My daily readings 01/21/2010

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    • If developers suspected that the lists would look different, they were right. According to the “Top Grossing” category today, the No. 1 app was Smule’s $2.99 I Am T-Pain auto-tuning app, followed by e2ndesign’s 99-cent AppBox Pro, a set of 18 convenient app tools such as a currency converter and tip calculator, and Electronic Arts’ $7.99 Madden NFL 10 football game.

      In the plain “Top Paid” category, measured by download volume, the cheaper AppBox Pro was No. 1, followed by I Am T-Pain. EA’s Madden game–the most expensive app among the three–couldn’t be found anywhere in the top 50.

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    • Amazon says it has already released the Kindle Development Kit to a select number of partners, including the video game giant Electronic Arts, and will make it more widely available when a limited beta period starts next month. It anticipates formally adding what it calls “active content” to the Kindle store sometime later this year.
    • How actively will Amazon police what makes it into the Kindle store? “The guidelines are what you might expect,” said Drew Herdener, an Amazon spokesman. On the forbidden list: Internet voice-calling software, advertising, offensive materials, the collecting of customer information without consent, and the use of the Amazon and Kindle brands.
    • Handmark is creating a version of the guides for the Kindle, said Paul Reddick, its chief executive. The book will, among other things, be searchable (type in “Italian restaurant,” “New York,” and kid-friendly,” and get the relevant restaurants), and will allow people to type in a ZIP code and find restaurants in their area.
    • Folders please! Anything that will let us organize our book lists! Develop that and you will have an instant best seller.
  • tags: Kindle, AppStore

    • The Kindle will support free apps, one-time purchases, and subscriptions. Kidding aside, I can see some useful, text-based apps that could use some interactivity, but what you’d end up with is a Kindle version of a Website. (The Kindle already does come with a primitive browser which could be improved upon). At least the keyboard might now actually serve a purpose.
  • tags: Startup

    • success-factors-for-startups
  • tags: psychology, education, motivation, mindset, productivity

    • On some level, Faulkner knew the source of the trouble: British soccer culture held that star players are born, not made. If you buy into that view, and are told you’ve got immense talent, what’s the point of practice? If anything, training hard would tell you and others that you’re merely good, not great. Faulkner had identified the problem; but to fix it, he needed Dweck’s help.
    • Mindset: The New Psychology of Success—bear directly on the sort of problem facing the Rovers. Through more than three decades of systematic research, she has been figuring out answers to why some people achieve their potential while equally talented others don’t—why some become Muhammad Ali and others Mike Tyson. The key, she found, isn’t ability; it’s whether you look at ability as something inherent that needs to be demonstrated or as something that can be developed.
    • ‘What makes a really capable child give up in the face of failure, where other children may be motivated by the failure?’” she recalls.
    • People who attributed their failures to lack of ability, Dweck thought, would become discouraged even in areas where they were capable. Those who thought they simply hadn’t tried hard enough, on the other hand, would be fueled by setbacks. This became the topic of her PhD dissertation.
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    • At the individual level, Carol Dweck’s well-researched notion that if you have a fixed mindset, believing your talents and abilities are set in stone, you have set yourself up for stagnation and limited achievement.  If on the contrary, your mindset is one of growth, you can achieve true success and fulfillment even through immense failure.  The mindset is not a minor personality quirk. Rather, it explains our whole mental world, shaping our attitudes toward work and relationships.
    • In addition, as Chris Argyris of Harvard has found, smart people don’t learn very easily. Learning to reason about personal change can be emotional for them, even painful. Inevitably, many successful professionals with acknowledged insecurities often have an easier time of learning. They ask better questions, and don’t presume they know all the answers or processes.
    • At a personal level, the new mindset provides a major key to the development of higher performance and fulfillment. As one of my Gen-Y acquaintances put it, “I like this idea. It means there is hope for the rest of us.”
    • As schools and business organizations begin to use this data, it can provide an opportunity for the development of a larger segment of the population. Indeed, as training and development people begin to indoctrinate their employees with the growth mindset, it can make it possible for employees to better themselves and their career. My development business is one small way of dealing with these issues, but smart HR organizations can Blitzkrieg their employees with this information, providing their company with a larger talent base.
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    • One of the very first posts I wrote on my personal blog in 2007 was about Dweck’s “Fixed Mindset vs Growth Mindset” (based on a graphic by Nigel Holmes):

      http://michaelgr.com/2007/04/15/fixed-mindset-vs-growth-mind…

      Still one of the most popular posts there.

