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The Power of The Inbox | Kourosh Dini
Kourosh thinks deeply about his GTD system, and he uses OmniFocus just like me, so I find his reflections to be very useful. I tend to never let my Inbox get cluttered, but I also wonder if I couldn't shove more things into the Inbox and get them out of my way.
9 weeks ago
Your Makefiles are wrong · Jacob Davis-Hansson
It seems I've never used `make` right, or even really understood it. 🤷‍♂️
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9 weeks ago
Microbrowsers are Everywhere ◆ 24 ways
Good research on metadata to enable smart previews of links.
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9 weeks ago
I’m a 37-Year-Old Mom & I Spent Seven Days Online as an 11-Year-Old Girl. Here’s What I Learned.
The experiences documented here are disturbing and concerning. First, what the hell is wrong with these men? Second, how do you manage this and protect your kids online? Staying far, far away from all social platforms seems the best choice.
9 weeks ago
At age 13, I joined the alt-right, aided by Reddit and Google
There seems to be a pretty straightforward means to radicalize people to some desired outcome online. Wether the alt-right, or terrorist organizations, the playbook seems very similar.
9 weeks ago
Yap
This reminds me a bit of Unix `talk`.
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9 weeks ago
disaster.radio | a disaster-resilient communications network powered by the sun
Love this project. In a world where I had unlimited free time I'd bite off a big chunk of it to play with [Scuttlebutt](https://scuttlebutt.nz). It’s a really interesting protocol for rarely connected network devices. The video is a good overview. Maybe this can be my version of [prepping](https://www.dictionary.com/e/slang/prepper/). 😎
10 weeks ago
It’s Time to Get Back to Basics – The Blog of Author Tim Ferriss
I’m not a Tim Ferriss devotee, but I find his stuff interesting, and I like that he's returning to writing.

> Equally important, those early years of regular writing helped me to think more clearly and to hone a craft I deeply revere. For me, to write is to become more human. To the extent that I’m sane, writing helped keep me in that lane.

I strongly agree with him. It’s easy to have thoughts and jabber on about them. It’s much harder, and intellectually rewarding, to actually form sentences and paragraphs.
10 weeks ago
In Review: 30 Years Of The World’s Highest Paid Athletes
The animation in this article showing the highest paid athletes is pretty cool to watch. I had no idea boxers made so much money! 🥊💰 And then comes Tiger Woods. ⛳️💰💰💰💰💰💰💰
10 weeks ago
Git from the inside out
More than you ever wanted to know about how Git works. 🤓
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10 weeks ago
Machine Learning Crash Course | Google Developers
It’s amazing how much one can learn through completely open and free resources like this. This might be a cool course to take between Christmas and New Years!
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10 weeks ago
Lightroom 5.1 Adds Direct SD Card Importing on iPad and iPhone, Plus New Export Options - MacStories
This is a huge deal for Lightroom on iPadOS being a powerful tool for a photographer. Being able to skip passed the built-in Photos system and go direct into Lightroom is very important. I hope to give this a workout on some of our travels this summer.
10 weeks ago
Drafts for Mac: It's Action Time - MacStories
Drafts is the fastest app that I have on both my iOS and macOS devices for capturing random bits of text and then working with it. Actions are super powerful and it’s great to see them coming to macOS now.
10 weeks ago
Why databases use ordered indexes but programming uses hash tables
Overview of two common and different ways to access data, and the tradeoffs between them.
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10 weeks ago
Ring's Neighbors Data Let Us Map Amazon's Home Surveillance Network
I despise Ring's marketing tactics. A look at this map shows that it works. It turns out we don't need the government to create a surveillance state. If we sell people fear and tell them they'll be safe violating the privacy of anyone walking in the public spaces around there house that is enough. 😠
10 weeks ago
Operations and Internal Communication Strategies For Effective CEOs
A ton of recommendations for different communications inside of a company. It seems like a lot, but there are some really good nuggets in here. Grab one thing and try it out?
10 weeks ago
An Introduction to JSON-LD | jonm.dev
I find JSON-LD interesting. JSON is super interesting, but it lacks semantics. That is where JSON-LD comes in.

> [JSON-LD](https://www.w3.org/2018/json-ld-wg/) is a [specification](https://w3c.github.io/json-ld-syntax/) being developed in the World Wide Web Consortium ([W3C](https://www.w3.org/)) as a media type `application/ld+json`. This means you can still parse it as a plain-ol’ JSON document, but there are some additional conventions that add meaning to the content.

