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Anyone remember FriendFeed? Aol Lifestream?

Dave Winer and I have been chatting about some publishing ideas recently and he asked/nudged/forced me to ask my question in the open. I’m game, so here’s a slightly modified version of an email I had sent him recently.

I had a nice time setting up Dave’s project PagePark and alas just wish I had more time to dig in. Gotta put all those dormant domains to better use :).

The Deploybot/Beanstalk integration is neat by the way, glad to post a video if anyone is interested, I’m happy with the time to live for changes after confirming they work locally.

I wanted to ask about Instant Dave. I’m really intrigued by the desktop combined feed idea and hoping Dave shares some advice on rolling my own.

Does anyone remember the Aol product called Lifestream? I’m almost sure you don’t :). It was like FriendFeed, which was a bit more well known, although acquired earlier, basically just an aggregator.

Instant Dave reminds me of that but personal. It seems like you could network them somehow too, I am interested to hear Dave’s thoughts on that. Networked though, not in a public sense… I guess OPML is the reference here, bundled is the right word. Bundles of bundles? Google Circles (gasp) actually had some things right about our social lives, we are members of a bunch of public spheres/circles.

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Less, More, and None

My friend Ethan shared his Less, More, and None list (inspired by Jacoby Young). Cool idea, thought I’d give it a try. Always good to remind yourself of your better aspirations.

Lenfest Institute and Digital First Media?

Notes on dynamic meters

Notes on newsletters

Notes on the membership model for news


Capturing Shawmont Station before its $1,000,000 preservation begins – the oldest extant passenger rail station in America

Originally a 18′ by 36′ stone house (Wissahickon Schist), the structure wouldn’t have stood out from the other country homes in this part of Philadelphia, at the tip of the Manayunk Reach, situated at the end of today’s Manayunk Canal Towpath.

Testing WordPress Gutenberg on a high volume news site

Water, sand, and societal change

The best restaurant? Matunuck Oyster Bar

Does Perry Raso run the best restaurant? Yes, I think he does.

EverQuote and patent medicine

In a thread begun October 2016, Washington Post technology director Aram Zucker-Scharff tweeted about the shady advertising practices of EverQuote, a Boston-based startup. Since then these ads have become prolific on the web (and nearly as prolific are Aram’s tweets documenting the malfeasance).

Lenfest Institute and Digital First Media?

What if Alden let another organization manage its newspaper assets as a blind trust? It would lose a great deal of flexibility in using DFM assets to leverage other companies it owns, but it would be able to wash its hands of the growing public relations crisis. Furthermore, it would give space for the strategic direction of DFM to be explored and pursued without the added baggage of hedge fund cross-percolation.

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