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Recalibrating my Tumblrs

I’ve decided to go back to writing about some of my interests at, again, like politics and the arts. And is becoming a commonplace book for my futures interests: tech, cognition, design, organizational culture, futures in general, like the future of work, and economics. I tried to collapse those two sides of my interests into one place for a while, here at, but I think it doesn’t work as well that way for others, or for me, either.

Taking Down Disqus Comments

I am finding that Disqus style comments are increasingly out of step on Tumblr. The overwhelming majority of interaction here is native Tumblr reposting, likes, and replies.

If you are a Tumblr non-user, I suggest you get an account and try it. Here’s a post where I describe how rich the ‘inside view’ is at Tumblr.

If you’d like to chat with me about something posted here you can try @stoweboyd on Twitter, click on the ‘contact me’ or ‘ask me anything’ in the right hand margin. 

Turn And Face The Change

Writing at GigaOM Research has started to have a collateral impact in a far corner of my world. I am directing a great deal of my most mainstream social business and future of work writing there (and enjoying it), much of which would have appeared here, at And as I have started to accept the fact that I can’t write at any depth about where the social revolution is headed without a larger scope — including design thinking, economics, cognitive science, and social criticism — more of what used to appear in is showing up here. 

As an obvious case in point, I wrote Debunking Compulsory Coupledom here the other day, which even a few weeks ago I would have posted at

I have to face it: underpaidgenius is becoming significantly less important to me, and looks destined to become a combination recipe box and travel diary, with an occasional poem or political rant. 

What I Write About, And Where

I am going through a shift in the focus of my various writing projects, primarily because of the new role I’ve taken on at GigaOM, as a curator in the Social channel. So, a great deal of my analysis on tools and techniques for social business will be showing up there, with regular links and a monthly update here at Other topics at will include basically all the topics that I think impinge on what I am calling the Postnormal economy: technology, economics, business, science, and futures in general. My other interests — principally culture and politics — are found as always at, and there is the special case of, where I advocate for a more walkable Beacon, NY, the city where I now reside.

5000th post at

5000th post at

Most Popular Posts Of 2011

Just looking back at the year’s posts, and here’s what people read the most on

  1. What Twitter Could Learn From Tumblr
  2. Teens Hate Email
  3. Google+ Is Worse Than A Ghost Town, It’s Not Even Haunted
  4. Messiness At Scale
  5. 56% Of Young Professionals Won’t Work At A Company That Bans Twitter And Facebook
  6. Tumblr Is Crushing Wordpress, And Stealing The Future
  7. You Are Who You Follow
  8. Liquid Email
  9. The Facebooking Of Identity
  10. Why I Am Not Going To SxSW
  11. The Collapse Of The Complex: Why Facebook Will Fall
  12. Revolution = Messiness At Scale, Again
  13. The Rise Of Rōnin and The Liquid Economy
  14. Life As A Mosaic, Not A Monolith: What Google+ Means
  15. The Fall Of Mass Culture, The Rise Of Meaning

Some oldies from earlier years saw some reasonable traffic this year, as well:

  1. Web 2.0 Expo Meeting Scheduling: Twitpitch Me! [April 2008]
  2. Are You Ready For Social Software? [January 2005]
  3. The False Question Of Attention Economics [January 2010]
  4. It’s Betweenness That Matters, Not Your Eigenvalue: The Dark Matter Of Influence [February 2010]
  5. Why I am Going To Leave Squarespace [June 2010]

I left out things that I didn’t write, but I was just pointing to. The biggest post of the year falls in this category: Map Of A Tweet, which went viral although I simply posted the image.

Year-end posts get a bad deal in this year-at-a-time retrospective, so here’s a few of the most popular in the past months that didn’t make it into the top 15:

  1. The Famous Are Different From You And Me
  2. Graph Rank: Just Another Proof That Facebook Should Be Boycotted
  3. Rising Use of Consumer Technology in the Workplace Forcing IT Departments to Respond, Accenture Research Finds
  4. The End Of An Age, Or The End Of The Beginning?
  5. Staff to be banned from sending emails
  6. Why Apps Are The Future
  7. A Prediction: IBM And Microsoft
  8. Facebook Is The New Suburbia
  9. Learning From The Google+ Experiment: Operating System, Platform, Apps
  10. The Myth of Monotasking - Cathy Davidson via HASTAC

Going Back To Two Blogs

After experimenting a few days with collapsing everything I blog onto, I have decided that I am too set in my ways, and I’ll go back to posting politics, economics, and so on back on underpaidgenius. I may do a lot more cross posting in the future, though.

Twitter Shakes Things Up Again: Fred Wilson, Bijan Sabet Leaving Board - Peter Kafka - Social - AllThingsD →

More turnover as Costolo marches out more of the old guard at Twitter, turning early stage investors out, after making room for seasoned entrepreneurs like David Rosenblatt and Mike McCue last year.

China Consolidates Control of Rare Earth Industry - Keith Bradsher →

China produces nearly 95 percent of the world’s rare earth materials, and it is taking the steps to improve pollution controls in a notoriously toxic mining and processing industry. But the moves also have potential international trade implications and have started yet another round of price increases for rare earths, which are vital for green-energy products including giant wind turbines, hybrid gasoline-electric cars and compact fluorescent bulbs. General Electric, facing complaints in the United States about rising prices for its compact fluorescent bulbs, recently noted in a statement that if the rate of inflation over the last 12 months on the rare earth element europium oxide had been applied to a $2 cup of coffee, that coffee would now cost $24.55.
I read in Wikipedia that rare earths are distributed globally, but it will take years to build up the infrastructure to process them in reasonable quantities.

This Is My 3400th Post Here


image has been my blog for just a year, but I imported over (nearly) all my old posts from /Message in 2010, and a bunch but not all of the posts from Get Real back in 2006, and I had ported a bunch of the Timing posts back in 2004 into that. I even have posted my old columns from Darwin, but there’s only 6 or 8 of those. My original blog, in 2000, was Message From Edge City, which was shut down one day when my hosting service,, was closed down. I saved a few posts, but restarted on Blogger in 2004, with Timing.

Still, it’s a lot of wordage. And a lot of yearage. 3400 posts, 12 years, and counting.

Thank you, folks. It’s been an honor, and I ain’t done yet.

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