You may have noticed that after some experimentation, the microblog “snippet” posts I was trying out here stopped. I’ve still been going strong with microblogging, but I decided to go “all in” on Micro.blog for these types of posts (and some longer posts as well) rather than posting them on this site. There are a variety of reasons for this, but it largely comes down to keeping things simple and being able to use the native Micro.blog Mac and iOS apps to their full potential. So, if you didn’t like the shorter snippet posts showing up in this feed, they won’t anymore. If, on the other hand, you liked the shorter posts, you can now find them at micro.douglane.com and subscribe to a separate JSON or RSS feed for updates.
On the surface, the microblog-style posts I’ve been experimenting with aren’t very different from tweets or Facebook status entries. The key distinction, of course, is that they are posted on a site that I manage and control. But there is a little more to it than that.
There is something about posting short thoughts on my own site that yields a more positive tone. I filter myself a little more. Self-censorship didn’t seem like a positive thing at first, especially when my goal is to write more, but there are some clear benefits.Read More
My dad is a licensed sea captain and has a retirement gig running one of the pilot boats that serves the Buzzards Bay side of the Cape Cod Canal.
A maritime pilot, if you’re not familiar, is a ship handler with in-depth knowledge of a particular harbor or waterway. When a large ship reaches a difficult-to-navigate location, a pilot is placed onboard to guide the ship in or through safely.
My dad’s job is to get the pilot from shore to a vessel in need of his or her services. Piece of cake, right? My sons and I tagged along on one of his trips today.Read More
As we pour one out for AOL Instant Messenger today, Louise Matsakis makes the case that Facebook should be subjected to the type of forced interoperability that AOL faced as part of the Time Warner merger. I generally dislike Internet regulation, but this got me thinking.
Journalist Mark Mooney published his own obituary today, after documenting his battle with prostate cancer in a series of posts that I wish I had discovered sooner. It was sad, but it gave me a great sense of the person he was, made me think, and even made me smile.
Decades before the selfie craze, Bill Washburn sat an Olympus rangefinder on the dash of his taxi and photographed himself with hundreds of his fares. The results are a looking glass into everyday life in early 1980s San Francisco.
Politico reporters Dan Diamond and Rachana Pradhan shared a behind-the-scenes look at the months of shoe leather reporting it took to break the story of Tom Price’s private jet abuses. Good journalism is making a comeback.