Last week saw my 10th anniversary of being on Twitter (as @stopsatgreen). That’s a long time, but I’m still there and still active because I still get huge value from it. I don’t want to downplay that, for some people, Twitter became very toxic and compelled them to leave; but for me, no other network has come close to matching the experience it provides.
Over the course of my ten years I’ve developed a few rules that help me continue getting the most from Twitter; keeping my timeline fresh, interesting, and valuable. I’ve shared them here on the off-chance that they’re useful to you too, dear reader.
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At work, we talk a lot about ‘voice’; what is it good for? Is it the post-mobile platform? And our clients ask us a lot about ‘voice’, and how to build a branded app. But I’m not sure everyone is talking about the same thing; and I’m just as unsure that anyone knows what makes a really good branded ‘voice’ app. I mean, I’m fairly sure I don’t.
This article is my attempt at defining what we’re talking about when we talk about ‘voice’; and, based on my experience as a user and developer of ‘voice’, trying to nail down some of the opportunities for branded third-party apps.
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One common phrase that’s guaranteed to rile me is when people are accused of ‘staring at their screens’. It’s usually prefixed by ‘mindlessly’. This accusation is especially often made of people on public transport or in coffee shops, not interacting with each other but instead ‘staring at their screens’.
This morning I did a quick stealthy survey (OK, I looked over their shoulders) of my carriage on the train to see what people were doing with their phones. Here’s the list—bear in mind that some people did more than one activity:
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I read 25 books in 2017, eight fewer than I did in 2016; I think this is because I read a lot more articles (saved to Pocket, on my Kobo eReader) as research for my job and my newsletter. Still, 25 books in 12 months isn’t a bad return, and I aim to read around the same number this year.
Of all the books I read, these were the notable ones.
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