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Chris Messina is coming to Sydney as keynote speaker for Web Directions Summit 17 on 9-10 November. One of his claims to fame, the hashtag, just turned 10.

This has attracted a great deal of attention, not just in web tech circles but also in the mainstream media. Chris himself published an article on Medium on 23 August 2017, the 10th anniversary of the first use of the # symbol being attached to the front of a keyword on Twitter to indicate a group, so let's start there.  

The Hashtag is 10!

Chris Messina

What the hashtag means to me 10 years after its invention

It may surprise you to learn that Twitter didn’t invent the hashtag. Indeed, the hashtag has become so ubiquitous that it’s hard to imagine that there was a time before the hashtag. But indeed there was, and it was over ten years ago today. On August 23, 2007 at 12:25PM PST, I tweeted a simple idea that would change how we use social media and communicate, possibly forever: Chris Messina hashtag tweet Two days later, I published a lengthy proposal clarifying my intention, with suggestions for how Twitter might adopt the idea, even though I never worked for Twitter. Instead, I was an early user and a fan, and a believer in the power of the internet coupled with free/libre technologies to bring people together.

Read the rest of the article at https://medium.com/chris-messina/hashtag10-8e114c382b06

Chris had presented the idea to Twitter earlier without receiving a very enthusiastic response, as Twitter founder Biz Stone acknowledged in his blog post published on the same day last week:  

The hashtag at 10 years young

Biz Stone

The hashtag was born on Twitter 10 years ago today, and it has become one of the most recognizable and widely used symbols of our time. Here’s how. In the summer of 2007, a web marketing specialist and avid user of Twitter, Chris Messina walked into our grungy office at 164 South Park (yes, people would just walk in back then) and made a suggestion to me and a few other Twitter employees who were sitting nearby. We were working frantically to fix a tech issue that had brought Twitter down, as was often the case in those early days. Many iconic features of Twitter have been created over the years by listening and watching what people who use Twitter do with it and then working to make it easier and better for them—we still do this today. Back in those early days, Jack and I even published our phone numbers on the front page. So, although we were somewhat frenzied, we wanted to give Chris a few minutes and hear him out. His proposal was simple, useful, and fun—just like Twitter. Because brevity is essential on Twitter, he suggested using the “pound” or “hash” character common on phones (this was pre-iPhone) to create groups of related Tweets. It was an undeniably elegant proposal, but I really needed to get back to work. I turned back to my computer screen to help get Twitter back up and running, hurriedly ending the conversation with a sarcastic, “Sure, we’ll get right on that.” Thankfully, Chris didn’t take offense to my reaction, he simply started doing what he had proposed.

Read the post at https://blog.twitter.com/official/en_us/topics/product/2017/the-hashtag-at-ten-years-young.html

There's actually been quite a lot of commentary in the past week about what the hashtag is, its purpose, impact and what it represents. Here are three of our favourite articles that offer some interesting perspective:  

Twitter didn’t invent the hashtag… Chris Messina did!

Andreas Sandre, Hackernoon
I interviewed Chris Messina in April 2014 for my book Digital Diplomacy: Conversations on Innovation in Foreign Policy (via Rowman & Littlefield and Amazon). Chris launched the idea of using the pound symbol for groups in a tweet 10 years ago today. The hashtag was born August 23, 2007 — and forever it changed social media and the way we engage online. [ … ] Anyhow, when I interviewed Chris for my book, the conversation not only explored the evolution of the hashtag, but also its use and mis-use, and the nature of the hashtag. [ … ] He told me: “Like most technologies, the hashtag itself is a neutral amplifier.” “Wielded effectively — he said — it can spark conversations or revolutions, or can be used to mislead or obfuscate. Therefore, it’s important to keep in mind that social media is a reflection of the people who use it and the contexts in which they’re found.” Talking about the nature of the hashtag, he said: “Broadly speaking, any technology that helps give a larger number of people a voice efficiently and economically is a good thing; then, once it’s been adopted widely, the challenge is to hone its use to increase social and cultural benefit.”

Read the article: https://hackernoon.com/twitter-didnt-invent-the-hashtag-chris-messina-did-1020969abfcd

 

Twitter hashtags are 10 years old and they wouldn't have happened without old-school texting

Karissa Bell, Mashable Australia
Yes, it's really been 10 years. Twitter's most iconic feature is celebrating a big birthday today. Exactly 10 years ago, before there were iPhones, Android phones, or a Twitter app, one Twitter user came up with the idea of using the "#" symbol to group tweets together. That early Twitter user was Chris Messina, who has said the idea originally stemmed from what are now two major throwbacks from the early days of the Internet: IRC and T-9. IRC, or Internet Relay Chat, is an old web standard that enabled messaging via group chat rooms. The format we now know as a hashtag, where similar messages are grouped together using the # sign, was already a well-established part of IRC in 2007, so it made some sense to bring the same dynamic to Twitter. It was also, as Messina points out, easier to type on old phones that used T-9, an early form of predictive text when you still had to tap out messages via your phone's keypad. (Texting was hard before touchscreens!)

