Who’s tracking whom?

ghosteryAfter being mentioned on Daring Fireball and The Loop I decided to install the Ghostery extension for Safari. You may think you know who’s tracking you, but I bet the results would surprise the average person online.

There’s been a swell of posts on ad tracking and blocking recently. Will it be enough to trigger a change? John Gruber wrote on Daring Fireball:

It’s not just about privacy. There are other costs: network bandwidth (which for many of us is metered on cellular), page load times, and increased CPU usage, are real costs — paid entirely by the visitors to websites.

[Update] After writing this post I checked my own site and will be deleting some plugins and most of the other trackers I found.

Apple Watch STILL on Hold

M.G. Siegler wrote up his 3 month review of the Apple Watch over on Medium.

But mainly, I enjoy Apple Watch as a way to see various things I care about at a glance: the weather, the date, another time zone, my activity, my upcoming appointments, and, of course, the time.

So part of me still wants one, but my reasons for canceling my original order still stand.  Let’s see what comes with watchOS 2.0 later this year.


Side Project: D1 Lab SF

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For the past couple of weeks I’ve been building a site using our platform, DudaOne. The site was originally just an exercise in using some of our latest features. As I added more content it grew and took on a life of its own.

I don’t have any long-term plans for the site, but for now I’d like to add one to two articles a week and get some feedback from our partners.

Check out D1LabSF.com.

Get Nuzzel

Nuzzel on iPhone 6 and iPad Air

Chris Sacca’s recent post, What Twitter Could Be, has now made the rounds, but in my first reading I scanned over his paragraph on Nuzzel. It took a separate post from Frederico Viticci at MacStories to really grab my attention and download the app.

That was 15 minutes ago and I am blown away. This is a terrific way to organize, display and consume content on Twitter. It is now on the home screen of my iPhone and iPad.

From Chris Sacca’s post –

Nuzzel makes Twitter better.

Want to know what are the most popular articles linked to on Twitter? That should be a channel. What are the most popular sites linked among the people we follow or people that our friends follow? Great channel. Which books are people Tweeting about? Channel. Which videos are garnering the most attention? Channel. Any particular .gifs blowing up? Channel.

Get Nuzzel.

iTunes link.

Not News

The title of this TechCrunch post speaks volumes, and yet it should not be surprising.

“Netflix, HBO Streaming Video Traffic Increases As BitTorrent Declines”

During the season five premiere of “Game of Thrones,” HBO’s two streaming properties, HBO GO and HBO NOW, accounted for 4.1 percent of traffic on one U.S. fixed network – an increase of over 300 percent of their average levels.

People are willing to pay for the content. Content providers just need to embrace the new distribution channels.

Beta Launch: inSite plugin for WordPress


Today we launched the beta of our new WordPress plugin, inSite. Based on the website personalization tool built into our responsive site builder, DudaOne, inSite makes it easy to set up triggers and actions on WordPress sites. Current triggers include location, device type, time, frequency of visit and campaign URL. Any of these can trigger a new element, notification bar, custom JavaScript, HTML or a special effect.

The plugin also allows developers to build their own inSite triggers and actions and submit them to our online catalog.

Check out inSite.io for more on how you can download the beta.

inSite Catalog
The inSite Catalog

Apple Watch On Hold

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After a great deal of introspection and reading multiple blog posts I decided to put off buying an Apple Watch. My decision came down to two key points:

  1. It’s a first generation product, and
  2. I love my watches.

First Generation Product
I didn’t buy the first iPhone. I couldn’t justify the cost of such a powerful handset that didn’t support 3G networks. (But I wanted one.) I didn’t buy the first iPad. I didn’t understand the real use case for another screen. (But I wanted one.)

With the Apple Watch a mix of cost and use case is one reason I decided to hold off.

I Love My Watches
Like some anachronism in the tech space amongst my peers, I still wear watches. I own around 12, and while none of them are particularly expensive or noteworthy, I enjoy picking out the watch I wear each day. Each one has a story that’s meaningful to me. To get the full value out of the Apple Watch I would need to wear it daily and I’m just not ready to shelve the watches I love at this time.

In any case, I am almost certain that I will come around to committing to the Apple Watch. I want one, but not enough to take the dive just yet.