Friday Favorites

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

Preparing for the Masses

It’s kind of amazing that every time I write one of these posts, there is a significant new feature to mention. This week, we saw the introduction of a Wordpress to migration tool. This seemed to fit into a broader theme of preparing for general launch.

On episode 78 of Timetable, @manton spoke about some of the steps he’s taking to refine the new user on-boarding experience, as well as his efforts to assess the scalability of the architecture. This was great to hear, since I’m sure it’s easy to get caught up in today’s bug fixes and feature requests and lose sight of the necessary ingredients for long-term success of the platform.

Where We’re Going, We Don’t Need Roads

I really love seeing people share interests and activities that they are passionate about, particularly when they are things that I don’t have much first-hand experience with.

I’ve noticed two users, @mikeoldham and @md, who regularly post photos of their vehicle off-roading adventures. Both feeds feature some great scenery, and it’s fun to see that “minor inconveniences” like goats, water, and roads of questionable structural integrity never slow them down.

Sharing New Projects

The early user base naturally skews towards early adopters, so it has the potential to be a great place to launch new projects. I saw a couple of cool new projects launched by active users this week.

@ben and @scientifics launched a new site called Everyday Wear with reviews and advice on finding clothing that looks good, feels good, and performs well.

@eddiehinkle released a beta of Indigenous, an micropub app for iOS that allows users to like, repost, or bookmark URLs.

Neither of these projects are exclusive to, but it was fun to see fellow users rally around them.

Doug Lane @douglane