Save for later

This post from Intercom is a little older (although you may not know it since they do not include a date). Diana Kimball takes a lovely foray into examining the allure and the psychology behind apps that allow us to save stuff for later. It’s a slightly longer read, but a good one that can be summed up here: Bookmarking tools nominally exist to help people return to where they left off — or, at least, to reassure themselves that they will.Ha, well said! I feel the truth of this statement keenly. Something gets our attention, we use our…

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Easy reading is damn hard writing

Gregory Ciotti from Help Scout gives some solid tips for improving your writing. The goal in our craft should be producing a piece that is not work to consume: … effective writing is lean, clean, and easy to read.He takes several different methods and gives solid examples of how to put them to use. If you write at all, this is worth your time. There are a few links to books and resources that can help you with your craft. Source…

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The rise in phone reading

The details of this report match my own habits. My iPad usage had declined significantly over the past two years. Once I made the upgrade to the bigger screen of the iPhone 6, I was more than ready to get rid of the awkward middle child of my digital setup. And it looks like a lot of people are on the same path. But what has captured publishers’ attention is the increase in the number of people reading their phones.More telling: Some 45% of iBooks purchases are now downloaded onto iPhones, an Apple spokeswoman said. Before that, only 28%…

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Why can’t we read anymore?

Hugh McGuire describes the problem that has resulted from our always on stream of updates. For him, reading 4 books in one year was a struggle and a sign that the issue is serious. His description of the nature of the problem may resonate with a lot of us: I’ve been finding it harder and harder to concentrate on words, sentences, paragraphs. Let alone chapters. Chapters often have page after page of paragraphs. It just seems such an awful lot of words to concentrate on, on their own, without something else happening.His, and others, premise is that this…

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Congestion

All the changes that have been introduced over the past decade via the Internet have been focused on one thing. Sharing. Sharing thoughts, sharing photos, sharing work. Sharing experiences … well, just the attractive parts, but hey, that's still sharing. Above all else, I appreciate the ability for anyone, almost anywhere, to share their thinking or experience or knowledge by writing and publishing on the Internet. Being unshackled from some of the barriers of times past is perhaps the greatest benefit of our online connections. But there’s a real big problem. There's way too much of it. My bucket overflowethWhatever…

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