      I really wish this concept was taught to young children. I bet it could really make a difference.

    • How exactly do you know a child’s means are, especially in the face of science that the brain’s ability is malleable?

      There’s a huge difference between saying “You don’t seem to be very good at math, why don’t you stop trying and do something easy instead” and “This seems to be hard for you, keep working hard at it and it will get easier over time. A brain is like a muscle, it gets stronger when you use it”

    • There is a fuzzy line between intelligence and functional knowledge. I see that you are a programmer. How much of that know-how where you born with, and how much have you had to learn? If you had to learn a new programming language could you? Is learning your third language easier than learning your first?
    • It’s the tepid nature of this statement that I am most against. Despite the fact it’s also just downright wrong – the malleability of the brain is close to miraculous and studied heavily in many areas of science.

      Rats that are kept in cages devoid of adornment have smaller, less dense, brains than rats that have toys and varied sonsory stimulation. It’s simple, the more things we have with which to think, the better and more complex our thinking can be.

      Think Orwell’s Newspeak and Herman Hesse’s Glass bead games.

      What is awful here is that you seem to be convinced that mediocrity is a worthwhile tactic for people and for children… and I think this rips the heart from the very idea of what it means to be alive and better oneself.

    • I respect your opinion, but I have to disagree very strongly here.

      First, it seems that it is by being ambitious and trying to do hard things that we as humans improve. I would rather try to do something hard and fail than set out to do something easy and succeed. Also, often failing at something hard will result in something short of your goal but still far better than you would have gotten by going for the easy goal.

      Second, it is very hard to know what your means or someone elses means are, or even what is possible. A great many things that people used to think were impossible have been achieved.

      And finally:

      They will have very ambitious goals and will not settle for what they consider beneath them.

      First, most people will eventually settle if they hit repeated failure (but perhaps settle for more than they would have gotten by aiming low…). I know one person who dreamed of acting and is now programming, whether this is “settling” is debatable, but it wasn’t their stated goal. If a person truly refuses to settle, then they have a couple of choices:

      1. They can refuse to give up and keep trying without end. This can be good. They may eventually succeed, and even if they won’t, they will probably get further than they would by settling.

      2. They can try to cheat and use unethical means to get what they want. But the answer to this one is not to make them less ambitious, but to help make the children more moral so they will never resort to this and stick with #1.

      3. They can give up in some extreme way such as living on welfare or ending their own life. But I don’t think many ambitious people will take this route, and again the answer is not make the children less ambitous but to make them more moral and more stable so they would stick with #1.

      In short, I think it is a very good idea to encourage children to be ambitious and work to improve themselves.

    • Failure isn’t necessarily a bad thing. And the willingness to fail and learn from your failures is an incredibly powerful thing.

      Ask anyone who regularly teaches both adults and children (musical instrument instructors, foreign language instructors, etc) and they’ll tell you that one of the main thing that separates their adult students from their child students is that the children learn much faster because initial failure doesn’t bother them. Adult students are paralyzingly frightened of failing, and this significantly impedes their progress in learning new skills. But children seem to understand and be more comfortable with the reality that failure is part of the learning process. You can’t learn to play piano (as an example) without first playing the piano very, very ,very badly. 🙂

      BTW, I think this is why the currently popular advice to “fail early and often” is good advice. Yes, success is better than failure, but the fear of failure and the unwillingness to accept the possibility of failure can be crippling, and IMHO is a major differentiation between those people who do eventually succeed at great things, and the vast majority of us who just dream of doing great things.

    • The study doesn’t prove that what the title claims. What it proves is that you can improve your grades, which is not equivalent to becoming smarter. An alternative explanation is that believing makes you more motivated, which results in better grades.

      Not saying that it’s not possible, just that the title is not a conclusion from the study.

    • Where does this come from? The web page seemed to indicate that (a) IQ is malleable and (b) knowing this helps people get smarter. And this makes sense. I’ve had so many people in my life say “oh, don’t bother explaining that to me, I can’t learn it”. I really hate that. The only thing stopping them is their own belief.

      Do you think IQ is something fixed? That you can’t continue learning and getting smarter?

