Foolish Chatter

geekery, and so forth w/ @alsmo

  • Ivory 1.0

    Ivory from Tapbots released today. Hopefully this eases the transition to Mastodon for many Twitter users.

    As Gruber puts it:

    …as a decade-long Tweetbot user, it feels like home.

    Sure does.

  • Amazon Stops Smiling

    In 2013, we launched AmazonSmile to make it easier for customers to support their favorite charities. However, after almost a decade, the program has not grown to create the impact that we had originally hoped. With so many eligible organizations—more than 1 million globally—our ability to have an impact was often spread too thin.

    Not cool, and kind of lame reasoning.

  • Goodbye, Tweetbot

    We’ve invested over 10 years building Tweetbot for Twitter and it was shut down in a blink of an eye. We are very sorry to all of our customers who chose Tweetbot as their way to interact with Twitter’s service and we thank you so much for the many years of support and feedback.

    In other news, I created a Mastodon account last night. Mainly to play around with all the fun new apps, but we’ll see.

  • AI Narrated Books at Apple

    More and more book lovers are listening to audiobooks, yet only a fraction of books are converted to audio — leaving millions of titles unheard. Many authors — especially independent authors and those associated with small publishers — aren’t able to create audiobooks due to the cost and complexity of production. Apple Books digital narration makes the creation of audiobooks more accessible to all, helping you meet the growing demand by making more books available for listeners to enjoy.

    I really like the idea of this, as I listen to more books than I read. I have also been enjoying services like Matter and Readwise Reader that can narrate your saved articles.

    One thing I’d love to see across the industry is better pricing for purchasing book + narration (whether human or AI). I like to read along when narration occurs, but it’s really tough to pay double for each book.

  • The Arc Browser

    Command – T does open a new tab. But it does so gracefully. Maybe, actually, you’re trying to get back to a tab you already have open. This will help with that. Maybe, actually, you’re trying to activate an extension. Maybe, actually, it would be nice to jump back to a page you’ve closed recently but is still in history. These are legit things you might actually want to do, it turns out.

    I couldn’t agree with this bit more about the Arc Browser. I had such a muscle memory with Command – T to open a new tab, but never realized that a lot of times I actually wanted to do something else.

    In Arc Browser, that keystroke gets me a world of possibilities from a simple a new tab to utilizing an installed extension. I don’t think I could go back at this point.

    I’m only now hoping that supporting bookmarklets is on the team’s development list.

  • Matter’s Business Model

    Matter Premium will cost $8/month or $60/year and will include features that go beyond the basics: HD text-to-speech, fluid highlighting and note-taking, integrations, full-text search, options to personalize Matter, and priority support.

    This is good to see as I’d like to see it stick around and not default to ads everywhere. However, it’s probably time to audit my subscriptions again as these things start to really add up over time.

    Give Matter a try before the premium kicks in to see if it solves a need for you. I do particularly like the HD text-to-speech feature.

  • Neeva AI for Reddit posts

    At Neeva, we wanted to try exploring a novel way of saving the user time and headache when interacting with a Reddit post. We wanted to focus on a new summarized experience for Reddit posts.

    We believe that by applying the power of large language models onto popular Reddit posts, we can enhance our current Reddit experience by providing an easier-to-digest version of the post for users who want a quick rundown. We recognize that sometimes, users just want to read the discussion as-is, so we’ve made it easy to see the full discussion as well.

    I’ve written before about Google alternatives such as Brave Search and Kagi Search. However, there is also Neeva, which I’ve been keeping a close eye on even more recently. So much so that I’ve ponied up the $50 for a yearly premium membership.

    The UI is great, adding in my own services is helpful, and tailoring the results to sites that I trust is a plus.

    Now, Neeva has gone an extra step to summarize Reddit threads related to your SERP with AI. And, honestly, it’s a pretty slick feature.

    Check it out in action:

    I’ve long since been over using Google as my primary search engine, as using it without an ad blocker is nearly impossible. I truly hope these other search engines can carve out a niche and last a long time.

  • But these days, my RSS app of choice, Reeder, does all the heavy lifting. A while back, it gained the ability to grab the RSS feed for any channel just by pasting in the URL to its channel or any of its videos.

    Today I learned. Thank you, Reeder (and Jarrod).

  • A Refreshed HeyDingus

    Since you’re reading these words, that means that, as was foretold, I’ve launched version 2.0 of 🎉

    Welcome to the Refreshed – HeyDingus

    I’ve been meaning to highlight this for a while now, but Jarrod Bundy redid HeyDingus, one of my favorite follows, and is now blogging via Some good details on the change and tools being used in the post above.

  • I see more people in direct message chats and Discords these days, and people seem to get energy from them in a way you just don’t from Twitter anymore.

    I Don’t Think People Really Want Another Twitter

    I find myself agreeing with this and spent a chunk of the weekend finding ways to replace the value I once saw in Twitter. I appreciate the folks immediately jumping to Mastodon, but for me I think I’ve simply outgrown this sort of social networking on the web.

    Stay tuned for a post on how my consumption has changed.