Read the article: http://mashable.com/2017/08/23/twitter-hashtag-10th-anniversary/#1_mTLhpbfsqt

 

#Hashtag10: the best hashtag fails in a decade

Edward Helmore, The Guardian
Messina, who says he chose not to patent the idea because that would probably have slowed its adoption, has said he had no interest in making money from his invention. “They are born of the internet, and should be owned by no one. The value and satisfaction I derive from seeing my funny little hack used as widely as it is today is valuable enough for me to be relieved that I had the foresight not to try to lock down this stupidly simple but effective idea.” A decade on, and Messina describes the adoption of this simple system of information collection (globally, an average of 125m hashtags are shared daily on Twitter alone) as humbling. “It’s thrilling to see how this little idea that came out of a very specific moment in the evolution of the Internet took off and has grown into something far bigger than me, bigger than Twitter or Instagram, and that will hopefully maintain its relevance for a long time to come,” he told the Australian. But for all their benefits, hashtags have also proved a minefield for inattentive creators. The identity marketing blog loginradius draws attention to a number of miscued, careless or otherwise unfortunate hashtag misfires. First among them is the hashtag created for British singer Susan Boyle #susanalbumparty. “Su’s anal bum party” caught on for obvious but unintended reasons. Loginradius points out that capitalizing each word – #SusanAlbumParty – would have solved the problem.

Read the article: https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/aug/23/hashtag-10-years-old-social-media-technology

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I reckon very few of the 140 or so of us at this first Code Leaders conference in Melbourne had a clear idea of how the day would pan out. It’s probably fair to say that no-one except John Allsopp, the event’s creator and the heart and soul of Web Directions, had a complete vision of how it would all work. And even John would concede that he was uncertain how successful this approach would be. Well, it was. And how. Code Leaders 17 reception

Factor 1

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Factor 2

In programming the Code conference, John had brought together a group of international and local speakers who not only addressed many of the key issues around where web and digital front end development was going, but who were themselves leaders in engineering - laying paths that others follow, taking on roles of responsibility, being leaders. That this particular cohort of speakers could pull an audience in a Melbourne winter became readily apparent when Code sold out - before the Early Bird registration period even ended. That during that week there would be enough other code-related events like MelbJS and CampJS taking place in Melbourne and surrounds to call it Melbourne Code Week - that was icing on the cake. If ever there was a chance to create an event that focused on leadership in front end engineering, this was it. Code Leaders 17 Chris Lilley

The Setup

Once announced as taking place the day before Code itself, Code Leaders also sold out pretty quickly. In fact, we could have sold more tickets, but we wanted to keep it to a manageable size because there were some things John wanted to try that would be tricky with a larger crowd. Attendees were seated at tables of ten, with a designated table leader who had a specific role. Each speaker would deliver a presentation of about 30 minutes, followed by a five minute period in which each table would formulate questions to put to the speakers. This was followed immediately by 20 minutes or so for the speakers to respond to those questions, and ensuing discussion. It’s not a complicated format, but it ran the risk of failing miserably if the participants chose not to, well, participate. In this setup, silence would be death. That didn’t happen.

The Speakers

You can read the bios of the Code Leaders speakers on the event webpage, but let’s summarise it as: Code Leaders 17 lunch

The Table Leaders

It was the job of the table leaders to get the post-talk question formulation happening, and without too much delay. Five minutes doesn’t leave much space for time-wasting. John had selected his table leaders well (the man curates everything, he can’t help himself), all people who understood many of the issues, were confident enough to spur a table of strangers into conversation and articulate enough to shape that into a question of some sort. They might not think they did all that much on the day, but they were all absolutely critical to the outcomes we wanted to achieve.

The Talks

The titles tell much of the story:
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  • • There and Back Again- A Web Tale
  • • The Changing Face of Loading Resources
  • • Modern Web App Architectures
  • • Designing a Culture that Fosters Growth
  • • Re-imagining the Hiring Process
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The Upshot

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" ["post_title"]=> string(51) "Video of the Week: Erin Moore - Convenient Fictions" ["post_excerpt"]=> string(0) "" ["post_status"]=> string(7) "publish" ["comment_status"]=> string(4) "open" ["ping_status"]=> string(6) "closed" ["post_password"]=> string(0) "" ["post_name"]=> string(41) "video-week-erin-moore-convenient-fictions" ["to_ping"]=> string(0) "" ["pinged"]=> string(0) "" ["post_modified"]=> string(19) "2016-11-04 12:18:20" ["post_modified_gmt"]=> string(19) "2016-11-04 01:18:20" ["post_content_filtered"]=> string(0) "" ["post_parent"]=> int(0) ["guid"]=> string(37) "https://www.webdirections.org/?p=6661" ["menu_order"]=> int(0) ["post_type"]=> string(4) "post" ["post_mime_type"]=> string(0) "" ["comment_count"]=> string(1) "0" ["filter"]=> string(3) "raw" ["post_category"]=> string(1) "0" } [4]=> object(WP_Post)#1088 (25) { ["ID"]=> int(6652) ["post_author"]=> string(2) "18" ["post_date"]=> string(19) "2016-11-03 14:46:51" ["post_date_gmt"]=> string(19) "2016-11-03 03:46:51" ["post_content"]=> string(5600) "Scroll MagazineHere is the third and final set of extracts from the interviews we conducted with Direction 16 speakers for Scroll Magazine. These are only snippets - to see the full answers, come to Direction 16, where all conference and workshop attendees get a free print edition (88 bound pages of articles and interviews with full colour photos and illustrations). Scroll will also be available for digital download post-conference. Today's question: Do you see yourself as more of an artist or a scientist? Mark Pesce (Inventor, VRML): I see myself as a problem-solver. Having an engineer’s education and temperament, I do occasionally get an eye to creating an artistic work, and then approach it with a bizarre mixture of pragmatism and intuition. Caroline Sinders (Machine Learning Designer, Buzzfeed): I guess I’m much more of a scientist now, but it’s really hard me to shake the fact that I started my career off in art, and I tend to approach everything as a photojournalist, as a photographer. Pasquale D'Silva (Product Designer, Hype): 99% Artist, 1% other. Computers have always been a means to an end. The less I’m aware of the fact that I’m using technology, the deeper the flow state I can get into. Jacob Bijani (Product Designer/Engineer, Tumblr): Of the two, definitely more of a scientist. I did go to art school, but I've always enjoyed the technical side of making things more. I really enjoy seeing something I've built come together and take life. Jenn Bane (Community Director, Cards agains Humanity): Hmm... neither. I’m not an artist, I’m not a scientist. I do think of myself as a writer now. It’s part of my identity and my brain is wired for storytelling. Jonathan Shariat (Product Designer): You must be a scientist in your approach to understand problems, possible solutions, and your users’ needs. You also need to be an artist by putting a little of yourself into your work and making it pleasing to use. Anna Pickard (Editorial Director, Slack): Artist, I guess, if I have to pick between the two. But artist more in the sense of craftsperson - I write as if I’m putting something together with my hands, moulding it, hacking things off, adding things on, making whatever it is function the way I want it to function. Matt Griffin (Film Maker & Designer): I see myself as a craftsperson. Which has elements of both, I suppose. Art is largely for expression of the self, design is for solving problems. Aubrey Blanche (Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion, Atlassian): I definitely see myself as more of a scientist. I'm always joking that I'm a 'recovering academic', but anyone on my team can tell you it's true. Andy Clarke (Designer & Art Director): For me, working on the web isn’t about problem solving, as it is for many people. My fascination is with how we can use the web as a creative medium to tell a story, communicate an idea or maybe sell a product. That’s something that the fine artist in me still loves to do for our clients. Josh Clark (IxD, Big Medium): It’d have to be science. I’m a systems guy. I like to figure out what makes things tick, what makes people tick. I’ve always been excited about studying and creating systems that help to empower and enable, to amplify what folks can do.   directionad