  • tags: iPhone, APP

    • I sell apps on the app store. A lot of small cheap apps. Revenue is hitting $1000 per day on the weekends (Here is the graph: http://imgur.com/T0z5p.png).

      But I’m facing another problem. I don’t know what to do with the money, how to use this very large monthly income to actually make myself rich. The app store income is going to end soon enough – the ecosystem is pretty fragile. Now that I have this raw cash, no debts, have a job I enjoy, don’t want or need a car, my apartment is perfectly comfortable, what can I do?

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  • “Mindset: The New Psychology of Success “

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    • Mindset is one of those rare audio books that can help you make positive changes in your life and at the same time see the world in a new way. A leading expert in motivation and personality psychology, Carol Dweck has discovered in more than 20 years of research that our mindset is not a minor personality quirk: it creates our whole mental world. It explains how we become optimistic or pessimistic. It shapes our goals, our attitude toward work and relationships, and how we raise our kids, ultimately predicting whether or not we will fulfill our potential. Dweck has found that everyone has one of two basic mindsets.If you have the fixed mindset, you believe that your talents and abilities are set in stone – either you have them or you don’t. You must prove yourself over and over, trying to look smart and talented at all costs. This is the path of stagnation. If you have a growth mindset, however, you know that talents can be developed and that great abilities are built over time. This is the path of opportunity – and success.

      Dweck demonstrates that mindset unfolds in childhood and adulthood and drives every aspect of our lives, from work to sports, from relationships to parenting. She reveals how creative geniuses in all fields – music, literature, science, sports, business – apply the growth mindset to achieve results. Perhaps even more important, she shows us how we can change our mindset at any stage of life to achieve true success and fulfillment. She looks across a broad range of applications and helps parents, teachers, coaches, and executives see how they can promote the growth mindset. Highly engaging and very practical, Mindset breaks new ground as it leads you to change how you feel about yourself and your future.

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    • Parents and teachers can engender a growth mind-set in children by praising them for their effort or persistence (rather than for their intelligence), by telling success stories that emphasize hard work and love of learning, and by teaching them about the brain as a learning machine.
    • Jonathan puzzled over why some of his classmates struggled, and his parents told him he had a special gift. In the seventh grade, however, Jonathan suddenly lost interest in school, refusing to do homework or study for tests. As a consequence, his grades plummeted. His parents tried to boost their son’s confidence by assuring him that he was very smart. But their attempts failed to motivate Jonathan (who is a composite drawn from several children). Schoolwork, their son maintained, was boring and pointless.
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  • tags: IQ, Intelligence

    • Through more than three decades of systematic research, [Carol Dweck] has been figuring out answers to why some people achieve their potential while equally talented others don’t—why some become Muhammad Ali and others Mike Tyson. The key, she found, isn’t ability; it’s whether you look at ability as something inherent that needs to be demonstrated or as something that can be developed.
    • People who hold these beliefs think that “they are the way they are”, but that doesn’t mean that they have less of a desire for a positive self-image than anyone else. So of course they want to perform well and look smart. But to achieve these goals…
    • What’s the point of working hard and making efforts if afterwards you are still on square one? If your worldview tells you that effort is an unpleasant thing that doesn’t really pay dividends, then the smart thing to do is to avoid it as much as possible.
    • Useful negative feedback is ignored in the best of cases, and taken as an insult the rest of the time. The Fixed Mindset logically leads you to believe that any criticism of your capabilities is criticism of you. This usually discourages the people around and after a while they stop giving any negative feedback, further isolating the person from external influences that could generate some change.
    • As a result, they don’t reach their full potential and their beliefs feed on themselves: They don’t change or improve much with time, if at all, and so to them this confirms that “they are as they are”.
    • People who hold the Growth Mindset believe that intelligence can be developed, that the brain is like a muscle that can be trained. This leads to the desire to improve.
    • Similarly, obstacles – external setbacks – do not discourage you. Your self-image is not tied to your success and how you will look to others; failure is an opportunity to learn, and so whatever happens you win.
    • The most dramatic proof comes from a recent study by Dweck and Lisa Sorich Blackwell of low-achieving seventh graders. All students participated in sessions on study skills, the brain and the like; in addition, one group attended a neutral session on memory while the other learned that intelligence, like a muscle, grows stronger through exercise. Training students to adopt a growth mind-set about intelligence had a catalytic effect on motivation and math grades; students in the control group showed no improvement despite all the other interventions.

