Friday Favorites

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

Improved User Discovery Screen

The latest versions of the Mac and iOS apps include an enhanced “Discover” screen. Now, in addition to a static list of recommended users, there is a rotating assortment of recent posts from the community.

One of the things that always bugged me about the main list of recommended users is that many of them are not very are active. The new, activity-driven component of the Discover screen is much more useful for both new and established users. I pop into it much more often and have already found a few new active users to follow.

When I mentioned conversations about pens and paper on last week, little did I know that it was just the calm before the storm. It was an even bigger topic this week, and it moved beyond show and tell to users helping other users with specific workflow and product recommendations.

I’m kind of curious what other shared interests could turn into discussion topics on Topics I’m interested in that I’ve seen others mention on include: electric vehicles, photography, NBA basketball, and cooking. Maybe I’ll pick one to write about next week and see what happens. Or, maybe someone else will beat me to it!

Random Delights

Here are a few unrelated items from my favorites list that brought a smile this week:

  • @colinwalker’s deep thoughts on cinematic masterpiece “Pitch Perfect” surfaced some closet Barden Bella fans on and will give me something cerebral to focus on the next time my sons are rewinding and replaying the projectile vomit scene (spoiler alert?) repeatedly.
  • @michal’s new business cards are great, but his 1960s-era Russian watch stole the show. (Throw me a line, so I can pull myself out of this eBay rabbit hole.)
  • @patrickrhone shared an interview he did about his sabbatical “nonline” that includes some great perspectives for people re-thinking their relationship with the Internet.
Doug Lane @douglane