This might bring some of the good parts of XML to the JSON world.
10 weeks ago
dgsh — directed graph shell
I can't say that I completely get it, but it looks cool.
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10 weeks ago
The Product-Minded Software Engineer
I love this and thing all engineers should try to embody many of these 9 disciplines. 👍
10 weeks ago
Privacy Analysis of Tiktok’s App and Website | Rufposten
I have never used Tiktok, and I don't plan to start ever. This article is an interesting read but don't ignore it just because you don't use Tiktok. Everything they are doing, is probably being done by several other services. It’s very good to be aware of how much targeting, identification, and tracking is being done in these applications. Honestly the app is just a little trinket to get you to fiddle with all of this tracking! 👀
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10 weeks ago
Adding a new teller | queuing theory example
Nearly every technical system of moderate complexity will use queues at some place, and there will inevitably be a time when those queues backup and cause problems. It can be very hard to explain those issues to non-technical folks. This simple article does a good job highlighting the non-linear behavior of queues.
11 weeks ago
Patrick Rhone: "the calendar will tell you the truth of who you are"
Short post from Patrick Rhone about looking at our time and how that defines you. I continue to be intrigued by the idea of calendar analytics. I think there is a very real amount of value that a service could give you from the information on your calendar.
11 weeks ago
TWTR: Enough Already | No Mercy / No Malice
Searing open letter to Twitters board arguing that the poor performance of the company should result in the firing of the part-time CEO Jack Dorsey. I don't know that I care so much, I’m not a Twitter shareholder, but Dorsey does seem more than a bit looney.
11 weeks ago
Time Machines & Species Failure | No Mercy / No Malice
Great article highlighting the value of extending or enhancing time that you get from products. Galloway then goes into the horrible tradeoff that a company like Facebook makes in that bargain.

> Movies and HBO saved some time, but were relatively expensive. And then came Google, Facebook, and Netflix. I’ll get a year back (time spent not watching ads) in exchange for $4,680 spent on Netflix. How to even think of doing research without Google? Would I have to go to a library and log on to Lexis/Nexis? It’s hard to imagine how much time and life Google has created.

And…

> Facebook is now squarely in the red and a net negative for society. The social network held the promise of enhancing our time here, via connection, and has delivered on much of that. However, most time enhancement has been negated, as the social network is depressing our teens and endangering our most precious asset, girls. Teen suicide has skyrocketed — up [77%](https://www.thecoddling.com/better-mental-health) for older teen girls and up [151%](https://www.thecoddling.com/better-mental-health) for younger teens (research by colleague [Jonathan Haidt](http://thecoddling.com/)).

Good time for a New Years evaluation to delete Facebook and remove it from your life?
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11 weeks ago
The Best Apps & Hardware of 2019 – The Sweet Setup
I like these roundup of apps articles. They are a good way to discover new tools. I grabbed Pixelmator Photo and it is impressive. I already had CalZones and agree it’s a great way for dealing with global time zone management. Drafts, Shortcuts, Day One, Darkroom, GoodNotes are all already in my toolbox.
11 weeks ago
AI Dungeon
Uh oh, Dungeon Masters might be getting replaced by the big learning algorithm!
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11 weeks ago
How GitHub’s CTO Architects Engineering Teams That Scale
This is a fabulous set of 12 recommendations for any technology leaders. This is worth thinking through and developing some thoughts on each one for your own team. Great stuff. 👍
11 weeks ago
Fenwick High School 2017 Commencement Speaker Mick Betancourt '92 - YouTube
My colleague [Dan Juckniess](https://www.linkedin.com/in/dan-juckniess-68920a10/) shared this [Fenwick High School](https://www.fenwickfriars.com/) commencement speech with me after telling me the quote that he found so powerful in it.

> Whatever your doing, is what you’ll get better at. <br/>
> Go to the bar every night and drink, guess what you’ll get better at.

Very powerful message.
11 weeks ago
Wait, How Do You Pronounce Kiev? - The New York Times
I travel to our office in Kyiv twice a year and learned early on about the Ukrainian pronunciation. It’s super hard for me to get right, but I try. And I am much more aware when people say "the Ukraine" instead of just calling it Ukraine now. When I work with others and discuss our Ukraine operation, I tend to use Kiev in a more global context, and use Kyiv when speaking to team members or others in Ukraine itself.
11 weeks ago
Liam Bot
Funny parody of [Facebook’s Liam Bot](https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/02/technology/facebook-chatbot-workers.html) for difficult questions over the holidays. 🙂
11 weeks ago
FastAPI
This looks like a crazy simple Python library to make API endpoints!
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11 weeks ago
Create beautiful Gantt charts!
Not sure I want to make a habit of creating Gantt charts but this tool looks very powerful.
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11 weeks ago
How Ring Went From ‘Shark Tank’ Reject to America’s Scariest Surveillance Company - VICE
I do not like anything about Ring. This first in a series of articles talks about the origin of Ring. I didn’t realize it was on Shark Tank!