      “Study skills and learning skills are inert until they’re powered by an active ingredient,” Dweck explains. Students may know how to study, but won’t want to if they believe their efforts are futile. “If you target that belief, you can see more benefit than you have any reason to hope for.”

    • This is a great description (with cool graphics) of the fixed vs. growth mindset. However, one thing I gained by reading the book, was an insight into the often highly-successful people with the fixed mindset.

      Your distinction, like most summaries of Dweck’s book, oversimplifies the mindsets, making it hard to imagine how anyone could tolerate having a fixed mindset…it is so obviously lame. But the fixed mindset can be hidden from ourselves and wrapped in a sense of entitlement and selective self-validation. People can have both growth and fixed attributes in the way they view the world, so they choose their challenges well, managing risk, but fundamentally approaching life from a fixed view.

      When someone recommended I read MindSet, my initial reaction was to say, “No way, that is NOT me!” I am a growth person! But as I more fully understood the fixed mindset, I came to realize that while I have attacked many challenges in my life, and told myself I could do anything and be anything, I did have some fixed mindset baggage that was limiting me. I highly recommend people read the whole book. If this stuff “bothers” you…you need to read the book!

    • Thank you for the heads up, Sandy. It should be fixed now. I think it’s because I upgraded to a Pro Flickr account recently… Somehow that changed some URLs for pictures.
    • Mindset is not easily divided into two simple definitions in my eyes however, like earlier said people can contradict many of the differences between the two of the mindsets inspiring multiple thought process’s of expanding contributions of change in everyday life.
    • Would love to here more feedback. Love to see contributions from all kinds of people wanting to reach higher personnel development and self understanding!
    • This has obviously had terrible impact on my daily life,
      I’m an entrepreneur (one man band in the software industry) and there are many challenging projects that I can’t get done, or started due to lack of will power, motivation, unability of getting and staying in the zone for a long time, lack of concentration and so on

      I’m guessing that this is related to my fixed minset state

      I’ve sometimes the feeling that my life is just passing by, that I’m worthless and that I’m just a plain procrastinator or a lazy person which lack the self discipline required to get things done in a timely manner, sometimes even the most mundane things such as shopping.
      As a result of that I’ve always got the feeling of being overwhelmed with zillions of things to do which leads to anxiety and stress and then I don’t know by what which I should start, which lead to a constant status quo in my life

    • I felt my brain was waisted on me.However since I realized that I don’t know everything & that learning don’t mean that u are dumb.I have a new hunger to seek knowledge and find out who am and let go of my fixed mind.
    • I have always known that i have had more drive/motivation to learn/do things than all the people surrounding me but never knew why. This mindset theory explains a lot…..a lot about why certain people are in the positions that they are in….and i think this heavily explains why the world isnt what it could be today……instead of helping each other to learn and be better…..people have a fixed mindset and are rejecting the help offered and seeing it as a disrespect. Im 19 and i see this everyday with my friends….this can explain why people get shot and stabbed……why people spend their lives in and out of prison….or stuck in a dead-end job on minimum wage in housing projects…..no ambition…desire…no awareness of capabilities! If only the schools helped us to adopt a growth mindset so that everyone had desire to be something….to get out of the rubbish lifestyles we may have been brought into….its a good thing that mindsets can be changed…. but im sure theres many that cant!
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    • Yet social psychologists Aronson, Fried, and Good (2001) have developed a possible antidote to stereotype threat. They taught African American and European American college students to think of intelligence as changeable, rather than fixed – a lesson that many psychological studies suggests is true. Students in a control group did not receive this message. Those students who learned about IQ’s malleability improved their grades more than did students who did not receive this message, and also saw academics as more important than did students in the control group. Even more exciting was the finding that Black students benefited more from learning about the malleable nature of intelligence than did White students, showing that this intervention may successfully counteract stereotype threat.
    • This research showed a relatively easy way to narrow the Black-White academic achievement gap. Realizing that one’s intelligence may be improved may actually improve one’s intelligence, especially for those whose groups are targets of stereotypes alleging limited intelligence (e.g., Blacks, Latinos, and women in math domains.)
    • Blackwell, Dweck, and Trzesniewski (2002) recently replicated and applied this research with seventh-grade students in New York City. During the first eight weeks of the spring term, these students learned about the malleability of intelligence by reading and discussing a science-based article that described how intelligence develops. A control group of seventh-grade students did not learn about intelligence’s changeability, and instead learned about memory and mnemonic strategies. As compared to the control group, students who learned about intelligence’s malleability had higher academic motivation, better academic behavior, and better grades in mathematics. Indeed, students who were members of vulnerable groups (e.g., those who previously thought that intelligence cannot change, those who had low prior mathematics achievement, and female students) had higher mathematics grades following the intelligence-is-malleable intervention, while the grades of similar students in the control group declined. In fact, girls who received the intervention matched and even slightly exceeded the boys in math grades, whereas girls in the control group performed well below the boys.

