Gillmor Gang: Walk the Dinosaur

Clubhouse hosted another excellent conference between Josh Constine and Facebook’s audio czar Fidji Simo. The format continues to sparkle, as I was once again forced to choose between MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow or Lawrence O’Donnell and just plain audio. JPA prevailed going away. The talk was crisp and the strategies thick with optimism about the inventor economy. Monetization, primary the emergent pump, etc. If this were the Gold Rush, “it wouldve been” off-color skies ahead for collects and scoops and pans.

It remains hard to listen to the creator talk. If this is the moment for pioneers, then what is the moment for us listening? The question is who gets the short end of the crypto stay, a zero summing-up activity where the losers are the equivalent of who purchase high and sells low-grade. I approximate in the handsome life of startups, represent one and not the other nine of 10 is worth it.

It’s still damn eliciting to see the outcome at a safe distance from ground zero. Once the tech companies run out of slots at the start of the race, there will be plenty of industries just wait the early fume to clear. Walmart, table for two? This is not a live audio tale but instead a realignment of the media industries around notifications. Let’s approach the rebuild of economics and our way of life from the inside out, or downwards in a kind of reverse engineered insight replayed forward like a Beatles guitar solo.

Back before the virus, we thought of life as weekday and weekends, duty week or vacation, a series of not-holidays interrupted by long weekends every 6 to 8 weeks or so. We speeded ourselves in gesticulates: not liking Mondays to hump periods to going to the movies on Friday to watching the political proves on Sunday. Enduring the nightmare that was Trump, sedating us with the binge economy as it surfed the stream dislocation, addicted to our phones and awestruck by the possibilities of the hive spirit. Things modified, and then the affliction struck.

Now we realise our folly , not in presuming the unassumable but in reasoning we had any clue at all of how much day we had to dream about the future. Our belief in engineering was still there, but not undoubtedly how it are now working. Saving us was a goal , not a sure thing or even close. We regarded our sigh. And got improbably lucky. Time changed itself, and in surviving we attained a frantic mercy in treasuring our structures of family and friends.

As much as we knew everything was different, we were scandalized at how quickly we adapted to the crisis. The rapid deployment of mobile and social technology over the previous pair decades was unexpectedly ratified, intensified, and became table stakes. Not amazingly the tech fellowships were able to consume the brandish; the startup surge was financed by eating its own dog food. Remember Y2K, where it was still not a sure thing there was any real ROI for collaboration, or groupware as it was pigeonholed.

It got a lot harder to say digital collaboration was not realistic. The Cloud procreated corporate translation a subscription service going in and swiveling to sell fit a viable exit strategy. Startups could scale up without multi-million dollar bets, leaving enterprise incumbents with no choice but to adopt Software As A Service to survive. Consumer laptops, TCPIP, and 2400 baud modems became the platform where endless invention find a home, virtualizing the agency as a determine of familiar business deployed both on desktop and phones.

Notifications became less information sources of stoppage and more the quickest way to manage the converging creeks of use and personal life-time. These periodic alerts allowed us to navigate multiple discussions and interactions on an as-needed basis. Collaboration tools orchestrated the generalization of email with radical messaging, video conferencing became a time saver and easy onboarding implement, screen sharing an IT replacement. And all seat on the notification backbone, reducing direct conflict and shifting the social aspects of team engagement to a more personal basis. And then the pandemic happened.

Is it any wonder, the Bowie song asks. Notification etiquette kicks in at daybreak with the overnight summary, moves the story throughout while avoiding the tedious eyeball-baiting of the cable structures, and originates a calendar of things to click on or store for free time or cram for a find. No, it’s not any wonder that audio fits more and more into this work-from-wherever climate shift. Notification chimes differentiate between critical notifies, parkable alertings, and ignorable scroll-offs. Newsletters become refuges for binging cached 10 instant reads, succeeding live audio and recorded podcasts, and a rallying point for influencer analytics. This last-place one gives evaluate for not just developers but customers, also known as tippers.

The creator bandwagon sounds predicting, but who helps which major stage captures the pole position? I like Clubhouse’s work in establishing a complementary social shadow via notifications. I like Twitter Spaces as a motorist to squeeze a record button into the UI for all, just as Anchor does for podcasting. I like the idea of Facebook sneaking onto the playing field by allowing Instagram to turn off video. Wow, thanks. I cherish how Josh Constine seems to have moored in really the right place to triangulate his speculation throwing chops, reportorial finesse, handy summarizing of the sees, and matter-of-fact direct to podcast strategy.

But these early wins in format and wording should soon give way to a more constructive dialogue between inventors and their listeners. Newsletter programmes seem to have procreated the occurrence that a few punched writers will pay for developing implements to support dues, spread, legal services, analytics, and more. I maintain wanting to backchannel instantly with specific people in the apartment, but Clubhouse doesn’t want that to happen natively. We’re live audio , not chat, they don’t say but imply. What if listeners could sign up for receiving( and mailing) commentary via some formation of group @ mention. Moderators could sounds into that and invite people onstage to engage with talkers. Organic discovery of aptitude and blow. Sign me up.

from the Gillmor Gang Newsletter


The Gillmor Gang — Frank Radice, Michael Markman, Keith Teare, Denis Pombriant, Brent Leary and Steve Gillmor. Recorded live Friday, April 25, 2021.

Produced and directed by Tina Chase Gillmor @tinagillmor

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