I may or may not get to these in the future. If you do before me, please let me know.
Single-use P2 threads. P2 is an awesome theme for threaded conversations that stand the test of time. Avoid long, drawn out email discussions with friends by pointing everyone to a P2 thread.
A year ago you wrote… Emails of what you wrote in the past, a la Timehop.
Lock one or more dashboard widgets in place for everyone. The WordPress dashboard offers infinite customization. Sometimes you want to make sure a widget (e.g. site announcements) appears in the same place for everyone though.
Save Manage Posts filter state. It resets your query argument filters every time you navigate away.
Idea for the WordPress.com VIP ElasticSearch add-on: ability to pass arbitrary documents with external URLs to be included in the index. (ref)
Draft. Version control for writing. Distraction-free writing plus version control plus pull requests. (via Jeremy)
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