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What Twitter could have been by Dalton Caldwell I remember when you could go to and see the global firehose on the front page. They had no traffic. The global feed was mostly employees and their friends talking to each other. When Twitter started to get traction, a year or two into their existence, I decided that Twitter was the Best Thing Ever. I realized that Twitter, because of their API, actually was a real-time protocol to connect various services in a novel way.

Chrome is my favorite browser and judging from our analytics, it’s the preferred browser of the majority of our readers as well. That being the case it only makes sense to get some awesome new extensions in front of you. I should say, however, that my favorite new Chrome extension (possibly of all time) is Panda which puts awesome sources like Hacker News and the latest Dribbble shots (among other excellent info sources) in your new tabs and wraps them in an awesome user interface. But I figured many of you probably were aware of it at this point judging by it’s popularity, so I wanted to dig up a few more you might not have heard of just yet (but need to). Future forms We have different ways of talking about the future. We often use going to (+ infinitive), the present continuous (to be + -ing) or will (+ infinitive). The structure we use depends on the function of what we want to say, whether we are talking about arrangements, plans, predictions, etc. I thought will was the future tense in English. It’s one of the ways of talking about the future, but there are a few others. Let’s look at will to start with.

Announcing an audacious proposal by Dalton Caldwell The overwhelmingly positive response to my blogpost, What Twitter could have been has been inspiring. The post has generated 80K pageviews thus far. Without really meaning to, I touched a nerve. The responses to my post largely fell into two camps. Hello! My name is Michael Chang and I work with the Data Arts Team at Google. Recently, we completed 100,000 Stars, a Chrome Experiment visualizing nearby stars. The project was built with THREE.js and CSS3D. Community Welcome to the onestopenglish Forum! You can use this space to share your ideas, questions and tips on English language teaching with colleagues and experts from all over the world. Scroll down to browse all the existing discussions, or use the categories on the right-hand side to see at a glance which topics are being discussed right now and which discussions are the most popular, as well as the most recent posts. If you know exactly what you’re looking for, you can use the ‘Search discussions’ box.

This App Helps You Decipher Medieval Handwriting 41 2ShareNew Need some help reading through medieval books? There’s an app for that. To the uninitiated, medieval books might as well be written in hieroglyphs because the handwriting looks so unfamiliar. Medieval Handwriting is designed to remedy that problem. Developed for the University of Leeds’ Medieval Studies Department, the app provides exercises and context to help young scholars decipher original texts created by writers from the 12th through 15th centuries. 3rd-party revshare proposal by Dalton Caldwell I have been thinking a lot about what makes great 3rd-party developer ecosystems work. At the end of the day, it really boils down to financial incentives, and the ability of an ecosystem to support 3rd-party devs making a living and maintaining a good lifestyle. If the rules are setup correctly, great 3rd-party development platforms create a strong financial incentive for 3rd-party developers to make great software. Why? Healthy platforms allow 3rd-party developers to make lots of money. If you can setup the financial incentives in the right way, people are able to make a great living by building great software that is useful and makes people happy.

A few friends convinced me to join HabitRPG a few weeks ago. Since then, I’ve become an enthusiastic convert! The idea behind HabitRPG is that we can treat our to-do lists like a game. We can get points for knocking items off the list, level up, and even help friends defeat bigger monsters. HabitRPG offers a little motivation for the things we know we need to do. For me, the biggest win is that I’m ‘playing’ in a group. Simple Energy: How Gamification Might Just Save the World It’s the small victories in life that can often be the sweetest. But are small victories even sweeter when they’re won from family and friends? Yoav Lurie thinks so. Frighteningly Ambitious Startup Ideas March 2012 One of the more surprising things I've noticed while working on Y Combinator is how frightening the most ambitious startup ideas are. In this essay I'm going to demonstrate this phenomenon by describing some.

Google Buys Jambool: Social Networking Battle Begins Google has purchased virtual currency platform Jambool, a move that will fuel Google's reported foray into the social networking world. Jambool's Chief Executive Vikas Gupta and Chief Technology Officer Reza Hussein confirmed the deal Friday on the company's website. "We are excited to announce that Jambool is becoming a part of the Google family today," the founders write. They add, "The game has only just begun." Freemium has run its course “We are now seeing the end of the freemium model — signing up users for free and trying to upsell,” said Christian Vanek, CEO of the Boulder-based SurveyGizmo, in a recent phone conversation.“6.5 million unique users is not all that it’s cracked up to be. I don’t want hits. I want revenue. I want a real business,” said Matt Wensing, founder and CEO of Stormpulse, in an interview with Mixergy.“Make a product people want to pay for,” said Marco Arment, founder of Instapaper, in a Planet Money interview.

“It’s going great. The product is cool and so far things are going well.” I was happy to hear that a good friend of mine was happy with his new job. After a bit more chatting, we started discussing the talk I was preparing for RubyConf.

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