Friday Favorites

Here are a few of my favorite observations from this week:

Shared Niche Interests Surfacing

While most early users share a common interest in blogging tools and philosophies, it was fun to see a little more discussion about shared niche interests this week. For example, there seems to be a lot of overlap in the Venn Diagram of early users and pen, pencil, and paper enthusiasts.

I liked seeing @craigmcclellan and @cm share their excitement over the Studio Neat Panobook shipping, as well as checking out @jack’s kick-ass pencil sharpener.

New User Discovery Tricks

Finding new users to follow on is a bit of a dark art right now, but we gained a couple of new tricks this week. In the new Mac app, if you click on a user’s profile, you can see a list of users they follow. Manton mentioned that this feature will be coming to the web and iOS apps at some point as well.

@colinwalker took things a step further by tweaking and re-enabling a feature on his blog that allows you to view a list of people who have interacted with his site through either webmentions or

Microcast Mania

It was cool to see some additional microcasts start or re-start this week. Fragmentum from @adamprocter and Sync in Progress by @zak are a couple that found their way to my player, but I think I may have missed at least one other.

Doug Lane @douglane