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" ["post_title"]=> string(36) "One Question, Many Answers: Part III" ["post_excerpt"]=> string(0) "" ["post_status"]=> string(7) "publish" ["comment_status"]=> string(4) "open" ["ping_status"]=> string(6) "closed" ["post_password"]=> string(0) "" ["post_name"]=> string(34) "one-question-many-answers-part-iii" ["to_ping"]=> string(0) "" ["pinged"]=> string(0) "" ["post_modified"]=> string(19) "2016-11-03 14:49:17" ["post_modified_gmt"]=> string(19) "2016-11-03 03:49:17" ["post_content_filtered"]=> string(0) "" ["post_parent"]=> int(0) ["guid"]=> string(37) "https://www.webdirections.org/?p=6652" ["menu_order"]=> int(0) ["post_type"]=> string(4) "post" ["post_mime_type"]=> string(0) "" ["comment_count"]=> string(1) "0" ["filter"]=> string(3) "raw" ["post_category"]=> string(1) "0" } [5]=> object(WP_Post)#1087 (25) { ["ID"]=> int(6645) ["post_author"]=> string(2) "18" ["post_date"]=> string(19) "2016-11-02 12:31:26" ["post_date_gmt"]=> string(19) "2016-11-02 01:31:26" ["post_content"]=> string(2663) "Ben BuchananOur video ristretto this week comes to us from one of those people who hooked up with us from even before our Web Directions days, and has been a key supporter even as his own career has blossomed. He's now Front End Lead at Ansarada, and at Code he gave a great talk about the importance of versioning. Take a look and then, if you haven't already, come on over and register for Direction 16.

 

