Friday, May 29, 2009

the end of this blog & where to find updates from now on

I've already re-purposed redditAll for a radical new way to read the reddit front page.

So if you'd like to keep up with me, follow me on twitter (@kn0thing). And if you're jonesin' for a blog to read, I'll be posting fairly regularly on breadpig (now my full-time startup, of sorts) and my personal blog.

Thanks for following me on this startup journey. It's hard to believe I started this back in 2005 when starting reddit. Below is a TED Talk I gave in 2009, thanks to reddit; this pretty much made my year.

Everything I've accomplished so far has probably in some way been because of you, reader -- be it reddit, breadpig, or my accomplishments with the railgun in Quake II. Thank you.

Unless you've never heard of me before. In that case, please take all the credit for any of my future accomplishments. Deal?

Tuesday, April 07, 2009 is dead, long live

You'll still be able to find this blog at, but there's a project I'll be announcing shortly that will takeover the domain

Here's a sneakpeek. Stay tuned to blog.reddit for the announcement or follow me on Twitter if you're really curious.

Thursday, April 02, 2009

ireddit developers 280north get fastcompany shoutout

Yes, this has been sitting in my drafts folder for too long. Anyway, check out this slideshow to learn how to make iPhone apps that don't suck and become the next iPhone app millionaire we keep reading about.

Chris Dannen wrote it, who also happens to be the dude who prompted our own iPhone app (now without crashing bug!). Yep, this guy. We've been exchanging emails now and then -- consider all future good reddit ideas the work of Chris.

business of software and how to pitch for a speaking gig

I, or rather, Pierre Francois, was invited to compete in last year's Business of Software conference. In fact, he won a Macbook Air that I'm enjoying to this day.

Well, Neil Davidson published my pitch for getting a speaking spot.

If you haven't signed up for Business of Software 09, what are you waiting for? If you're waiting for a compelling video highlighting what the con is all about, here it is:

the 37 signals dilemma

There's been on ongoing open letter exchange between 37Signals and GetSatisfaction. GetSatisfaction allows anyone to create unofficial customer support communities (like UserVoice) that all both remind me of a much better implemented features.reddit (now defunct). 37Signals doesn't want to have one and feels it "misled our customers into thinking the Get Satisfaction site was an official place to get 37signals customer service and support."

At this point, Jason Fried is requesting that the GetSatisfaction team makes it much more obvious that this is not an official 37Signals site, he outlines a number of changes he'd like them to make.

But here's the dilemma: 37signals has long touted the strategy of saying no to feedback.

That's why you start with no. Every new feature request that comes to us — or from us — meets a no. We listen but don't act. The initial response is "not now." If a request for a feature keeps coming back, that's when we know it's time to take a deeper look. Then, and only then, do we start considering the feature for real.
Granted, Jason isn't in this case a user of GetSatisfaction, but hopefully he'll find this as amusing as I do. I just hope he doesn't expect GS to do anything anytime soon. Heh.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

reddit alien spotted at uva's new cabell hall

Thanks to Erin for snapping these pictures from New Cabell Hall at the University of Virginia (where Steve and I did our 4 years). I'm pretty sure this is one stickering I had nothing to do with, so it was quite a nice surprise.

While it may not be the sharpest picture, I think there's no disputing what that is. It's a water fountain. And above it is a reddit sticker.

Friday, March 27, 2009

reddit sponsored links are the new black

All Things Digital just published a piece on reddit's sponsored links.

The results have made Condé “cautiously optimistic,” says Stinchcomb. You can measure that two ways: Click-through rates for the ads are running at about five percent, which is several times more than the industry average. And readers haven’t revolted.

In fact, we used the sponsored link with great success last week to point people to scifi.reddit for discussion on the final episode of BSG. There are some links we'd just like to put in front of as many redditors as possible (even though it's not actually 'sponsored' in this case) and this lets us denote that we're doing it.

All in all, we're pretty happy with it and the reddit community seems to have picked it up nicely (and, as the writer points out, haven't gone 1776 on us).

what would giger think?

Quick, someone send this link to the Swiss master who inspired Alien. There are some great My Little Pony remixes here.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

fanboys at sxsw

Erik (hueypriest) snapped this pic in Austin right after my panel. Anthony of HypeMachine had a panel at the exact same time, so I told him I'd wear his shirt in his honor (I wasn't the only one: see pic). Turns out he was wearing a breadpig shirt. Swine on!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

newspaper graveyard

One of the many striking photos on capturing the effect of the recession.