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Posts about Technology

All Media Is Social*

All media is social because human beings are social. The only difference is that it happens much, much, much faster now. We’ve sped up the refresh rate in our mediated conversations so much that the previous version looks like it’s not moving at all.

Spammers, Evildoers, and Opportunists

Search Engine Optimization is not a legitimate form of marketing. It should not be undertaken by people with brains or souls. If someone charges you money for SEO, they are running a scam.

We Are What We Do Not Automate

For a while I’ve been keeping a mental list of things I used to have to do myself that technology…

Introducing MagCloud and the Future of Magazine Publishing

Short attention span version: For the last year, I’ve been working with HP Labs on a very cool new project.…

Larry Lessig on Creativity and Infernal Machines

“Artist choice is the key for new technology having an opportunity to be open for business. And we need to…

I Love You, Too, V-Moda

Blogs are so often used for the “I’m outraged at this company” kinda posts, I thought I’d go out of…

Rule 1 for Collaborative Media: Ask First

Here’s what happened, as far as I can tell. Lane Hartwell is a fantastic photographer. She recently went full-time with…

Like Chess?

Personally, I was raised in a backgammon family. But Wikipedia says that millions of people like the chess. And if…

No Spectators

It’s difficult to remember now, but there was a time when companies looked at the internet and made a ponderous…

10 iPhone Wishes

I know, I know. You’re sick of the iPhone stuff. But it’s not every day a whole new media platform…


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Hi, I’m Derek. I live in San Francisco and make awesome community-centric web stuff. I sometimes post things to Flickr and Twitter. I’m mostly harmless. More.





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