The Origins of the HTML blink Tag

Lou Montulli in an old (but it seems to be impossible to find out how old) post on what appears to be a kind of personal website:

At some point in the evening I mentioned that it was sad that Lynx was not going to be able to display many of the HTML extensions that we were proposing, I also pointed out that the only text style that Lynx could exploit given its environment was blinking text. We had a pretty good laugh at the thought of blinking text, and talked about blinking this and that and how absurd the whole thing would be. The evening progressed pretty normally from there, with a fair amount more drinking and me meeting the girl who would later become my first wife.

  1. Shocker.
  2. It seems pretty sad that someone so involved with developing the web as we know it has this for a website.

Mindful Browsing

Great Safari extension for blocking the time-drain websites in your life. Giving you the ability to schedule when your restrictions are in place, and the ability to temporarily permit yourself to go to the site, anyhow.

I've used hacks to accomplish something similar in the past, but this is a better fit, in my opinion.

CNN: What's Really Behind Twitter's Staff Exodus

Laurie Segall:

It's the first step toward tying together a collection of desktop, Web and mobile apps that were assembled through a hodgepodge of acquisitions. "It's a conceptual redesign of the whole product," Costolo told reporters at the launch event.

and

The company is laser-focused on two things right now, insiders say: Refining its product and making money.

This really identifies the heart of the problems that so many long-time Twitter users have with the Twitter website and iPhone app redesign: the focus is on Twitter as a product, and on making money. It's no longer on the user experience or on clear, concise communication between Twitter users.

The argument that "you're not [Google's/Facebook's] customer, you're the product" is very clearly applying to Twitter, too.