Web of uniforms vs. options

The thing is, I despised LiveJournal’s shoddy features and MySpace & Friendster’s tendencies to fill profiles to the brim with crap. And I have zero tolerance for any Tumblr that blasts autoplaying music. But I appreciate Tumblr’s battlecry to make social networking profiles less of a uniform. People who care enough about beautiful design and code, and are okay with people using their tools to “make a mess” instead of imposing […]

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#socialmediaprobz

Social media is not as easy or brainless as you think it is. Especially when you’ve spent a fair amount of time on it for things that you’re really passionate about. The more you use it, the more you want the workflow—the experience—to be better.

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Blog for you, or two

As it becomes clearer that people are hiking back to blog on their own sites again, Matt Mullenweg writes about how it’s a lot more challenging to do that these days especially now that it’s become easier than ever to measure—and therefore judge—posts by stars and stats. Every update you make on every social network looks lacking if no one has faved, liked, pinned, upvoted, or +1’d it. While several […]

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Summarize & visualize your year on social media

As another year winds down, the major social networks have gone and partially liberated the information they collect about us in the form of a prettified year in review. Several years back, you had to manually and intentionally enter data to produce such reports. Bespoke ones are still the loveliest of course, with Nicholas Feltron’s leading the pack. But now that there’s an app for checking in to everything—from music […]

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Disney Princess Feminists

Take a look at the top-voted answer by Shannon: In this answer I will evaluate the degree of gender treason committed by the following seven women, who so blithely bask in the glory of the patriarchy anointing them with the empty title “princess”, thereby condemning innocent little girls worldwide to a life wracked by miserable, insatiable lust for a crown, a ballgown, and a 17-inch waist… Then a countering view […]

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The cultural equivalent of dark matter

TIME Magazine writes about fan fiction (with a timely Harry Potter slant, of course). I want so badly to quote the whole thing here (but it’s long, 5 “pages” long) so I’ll just grab the snippet being passed around on Tumblr: Fan fiction is what literature might look like if it were reinvented from scratch after a nuclear apocalypse by a band of brilliant pop-culture junkies trapped in a sealed […]

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Over the walled gardens

WordPress.com has already adopted two Tumblr features (likes and reblogs) but the third one coming in version 3.1 may complete the transformation: post formats. That’s not to say it hasn’t been done. And can you really replicate the Tumblr experience on self-hosted systems? Beyond the debates of regurgitating posts killing originality/identity/attribution though, I’m more interested in the ability to interconnect blogs, tweets, tumblelogs, notes in the most seamless way possible. […]

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2nd Mini Web Design Conference & Blue Beanie Day

November 27 and 28 are two more significant dates in the web design scene, so be sure to participate! 2nd Mini Web Design Conference Update: Download the slides for the presentations here. The <form> function() & .class mini web design conference series is on its second leg and will be held tomorrow, November 27th. Same time (6:00pm), same place (G2VC TechBar, Exist, Orient Square), with a new mix of topics […]

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WordCamp Philippines 2008 Highlights: Development Track, State of the Word, Web Standards, Random Fire

My highlights from WordCamp Philippines 2008, held on September 6 at De La Salle – College of St. Benilde:

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Design + code + words for a better web, made in the Philippines by Sophia Lucero.