A few nice conversations around the web, either in response to or inspired by what I've been talking about here:
- My favorite TechCrunch post in a long time is Jon Evans' Scheming Intentions, which outlines a simple way that native mobile apps could take a tentative step towards re-integrating with the web.
- Shapeways, the delightful 3D printing-on-demand service wrote a deep and thoughtful response to my ideas about where 3D printing is headed. BoingBoing had a quick take on the post, too, and I found the comments entertaining.
- I liked Michael Newman's recap of his favorites from 2011, especially his ruminations on animated .gifs.
- I had a blast talking to Leo Laporte and Tom Merritt on the Triangulation show — I know spending the better part of an hour listening to me ramble is a lot, but I'm very proud of the conversation about blogging in the first half, and hope that justifies enduring this for some folks:
- A wonderful, deep look at the importance of owning your identity online, detailed by Patric King, uses the comments on my recent post about Foursquare in contrast to the comments on the piece was it was shared/republished on Facebook.
- I loved Rebecca MacKinnon's stirring TED talk asking people to take back the internet. Yes, let's!
- The fun app-as-nostalgia service Timehop has been getting some attention; Mashable's piece on the service uses my comments to demonstrate why it's meaningful.
- MetaFilter revisits the principles of having a constructive community and along the way re-legislates my advocacy around the idea that the site should do more to welcome new users.
- Finally, an interview I did for PBS's "Need to Know" was excerpted on their site; I think this brief clip highlights very well the challenge and opportunity that we see at Expert Labs to really have a positive impact on government. I don't know if and when this airs in various locales, but hopefully this gives you a feel for the ideas.
Watch Fixing Government: Anil Dash on a social media revolution for Congress on PBS. See more from Need to Know.