Spent a little bit of time this evening exploring topics in the WordPress.com Reader and commenting on posts I found interesting. It would be a sweet community project to make sure every first post receives an enthusiastic reply.
It would be neat if you could find people on WordPress.com based on topic analysis of the content they write. You could probably build a pretty neat directory with locations too.
And you know what? I have no idea whether my numbers on those services are good or not. I don’t know what I’m supposed to do about them. In fact, though I love Chartbeat, the information that I get from them that means the most is their push notifications on my phone which tell me when my site is over its maximum monthly number of visitors. That is meaningful.
Insights like exceeding my usual level of visitors, or achieving some threshold I’d never crossed before, or doing some task particularly efficiently would be meaningful markers that I could respond to intelligently.
Anil Dash — All Dashboards Should be Feeds
Dronenet: How to build it. Another possible collision of cheap hardware and ubiquitous networks. This stuff is way cool.
In the last three recoveries, however, America’s economic engine has emitted sounds we’d never heard before. The 1990 recovery took 15 months, not the typical six, to reach the prerecession peaks of economic performance. After the 2001 recession, it took 39 months to get out of the valley. And now our machine has been grinding for 60 months, trying to hit its prerecession levels – and it’s not clear whether, when or how we’re going to get there. The economic machine is out of balance and losing its horsepower. But why?
The answer is that efficiency innovations are liberating capital, and in the United States this capital is being reinvested into still more efficiency innovations. In contrast, America is generating many fewer empowering innovations than in the past. We need to reset the balance between empowering and efficiency innovations.
Clayton Christensen — A Capitalist’s Dilemma
There’s no standard conventions around shipping documentation with plugins, and it would be nice if there was. One idea: include a /docs/ folder with text files in markdown. Those documents would automatically show up in your wporg plugin profile.
He said people who were right a lot of the time were people who often changed their minds.
Quick plugin idea from a conversation with Scott from Grist: use Post By Email available on WordPress.com to funnel press releases, story ideas, etc. into the dashboard. Upon importing, these would be saved to a custom post type that allows you to comment on the… Continue reading →