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Will Truman

Will Truman is the Editor-in-Chief of Ordinary Times. He is also on Twitter.

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  1. Avatar Burt Likko says:

    Of course, they’ve cancelled some of those “useful things” like Google Reader and iGoogle, but unless they can make progress on the social networking thing it makes sense to me to revive Reader in some way and transition the mobile Google Now onto the desktop.

    Oh, I miss Google Reader. But it depended on RSS to feed content and make it useful. Not everyone made an RSS feed available. (RSS isn’t really around anymore at all, is it?) In its place, I’ve found Flipboard, which compiles from some but not all sources. But in order to fill the gap that Google Reader once occupied, it needs to find a way to mimic what RSS used to do.Report

  2. Avatar D Clarity says:

    The sad part about Yahoo messenger is that they couldn’t find a way to make money off of it while the spambots had no trouble doing so.Report

    • Avatar Will Truman in reply to D Clarity says:

      Yes! I meant to mention this! Yahoo did virtually no policing of their network for spambots. The spambot-to-live-messenger ratio was ridiculous. Their messenger system was actually quite capable. (I mean, expectations were pretty minimal, but unlike AIM, I think Yahoo actually kept logs!) Doesn’t do a whole lot of good when people avoid your platform due to an army of spambots.Report

  3. Avatar North says:

    Oh AIM and ICQ… Lord(Lady?) the memories. I met my Husband over ICQ and IRC; Nova Scotia to Minneapolis in 1998. It’s depressing how long ago that feels now.Report