Trimming in Public is a series where I go through my list of 293 RSS feeds, 10 feeds at a time, give some detail as to why I subscribed to a particular feed, and then decide whether or not to keep on consuming that feed. In Episode 1, I explained what RSS is and how to use it. Please read that if you need a refresher on why RSS is awesome and why you should be using it if you take reading news on the internet seriously. The prefix to Trimming in Public is “Becoming a better blogger, reader and helping me take out the trash.” For the bloggers out there who read IntoMobile, I hope you get a better idea of what I do to keep on top of the news. For the readers who read IntoMobile, I know that this site isn’t the only mobile focused technology publication on the internet, and by sharing which sites I read I’m hoping that you’ll keep on coming back here. Taking out the trash has an obvious explanation, I can’t keep up with my RSS feeds and need to trim my list. For those who want to download my complete list of 293 RSS feeds, feel free to grab my OPML file.
Check out Episode 25 after the jump, and all episodes by clicking on the Trimming in Public tag:
I am determined to finish this series off by the end of this week and start a new episodic series next week about the perfect mobile phone that will never exist. With that in mind, here we go:
- Twitter / agpublic: Some people’s tweets you just don’t want to miss. This is the RSS feed that spits out Adam Greenfield’s public tweets. He used to share interesting stuff quite often, but lately he just lets people know he updated his blog. I wish I had access to his private Twitter account, but that is reserved for his close group of friends in meat space. We live in the same city, but we don’t hang out in the same social circles. I should be more proactive at building a relationship with him, but I feel like I’m too short sighted and ignorant and frankly would be wasting his time. Self esteem issues? You bet! But there is another person who packs so much gold into all his tweets that I want to make sure I miss none of them: Tim O’Reilly. Decision: Unsubscribe, but replace with Tim O’Reilly’s Twitter account.
- Uncov: Sadly, Uncov is dead. It was the brain child of Ted Dziuba and it made your cranky uncle who couldn’t stop talking about the Nazis he fought during WWII sound like a bloody angel. The guy riffed on everyone, everything, and it was Grade A fucking hysterical. You don’t make friends like that however, and Silicon Valley is one small clusterfuck of people. I don’t really know if he gave it up due to external pressure, or because he had a kid, or maybe he just became a nihilist and decided that at the end of the day none of this really matters. What I do know is that I’ll miss this great site. Decision: Dead site = unsubscribe, but will not be counted towards today’s list of 10.
- Untitled: A photo blog from a young up and coming photographer from Australia. This girl had an eye for beauty that was profoundly magical. Somewhere down the line she became a pro, moved to America, and stopped posting her photos. Shame really. Decision: No new updates in a millennium = unsubscribe.
- Unwired View: Started by Stasys Bielinis from Lithuania, Unwired View has a special talent no other tech site matches: they find all the leaks and rumours before anyone else does. Part of that is dude to Stasys’ ability to read Russian. All the major leaks happen in either Russia or China; don’t ask me why, I don’t know. I briefly met Stasys at Mobile World Congress 2007, but I didn’t have enough time to spend with him and chat, which makes me look like a dick since I remember how excited he was to meet me in person. Since making Unwired View a full time gig back in 2008, he added two more writers: Brad Molen and Ilinca Nita. The site gets enough traffic to call it “big”, but not many people know about it. Well now you do. Decision: Keep on reading.
- VentureBeat: Like TechCrunch, but more professional reporting. The writing is tighter too, but it just isn’t fun to read. The main reason I subscribed to this blog was MG Siegler, who is a wonderful author. TechCrunch stole him from VentureBeat back in April of this year. MG writes well because he genuinely cares about what he is writing about. It’s hard to be a technology reporter without a heavy dose of cynicism, but MG pulls it off. Decision: My favorite writer left this blog, so I’m unsubscribing.
- VisionMobile Forum: Andreas Constantinou is an analyst who founded his own firm: VisionMobile. They do fantastic work at providing a look at who is involved in a particular field of the mobile ecosystem, whether that be component suppliers, open source operating system vendors, and more. Not a lot of time is invested in the blog, it is used as a marketing tool for the professional services after all, but when a post does go up I always read it slowly from top to bottom. If you like to skim articles or have internet news ADD, this is not a website for you. For others who can read over 1000 words without a problem, subscribe to this. Decision: Keep on reading.
- Visual Complexity: A blog that highlights various works of data visualization, a field I love to follow. Decision: Keep on reading.
- VoIP Watch: Andy Abramson was once, and still might be, heading a word of mouth marketing project at Nokia. This is his personal blog. As the name implies, he talks a lot about voice over IP, a subject that frankly I could care less about. The few times a year I use my mobile phone to make a phone call make me apathetic to the system driving the telephony features of my device. Decision: Unsubscribe.
- Web Strategy by Jeremiah: I’ll never forget the first time I met Jeremiah Owyang. He was an independent blogger, and was responsible for being the door man, along with handing out name tags, at a hotel suite that PodTech rented out during CES 2006. A lot has changed since then. His professional and critical writing landed him a job at Forrester Research where he was responsible for telling his clients about what the future of social networking will be like, and what companies are worth watching. He documented his struggles, gave tips to would be analysts, and eventually left the company to join a startup analyst firm that I can’t remember the name of because they’re not really relevant today. There used to be a time when you could get far on your “personal brand”. Many people took advantage of the general masses’ ignorance towards the internet and blogs in general, I know I sure as hell did, but things are different as we head into 2010. People today are much more cynical and far less trusting. The people that have been in this game for a while tend to forget about this, and they’re hungrier for more attention today than they ever were before, but with unemployment in the USA in the double digits, people should remain humble and enjoy what they’ve got. Jeremiah may sound like he knows what companies should do to get ahead, but has he ever stepped inside the belly of a huge beast and tried to change everything from the inside? I tried, and many others have tried, and failed, to get social networking to work inside Nokia. Change doesn’t come with the purchase of software, it has to be driven by a shift in culture. People who are trying to change things don’t realize that, or they act like just throwing the tools out there will some how cause natural adoption. Decision: Unsubscribe.
- Webmonkey: Toted as “the web developer’s resource”, Webmonkey keeps me up to date on what’s going on with the number one platform everyone seems to forget about: the internet. Fuck iPhone OS, Symbian, Android, Windows Mobile, Bada, and every other mobile operating system in the ass with a rusty fork lift. Giving internet services the ability to access the native capabilities of your device, such as GPS, compass, and camera, via the browser will win out in the long haul. The game large corporations are playing today involves building a vertical, sprinkling some magical brand value on top of a sub par service, and then praying for profit. That will change, eventually, and this blog helps me stay on top of HTML5, what Mozilla is trying to do with Firefox, what Google is trying to do with Chrome, and everything else related to that field. Decision: Keep on enthusiastically reading.
- Wireless Watch Japan: Reading about the Japanese mobile phone industry while living anywhere else but Japan is like going to a strip club and telling yourself that you’re going to get laid, but sadly realizing that the farthest you’ll get with a lady is to have her tits so close to your face that you’ll easily be able to spot the scar on her nipple that some doctor made so he can shove some silicon inside her previously pathetic fun bags. Water proof mobile phones with 12 megapixel cameras, NFC, they Japanese are so far ahead it isn’t even funny. Reporting on what happens in Japan is sadistic as far as I’m concerned, since stuff like that is years away from landing in the EU, but it was William Gibson once said “the future is already here – it is just unevenly distributed”. That is why I read Wireless Watch Japan, to get an idea of what will eventually happen everywhere else. Decision: Keep on reading
Literally 6 blogs left on my list. Excited to be near the end.