      These findings are especially important because the actual instruction time for the intervention totaled just three hours. Therefore, this is a very cost-effective method for improving students’ academic motivation and achievement.

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    • When entertaining himself, he of course still requires watching, but it is more an out-of-one-eye thing. During these times, I routinely catch up on email, RSS, HN, Twitter, and Facebook.
    • The phone is too slow and too small. It’s a pain to visit sites, and even more of a pain to use to compose an email or comment. It’s pretty good at reading things though, especially within a native app.
      The laptop is too big. It attracts Eli, who wants to come over and bend it backwards or type on the keys. (I think that may have to do with it doubling as a video phone with his grandparents.) 
      You also have to keep taking the laptop off of standby and it too difficult to put down fast, which is sometimes necessary if Eli is about to get in to trouble.
  • tags: Google, Wave

  • tags: posterous, tumblr

    • But now Tumblr has been an Alexa Top 100 site for a while and is still growing strong. Meanwhile Posterous has about 4 times less uniques. Yet Posterous has everything to win: it’s a Y Combinator company with top-tier investors like Chris Sacca and Mitch Kapor. Its founders are experienced software engineers with computer science degrees from Stanford. How come it’s eating dust from a small startup started by a high school dropout?

      The answer is as easy as it is counter-intuitive: Tumblr is a New York company and Posterous is a Silicon Valley company.

      Or, to put it another way: Posterous is an engineered product, while Tumblr is a designed product.

    • Oh sure, it’s a nice landing page. But, “the dead simple way to post everything”? Sure, it sounds nice, but it’s hard to say what that really is. Is that like Facebook, where you can share all sorts of stuff (videos, links, pictures) with your friends? Is that like Twitter? Or is it like a blog. The “just email us” pun is nice, since all you need to do to sign up is to send an email, but to a distracted user it’s like “What? I have to email them to get an account?”. Then you read all the stuff after that. There’s so much stuff there! A step-by-step explanation, a “who’s it for” (if you have to explain, you’re not doing the right job), a bunch of links and pictures.
    • In fact, that sign-up-via-email feature: engineering feature. When Posterous came out, that was the thing that set it apart: it’s so simple you don’t need to sign up, just send something via email! Cool! Except — who really does that?
    • Meanwhile Posterous is typical of the Silicon Valley engineering mindset where everything is measured, ranked, weighted. It’s like Google. And having terrible design like Google is great if you have a technology edge. But if you’re in a market where what matters is design edge, that’s not enough. There needs to be great design, by which I don’t mean looks (though they’re important), but how it works for the end user.

      Meanwhile, Tumblr is typical of the new New York startups, that have great engineering talent, but care about design, UI and UX.