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" ["post_title"]=> string(51) "Video Ristretto: Ben Buchanan - The SemVer Talk 1.0" ["post_excerpt"]=> string(0) "" ["post_status"]=> string(7) "publish" ["comment_status"]=> string(4) "open" ["ping_status"]=> string(6) "closed" ["post_password"]=> string(0) "" ["post_name"]=> string(44) "video-ristretto-ben-buchanan-semver-talk-1-0" ["to_ping"]=> string(0) "" ["pinged"]=> string(0) "" ["post_modified"]=> string(19) "2016-11-02 12:32:08" ["post_modified_gmt"]=> string(19) "2016-11-02 01:32:08" ["post_content_filtered"]=> string(0) "" ["post_parent"]=> int(0) ["guid"]=> string(37) "https://www.webdirections.org/?p=6645" ["menu_order"]=> int(0) ["post_type"]=> string(4) "post" ["post_mime_type"]=> string(0) "" ["comment_count"]=> string(1) "0" ["filter"]=> string(3) "raw" ["post_category"]=> string(1) "0" } [6]=> object(WP_Post)#1086 (25) { ["ID"]=> int(6640) ["post_author"]=> string(2) "18" ["post_date"]=> string(19) "2016-11-01 10:31:23" ["post_date_gmt"]=> string(19) "2016-10-31 23:31:23" ["post_content"]=> string(4411) "One of the benefits of organising events like Code, Respond, Transform and - in just over a week - Direction is the events that other people organise around the conference that add value and depth to their whole experience. SilverStripe is a major sponsor of Web Directions and has supported our events for the past six years. This year, they’re running a community conference alongside Direction 16, the inaugural StripeCon APAC. The best news is Direction ticket holders can attend this event for FREE. Come along to learn:
  • * How digital transformation and open source go hand in hand
  • * Pragmatic insights into successful digital transformation projects
  • * What the future holds for large-scale digital projects
Among the highlights, you'll hear from Bene Anderson, Service Delivery Manager, All-of-govt online products & Paul Murray, All-of-govt ICT Capability Manager, NZ Department of Internal Affairs on Overcoming common challenges facing public sector digital projects. Paul and Bene manage services that support New Zealand Government organisations to deliver better online experiences. Their presentation will focus on challenges that Government organisations face, and how the Common Web Platform and Open Source are making it easier to meet those challenges. Colin Westacott, Director of Strategic Partnerships for Ephox Cognitive will profile this advanced new editing environment that combines the power of the world's most advanced editor with the power of cognitive computing. Ephox Cognitive will significantly help content creators and authors to easily build complete, accurate and current content by presenting them in real time with relevant and in context content that already exists either from internal or external sources - textual or rich media. Users will have automatic access to a huge store of content and be able to copy, reference or drag and drop video into their new content really easily. In other sessions, you'll also hear from folks at Little Giant, Wolf Interactive, Internetrix and, of course, SilverStripe on digital transformation, multi-region synchronisation, the UX and UI of multi-site setups, and user engagement beyond direct interaction. There will also be a hugely relevant workshop run by Sanicki Lawyers, called Legal issues for Creative Businesses in the Digital Age.  It provides an introduction to legal issues for those working in new media, design and technology, game development, graphic and web designers and web-based startups. It touches on issues concerning copyright ownership, the use of authoring programs, and the need for those in the creative space to have appropriate contracts in place with employees, independent contractors or unpaid volunteers. It also provides a basic introduction to protecting intellectual property including branding and brand protection, Trade Marks, the use of music, terms of trade agreements, privacy issues, end-user licencing and business structures. (NB Sanicki Lawyers, a law firm specialising in the creative industries, is offering free 15 minute, 1-on-1 legal advice sessions for conference delegates for the duration of Direction 16 to answer any business or legal queries you may have. To arrange your free consultation, contact Darren at darren@sanickilawyers.com.au or 0412 723 725.) It will be an amazing day, without a doubt, and a great intro to the Direction 16 conference. StripeCon APAC Details When: Wed 9 November 2016 Where: Australian Technology Park, Sydney Who should attend: digital leaders and developers. In the evening, join us for the official kickoff of Direction 16 at the Australian movie premiere of “What comes next is the Future”, sponsored by StripeCon APAC. Tickets are free for Web Directions ticket holders by using the code direction16. Register for StripeCon APAC now." ["post_title"]=> string(42) "Direction 16 Partner Event: StripeCon APAC" ["post_excerpt"]=> string(0) "" ["post_status"]=> string(7) "publish" ["comment_status"]=> string(4) "open" ["ping_status"]=> string(6) "closed" ["post_password"]=> string(0) "" ["post_name"]=> string(41) "direction-16-partner-event-stripecon-apac" ["to_ping"]=> string(0) "" ["pinged"]=> string(0) "" ["post_modified"]=> string(19) "2016-11-01 10:31:23" ["post_modified_gmt"]=> string(19) "2016-10-31 23:31:23" ["post_content_filtered"]=> string(0) "" ["post_parent"]=> int(0) ["guid"]=> string(37) "https://www.webdirections.org/?p=6640" ["menu_order"]=> int(0) ["post_type"]=> string(4) "post" ["post_mime_type"]=> string(0) "" ["comment_count"]=> string(1) "0" ["filter"]=> string(3) "raw" ["post_category"]=> string(1) "0" } [7]=> object(WP_Post)#1085 (25) { ["ID"]=> int(6636) ["post_author"]=> string(2) "18" ["post_date"]=> string(19) "2016-10-28 08:15:45" ["post_date_gmt"]=> string(19) "2016-10-27 21:15:45" ["post_content"]=> string(2489) "Cap WatkinsOur long form Video of the Week this week is of Cap Watkins delivering his Web Directions 15 keynote, "Design Everything". This is really appropriate in light of our upcoming Direction 16 conference, where these kinds of ideas, philosophies and their practical application all come to the fore. Cap is a wonderfully engaging speaker, and some of the points he makes might sneak up on you. And then, you might feel inspired to sign up for Direction 16 - it's going to be an amazing few days. Like to watch and read more like this? Be the first to score invitations to our events? Then jump on our once a week mailing list where we round up the week's best reading and watching on all things Web. And you'll get a complimentary digital copy of our brand new magazine, Scroll.
" ["post_title"]=> string(50) "Video of the Week: Cap Watkins - Design Everything" ["post_excerpt"]=> string(0) "" ["post_status"]=> string(7) "publish" ["comment_status"]=> string(4) "open" ["ping_status"]=> string(6) "closed" ["post_password"]=> string(0) "" ["post_name"]=> string(40) "video-week-cap-watkins-design-everything" ["to_ping"]=> string(0) "" ["pinged"]=> string(0) "" ["post_modified"]=> string(19) "2016-10-28 08:15:45" ["post_modified_gmt"]=> string(19) "2016-10-27 21:15:45" ["post_content_filtered"]=> string(0) "" ["post_parent"]=> int(0) ["guid"]=> string(37) "https://www.webdirections.org/?p=6636" ["menu_order"]=> int(0) ["post_type"]=> string(4) "post" ["post_mime_type"]=> string(0) "" ["comment_count"]=> string(1) "0" ["filter"]=> string(3) "raw" ["post_category"]=> string(1) "0" } [8]=> object(WP_Post)#1084 (25) { ["ID"]=> int(6632) ["post_author"]=> string(2) "18" ["post_date"]=> string(19) "2016-10-26 12:04:34" ["post_date_gmt"]=> string(19) "2016-10-26 01:04:34" ["post_content"]=> string(2780) "Simon SwainThis week's video ristretto come from just a few months ago at our Code conference in Sydney and Melbourne. If you've seen any of Simon Swain's presentations at our events, you'll know he comes up with some pretty breathtaking stuff. Rats of the Maze is no different - although it may be different to anything you've seen before. As you watch, remember this is all running live in the browser. Can anything at Direction 16 top that? Well, yes. Probably. See for yourself!. Come and join us as we bring the future to the present. directionad

