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Glass Introduces Public Profiles ➝

From Glass’ announcement:

With Glass 1.2 coming out today, you can now share your Glass Profile anywhere! We’re excited to open up profiles, letting you truly make Glass your home for highlighting your photography. Whether you’re using it as a portfolio, a quick showcase of your best shots, or a space to experiment with a new style, we’ve been blown away with the quality of your profiles. Now you can share them anywhere.

I’m happy to hear that every public profile has an RSS feed. I don’t use Glass myself, but now I’ll be able to follow my friends on the service with my existing setup.

I’d love to see them add ActivityPub next.

(Via Matt Birchler.)

➝ Source: glass.photo

Small Batch Social Networking ➝

Colin Devroe:

So therein lies the challenge for Glass or any other app that hopes to slice off a sizable chunk of the world’s population to replace Instagram. They need the network.

Without the network there is no clout. Without the network there are no brand deals. Without the network there are no influencers (and, believe it or not, a huge percentage of today’s professional photographers are in this category on Instagram). Without the network there are less serendipitous business relationships that happen between people scattered around the globe. Without the network large publications don’t find new talent as easily. And, without the network nothing goes viral.

I guess that depends on what you actually want from a social network. Do you want something to go viral? Do you want to follow or become an influencer? Or do you just want genuine interactions with interesting people?

I’m in it for the genuine interactions.

I liked Twitter a lot more when it was significantly smaller than it is today. And I’m starting to wonder if the shear size of the major players is actually why they’re so darn miserable to use. They don’t feel like a community anymore and most of what’s posted there isn’t really all that interesting or unusual. It’s boring.

When I decided to functionally jump ship from Twitter, my timeline was filled with tweets that had a sameness to them. Everyone was talking about the same things and mostly had the same opinions about all of it. It felt so sterile and corporate.

Contrast that with Mastodon where I’m following people from dozens of instances with different focuses. My timeline is exciting — it’s filled with people talking about writing, podcasting, open source, privacy, and only occasionally about whatever everyone is currently obsessed with on Twitter.

It’s just so nice.

You’re not really going to see things go viral on Mastodon and it isn’t home to influencers with major advertising deals, but that’s a feature not a bug. And hopefully it’s distributed nature will allow it to keep that same “small batch” feel on individual servers while the greater network grows to eventually eclipse the closed down, siloed status quo.

➝ Source: cdevroe.com

Shawn Blanc’s First Impressions of Glass, the New Photo Sharing App ➝

I received an invite on the day of launch. I plan to give it a spin sometime this weekend.

➝ Source: thesweetsetup.com

Apple Awards Corning Advanced Manufacturing Fund Investment ➝

From Apple’s press release:

Apple today announced Corning Incorporated will receive $200 million from Apple’s new Advanced Manufacturing Fund as part of the company’s commitment to foster innovation among American manufacturers. The investment will support Corning’s R&D, capital equipment needs and state-of-the-art glass processing. Corning’s 65-year-old Harrodsburg facility has been integral to the 10-year collaboration between these two innovative companies and will be the focus of Apple’s investment.

I’m probably biased because I live about thirty minutes away from Corning’s corporate headquarters, but I think this is a very smart investment. All of Apple’s most important products feature glass that was developed by Corning and there’s no other company in the world that can match their offerings.

Apple Bans Clear Plastic Screen Protectors From Apple Store

iLounge learned last week that starting in May Apple will no longer be selling clear plastic screen protectors in their stores.

There have been several theories as to why Apple would decide to do this. I don’t believe it to be any one reason but a combination of several. For one, shelf space is valuable and if Apple doesn’t believe that their devices need screen protectors, they aren’t going to sell them anymore. The current iPhone and iPod touch screens don’t scratch all that easy, they is much more likely to crack than scratch. Apple has seemingly taken the stance that if you think that flimsy piece of plastic is going to protect your device, you can get it elsewhere.

Secondly, these screen protectors are incredibly difficult to apply. I went through my InvisibleShield phase, I bought three of them for three separate devices and finally gave up for good. Those things are darn near impossible to put on straight, not to mention all the dust and whatnot that inevitably ends up on it in the time it takes for you to take it out of the package and actually apply it to your device.

And lastly, Screen protectors may have been a good idea back before the iPhone, when screens weren’t made with such high quality material but the glass that Apple is using on the iPhone is absolutely superb. And the oleophobic coating on the screen does a great job of keeping all those nasty fingerprints away.

Speaking of the iPhone’s screen, I’ve never publicly told this story before but I think now is as good of a time as any to do so. When I was waiting in line for the original iPhone in 2007 I was behind a man who claimed to have a piece of the glass that Apple used on the iPhone. He said that Corning Inc. was the company who developed the glass and it was originally designed to be used for windows. It was incredibly sturdy glass but unfortunately it was just too heavy to be used in windows. Corning inevitably ended up shelving it for a while. It wasn’t until Apple contacted them about using glass for their displays that their glass finally had a home.

After telling his story the man went to his car to get the piece of glass, it was cut exactly in the same dimensions and size of the iPhone’s glass front. It even had the holes for the home button and speaker.

I haven’t been able to confirm whether his glass was actually the same glass that was used on the iPhone but I do live near Corning, NY (where Corning Inc. is located) and it isn’t out of the realm of possibilities for his story to be completely true. I saw it and touched it, and when I got home with my brand new iPhone that night, the similarity between the two pieces of glass were uncanny.

Of course, It’s also possible that he made the glass himself as a great way to impress the other people in line at the AT&T store, but I choose to take him at his word.