The Story of ADNpy: An API Client

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This is the story of ADNpy. A python API client. From the earliest days of the API I wanted to build a client. In the beginning though the approaches were infinite. For as many times as I started an API client, I stopped because I couldn’t figure out how to start. The fact is though, we are an API company and that meant we had to consume it. Goes Open Source

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Open Question: What's the impact of Reader's shutdown on traffic?

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Let’s say that there are only 1 million Google Reader users. In three days, that’s a million people who won’t be clicking on American Apparel ads. Which could directly effect the bottom line of websites that are entirely funded by ads, like blogs. Is there anyway to know by how much though? What do you think the leading indicators might be? I have enabled comments for this post so let me know if you have any answers.

The Rumproarious eBook

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I have been threatening to do this for a while, and now I have. I created a mini-ebook about the future of feed readers. I used many of the blog posts that I wrote over the last few weeks as the raw material for it, but I tried to craft a solid narrative for the ebook. Check it out: Feeding Our Reading Habits Also available in PDF and for the Kindle.

Network Thinking In TV

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The Sopranos is a story about a man that happens to be set in the world of organized crime. The Wire is a story about a setting, Baltimore, that happens to include a story about some people. They just so happen to be there so we learn a little about their lives, but the the real story is that of the city. This distinction is what makes The Sopranos one of the biggest shows of the last 20 years, and it makes The Wire a show with a small but vocal crowd who think it may be the best TV show ever made.

What Would a Facebook Reader Mean?

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Last week multiple signs started to appear that point to the fact that Facebook might be prepping a news reader. While there has been discussion of the possibility few, if any, have tried to figure out what it would mean in general. Admittedly, there are few details, but it’s not that hard to extrapolate from past actions. You need to look at this from a couple different perspectives though. Why does this make sense for Facebook, Publishers, or the consumer?


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Discovery is a pretty broad activity for one tool, but the idea is simple. Some cycles are inward, convergent paths, meaning you end up getting deeper and narrower into a topic over time. For certain topics, this isn’t always bad. Often you would go deeper on subjects that matter to you. In general though, you want to slowly move outwards. It’s a form of diversification. You don’t want your sources to stagnate, or you could end up missing out on a larger context.

Juxtapositon In Feed Readers

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Juxtaposition is a technique that gets used quite often without anyone noticing. It gets used and misused daily by the media to great effect. To understand the power of juxtaposition I think it helps to talk about the Kuleshov Effect: “Kuleshov edited together a short film in which a shot of the expressionless face of Tsarist matinee idol Ivan Mosjoukine was alternated with various other shots (a plate of soup, a girl in a coffin, a woman on a divan).

Reading Efficiently

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Now that we covered context, I think it’s important to talk about motivation. It frames the entire issue. What motivates you to read? The answer to this question puts you on entirely different paths. For example, if you are motivated to read to pass time, thats fine, but much of what I am talking about is useless to you. Yes, you are reading, but you aren’t reading for comprehension, nor are you reading because you want to move on to something else.

More On Sync and RSS

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Sync is key for feed readers got picked up by Dave Winer on Twitter here is what he had to say: “Sync Is Key For Feed Readers (If so, then make web apps, and you’re done)." — @davewiner And then Peter Rojas responded: ”@davewiner I need an offline mode for my RSS reader since I often read on the subway, so mobile app is important to me.