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hello world. my name is Ryan Alexander Boyles. often, it's pronounced the RAB. i'm into declarative living. i am a connector. this is my life-stream / tumblr / blog. call it what you will. find my sxsw posts. any questions, ask me anything! btw, here is a standard disclaimer.


It's like RSS is making a comeback or something.

Facebook, Foursquare and LinkedIn are the latest to follow Twitter and Tumblr’s lead. See what i did there? with the word play. Ah just go read the social hyperbole. So I guess the loose ties talk and network effects stuff is the way after all. Break down your walled gardens! (but also install this ephemeral private messaging app over here to the side.)

Twitter / heidiklum: Can you believe this...I cant ...

Small moments on Twitter are fascinating, because they reveal tiny bits about the people who share them, and in aggregate, reveal entire patterns of human behavior and emotion. Whether it’s the mundane update about what someone had for breakfast, or that they’re late for school, or that they had toilet paper stuck to their shoe for an hour before a friend pointed it out… Those small moments are real, humanizing, and pings to the world that a person is alive, is functioning, and is a normal human being. Big moments on Twitter are also fascinating, either as a participant, or as a passive observer. Celebrations, sports matchups, popular entertainment, or newsworthy events bring massive amounts of people together. Twitter sees huge spikes in activity as people share in those moments together. Through Twitter, these moments offer the reinforcement that even if you’re watching an event alone, you’re not alone in experiencing it. In these moments, we share in the roar of the crowd in moments of victory, we unite in hope or heartbreak in moments of tragedy, and we make and record history together.

A love letter to Twitter by Douglas Bowman (creative director of Twitter for the last 5 years)

What Fresh Statistics Tell Us About Twitter's Decline

First of all, all of these newer, growing services are about sharing images (and let’s even throw Google+ in there, with its growing community of photographers and powerful image tools.) Clearly, as you’ve read here for some time on Convince and Convert, Visual Marketing is a thing.

Remember that received wisdom that 80% of us were consumers, 19% curators, and 1% creators? Intagram, Snapchat, and Vine have thrown those ratios out the window, as long as we are comfortable with an evolution in what “creating content” means.

We are not all going to be bloggers. And there is likely a finite cap on the percentage of Americans who want to broadcast their thoughts to people they don’t know (i.e., Tweet.) But sharing images is a basic human behavior, passed down from when your family pulled out the slide projector, or VCR, or Flip recorder (depending on your particular vintage.)

There is a second thing these services have in common, however, and that’s this: they are designed around sharing experiences. While Twitter’s origins were centered around “what is happening,” these newer, mobile networks are based around “what are you doing?” And if I want to share what I am doing or experiencing, I am increasingly more likely to do that with 2-3 thumb presses than with 141 thumb presses.

New visual networks aren’t training us in new behaviors; rather, they are facilitating behaviors we are already trained in.

- Tom Webster, @webby2001

Wil Wheaton, I love you even if you cheer for the wrong hockey team...


Tonight the San Jose Sharks beat the Los Angeles Kings to take the best of 7 series to 3 games to nil in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. If you didn’t understand a word of what I just said, some sports stuff happened in a very close and high-energy game. The game was played at Staples…