 37signals Suite is only avail­able for peo­ple who already own a Basecamp, Highrise, Backpack, or Campfire account. If you own any one of these apps you can upgrade to the Suite in less than 60 sec­onds. We will be offer­ing the abil­ity to sign up for the Suite from scratch down the road, but we just don’t know when yet. Note: If you don’t own one of our prod­ucts yet, and you’d like to pur­chase the Suite, just sign up for Basecamp, Highrise, Backpack, or Campfire and then fol­low the upgrade instruc­tions above. (empha­sis mine)

Despite the fact that you pay a monthly fee to use those apps 37signals says users own the prod­uct. They back this up by allow­ing a func­tional HTML or XML export of most con­tent at any time.

Compare that to Twitter, whose Terms of Service say “what’s yours is yours – you own your con­tent.” Sounds sim­i­lar right? Too bad Twitter does not pro­vide a way to export more than 3200 tweets.

Retweets and permalinks

My last post threw me against an odd stum­bling block with new-style retweets on Twitter: there are no perma­links for retweets.

In a post explain­ing the changes to retweets almost a year ago Evan Williams noted var­i­ous prob­lems with the old style of retweets. Two men­tioned were that retweets were untrack­able and that they cre­ated con­fu­sion over attri­bu­tion. This may be true of the old style but the new method is even worse for attri­bu­tion in any medium other than Twitter’s.

That post I men­tion above was about a slick, adap­tive CSS grid frame­work. I only found it because Lauren Rabaino retweeted an ear­lier post from Nathan Smith.

So what are my options if I want to give Lauren credit in a blog post?

I can link to her pro­file page which will be irrel­e­vant for that tweet in a short while.

I could link to the orig­i­nal tweet from Nathan Smith. This would show Lauren’s pro­file pic­ture as one of the retweets but it doesn’t scale well. If the tweet were more pop­u­lar and had dozens of retweets Lauren’s infor­ma­tion might not even appear. For exam­ple, 56 peo­ple retweeted this but only 15 avatars show.

There ought to be an eas­ier way. Twitter should have a perma­link to both the orig­i­nal tweet as well as some­thing I can link to show­ing it was Lauren that made me aware of the post.

Proper attri­bu­tion in this case only exists within Twitter’s plat­form. Maybe that’s the point. If that’s true it’s frus­trat­ing to say the least. Retweeting is a form of pub­lish­ing and we as users ought to be able to link to any form of pub­lished con­tent on the web.

WordCamp Philly Slides

Later today I’m pre­sent­ing about how to use Edit Flow to mas­ter an edi­to­r­ial work­flow from within WordPress. The slides below cover what I’m talk­ing about which includes some new fea­tures com­ing in 0.6 which will be released shortly.

If you have any ques­tions about the plu­gin or the talk feel free to drop by in the com­ments. We’re also look­ing for gen­eral feed­back about fea­tures and how Edit Flow is being used. We’d love to hear your thoughts about how you’re using Edit Flow.