On Joining App.Net

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Resistance…

I had no intention of signing up for App Dot Net (ADN), I really didn’t. I knew it was going to fail. It seemed shady with that whole last minute surge of reported cash and I guess I didn’t trust the network or the people behind it. Handing over $50 to a mostly unknown entity, at least to me, seemed a little crazy. It wasn’t like it was $50 for a tangible product. It felt like a Kickstarter project where there was no Kickstarter backing it up. These guys were just going to get my money, and who knows what was going to happen with it. I almost signed up back in August during the initial rush when I saw a lot of the Apple pundintry and developers I respected signing up for it. I suppose if money wasn’t an issue, I would’ve signed up right away too. I loved the promise of ADN.

…is futile

Then comes last week. A price drop from $50 to $36 (kudos to ADN for giving early adopters an extension on their membership) and what really sealed the deal for me signing up, Netbot. If Tapbots was getting behind ADN, I knew it was a worthwhile endeavour. Now, Netbot isn’t a wholly new piece of software. It’s pretty much Tweetbot wrapped in black and missing a lot of features from Twitter that ADN doesn’t yet support.

Those include:

  • push notifications
  • direct messages
  • searching
  • trends

While We Have You…

So what’s happening over on ADN? Well, pretty much the same shit as Twitter, albeit with fewer people. During off-peak hours, ADN gets about only ten new posts a minute. The flow is so sparse that you can actually read the Global stream and keep up with ease. There are a handful of users that keep popping up. There are a few good looking women that I think are getting lots of followers because of their attractive avatars and a few tech pundits with lots of followers. Much like Google+ when it first started, a great deal of the conversations on ADN are about ADN.

Is it a place you wanna be?

If you’re looking for the possibly next best thing? Sure, ADN is worth trying. They have a $5 a month plan if you wanna give it a one month whirl before diving in for a full year’s $36. You’re probably gonna wanna plunk down $4.99 for Netbot if you have an iPhone or iPad. Also, if you want to have push notifications, the best you can do is buy Pushover for $3.99 and set up ADN -> Pushover notification through IFTTT. Signing up for ADN has so far cost me $45 bucks.

Day One and Logging Everything

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Day One has become an important part of my data ecosystem. It’s always been a fine journal app. Then, back in July, they added photos and location data to what you could save in your journal. Then, and this is what really turned it into an important piece of the puzzle for me, Brett Terpstra released Slogger. Slogger runs on your Mac once a day (I use the default 11:50pm) as a launch agent. It runs a ruby script that scrapes Twitter, Pinboard, Pocket, Instapaper, Last FM and maybe a couple other ones and saves the data collected that day from those sources to your Day One database in Markdown. There’s also an additional image script that you can have Hazel/Folder Actions invoke when an new image shows up and that image gets added to Day One as well. Combine IFTTT.com with that, and you can suck in photos from Facebook or Instagram and now you’ve got a truly automated diary of all the things you’ve read, said or photographed.

I don’t often make an effort to manually enter data into Day One. However, all my memories are getting added to it everyday and if I wanna go back and see what I was thinking about or doing on a given day, all I have to do is fire up Day One and it’ll have everything there for me.

Updated: 2012-09-28

I would like to add that if you’re using Day One for Slogger, I recommend Dropbox over iCloud. iCloud seems to choke on syncing the large amount of entries Slogger produces. Dropbox handles them no problem.


Buy Day One for OS X here in the Mac App Store.

Buy Day One for iOS here in the App Store.

Path 2.0 Is My New Facebook

I read this article about how Path supposedly doesn’t meet any unmet needs of its users. It reminded me a lot of the reaction to Tweetbot earlier this year. “It’s pretty, but it doesn’t do anything new.” That’s fine. What’s wrong with doing something differently and quite possibly better? Nothing, I tell you. Path had been around for a while, but it was only for photos, it was limited to 50 people, and I thought it was kind of pretty but dumb. A year later, what I want out of a social network is very different. Or maybe it’s just that I want a social network that’s a little more personal. Facebook used to be that way, but then Facebook got overrun with Farmville and Mafia Wars, and I had to unfriend or at least hide everyone. Facebook is pretty useless to me know. I only use it as a place to send messages to people whom I don’t know their email or phone number.

Stamped for iPhone

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We’re always looking for great new things, whether it be girlfriends or video games. We need new stimulation. We also suffer from social network overload. I’m happy to say that I’ve found a new social network that I think finally gets right the idea of suggesting media (and non-media things like restaurants as well). Stamped is an iPhone app that lets you “stamp” things you like; things you’ve put your stamp of approval on. Instead of ratings or thumbs-up/thumbs-down, the only things that will come up in your Stamped feed are things you think are worth other peoples’ attention. There are no degrees of awesomeness, just things that are worthy of your time. I liken this to the GTD style of task management. In GTD, there are no priorities. Everything is important. And if you put something on Stamped, it’s because it’s important (to you, at least.)