Kyle Chayka
kchayka
Dec 16 2014
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I agree. It's partly a function of the time it happened in, but AIM was a very good, unique system for self expression. There was a lot going on in that framework.

Dec 16 2014
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Yeah, I think these products need to be more decentralized than the last generation to really work. It can't be so much about the product itself, it's what you do with it.

Dec 16 2014
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The heart button is amazing! That's the biggest advantage GroupMe has over Slack, which has still not implemented Likes or anything for whatever reason. It's like another form of communication.

Dec 16 2014
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Yeah, I think larger social networks are trying to develop these smaller spaces and channels for people to filter through. It's cool to hear how you adapt to it for your own social life.

Oct 28 2014
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I feel the same way about the early version of Mac Space Invaders

Oct 28 2014
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Thanks for all the memories! I do think most of that magic is gone, but companies now have a long way to go in connecting people in the same way that those early services managed to. Obviously they can't repeat the same thing, but there must be some changes to be made.

Oct 28 2014
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Both happened at the same time! I don't think it's bad that the web is commercialized, just how it's done.

Oct 28 2014
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Yeah, I don't think anyone's lusting after dial-up speeds here (except for one other commenter). It's more about the scale of the sites that are online. The design sense also seems to be a security blanket, kind of like pixel art and early video games...

Oct 28 2014
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Seriously. Wondering when that will hit the US... also LAN parties.

Oct 28 2014
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for how much it's talked about, someone really should take that on.

Oct 28 2014
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Yeah, I think this is a great move away from the all-over social model. It's more about controlling who you're sharing with and creating spaces for small communities to thrive in. That's also what I find so great about chat apps like Slack and GroupMe.

Oct 28 2014
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Single column is definitely coming back as the principle design format, at least for media sites. I'm betting that most sites / networks / whatever will be structured around that one vertical feed again. I just wish Facebook would get rid of some of the side columns.