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Link: We’re All Living in an Everyblock World

via Dan Sinker

Back in 2008, I wrote a blog post welcoming the local civic info site Everyblock to the world. Today, just over five years later, Everyblock has announced that their parent company, NBC News, has shuttered the site. Twitter has been awash with people digesting the news and I suspect that this blog post, written while battling a nasty winter cold, isn’t the first nor will it be the last. That’s what happens when you create something with the impact that Everyblock had: People care when it’s gone.

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Just a Little Break

Playing softball this week I broke my finger ever so slightly. It’s small enough that I didn’t feel the need to zip to a doctor right away. But it was enough that is hurts like hell and has limited my ability to type on a keyboard normally.

Kind of reminds me of the scene in Adventures in Babysitting after the subway fight when Keith Coogan’s Brad needs “just one stitch.”

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Fresh From Posterous

This is my first post using Octopress, which comes after folks finally decided to pull the plug on Posterous. It was announced yesterday that it will be shutting down on April 30, some 13 months after Twitter acquired the platform, or rather the talent that built the platform.

As I wrote in my last post on Posterous, I enoyed using it because it stayed out of my way… I didn’t feel the need to fiddle with the layout, or adjust the admin or mess around with plugins. It let me just write posts… Maybe not as many as I’d like to, but posts nonetheless. And I stuck with it to a certain degree.

I spent some time considering going back to Tumblr, and I found this promising platform called Snipt. Heck I even installed WordPress for spell.

But all in all I like the idea of Octopress, of something that will continue to stay out of my way and just let me write, of something that will lets write in markdown which is then compiled into static HTML.

Time will tell.

I can say Posterous served me well at a certain point in my life, a time when I was learning to learn, code, program and teach/show others, and I’ll have an archive of that. Now it’s time to find something new.

I did take some steps to prepare for a day I figured was coming.

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Last Posterous Post… Time to Find a New Method…

Looks like folks finally decided to pull the plug on Posterous. It will be shutting down on April 30, some 13 months after Twitter acquired the platform, or rather the talent that built the platform.

I enjoyed using Posterous because it stayed out of my way… I didn’t feel the need to fiddle with the layout, or adjust the admin or mess around with plugins. It let me just write posts… Maybe not as many as I’d like to, but posts nonetheless. And I stuck with it to a certain degree.

Sadly, along with the blogging platform being gone, seems any Google juice I accumulated for things like Fusion Tables walkthroughs and examples will be gone as well… or at least pointing to dead links.

But then that might be for the better. I can say Posterous served me well at a certain point in my life, a time when I was learning to learn, code, program and teach/show others, and I’ll have an archive of that. Now it’s time to find something new.

I did take some steps to prepare for a day I figured was coming.

  • I formatted my projects page a bit so it’s a little more organized.

  • I grabbed an export of all of my content that Posterous housed. The Posterous backup made is really easy for me, and I think they way the structured the export should be a model for all content platform companies when they shutdown – ahem, Everyblock.

  • I started to move some learning resources and tutorials to Github and Gists.

  • And I started to research some other potential platforms. Wordpress is always there, but it’s too easy for me to get bogged down in how the site looks. Again, more writing and less fuss. Dave Stanton & Robert Hernandez just turned me on to Snipt, which looks promising as well.

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Ever Want to Be a Fly on the Wall While Interesting Ideas and Topics Are Being Discussed?

On Wednesday, thankfully before breaking news shifted my focus entirely, I had the pleasure of listening to some great minds in the area of technology and journalism share their thoughts on everything from data visualization to the pitfalls of throwing everything on a map.

O’Reilly’s Alex Howard hosted a Google Hangout on the topic of data journalism. Present were O’Reilly’s Mac Slocum, USA Today’s Anthony DeBarros, NPR’s Brian Boyer, Dave Stanton from SmartMedia Creative, Michelle Minkoff from The Associated Press, Tariq Kokhar from the World Bank, Simon Rogers from The Guardian and myself.