> At its core, Ring is a marketing company that realized it could make money by selling fear.

Violating **other** peoples privacy, and enabling surveillance, is despicable.
11 weeks ago
Roleplaying Difficult Conversations | Lara Hogan
Roleplaying is a very useful way for managers to work through tough messages. I like this perspective on why you should take the time to do it.

> Practicing difficult conversations and feedback helps you be a better manager, but the real reason you should do it is to fully support the person on the receiving end. It’s your job to help them be successful!

Some very good suggestions here.
11 weeks ago
Amazon API Gateway Offers Faster, Cheaper, Simpler APIs Using HTTP APIs (Preview)
This seems to simplify much of the complexity of building API’s and get you going right away.

> HTTP APIs simplify the API building experience for the most common features needed to build serverless applications or to proxy requests to HTTP endpoints. They come with standard API Gateway functionality such as throttling, metrics, and logging capabilities. In addition, you can secure your APIs using OIDC and OAuth 2 out of box, quickly build web applications using a simple CORS experience, and get started immediately with automatic deployment and simple create workflows.

Impressive.
11 weeks ago
Two malicious Python libraries caught stealing SSH and GPG keys | ZDNet
This is a smart attack vector, and I suspect dangerously unprotected.
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11 weeks ago
Warren Rustand on Working in the White House and Building a Purpose-Driven Life | Elevate Podcast
I recently discovered this podcast and this episode resonated strongly with me. I enjoyed thoroughly the discussion of focus areas, time management, and dedication. Recommended and worth a listen. 🎧
11 weeks ago
CBS shows Mark Zuckerberg is a human. Does that matter? - without bullshit
Total PR puff piece.

> He’s not evil.
>
> But Facebook is. And we need to hold him responsible for that.

Yes.
11 weeks ago
Django 3.0 release notes | Django documentation | Django
Major new release of one of the biggest Python frameworks.
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11 weeks ago
A letter from Larry and Sergey
Definitely a momentous milestone for Google.
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11 weeks ago
Why You Should Ditch Your Laptop For iPad Pro – The Brooks Review
I like this argument for using an iPad more.

> Something really fascinating happens when people open a laptop: they get to work. They check email, they have a million tabs, tons of apps showing progress on many tasks/projects, they have tabs for social networks, half in progress projects abound. People do stuff. They are sucked in — unlikely to step away anytime soon. However, when I see people use an iPad they use it for one thing — the thing they grabbed it to do — and then they go back to life.

I think there is some truth to that. This goes to the "context" of a computing device. For me I find the iPad a more focused device. Perhaps it is the lack of multiple windows? I am consistently increasing the volume of things that I do on my iPad.
11 weeks ago
Riot Settles Lawsuit, Will Pay Every Female Employee Since 2014 With $10 Million Fund
Riot was frequently in the news a couple of years ago regarding the negative culture they had. It’s good to see some restitution being made here, and hopefully real change follows.
11 weeks ago
Newsletters spam test by mail-tester.com
Really handy tool to test if your mail is likely to be flagged as spam. 💌
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12 weeks ago
The Mind at Work: Guido van Rossum on how Python makes thinking in code easier | Dropbox Blog
Nice background on the design philosophy of Python.

> Python’s readability is not just typographic, but conceptual. Van Rossum thinks Python may be closer to our visual understanding of the structures that we are representing in code than other languages because, “Python makes that structure mandatory.”

I like that take on indentation and the "Why?" behind it. This little snippet from the article made me chuckle.

> As Thompson writes, “When you meet a coder, you’re meeting someone whose core daily experience is of unending failure and grinding frustration.”