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" ["post_title"]=> string(47) "Video Ristretto: Simon Swain - Rats of the Maze" ["post_excerpt"]=> string(0) "" ["post_status"]=> string(7) "publish" ["comment_status"]=> string(4) "open" ["ping_status"]=> string(6) "closed" ["post_password"]=> string(0) "" ["post_name"]=> string(37) "video-ristretto-simon-swain-rats-maze" ["to_ping"]=> string(0) "" ["pinged"]=> string(0) "" ["post_modified"]=> string(19) "2016-10-26 12:05:35" ["post_modified_gmt"]=> string(19) "2016-10-26 01:05:35" ["post_content_filtered"]=> string(0) "" ["post_parent"]=> int(0) ["guid"]=> string(37) "https://www.webdirections.org/?p=6632" ["menu_order"]=> int(0) ["post_type"]=> string(4) "post" ["post_mime_type"]=> string(0) "" ["comment_count"]=> string(1) "0" ["filter"]=> string(3) "raw" ["post_category"]=> string(1) "0" } [9]=> object(WP_Post)#1083 (25) { ["ID"]=> int(6629) ["post_author"]=> string(2) "18" ["post_date"]=> string(19) "2016-10-25 10:59:08" ["post_date_gmt"]=> string(19) "2016-10-24 23:59:08" ["post_content"]=> string(6582) "Time for the second in our series of extracts from the interviews we conducted with Direction 16 speakers for Scroll Magazine. All conference and workshop attendees get a free print edition (88 bound pages of articles and interviews with full colour photos and illustrations) while it will also be available for digital download post-conference. Today's question: What is something "forgotten" you'd like to see make a comeback? Mark Pesce (Inventor, VRML): Mindfulness. Caroline Sinders (Machine Learning Designer, Buzzfeed): Probably the usage of buses. I know that sounds strange, but let me explain. There’s all this talk right now of self-driving cares and how they’re going to revolutionise the way we travel, and I kind of wish we would create better bus systems. Self-driving cars allow only for one to four people to fit within them, but buses can allow for many more. It would be great bring that back and focus on that more. Pasquale D'Silva (Product Designer, Hype): Classical animation, back in the theaters. Disney / Pixar has been steering the community into some wonderful pockets of storytelling, and visual development… but it’s becoming much of the same. 2d takes just as long as computer generated films to produce today. You can do things in 2d, that you could never do in 3d. You have an opportunity to defy physics, simulation and geometry. I think this reasoning has been forgotten, and it’s a shame. Jacob Bijani (Product Designer/Engineer, Tumblr): RSS feeds. Really, the whole idea of an open web. Being able to make an "API mashup" that cobbled together some features you wanted was pretty awesome. I think it inspired a lot of great ideas. Now everything is so closed and protected, and with how iOS is built it's basically impossible to customize apps like you could with browser extensions. Jenn Bane (Community Director, Cards agains Humanity): All the drive-in theaters in my area are closed – do those still exist at all? I want to go to a drive-in, let’s bring those back. Watching a movie outside sounds so peaceful. Or maybe it’s terrible. I genuinely don’t know and want to try it! Jonathan Shariat (Product Designer): The Flash intro. Ha ha. But seriously, I miss some of the real creative experiences during the time Flash was around. Some were quirky, others were sublime or beautiful, I loved the diversity of it all. Today, we see less diversity in the experiences on the web. I hope we can start seeing people take more risks and create some real memorable experiences. Anna Pickard (Editorial Director, Slack): People being themselves on the internet. OK - well, that’s unfair. The world is full of people being themselves on the internet. But I do miss an unfiltered, more open (and in many ways more vulnerable) internet, an internet where people were unafraid of presenting themselves honestly and openly. Matt Griffin (Film Maker & Designer): Inline styles. Just kidding, they’re already making a comeback. Batten down the hatches, friends. Aubrey Blanche (Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion, Atlassian): I'd be down with "please" and "thank you." As we rely more on machines to do things for us, we've lost the value of politeness to a certain extent. I'd love a world in which the Amazon Alexa I have at home would refuse to turn on my TV unless I asked politely. Not necessarily because it's crucial for me to be nice to my appliances, but because everything we do is constantly re-wiring our brain into new habits. Andy Clarke (Designer & Art Director): Recently I’ve developed an obsession for boutique publishing, in particular independent magazines such as Elliot Jay Stocks’ ‘Lagom.’ Somehow the variety of magazine layouts combined with the feel of a printed magazine makes the format incredibly satisfying. While we focus on making compelling digital products and websites, we mustn’t forget that print can be equally compelling. I’d love to see more digital creatives make printed work. Josh Clark (IxD, Big Medium): Wow, the beaming feature of the Palm Pilot. Remember that? If you wanted to share contact info or set up a meeting with someone right next to you, you just pointed your Palm Pilots at each other, and it was done. That’s so hard to do now! We fumble with our phones, scramble with apps, and then finally just email or text the other person. We’re clumsy now, but the Palm was elegant: just point, beam, done.   directionad

