Wild to think about how Twitter’s scale has grown globally in just four years.
Like many people, Yelp is one of my go-to apps for food and restaurants. I use it frequently even though my primary use case is passive: reading reviews, browsing photos vs. adding tips, checking in, etc.
For the past few days I have been using Yelp’s new iPhone app and have been really impressed. Search and speed have both been improved substantially.
But here is a small feature I liked and noticed:
When you hit a restaurant page, there is a greyed-out photo of the restaurant in the background. If you drag the page down, you can see the photo in color. If you pull all the way down and release, you go straight to that photo and the rest of the photos.
Although it is a very small UI tweak, it gives each business page some unique character and it adds some color and some fun.
Roger Ebert - We’ve Seen This Before - NYTimes.com
Great New York Times op-ed from Roger Ebert about the Aurora shooting. The whole article is quote-worthy so really you should read the whole thing.
Let’s not make this about movies. Let’s make it about the real issue of gun laws.
Summarizes my exact feelings about Tumblr right now.
This is the first post on my new blog. I’ve decided to switch from Posterous to Tumblr.
Why? Mostly because I like the simplicity.
My goal for this blog is to write original commentary on a frequent basis. The posts won’t be long and will be far from perfect. They will be shorter form posts with quicker thoughts (but longer than 140 characters, for that please see here) on technology news and products.
I also want to use Tumblr as its meant to be used as a network — quick sharing, lots of likes, re-blogging, images, etc. So expect to see more of that.
My second goal for this blog is to have more of a discussion and debate around the topics. So comments were very important to me. I’m a huge fan of Disqus for comments. Unfortunately Posterous never got on the Disqus bandwagon (despite the fact that they were both YC companies). Tumblr got on that train early and I commend them for it.
With Disqus, as a reader you’ll be able to comment using your Disqus, Facebook, Twitter or G+ identities. I will take the time to moderate. My hope is that a small group of people will participate in the discussion and hopefully one day we can have a real community. So please join in on the discussion with me.
So, here’s gordonbowman.com on Tumblr. I tinkered with a few themes and landed on this one. I like the design and the flow of it. Let me know if you have another similar one to recommend though. And if you have any great Tumblr blog recommendations, please shoot them my way.
As for all of my old content unfortunately Posterous doesn’t yet have a tool that lets you import old posts into Tumblr. So for now, I’ve auto-posted a few of my more popular posts for perpetuity sake. Sadly, most of the URLs that direct to previous posts will be broken. Nothing I could find to fix that except to go back and manually edit all links which just takes too much time.
Other than that, it’s a pretty clean slate. And I think that’s kind of nice. A fresh start.