😂
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12 weeks ago
ChessRoots - Chess opening graph from over 800 million Chess games
Cool graph-based visualization tool to explore chess games. ♟
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12 weeks ago
A frame of mind – On my Om
I like Om’s take on photography as, sort of, a kind of therapy.
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12 weeks ago
The First Non-Bullshit Book About Culture I’ve Read – zwischenzugs
This book has been on my reading list for a very long time, I think I need to move it up. I've heard nothing but great recommendations, and this is another one! 📚
12 weeks ago
Almond - The Open, Privacy-Preserving Virtual Assistant
Not sure how well something like this will work, but glad folks are working on it.
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12 weeks ago
Free, Open-source Anonymous Email Forwarding - AnonAddy
This looks like a very well done anonymous email forwarding service. I've been using [Maskmail](https://www.maskmail.net) for a couple of years now, and have 84 distinct email addresses setup with it for various services. This is a super effective tool for your privacy, with benefits for security as well. By using a unique email address per service organizations loose the ability to track you with a shared email ID. The biggest issue is that many services block these, so AnonAddy's ability to support a custom domain name is a **huge deal**. I’m going to test this out and perhaps switch to it.
12 weeks ago
No App for That
When you get good capture devices, like a solid to do list on your phone, you can build an impossibly long list. For me, this is where the Weekly Review in GTD, as well as the Someday/Maybe lists can give you a release valve.
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november 2019
How to create a good onboarding experience for new hires — Quartz at Work
I really like the areas of focus that this article highlights. A good onboarding experience has many dimensions. I also agree that many companies do this poorly. One of the things I do is meet with all new hires each quarter, and the first question I ask is to describe their onboarding experience. That results in fabulous feedback to take forward.
november 2019
Relentlessly simplify – Den Delimarsky
Great guide to keeping the technology part of your life a bit simpler, and in the long haul, easier.
november 2019
A guide to distributed teams – Increment: Teams
Key points to making distributed teams effective.
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november 2019
Contract for the Web
It’s hard for me to believe that an effort like this is going to have a real impact on the web and how companies act on it. I'd like to, but I’m very skeptical of it. Perhaps with the pedigree of Tim Berners-Lee it has a better chance. For more background on this, his [opinion article in the New York Times](https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/24/opinion/world-wide-web.html) is a good overview. The Guardian also has a good overview, "[Tim Berners-Lee unveils global plan to save the web](https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2019/nov/24/tim-berners-lee-unveils-global-plan-to-save-the-internet)". At least he's trying, and hopefully others will get on board.
november 2019
Braid: Synchronization for HTTP
This looks really interesting. Synchronization is a huge pain to write, and rewrite, all the time.

> The Braid Protocol is a set of extensions to HTTP, which transform it from a state _transfer_ protocol into a state _synchronization_ protocol. When a resource is changed by one client or server, all other clients and servers update. Braid supports [Operational Transform](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operational_transformation) and [CRDTs](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conflict-free_replicated_data_type) at web URLs, enabling peer-to-peer, offline-capable web applications.

It would be pretty amazing if Braid became as well-supported as REST.
november 2019
Apple Releases Annual Holiday Video 'The Surprise' - MacStories
Great 3-minute video that will bring tears to your eyes by the end.
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november 2019
Read Sacha Baron Cohen's scathing attack on Facebook in full: 'greatest propaganda machine in history' | Technology | The Guardian
[Sacha Baron Cohen](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sacha_Baron_Cohen), of Borat and Ali G fame, gave the keynote at the [Anti-Defamation League](https://www.adl.org) Never is Now event. Honestly, you should take 25 minutes and [watch the full video](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ymaWq5yZIYM). This is an incredibly insightful, purposeful take at the negative impacts of social media platforms. I love his statement that "Freedom of Speech is not Freedom of Reach". Social media platforms love to hide behind Freedom of Speech and it’s a completely false argument. Read their Terms of Service and you'll realize there is no freedom of anything. It’s a business! This writeup from the Daily Beast "[Sacha Baron Cohen Uses ADL Speech to Tear Apart Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook](https://www.thedailybeast.com/sacha-baron-cohen-uses-adl-speech-to-tear-apart-mark-zuckerberg-and-facebook)" is a good overview too. ✊
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november 2019
The care and feeding of software engineers (or, why engineers are grumpy) - Human Who Codes
Stellar article that gives some great insight into what drives, motivates, and frustrates software engineers.

> And here’s the real crux of the problem: software engineers aren’t builders. Software engineers are creators. Building is what you do when you buy a piece of furniture from Ikea and get it home. The instructions are laid out and if you go step by step, you’ll get that comically small table you wanted. Creating is a different process, it’s birthing something without direction or instruction. It’s starting with a blank canvas and painting a masterpiece. Software engineers don’t get into coding because they want someone to tell them what to do, they get into it because they discovered they could create something useful. Every single software engineer fell in love with coding because she made a small, useful program early on and was hooked.