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" ["post_title"]=> string(35) "One Question, Many Answers: Part II" ["post_excerpt"]=> string(0) "" ["post_status"]=> string(7) "publish" ["comment_status"]=> string(4) "open" ["ping_status"]=> string(6) "closed" ["post_password"]=> string(0) "" ["post_name"]=> string(33) "one-question-many-answers-part-ii" ["to_ping"]=> string(0) "" ["pinged"]=> string(0) "" ["post_modified"]=> string(19) "2016-10-25 10:59:08" ["post_modified_gmt"]=> string(19) "2016-10-24 23:59:08" ["post_content_filtered"]=> string(0) "" ["post_parent"]=> int(0) ["guid"]=> string(37) "https://www.webdirections.org/?p=6629" ["menu_order"]=> int(0) ["post_type"]=> string(4) "post" ["post_mime_type"]=> string(0) "" ["comment_count"]=> string(1) "0" ["filter"]=> string(3) "raw" ["post_category"]=> string(1) "0" } [10]=> object(WP_Post)#1082 (25) { ["ID"]=> int(6626) ["post_author"]=> string(2) "18" ["post_date"]=> string(19) "2016-10-24 13:16:57" ["post_date_gmt"]=> string(19) "2016-10-24 02:16:57" ["post_content"]=> string(7819) "Those of you who have seen the Scroll Magazine we produced for our Code 16 conference (and if you haven't, you should) will have noticed that we published a list of all our speakers and their topics at previous Code conferences. That resulted in a list of 80+ presentations and a bit of a who's who of web coding, programming, engineering over the preceding five years. We've reproduced the list below. Now, when it came to Direction 16, we had to decide how we would handle this idea, if at all. Long story short, we decided we would do it, so the Direction 16 edition of Scroll has a pretty amazing list of over 300 presentations from 2006 to 2015, but this time sorted in alphabetical order of speaker name so it's easy to see who has addressed the conference more than once. As a point of curiosity, there's just one speaker who has given five talks at Web Directions during that period. Care to guess? In any case, have a browse of our previous Code speakers below and make sure you get a copy of the Direction 16 edition of Scroll - all conference and workshop attendees receive a free print edition (88 bound pages of articles and interviews with full colour photos and illustrations) while it will also be available for digital download post-conference.   Speaker Name (Year) Topic Alex Russell (2015) What comes next for the Web Platform? Rachel Nabors (2015) State of the Animation Alex Sexton (2015) Current best practice in front end ops Clark Pan (2015) ES6 Symbols, what they are and how to use them Ben Teese (2015) A Deep-Dive into ES6 Promises James Hunter (2015) Async and await Alex Mackey (2015) JavaScript numbers Andy Sharman (2015) Classing up ES6 Jess Telford (2015) Scope Chains & Closures Kassandra Perch (2015) Stop the Fanaticism - using the right tools for the job Mark Nottingham (2015) What does HTTP/2 mean for Front End Engineers? Mark Dalgleish (2015) Dawn of the Progressive Single Page App Elijah Manor (2015) Eliminate JavaScript Code Smells Domenic Denicola (2015) Async Frontiers in JavaScript Chris Roberts (2015) Getting offline with the Service Worker Simon Knox (2015) Crossing the Streams Jonathon Creenaune (2015) Back to the future with Web Components Rhiana Heath (2015) Pop-up Accessibility Warwick Cox (2015) Console dot Simon Swain (2015) Canvas Cold War Raquel Vélez (2014) You can do what with math now? Alex Feyerke (2014) Offline First: faster, more robust and more fun (web) pages Ryan Seddon (2014) Web Components: the future of web dev Rod Vagg (2014) Embrace the asynchronous Fiona Chan (2014) The declarative power of CSS selectors Ben Birch (2014) When all you have is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail Ben Schwarz (2014) CSS Variables Mark Dalgleish (2014) Taking JavaScript out of context Rob Manson (2014) The Augmented Web is now a reality Damon Oehlman (2014) Streaming the Web (it’s not what you think) Barbara Bermes (2014) A publisher’s take on controlling 3rd party scripts Paul Theriault (2014) Taking front-end security seriously Jared Wyles (2014) On readable code Mark Nottingham (2014) What’s happening in TLS (transport layer security)? Andrew Fisher (2014) A Device API Safari Alex Mackey (2014) Harden up for ajax! Allen Wirfs-Brock (2014) ECMAScript 6: A Better JavaScript for the Ambient Web Era Tantek Çelik (2014) The once and future IndieWeb Dmitry Baranovskiy (2014) You Don’t Know SVG Angus Croll (2013) The politics of JavaScript Jeremy Ashkenas (2013) Taking JavaScript seriously with backbone.js Alex Danilo (2013) Create impact with CSS Filters Julio Cesar Ody (2013) What’s ECMAScript 6 good for? Glen Maddern (2013) JavaScript’s slightly stricter mode Nicole Sullivan (2013) The Top 5 performance shenanigans of CSS preprocessors Tony Milne (2013) Making and keeping promises in JavaScript Cameron McCormack (2013) File > Open: An introduction to the File API Silvia Pfeiffer (2013) HTML5 multi-party video conferencing Elle Meredith (2013) Source Maps for Debugging Jared Wyles (2013) See the tries for the trees Garann Means (2013) HTML, CSS and the Client-Side App Michael Mahemoff (2013) What every web developer should know about REST Mark Nottingham (2013) HTTP/2.0: WTF? Ryan Seddon (2013) Ghost in the Shadow DOM Troy Hunt (2013) Essential security practices for protecting your modern web services Marc Fasel (2013) Put on your asynchronous hat and node Alex Mackey (2013) Typescript and terminators Aaron Powell (2013) IndexedDB, A database in our browser Andrew Fisher (2013) The wonderful-amazing-orientation-motion-sensormatic machine Chris Ward (2013) Test, tweak and debug your mobile web apps with ease Steven Wittens (2013) Making things with maths Faruk Ates (2012) The Web’s Third Decade Divya Manian (2012) Designing in the browser John Allsopp (2012) Getting off(line): appcache, localStorage and more for faster apps that work offline Dave Johnson (2012) Device APIs-closing the gap between native and web Damon Oehlman (2012) HTML5 Messaging Silvia Pfeiffer (2012) Implementing Video Conferencing in HTML5 Max Wheeler (2012) Drag and Drop and give me twenty Anson Parker (2012) The HTML5 History API: PushState or bust! Tammy Butow (2012) Fantastic forms for mobile web Andrew Fisher (2012) Getting all touchy feely with the mobile web Rob Hawkes (2012) HTML5 technologies and game development Jed Schmidt (2012) NPM: Node’s Personal Manservant Dmitry Baranovskiy (2012) JavaScript: enter the dragon Anette Bergo (2012) Truthiness, falsiness and other JavaScript gotchas Ryan Seddon (2012) Debugging secrets for the lazy developer Jared Wyles (2012) Removing the dad from your browser Mark Dalgleish (2012) Getting Closure Tony Milne (2012) Party like it’s 1999, write JavaScript like it’s (2012)! Tim Oxley (2012) Clientside templates for reactive UI Damon Oehlman (2012) The mainevent: Beyond event listeners Dave Johnson (2012) Building Native Mobile Apps with PhoneGap and HTML5" ["post_title"]=> string(39) "Idea of the Week: Web Directions Alumni" ["post_excerpt"]=> string(0) "" ["post_status"]=> string(7) "publish" ["comment_status"]=> string(4) "open" ["ping_status"]=> string(6) "closed" ["post_password"]=> string(0) "" ["post_name"]=> string(31) "idea-week-web-directions-alumni" ["to_ping"]=> string(0) "" ["pinged"]=> string(0) "" ["post_modified"]=> string(19) "2016-10-24 13:16:57" ["post_modified_gmt"]=> string(19) "2016-10-24 02:16:57" ["post_content_filtered"]=> string(0) "" ["post_parent"]=> int(0) ["guid"]=> string(37) "https://www.webdirections.org/?p=6626" ["menu_order"]=> int(0) ["post_type"]=> string(4) "post" ["post_mime_type"]=> string(0) "" ["comment_count"]=> string(1) "0" ["filter"]=> string(3) "raw" ["post_category"]=> string(1) "0" } [11]=> object(WP_Post)#1081 (25) { ["ID"]=> int(6618) ["post_author"]=> string(2) "18" ["post_date"]=> string(19) "2016-10-21 10:30:18" ["post_date_gmt"]=> string(19) "2016-10-20 23:30:18" ["post_content"]=> string(2588) "Since this is in my hands this week while John Allsopp takes a bit of family time, I'm taking the opportunity to "rescreen" a talk of John's from Web Directions 2012. Not only is everything he talks about still relevant, it relates directly to what Direction 16 is about. Now with that in your mind, take a look at the schedule for Direction 16, then register and come and join us for what will be an extraordinary couple of days. John Allsopp Direction 16

