The Internet

Interview with Om Malik


Interview of Om Malik by Manton Reece from

  • blogs can’t compete with the speed of social media — an opportunity for more considered work
  • for innovation, pay attention to how younger people are using tech — us old folks didn’t pick up on the value of the front-facing camera
  • platforms are into verbifying themselves — specialty vocabulary using their brand — intentionally did not come up with a special name for posts like tweet, toot, etc.
  • text-casting — rolls together blogging, microblogging, etc.
  • how we interface with “the internet”: browser –> apps –> ??? (Chat-GPT might be a sign of the future)
Relationships The Internet

Listened to Dead Platform Summer: Myspace

Listened Dead Platform Summer #2 – Myspace by Ryan Broderick from The Content Mines

Listen now | We’re back with another vacation minisode. We’re talking about the dead platform to end all dead platforms. The one, the only Myspace. It’s responsible for more bad haircuts than another other website possibly. It also profoundly altered the way we think about the internet and in many ways set the stage for the TikTok takeover of the 20202s. Stay tuned to see which weird old dead website we’ll resurrect next! (Cover art courtesy of the Midjourney AI.)

  • In comparison to Myspace, Facebook felt like a more adult platform because of its simpler, cleaner design (versus everyone’s page looking differently terrible on Myspace)
  • Classist element because only college students could get Facebook the first year
  • Transition from the profile being important to only the network being important
  • Myspace lacked DMs

Also this written interview about Friendster:

I’ve had this pet theory for the last year: If you look around the internet, it just feels very creaky. It feels very old. Facebook is effectively over. It’s like its parent company doesn’t care about it anymore.

When all the users leave, they take with them all of these things that they’re doing on one app and try to do them on the other app, and havoc breaks loose.

This entire idea of, “I am me online,” it starts with Friendster and now it’s completely going out of fashion. It’s very common for a Gen Z internet user to just throw away a profile and make a new one… They don’t save anything about themselves. I was interviewing someone the other day who had nine different Twitter accounts with different personas for each. They just don’t care!

See also: My Fractured Online Identity

My willingness to write under my real name has been steadily declining over the past few years. Sure, I have a blog and Twitter but I’ve been avoiding going deep on questions and ideas which mean a lot to me – topics such as religion, mental health, sexuality, therapy, and my own childhood.

When I do write about them, it’s typically under a pseudonym.

… sometimes I do regret putting my website and my Twitter and my Microblog under my real name. Without the ability for friends-only posts, there is definitely a damper on writing about some topics and what things I’m willing to put “on the record” that wasn’t on my radar twenty years ago. The current political atmosphere doesn’t help, and I’m not eager to give the fascists the rope to hang me if they manage to take over, which I haven’t ruled out as a possible future.

Multiple accounts isn’t a new thing (‘finsta’), but disregarding an online identity altogether feels different.


Listened to TED Interview with Jennifer Egan

  • Gets to humor by committing, doubling down, like in improv — if it’s not funny she knows she didn’t go far enough
  • Delight and curiosity are what interest her in writing
  • She has a wishlist of storytelling formats she wants to use and looks for a story that can only be told that way — like PowerPoint
  • Gives a lot of thought to what experience she wants the reader to have and how she can achieve that with unique viewpoints
  • Sees fiction as the only narrative format that can let us live in someone else’s head

Listened to Austin Kleon interview Oliver Burkeman


Loved 4000 Weeks, enjoy Burkeman’s newsletter The Imperfectionist, and like Austin Kleon’s newsletters and blog. Kleon asked some interesting questions.

Tried listening on 1.25x speed which someone recommended to help keep my attention, and I think it helped.

Getting Shit Done Personal Growth

Watched Interview with James Clear

Watched Tiny Changes with Big Results // Ground Up 083 by Matt D’Avella from

James Clear is the author of the book Atomic Habits. His work combines a range of disciplines including biology, neuroscience, psychology & philosophy.

“Decisions and habits are two pillars of leading a better life. Your decisions set the potential for your life. Your habits determine how much of that potential you realize.”

— James Clear

His metaphor is interesting about balancing ambition with not being super accomplished: be gracious with yourself for being a sapling and not a full gown tree, just focus on keeping growing and being good for where you are now.

“Find out what the right recipe of your talents are… and how can you combine those in some kind of unique way that’s more compelling than they would be alone.”

— James Clear

Risk-taking: look for known costs/risks and unbounded potential

Benefit of getting your inspiration from another vertical than the one where you create – e.g. bringing in content from books to the blog and email newsletter sphere can make you stand out

“People take too much ownership of their ideas and don’t realize how much they’ve been gifted” from the past and others. “Give all the credit away.”

“When life doesn’t challenge you, you should probably challenge yourself.”

— James Clear