    • It’s been pointed out to me in the (interesting) comments at Hacker News that Posterous has been growing faster than Tumblr. While that’s true, Posterous is growing from a smaller base and Tumblr is still much, much bigger, and their growth has barely slowed, so I think unless something unexpected happens, Tumblr is still going to maintain a strong lead over Posterous.
    • “Most people make the mistake of thinking design is what it looks like. People think it’s this veneer — that the designers are handed this box and told, ‘Make it look good!’ That’s not what we think design is. It’s not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.” — Steve Jobs
    • You know, I too used to love repeating that quote, but after three mighty mouses (mice?) that failed within two years of purcahse due to roller ball clogging (yes I tried with limited success the various helpful ideas on YouTube and elsewhere to solve this problem), two mini-DVI to VGA adaptors, a Cinema display that has developed a whitish streak across the bottom, etc, I have come to believe quite the opposite is true when it comes to Apple (at least the hardware). It is made to look good, but that seems to be at the cost of great complexity in the internals (taking apart a Mighty Mouse will be illustrative). I remain a fanboy, but a jaded one.
    • I think Tumblr has quietly built a social network layer over the typical blogging platform. Also, the types of users that it has attracted are simply cooler (no there is no better way to describe it other than this). Maybe that’s a direct result of Tumblr’s design – good design attracts cooler people. Posterous has some networking features but not nearly as much as Tumblr has and I think that’s why the growth and user retention has been incredible.
    • you’re right. I tried Posterous’s supposedly simple signup and found it confusing. If I remember correctly, the automatically assign you a terrible URL based on your e-mail address? Then going back to change things around wasn’t entirely straightforward.
    • However I do believe that Posterous in the better service as it will post your pics to Flickr and your “REAL” blog if you need it to. Funny enough, I have never felt the need to do that.
    • Since I gave up on Posterous relatively quickly, I can’t tell if it has any of the social stuff that makes Tumblr so sticky. Followers/likes/reblogs/the dashboard (essentially a LJ style friends page) add a lot of value to an already easy-to-use, pretty to look at, customizable service.
    • Do you think that Tumblr is more of a destination site where Posterous is a bridge to the destination?

      It has potential to be the destination, but its feature is POST TO EVERYWHERE ELSE (and Posterous too).

      I always felt Posterous was a way to blog to multiple platforms before being the blog itself.

    • Tumblr launched almost 3 years ago. Posterous launched 1.5 years ago. So tumblr has been around twice as long as Posterous.
    • For my personal blogs I started on wordpress, then decided to move to Posterous. One really nice feature with Posterous is that I was able to import all of my blog posts from WordPress.

      Also, Posterous seems to be very responsive when emailing problems and suggestions.

    • You’re missing a technical detail that’s small but important: Posterous works seamlessly with Facebook via an app; Tumblr HAS a Facebook app but one that languished for months – and for all I know may still be unusable – while Tumblr users who wanted Facebook integration jumped ship to Posterous…
    • And I think you give far too little credit to the “just email your first blog post” versus “set up another username/password” distinction. May not be a stumbling block for those of us who are tech-savvy early adopters who think nothing of creating yet another account someplace, but it’s a huge difference for folks who just want to try something new without anxiety or friction.
    • Dude, Tumblr’s code sucks and they refuse to fix it. Not “everything” about Tumblr is “nice.”

      You also haven’t discussed the class of entitled ignoramus, worse even than LiveJournallers, that is attracted to Tumblr and its built-in capacity for drive-by copyright infringement and defamation.

    • Comparing iPhone apps shows another area where Tumblr shines. With theirs, you can make any kind of post you could make through the website. With Posterous’ PicPosterous, you can only post photos. Still have to email in other types of posts. If I have an iPhone app for it, I certainly don’t want to have to fire up Mail to post text or whatever.

      That said, there is something I like about Posterous….but I think it was their initial barebones look, before they offered templates. The skeletal “here’s-your-content” thing really appealed to me. I’m still spending some time with both of them, but so far Tumblr is my go-to micro-blogging site.

    • I’ve choosen Tumblr instead of Posterous because of the non-tech people using it. T targets those tumbling for fun, P is focusing on geeks — and there are less geeks than people just having fun
    • Peg, while i agree with much what you’ve said in this post, and subscribe to a philosophy that places enormous emphasis on design and UI (I’m from new york too…perhaps that explains it), in Posterous’ defense I believe they are bigger than Tumblr was at the same stage in their development. Instead of thinking that Tumblr is kicking Posterous’ ass, I’ve been more impressed at how much ground Posterous has made up in a relatively short period of time. That said, I’d like to think that it’s soon going to be a 3 horse race.
    • Have you seen the presentation Designing for Social Traction by @bokardo? I’ll link it here: http://www.slideshare.net/bokardo/designing-for-social-traction

      Interestingly, both Tumblr and Posterous have slides in this presentation. Posterous is actually praised for simplifying the signup (and crossing out the signup step on the landing page) while Tumblr is praised for “first steps” after signup.

    • Having used both of them very extensively, I can clearly say it is actually Posterous that kicks Tumblr’s ass and not vice versa.
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