20 April 2014

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By Derek Powazek of Derek Powazek 17 days ago.
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I have spent a long time thinking about online photography communities. Between watching the rise and fall of Flickr (being...

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By Derek Powazek of Derek Powazek 4 months ago.
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After an intense night of thrash, including a lively # RestoreTheBlock hashtag, Twitter reverted the change. Now, then. What have we learned? And what can other companies with large communities take away from this teachable moment?

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On Patrick Lenz almost 4 years ago.
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I propose that blocking people on sites like Twitter or Flickr should not be interpreted as an insult. I propose that it's simply taking yourself out of someone else's attention stream.

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By Derek Powazek of Derek Powazek 6 months ago.
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I'm not saying that Twitter was designed to create arguments. I'm just saying that, if you set out to create an Argument Machine, it'd come out looking a lot like Twitter.

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The Argument Machine

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By Derek Powazek of Derek Powazek 7 months ago.
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You learn things when you start a company. When I cofounded 8020, I learned to ask the difficult questions. When I cofounded JPG Magazine with my wife, I learned how important it was for everyone to be in charge of something. And when I founded Cute-Fight, I learned ... a lot.

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The Right Words in the Right Order

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By Derek Powazek of Derek Powazek 8 months ago.
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About a year ago, when I introduced Cute-Fight, I told the story of telling my dad about it. He asked if people would really fight each other's pets to see who's cutest. I ended the post with, "We'll see." Now I know the answer.

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Cute-Fight Hangs Up Its Gloves

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By Derek Powazek of Derek Powazek 10 months ago.
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If you're human, eventually you'll have to apologize for something. How you communicate that apology will say more about you, your company, and your community than anything else.

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How To Apologize Online

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By Derek Powazek of Derek Powazek 11 months ago.
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The new Flickr: Goodbye customers, hello ads Flickr didn't actually explain itself. It took away a core part of its...

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Elsewhere: My Review of the New Flickr at TechHive

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By Derek Powazek of Derek Powazek 1 year ago.
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I've blocked a hell of a lot of people over the years and occasionally I'll make a mental note of why I did it. Here's the list so far.

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Why I Blocked You on Twitter, A Compilation

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By Derek Powazek of Derek Powazek over 1 year ago.
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This, I hope, will remind people that the business plans of the startups they use are, indeed, their business. They should find out how the company is making money now and what their plans are in the future. They can then make an educated decision whether to participate or not. They can also judge the company by how well they keep their word.

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If You Don't Know How A Startup Will Make Money, Neither Do They

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