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I'm Brad, a creative strategist living in Chicago. This is a steady stream of things I make, see and think.

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Mobilizing The 12th Man - Case Study

When political unrest meant soccer players in Tunisia would have to play a major match in an empty arena their fans turned to a mobile app to bring their voices together and support their home team.

Honestly, this is powerful stuff.

thisistheverge:

Best New Apps: IFTTT
Since it launched in 2010, IFTTT (if this, then that”) has been building a Lego set made out of web companies. The free service, which until now has existed only on the web, automates tasks using public APIs from companies including Facebook, Dropbox, Evernote, and Foursquare. I use IFTTT to save all my Instagram photos to Dropbox, and to note every time I check in at the gym, among other things. Now a new iOS app is making it easy to browse and enable the most popular “recipes” on the service — while also introducing recipes exclusive to the device that’s always at your side. 

IFTTT is one of those magical apps that solves half a dozen problems you didn’t realize you had within five minutes of digging in.
Highly recommended.   High-res

thisistheverge:

Best New Apps: IFTTT

Since it launched in 2010, IFTTT (if this, then that”) has been building a Lego set made out of web companies. The free service, which until now has existed only on the web, automates tasks using public APIs from companies including Facebook, Dropbox, Evernote, and Foursquare. I use IFTTT to save all my Instagram photos to Dropbox, and to note every time I check in at the gym, among other things. Now a new iOS app is making it easy to browse and enable the most popular “recipes” on the service — while also introducing recipes exclusive to the device that’s always at your side. 

IFTTT is one of those magical apps that solves half a dozen problems you didn’t realize you had within five minutes of digging in.

Highly recommended.

Look at your fish

jkottke:

Robin Sloan has a new app, Fish: a tap essay, discussing the difference between liking something on the Internet and loving something on the Internet. It’s thoughtful and well done. And it’s something you ought to check out if you spend a lot of time on sites like this one. One way or another, you’ll have an opinion, the essay demands it, and Internet that makes you think is the best kind.

In the essay, Robin mentions the difference for him between what he likes and what he loves is if he keeps going back to it. Writing up this post, the last sentence of the first paragraph specifically, I think I might have realized for the first time that for me, the difference between a Tweet or post that I like or fave or star, or whatever, and one I love is if it makes me think. I might not ever visit that URL again, but I’ll think about it later. Again and again, maybe. I love that. Since I’m simple, I sometimes also love, vs like, remarkable animal videos.

Download this now. It is wonderful.

The essay dives into the exact thinking that led me to make How I Consume. Our consumption habits are changing at a speed that I don’t think most fathom. 

Instapaper is now social! (Don’t worry, it’s tasteful and optional.)

Marco Arment

What a brilliant way of saying it.

Congrats to Marco on the release of Instapaper 3.0! Instapaper has changed the way I consume information.

Instapaper + Kindle = The best online/offline system for reading all those tl;dr articles you moved on from after reading the first page.