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"I'm not sure what is the best strategy. For now, I myself try to stay as "curious" as possible and give probably more chances than most people to new challengers. I also try to diversify the products I use and avoid the "platform" game where a single player controls multiple levels (application, OS, hardware). Opening the data is probably a first step, but would that be enough? Probably not... most people do not care (or have no *idea*) how to use this data. If I were to decide, I would push for interrop. For example, I would by law force Lyft and Uber to show each other's results if *the user wants to*. For the social web, I would force Twitter and Facebook to show each other's messages f the user wants to... etc. The same goes for the messaging platforms.... etc. It worked for the phones, the railways and the roads, why couldn't it work for the web as well?" - Julien
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Re: The Easiest Way to Compute in the Cloud – AWS Lambda - All Things Distributed - http://www.allthingsdistributed.com/2014...
"This is a very interesting move... (your preview link in the last paragraph is skewed!)." - Julien
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Re: Superfeedr : New Design - http://blog.superfeedr.com/new-des...
"Thanks Ryan :) I still have a couple things on my todo list with "bridgy" in them :)" - Julien
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Re: Superfeedr : New Design - http://blog.superfeedr.com/new-des...
"Thanks Matthias! Please, make sure you give a shot at the consoles when you get a minute! They're very addictive!" - Julien
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Re: Liberate Apps Through Protocols: Lets Update IRC! - http://continuations.com/post...
"Hum. XMPP has evolved a lot to adopt modern requirements of mobile devices :) But let's not start (yet another) protocol war: the web is great because anybody can play. And this is the exact definition of what a protocol is: speak the language and join the chat. Let's get rid of anything that builds barriers: ToS, API credentials, central "authority"... etc. This is what we need to see more open-ness and decentralization." - Julien
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Re: Larry Page's Big Risk - http://www.usv.com/posts...
"Lol. Didn't *he* offer $4Bn for snapchat? Talk about a moonshot..." - Julien
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Re: The shell for the Calatrava designed Path station... - http://awaldstein.tumblr.com/post...
"Next time you're in France, fly to Lyon and check the aiport Calatrava designed here :) http://www.calatrava.com/mobil..." - Julien
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Re: Apple software gets worse - http://scripting.com/2014...
"Such a great opportunity for the web to be back..." - Julien
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Re: I Am Using Kimono Labs To Fill In Gap For Companies Who Do Not Have AN RSS Feed For Their Blog - http://apievangelist.com/2014...
"Pretty cool stuff!" - Julien
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Re: What does Facebook want? - http://scripting.com/2014...
"I'm sure you advocating *against* the NDA... but I hope Facebook will evenually work on the open around these aspects. Can't be open and close at the same time :)" - Julien
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Re: I'd rather see silo-free than ad-free - http://scripting.com/2014...
"Exactly! Now, I have to confess that this is probably a chicken and egg problem. If we had no silos, there would be ad-less alternatives (with ad-based ones too). The ad business model also strongly pushes toward a winer-takes all model (the larger the audience, the higher larger the revenue per user it seems)." - Julien
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"Sunk cost... they're not easy to spot!" - Julien
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Re: Google: Best To Use Both XML Sitemaps & RSS/Atom Feeds With PubSubHubbub - http://www.seroundtable.com/google-...
"We'd be happy at Superfeedr to host a PubSubHubbub hub for seroundtable :)" - Julien
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Re: The Value of a Network - The Gong Show - http://thegongshow.tumblr.com/post...
"Interesting. As a matter of facts, I have been questionning a lot of my friends when they told me that they're adding a "social network" to their perfectly-fine-otherwise application... in search for higher valuation. I do not know whether you are right or whether the nlog(n) is right... BUT, I am convinced that most of the time the value of a network is overstated, because networks are not evenly distributed: they are actually more like clusters and the value is probably the maximum value of any given cluster. In other words, most of my friend's friends are friend with my friend's friend... and once all of them are in the network, adding a friend of a friend of a friend does not add much value to the network." - Julien
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Re: It’s Official: AIs are now re-writing history - http://www.usv.com/posts...
"This is quite scary." - Julien
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"Great shot!" - Julien
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Re: Search Vs Social - http://avc.com/2014...
"Be really careful, because "Direct" is more of a "we don't know where it's coming from" than people typing the URL in their browser :) In the day and age of HTTPS, the Referer, which is used to measure this is now obfuscated, resulting in an increased of "direct" visits..." - Julien
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Re: Julien Genestoux: Why RSS Needs a Follow Button - http://blog.flowreader.com/julien-...
"Thanks for accepting my guest post! Also, check a few sites with the button: - http://www.christophh.net/ - http://usv.com/ (click the feed icon!) And many, many more!" - Julien
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Re: Radio3 v0.56 has a deeper API - http://radio3.smallpict.com/2014...
