Episode 409: We Know Rome Too Well

Daniel and Manton talk about Daniel’s recent blog post on the Red Sweater Blog as an example of getting back into the marketing groove. Manton compares it to his strategy for getting a weekly newsletter out every Monday. They touch on the advantages a marketing person sometimes has in being somewhat removed from the details of app developmnet. Finally, they talk the privacy implications of Daniel’s blog post and how it motivated Manton to revisit the hosted images on Micro.blog.

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February 24, 2020 at 4:38 pm.

Episode 408: Just Throw Money At It

Manton and Daniel talk about Daniel’s revised plan for weekly “meetings with his manager.” They touch on the challenge of striking a balance between following a strict work regimen vs. allowing oneself to “break the rules” when appropriate. Manton describes his experiment with running a Twitter ad and looks forward to IndieWebCamp in Austin.

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February 13, 2020 at 2:29 pm.

Episode 407: The Last Person To Buy AirPods

Daniel gets Manton’s impressions after finally buying AirPods. They discuss the pluses and minuses compared to wired headphones. Daniel follows up on his problem being identified as a potential spammer by an email marketing company, and Manton talks about the growing problem of spam accounts on Micro.blog. Finally, they talk about Manton’s decision not to seek venture funding for Micro.blog, and revisit the notion of “a rising tide lifts all boats” with respect to Micro.blog’s competiton.

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  • AirPods – Apple marketing page for the wireless headphones.
  • ToothFairy – AirPods utility for macOS by Michael Tsai.
  • AirBuddy – AirPods utility for macOS by Gui Rambo.
  • Planetary – Forthcoming ad-free social network.
  • Luminary – A $100 million dollar podcast company.
  • Tofurky – Longstanding vegetarian “meat” company.
  • Impossible Foods – A newer vegetarian “meat” company.
  • Beyond Meat – Yet another vegetarian “meat” company.
  • I’m Quitting Facebook – Author Stephen King announces his choice on Twitter.

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February 9, 2020 at 9:07 am.

Episode 406: Where I Can Shove It

Manton and Daniel talk about Daniel’s success in finally sending an email to customers, and the negative repercussions of sending too infrequently to be considered “permitted.”

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  • Red Sweater News – Sign-up form for Daniel’s company mailing list.
  • Mailchimp – Popular email marketing service.
  • Mandrill – Mailchimp’s transactional email service.
  • Planned Downtime – Mandrill’s announcement about a several-hours downtime.
  • SendGrid – Marketing and transaction email service.

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January 30, 2020 at 4:27 pm.

Episode 405: Certainly Less Than One Percent

Daniel talks with Manton about the just-announced Planetary social networking startup, and how it compares with Micro.blog both in terms of vision and execution. They talk of the challenge of changing human habits when marketing innovative products, and whether Planetary could help Manton by increasing awareness of the need for more social networks. Finally, they examine Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods and the comparable marketing challenges they have in “preaching to the choir” of core supporters while trying to attract the attention of less likely customer bases.

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  • Planetary.social – An “open and humane alternative to Facebook,” by Tom Coates and crew.
  • Decentralized, Open and Humane – Twitter post from @tomcoates announcing the service.
  • Excited to Invest – Biz Stone of Twitter announces his investment in Planetary.
  • @rabble – Tom Coates founding partner in Planetary.
  • @blaine – Early Odeo/Twitter employee who tweeted in support of Planetary.
  • Micro.blog – Manton’s decidely different alternative to Twitter and Facebook.
  • Scuttlebutt – The centralized social platform on which Planetary is said to be based.
  • Ello – Another alternative social network that has not been a huge draw away from Twitter or Facebook.
  • Beyond Meat – Plant-based meat company for which Biz Stone is an investor and board member.
  • Impossible Foods – Another popular plant-based meat company.

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January 24, 2020 at 5:06 pm.

Episode 404: We’re Never Doing This Ever

Manton and Daniel talk about the FBI’s renewed demand that Apple provide iPhone-cracking services. They discuss when it would be acceptable, if ever, for Apple to provide such assistance, and the slippery slope of saying yes even once. Daniel follows up on his growing sureness that he will drop support for Blogger from MarsEdit, and Manton talks a little more about his upcoming book on microblogging.

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  • Apple Rejects AG Barr’s Claim – The Verge covers the FBI’s request to unlcok a phone, and Apple’s refusal to comply with it.
  • The Software Equivalent of Cancer – Nick Heer writeds at PixelEnvy about his experience with iOS Recovery Mode software updates.
  • Indie Microblogging – Manton’s forthcoming book which will (probably) include a section on alternative platforms.
  • Hatching Twitter – Nick Bilton’s book on the history of Twitter.
  • Blogger – One of the earliest blogging platforms, now being neglected by Google.
  • Medium – Evan Williams’s latest blog-publishing company.

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January 16, 2020 at 8:17 pm.

Episode 403: I Can’t Do This

Daniel talks to Manton about his ongoing struggle to support Google’s Blogger platform in MarsEdit, and his inclination to drop support for it. They talk about weighing the merits of supporting one platform or another, and the virtue in general of latching onto growing platforms instead of dying platforms.

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  • Blogger – Google’s well-neglected blogging platform.
  • RFC 5023 – The Atom Publishing Protocol. Standard API on which Google’s Blogger API is based.
  • Micropub – W3C Recommendation standard API for web publishing.

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January 11, 2020 at 5:26 pm.

Episode 402: A Bespoke Failure

Manton catches Daniel up about his looming book deadline, taking stock of the effect of overworking oneself. Daniel talks about getting past his hangups that might be blocking business success. And in the spirit of the New Year, they revisit a list of Manton’s 2005-era ambitions, and Daniel’s 1999 New Year’s Resolutions.

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January 5, 2020 at 11:16 pm.

Episode 401: It’s Not A Bad Computer

Daniel and Manton talk about the 2019 Mac Pro and the shocking price of high-end configurations. They debate whether the company who makes “the computer for the rest of us” should be selling $50K computers, or if it risks taking focus away on selling products for “everyday people.” Finally, Manton takes stock of the challenge of meeting his microblogging book deadline, and Daniel tries to convince himself to postpone the deadline.

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  • Mac Pro – The high-end computer is finally available.
  • A Perfect Wheel – Jason Snell joins John Gruber for a discussion about Mac Pro and other topics.
  • WordPress VIP – High-end WordPress hosting from Automattic.
  • Indie Microblogging – Outline and link to pre-ordeing page for Manton’s forthcoming book.
  • Shape Up – Book by Ryan Singer of Basecamp.
  • Merlin Mann – Another smart writer who faced the challenges of trying to finish a book.

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December 27, 2019 at 6:17 pm.

Episode 400: With The Help Of Mark Zuckerberg

Manton and Daniel celebrate episode 400 by inviting Oisín Prendiville to join them for a conversation ranging from Oisín’s podcasting app Castro and the virtues of selling it to Tiny, to the state of the podcasting industry, to a story of bicycle theft and recovery.

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December 20, 2019 at 5:12 pm.