If you have ever wondered what makes software engineers tick, this will fill you in. 👍
november 2019
Developing New Engineers - Karl L. Hughes
Amazingly detailed and specific skill development framework for engineers.
november 2019
Yes! and… How to be effective in the theatre of work
Article is mostly about the book [Impro - Improvisation and the Theatre](https://www.amazon.com/Impro-Improvisation-Theatre-Keith-Johnstone/dp/0878301178), which thanks to this article is now on my wish list, and how it applies to improving your capabilities at work. This article is particularly serendipitous for me. We just had our all-company meeting at [John Sweeney gave the keynote](https://micro.thingelstad.com/2019/11/12/john-sweeney-gave.html). Sweeney is with Brave New Workshop, an improve theatre, and they have an entire side of their business [consulting with companies](https://www.bravenewworkshop.com/creativeoutreach/)! Might learning improve be a good next step in my own development? 🤪
november 2019
Data General's Tom West dies • The Register
I loved reading [The Soul of a New Machine](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Soul_of_a_New_Machine) and the history of Data General and [Tom West](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_West). It is too bad that he never experienced that same level of success again.
november 2019
inessential: You Choose
Completely agree with Brent Simmons here. My internet doesn't have the vast majority of social media giants, thanks to [1Blocker](https://1blocker.com). I, and you, can choose the internet we want. You are not obligated to any of these platforms.
november 2019
1.2 billion people exposed in data leak includes personal info, LinkedIN, Facebook
The scale of these data leaks is hard to even fathom these days. 😟
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november 2019
Using OmniFocus 3.4 with Shortcuts - The Omni Group
I’m digging these new, very powerful, Shortcut features coming to OmniFocus and I’m looking for even more. The future is bright for automation on iOS with the new Shortcuts and apps adding support for it.
november 2019
How our home delivery habit reshaped the world | Technology | The Guardian
All the stuff that makes that package arrive at your door. Moving activities outside of normal view, where nobody typically sees them, allows companies to automate and drive efficiencies. However, sometimes you wouldn't like what you saw if you knew what was happening.
november 2019
Facebook and Google’s pervasive surveillance poses an unprecedented danger to human rights | Amnesty International
More piling on to Facebook and Google.

> [_Surveillance Giants _](https://www.amnesty.org/en/documents/pol30/1404/2019/en/)lays out how the surveillance-based business model of Facebook and Google is inherently incompatible with the right to privacy and poses a systemic threat to a range of other rights including freedom of opinion and expression, freedom of thought, and the right to equality and non-discrimination.

This article brings in the idea of a "public square".

> While other Big Tech companies – including Apple, Amazon and Microsoft – have accrued significant power in other areas, it is the platforms owned by Facebook and Google that have become fundamental to how people engage and interact with each other – effectively a new global public square.

This is foundational to my issue with these platforms. They present themselves as the public square, but they are anything but. With that said though, I don't think the right answer is to force them to be a public square. They are private companies and can do as they wish for their shareholders. However, they should have strict rules and regulations, and even more importantly, their users should know they are more like a shopping mall, and nothing at all like a public square. Facebook isn't a church or a park. You have no right to do anything there that they don't want you to, and you have as much right to privacy as you do when you are walking around any other business.
november 2019
110 Nursing Homes Cut Off from Health Records in Ransomware Attack — Krebs on Security
This is a horrible example of the very real-world terrible things that can come without a focus on security.
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november 2019
“You Don’t Bring Bad News to the Cult Leader”: Inside the Fall of WeWork | Vanity Fair
You'd be forgiven for thinking enough of WeWork already, but this is a solid article about the whole thing. Neumann is referenced in every article about him as some hyper-charismatic, super-confident leader. Maybe he's actually just delusional?
november 2019
Miguel Ibarra's My Friend: The end of an era in Minnesota – FiftyFive.One
Miguel Ibarra has always been one of my favorite Minnesota United players. "The club declined Ibarra’s option in the off-season and unceremoniously the most important player to wear a Minnesota United jersey was shunted off." You will be missed Ibarra! ⚽️
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november 2019
7 steps to building an engineering competency matrix - CircleCI
I was just talking about competency and skills inventories with the leader of our Kyiv office and ran across this article. It was over a decade ago that I last tackled this type of effort. This was a good refresher.
november 2019
It's time to ban all political ad targeting . . . everywhere - without bullshit
I can completely get behind this idea.

> But if we don’t ban ads outright, why ban targeting? Because everyone should see what political advertisers are doing. I don’t want political advertisers showing one message to Democrats and another to Republicans, or one to men and another to women, or one to people who clicked on a website about abortion and another to those who visited a site about guns.

I agree with the thesis. You can go ahead and advertise whatever you want, but it needs to be in the open where a lot of people can see it. I like the idea of **only** targeting by geography. That makes sense for political messages. But you shouldn't be able to send some dark message to only your followers.
november 2019
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