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Chris Messina is coming to Sydney as keynote speaker for Web Directions Summit 17 on 9-10 November. One of his claims to fame, the hashtag, just turned 10.

This has attracted a great deal of attention, not just in web tech circles but also in the mainstream media. Chris himself published an article on Medium on 23 August 2017, the 10th anniversary of the first use of the # symbol being attached to the front of a keyword on Twitter to indicate a group, so let's start there.  

The Hashtag is 10!

Chris Messina

What the hashtag means to me 10 years after its invention

It may surprise you to learn that Twitter didn’t invent the hashtag. Indeed, the hashtag has become so ubiquitous that it’s hard to imagine that there was a time before the hashtag. But indeed there was, and it was over ten years ago today. On August 23, 2007 at 12:25PM PST, I tweeted a simple idea that would change how we use social media and communicate, possibly forever: Chris Messina hashtag tweet Two days later, I published a lengthy proposal clarifying my intention, with suggestions for how Twitter might adopt the idea, even though I never worked for Twitter. Instead, I was an early user and a fan, and a believer in the power of the internet coupled with free/libre technologies to bring people together.

Read the rest of the article at https://medium.com/chris-messina/hashtag10-8e114c382b06

Chris had presented the idea to Twitter earlier without receiving a very enthusiastic response, as Twitter founder Biz Stone acknowledged in his blog post published on the same day last week:  

The hashtag at 10 years young

Biz Stone

The hashtag was born on Twitter 10 years ago today, and it has become one of the most recognizable and widely used symbols of our time. Here’s how. In the summer of 2007, a web marketing specialist and avid user of Twitter, Chris Messina walked into our grungy office at 164 South Park (yes, people would just walk in back then) and made a suggestion to me and a few other Twitter employees who were sitting nearby. We were working frantically to fix a tech issue that had brought Twitter down, as was often the case in those early days. Many iconic features of Twitter have been created over the years by listening and watching what people who use Twitter do with it and then working to make it easier and better for them—we still do this today. Back in those early days, Jack and I even published our phone numbers on the front page. So, although we were somewhat frenzied, we wanted to give Chris a few minutes and hear him out. His proposal was simple, useful, and fun—just like Twitter. Because brevity is essential on Twitter, he suggested using the “pound” or “hash” character common on phones (this was pre-iPhone) to create groups of related Tweets. It was an undeniably elegant proposal, but I really needed to get back to work. I turned back to my computer screen to help get Twitter back up and running, hurriedly ending the conversation with a sarcastic, “Sure, we’ll get right on that.” Thankfully, Chris didn’t take offense to my reaction, he simply started doing what he had proposed.

