The Origin of Tweet is a well researched post from the creator of Twitterrific.

It’s not everyday that a word you helped create gets added to this prestigious publication, so I thought I’d share a bit of the early history of the word “tweet.”

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Andy posted a summary of how the application process of XOXO worked.

XOXO 2012 was one of the best conferences I have ever been to. It ranks right up there with my first SXSW in 2001. Other than conferences I can’t think of too many other events I’ve been to in my life where I knew I was witnessing something so special.

Since we all came back from XOXO and said as much on our weblogs and Twitter, I think Andy and Andy had an almost impossible task for 2013. It still remains to be seen if they succeeded. We’ll only know once the conference is over and we’ve all returned to our weblogs and Twitter to sum up our experiences.

But the thing I think they did accomplish is they reminded everyone that there is value in being someone who actually makes things.

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As you know Google Reader is going away on July 1st. Here are a few links you should know about before it does.

  • http://readerisdead.com/ — To pull all your information out of Google Reader. This includes much more than Google Takeout or just exporting your OPML.
  • http://www.goread.io/ — A new day, a new reader. Here’s a clean, open-source one. I haven’t spent enough time with it to figure out the keyboard commands but it sure is pretty and fast.
  • http://allyourfeed.ludios.org:8080/ — Be sure and throw your subscriptions.xml OPML file from Google Reader in there so they can build an archive of the feeds we’re losing.

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I wish LinkedIn had a feature where I could pick a year, say 2008, and see where all the people I worked with at the time have moved on (or not) to. A sort of “Where are they now?” for my co-workers. What I really want is a LinkedIn for my actual work history and the people I have worked with, not people I am networking with or hope to work with. Where is the LinkedIn that restricts my contacts only to people I have or do work with?

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For a long time I have been unhappy with TypePad’s lack of updates. While hosted Wordpress and sites like Medium and Svbtle were innovating and adding tons of great features, TypePad did almost nothing I could see in my daily use. It’s still a pain to use the template editor. It is still a pain to manage my files. I was going to dive into Jekyll—but then I got a crazy idea…

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As I backed out I raised my hand to push the button on the garage door remote. The homeless man who had been laying next to our garage thought I was waving at him and he gave a small wave back. Instinctively my hand, still raised after pushing the button, gave him a wave. It was a long wave. Longer than was called for and with a familiarity I would reserve for a friend. And he, looking uncomfortable with the realization of what was happening, gave a second wave back to me. By then I had backed out as far as I needed and turned my attention to the road.

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