Created by Luke Seeman, a designer and developer at Chicago magazine, @whatschicago retweets tweets that begin with the phrase “Chicago is.” It works better than it sounds like it might: @whatschicago creates a live monitor of popular opinion of the city, an ongoing index of how people define the midwestern metropolis.
Seeman says he was inspired by the Google autocomplete maps that showed what what the site suggests when you type “Why is [state] so…?” (For Chicago’s home, the search engine suggests “Why is Illinois so corrupt?”)
When I find something online that I don’t have time to engage with right away, but that I want to explore later, I tend to use Pocket these days. It’s perhaps worth saying the way I encounter things in the first place has changed quite radically over the last few years. Rather than put myself into the tidal wave of instant news I prefer to sample from a stream of a few hundred sources in Feedly (since the death of Google Reader). I use Reeder as my app of choice to access and manage all this stuff, which really does feel manageable compared to the firehose that is Twitter (which I do dip into, too, by the way @guycookson).
Anyway, my point is I didn’t have time to listen to everything that I want to, when I want to. But tonight I finally listened to Heather Browne’s Fuel/Friends Favorites of 2013 and it’s awesome. Check it out here.
This is Jack Dorsey, the inventor of Twitter and co-founder of Square. The whole interview is worth watching. The guy asking the questions is Kevin Rose, co-founder of Digg and now a VC with Google Ventures. I particularly like this quote from Jack about 18 minutes in:
The hardest thing about all of this is to get started. And I think the most important thing that I’ve learned is that you have to – as soon as you have it – get it out of your head, get it on paper. And then to take this one step further, just show someone. Just show someone what it looks like on paper. Even code a little bit and show someone the interaction.