Read the post at https://blog.twitter.com/official/en_us/topics/product/2017/the-hashtag-at-ten-years-young.html

There's actually been quite a lot of commentary in the past week about what the hashtag is, its purpose, impact and what it represents. Here are three of our favourite articles that offer some interesting perspective:  

Twitter didn’t invent the hashtag… Chris Messina did!

Andreas Sandre, Hackernoon
I interviewed Chris Messina in April 2014 for my book Digital Diplomacy: Conversations on Innovation in Foreign Policy (via Rowman & Littlefield and Amazon). Chris launched the idea of using the pound symbol for groups in a tweet 10 years ago today. The hashtag was born August 23, 2007 — and forever it changed social media and the way we engage online. [ … ] Anyhow, when I interviewed Chris for my book, the conversation not only explored the evolution of the hashtag, but also its use and mis-use, and the nature of the hashtag. [ … ] He told me: “Like most technologies, the hashtag itself is a neutral amplifier.” “Wielded effectively — he said — it can spark conversations or revolutions, or can be used to mislead or obfuscate. Therefore, it’s important to keep in mind that social media is a reflection of the people who use it and the contexts in which they’re found.” Talking about the nature of the hashtag, he said: “Broadly speaking, any technology that helps give a larger number of people a voice efficiently and economically is a good thing; then, once it’s been adopted widely, the challenge is to hone its use to increase social and cultural benefit.”

Read the article: https://hackernoon.com/twitter-didnt-invent-the-hashtag-chris-messina-did-1020969abfcd

 

Twitter hashtags are 10 years old and they wouldn't have happened without old-school texting

Karissa Bell, Mashable Australia
Yes, it's really been 10 years. Twitter's most iconic feature is celebrating a big birthday today. Exactly 10 years ago, before there were iPhones, Android phones, or a Twitter app, one Twitter user came up with the idea of using the "#" symbol to group tweets together. That early Twitter user was Chris Messina, who has said the idea originally stemmed from what are now two major throwbacks from the early days of the Internet: IRC and T-9. IRC, or Internet Relay Chat, is an old web standard that enabled messaging via group chat rooms. The format we now know as a hashtag, where similar messages are grouped together using the # sign, was already a well-established part of IRC in 2007, so it made some sense to bring the same dynamic to Twitter. It was also, as Messina points out, easier to type on old phones that used T-9, an early form of predictive text when you still had to tap out messages via your phone's keypad. (Texting was hard before touchscreens!)

Read the article: http://mashable.com/2017/08/23/twitter-hashtag-10th-anniversary/#1_mTLhpbfsqt

 

#Hashtag10: the best hashtag fails in a decade

Edward Helmore, The Guardian
Messina, who says he chose not to patent the idea because that would probably have slowed its adoption, has said he had no interest in making money from his invention. “They are born of the internet, and should be owned by no one. The value and satisfaction I derive from seeing my funny little hack used as widely as it is today is valuable enough for me to be relieved that I had the foresight not to try to lock down this stupidly simple but effective idea.” A decade on, and Messina describes the adoption of this simple system of information collection (globally, an average of 125m hashtags are shared daily on Twitter alone) as humbling. “It’s thrilling to see how this little idea that came out of a very specific moment in the evolution of the Internet took off and has grown into something far bigger than me, bigger than Twitter or Instagram, and that will hopefully maintain its relevance for a long time to come,” he told the Australian. But for all their benefits, hashtags have also proved a minefield for inattentive creators. The identity marketing blog loginradius draws attention to a number of miscued, careless or otherwise unfortunate hashtag misfires. First among them is the hashtag created for British singer Susan Boyle #susanalbumparty. “Su’s anal bum party” caught on for obvious but unintended reasons. Loginradius points out that capitalizing each word – #SusanAlbumParty – would have solved the problem.

Read the article: https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/aug/23/hashtag-10-years-old-social-media-technology

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Chris Messina is coming to Sydney as keynote speaker for Web Directions Summit 17 on 9–10 November. One of his claims to fame, the hashtag, just turned 10.

Code 17 in 100 Tweets

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That was quite a day!

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Video of the Week: Erin Moore — Convenient Fictions

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One Question, Many Answers: Part III

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Scroll MagazineHere is the third and final set of extracts from the interviews we conducted with Direction 16 speakers for Scroll Magazine. These are only snippets — to see the full answers, come to Direction 16, where all conference and … Read more »

Video Ristretto: Ben Buchanan — The SemVer Talk 1.0

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Direction 16 Partner Event: StripeCon APAC

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One of the benefits of organising events like Code, Respond, Transform and — in just over a week — Direction is the events that other people organise around the conference that add value and depth to their whole experience.

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Video of the Week: Cap Watkins — Design Everything

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Cap WatkinsOur long form Video of the Week this week is of Cap Watkins delivering his Web Directions 15 keynote, “Design Everything”. This is really appropriate in light of our upcoming Direction 16 conference, where these kinds of ideas, philosophies and … Read more »

Video Ristretto: Simon Swain — Rats of the Maze

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Simon SwainThis week’s video ristretto come from just a few months ago at our Code conference in Sydney and Melbourne. If you’ve seen any of Simon Swain’s presentations at our events, you’ll know he comes up with some pretty breathtaking … Read more »

One Question, Many Answers: Part II

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Idea of the Week: Web Directions Alumni

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Video of the Week: John Allsopp — What We Talk About When We Talk About The Web

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Respond Speaker Insight: The inimitable Ethan Marcotte

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This week, … Read more »