Writing a tech blog in days of political uncertainty

No matter what your political beliefs, if you're an American, the last two weeks since the inauguration have been, well, interesting. In fact, there is such a stream of breaking, urgent news that there doesn’t seem to be any calm downtime any more. As someone who usually writes about mobile and web consumer products, it’s … Continue reading Writing a tech blog in days of political uncertainty

The state of live video: one milestone reached and the path still ahead

Yesterday was an interesting day in the life of livestreaming apps. As members of the House of Representatives started a protest, Representative Ted Poe, (R-TX) declared the House in recess and turned off the C-SPAN cameras. After the official cameras were turned off, the sit-in participants turned to Facebook Live and Periscope to film and … Continue reading The state of live video: one milestone reached and the path still ahead

Twitter’s Moments is surprisingly good at news

Wide awake at 4am this morning, I was sadly aware of the Brussels attack soon after it happened. As I opened Twitter, my timeline talked about the attacks but in tiny snippets (as Twitter is supposed to be) and my first take was one of confusion: I really couldn’t see the forest for the trees. … Continue reading Twitter’s Moments is surprisingly good at news

Why we can’t have nice things: planning for abuse

As a product manager, it's really easy to plan for good behavior. Think of a scenario, map the flow, design the product. It can be that simple. Of course, along the way assumptions are made about how the user interacts with the product. Assumptions that in some ways can be reflective of the PM’s personal … Continue reading Why we can’t have nice things: planning for abuse

The Super Bowl and the state of the #hashtag

I watch the Super Bowl mostly for the commercials and occasionally for the halftime show. When a 30 second spot sells for $5 million, as it did this year, it becomes a showcase for the creative talents of brands and their agencies. There are almost always a few truly amazing ads. Two years ago a … Continue reading The Super Bowl and the state of the #hashtag

Another Twitter thought piece you don’t need to read

Last week, Twitter changed its stars to hearts, changing “favorites” to “likes” and the world exploded. Well, not really, but there were an awful lot of “thought pieces” pondering the change. Twitter is a company constantly being picked apart here in the valley, and “what should Twitter do” posts  are as common as discussions about … Continue reading Another Twitter thought piece you don’t need to read

Pinterest vs Twitter: rating the appeal to new users

Thinking about Pinterest this morning and how, a few months ago, I spent many hours sifting through DIY projects on the site to get ideas. For my use scenario, as strictly a “content consumer” Pinterest was a great place. I got the content I wanted, sprinkled with relevant, native ads. Even though I was not … Continue reading Pinterest vs Twitter: rating the appeal to new users

Twitter updates its harassment product and policy

Twitter announced an important update today to its abuse-prevention product along with changes to its user policy. Before I get to my opinion on these changes I’d like to present the closing paragraph from a New York Times book review as it's rather timely to this discussion. Last week the Times reviewed a book called “So You've Been Publicly … Continue reading Twitter updates its harassment product and policy

Meerkat and the social graph debate

Friday, after I finally capitulated to the overwhelming evidence that Meerkat was more than just a fad, Twitter yanked the social rug from under Meerkat’s feet by pulling the plug on access to its social graph. Twitter’s spokesperson told Buzzfeed: “We are limiting their access to Twitter’s social graph, consistent with our internal policy... Their … Continue reading Meerkat and the social graph debate

Tweet like nobody’s following?

A fascinating article in the New York Times this weekend continues to bother me even now, a few days after I read it. It’s called “How One Stupid Tweet Blew Up Justine Sacco’s Life” and it describes that one tweet that Ms. Sacco posted right before boarding a plane to South Africa and its incredible … Continue reading Tweet like nobody’s following?