Setting Contexts

I’ve made a change…

Posted in NetNewsWire, NewsGator, productivity, Pukka, RSS by jquig99 on July 11, 2007

I’ve changed my NewsReader from NewsFire to NetNewsWire. Again – using a newsreader has changed me from an instant-gratification girl to one that enjoys the anticipation.

What I love:
– using just the space bar, I can fly through my (137 at last count) feeds
– I can “clip” articles I want to save
– I can post to this blog or my del.icio.us account(w/my Pukka account)

From the website:
– New! Desktop integration – Spotlight, Address Book, iCal, iPhoto, Growl, Twitterific and more.
– New! Great new look – improved combined view, feed “cover art”, full-screen mode, and tabs with thumbnails and animations.
– New! Performance enhancements – all new article storage system, memory optimization, and more.
– New! Synchronized clippings – read your saved articles from the web or another NewsGator reader.
– New! Microformat detection for contacts and calendar events.
– New! Automatic checking for newer versions of the software.
– Automatic download of podcasts and transfer to iTunes.
– Smart lists to aggregate news from your feeds based on criteria.

It automatically downloads my new OmniFocus builds and my podcasts. The Online component (NewsGator), let’s me access my feeds and clippings from any computer.

NetNewsWire has a Support section, Forums and Resource feeds. It’s been a terric pleasure working with this app for the last couple of weeks. Maybe it’ll inspire me to edit my feeds (not likely!)…

Also – read the blog!

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Clive Thompson on How Twitter Creates a Social Sixth Sense

Posted in Twitter by jquig99 on July 11, 2007

Clive Thompson on How Twitter Creates a Social Sixth Sense: ”

WIRED MAGAZINE: ISSUE 15.07
TECH BIZ  :  MEDIA  
Clive Thompson on How Twitter Creates a Social Sixth Sense
Clive Thompson 06.26.07 | 2:00 AM

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Twitter is the app that everyone loves to hate. Odds are you’ve noticed people — probably much younger than you — manically using Twitter, a tool that lets you post brief updates about your everyday thoughts and activities to the Web via browser, cell phone, or IM. The messages are limited to 140 characters, so they lean toward pithy, haiku-like utterances. When I dropped by the main Twitter page, people had posted notes like ‘Doing lunch and picking up father-in-law from senior center.’ Or ‘Checking out Ghost Whisperer’ or simply ‘Thinking I’m old.’ (Most users are between 18 and 27.)
It might seem like blogging taken to a supremely banal extreme. Productivity guru Tim Ferriss calls Twitter ‘pointless email on steroids.’ One Si”

(Via Twitter Blog.)

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