“I’m going to make a special plea to the press—not just the folks who are here, but also your editors—give this some attention. This is the kind of stuff, what these young people are doing, that’s going to make a bigger difference in the life of our country over the long term than just about…
I would LOVE to see a decent ePub authoring tool - there really isn’t anything out there right now. The market is there for the taking, and more importantly, great tools are what Apple needs to get a leg up on Amazon’s Kindle store.
“A lot of my songwriting in the Hold Steady has to do with this place in your life where it’s appropriate to go to parties and have a dumb job. And then you get a little older, and it’s not as appropriate. There are people who make that transition, and then there are people who get hung up right there. It’s that frustration: ‘This isn’t turning out how I thought it was going to. Why is it so hard for me to get to work? Why do I sleep so much? Why am I not excited to see my friends?’”—
“Oh good, I was just thinking that what this country needs is more Apple Stores. I have an idea: Rather than build all this crap, why doesn’t Apple just unilaterally make each of its products available for 25 percent less than the current selling price? It would save money, raise market share, and benefit the millions of people who can’t actually afford all this stuff to begin with.”—
It apparently doesn’t occur to Paul that each of these stores will be profitable. Plenty of people can afford this stuff - as evidenced by the phenomenal sales of iOS devices, and rising Mac market share. Apple knows that people who try their products tend to like them enough to buy them - so expanding the number of places people can try out their products is just a damn good strategy.
I don’t know exactly why Safari still has a separate search and address field - I strongly prefer Chrome’s single search/address bar.
So, why don’t I use Chrome on my Mac? Frankly, it doesn’t feel quite right. Safari has a certain feel to it that I prefer - perhaps it’s the purely native controls, I’m not sure.
Anyway, enter Safari Omnibar. It’s a SIMBL plugin that gives Safari a single bar for entering URLs and searching. It’s not perfect - Google results don’t pop up as you type, for instance - but it’s definitely good enough until Apple’s Safari team modernizes their controls.
In case the title wasn’t clear enough, I think the new Path is great for me. It may not be great for you, since people use social media services and apps in a myriad of ways. If what I write is intriguing, try Path. If it sounds like it’s just not for you, oh well.
I’m a social media junkie. On any given day, I’ll Tweet, share photos on Instagram, check-in on Foursquare, and funnel half that stuff to Facebook. I spend too much time on my phone, and need another social network like I need a third arm. (Note - I’m not saying I need a third arm. It’d likely be more trouble than it’s worth.) So, why do I think Path is worth my time?
Because Path is a great way for me to keep all the stuff I’m sharing anyway, but from one beautiful, easy-to-use app.
With Path, I can share a thought, like in Twitter or Facebook. I can note what song I’m listening to at any given time. I can check-in at any given place. I can post photos (or videos), either plain or with fun filters. Heck, I can even share when I go to sleep, and when I wake up.
I can do a ton of the stuff I do on other social networks from within one unified interface. And, bonus, that interface is beautiful and functional.
So far so good - Path is nice for checking into Foursquare or posting photos to Facebook. What about the other part of the app - the social network?
Honestly, that is potentially my favorite part - but only if I can get my friends to join. Path has a hard limit of 150 friends - and I plan on using far less than that. I’ve got hundreds of “friends” on Facebook, thousands of followers on any number of Twitter accounts, and varying amounts of people watching my other social accounts. I don’t lock any of them down to be private accounts, and I’m fairly liberal when accepting friends on Facebook.
As a result, I’m pretty careful with the stuff I share on those services. I’m mindful of my “audience”. I don’t always write/post/etc stuff that’s just for me and those closest to me. Managing friend lists/circles is a pain, and something I’m uninterested in.
With Path, I plan on sharing more personal stuff with a few people that I’m close with. It’s not a collections of links or retweets, it’s my life. If I want to, I can post to other networks from within the Path app - I can share a photo just with Path, or with Path and Twitter, or Path and Twitter and Facebook - at the touch of a button. It’s easy.
So, that’s Path for me. It’s nice. I like the feel of it. And I hope the people I want to share more personal moments with see where I’m coming from when I ask them to join.
Sorry for the blathering on and on yesterday - I get excited. Hopefully this will be the end of my Path-loving posts. If you’re interested, you can get Path from the Apple App Store or the Android Marketplace. It’s free. Or, see more at www.path.com
Credit where it’s due - Jeremy Cox and I did most of the design work, with Matt Ström building a ton of the iPad functionality and Tim Gieseking and Beth Porter tackling the phone development. As with everything at Atomicdust, it’s a team effort.