"It's not a deal-stopper but would make things a bit easier easier :) Many HTTP client libraries will parse the body by default when they *see* it's JSON." - Julien
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Re: Radio3 v0.56 has a deeper API - http://radio3.smallpict.com/2014...
"Dave, this is a great feature (more to come on what I built with it). Since you're sening JSON, you should make sure the Content-Type indicates that it's JSON. Right now you're sending this: Content-Type: application/x-www-form-urlencoded; charset=UTF-8 Fix it by sending Content-Type: application/json; charset=UTF-8" - Julien
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Re: The Old Reader: behind the scenes - Relevance - http://blog.theoldreader.com/post...
"I really hope you address this problem in a new way. What I really like with my RSS readers is that they do NOT filter. Facebook only shows what *they* think I care about. I'm sure there is a lot of false positive (just looking at the feed!) and I'm afraid there are a lot of false negative (stuff they don't show that I care about). However, I agree that "2619" is not a good UI/UX. There *must* be way to surface interesting storied or help me go thru them in more than one dimension? Maybe "fold" related stories so that I can go from one to another unrelated one (usually the case with chrnonological sorting) or from one to a related one (folded)... etc. So I think the problem is not algorithmic, but clearly an interface problem." - Julien
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Re: The Slow Hunch - Your phone is no longer a part of you. It’s a... - http://nickgrossman.is/post...
"On the other side so many people have been "saved" when they found out that a backup of lost data existed in iCloud. It's a really hard problem to solve from a UX standpoint: we expect more from the computer without really understanding the consequences of these expectations." - Julien
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Re: Digg Blog, New Today: Digg Deeper Goes Deeper - http://blog.digg.com/post...
"Well done Digg!" - Julien
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Re: Turns out we still need Plaxo (or something like it) - http://josephsmarr.com/2014...
"All of this is very true, but I'm still not sure it's a "solvable" problem or at least that there is a much better solution than what we have today. To me, identities have facets and evolve over time very much. A "contact" is more and more a facet of an identity. It used to be that people had the same snail mail address their whole life, but our parents showed that this wasn't true anymore. We also change our phone numbers, emails probably more often than what we initially expected (or at least more than telcos expected) and web identities (profiles on social networks) are even more ephemeral (at least in their usage). Of course, smart phones and social networks should have make all that much easier, but in practice, these are all walled gardens will *less* interrop... If I were to build a tool that helps me keep track of my contacts contact info, I'd probably build a search engine. Something in which I could type a name (or a list of names), which would crawl the web, and every..." - Julien
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Re: Superfeedr : Server Sent Events - http://blog.superfeedr.com/server-...
"So, for anyone reading this is the future: the headers approach does not work well in Firefox 31. It's much easier and safer to use the query string :)" - Julien
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"It's worse than that. So many times I've heard people say: "I truncated my feeds because I need the visitors *on* my site". And then, a couple months later: "Nobody visits my site thorugh RSS, so I decided to drop them altogether". It's a sel-fulfulling profecy: if you make anything crap, don't expect people to love it more! That being said, I believe the RSS ecosystem should also start thinking about how to become more useful for *publishers*. There are 2 things that I see which are wrong: - It's soooooo hard to subscribe to a site that I love and usually involves copy and paste which are impossible on mobile/tablets. Luckily there is https://subtome.com (which I created) but it's not widely adopted. - I wish there was a way to "poke" the sites I read i their feeds. It would probabaly encourage them to improve their feeds and show them that I'm still there, reading them, even though they can't see me." - Julien
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Re: How to stimulate the open web - http://scripting.com/2014...
"I strongly agree with your statement: " If I create a tool that's good at posting content to Facebook and Twitter, it should also post to RSS feeds, which exist outside the context of any corporation." I also wish people who rely on RSS would build tools to show publishers that the ROI with RSS feeds is greater than the one they get with Twitter/Facebook. For example, I'm always puzzled when I see that the most engaged users on Gizmodo, per Chartbeat are the ones coming from RSS reader and not the ones coming from Readers. In other words, us, defenders of RSS should make sure that its performance is measurable so that publishers can decide to push it forward rather than consider it as a 2nd tier citizen." - Julien
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Re: The Slow Hunch - Dropbox and Personal Data - http://nickgrossman.is/post...
"Agreed, this is indeed an approach that I like much better. I'm always scared when data and code are mingled in an 3rd party entity without any way to de-tangle them. However, I think Dropbox could(should) do a lot better when it comes to privacy. For example, they could start encoding things..." - Julien
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Re: Superfeedr : Server Sent Events - http://blog.superfeedr.com/server-...
"Indeed, that's a typo :/ Fixed now! I should try the username:password trick, but there's still a risk of it being ignored by browsers when the query string will *always* work :)" - Julien
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"Happy Birthday!" - Julien
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