June 20th, 2017

Yesterday I launched BetterDistricts.

I think that there is something fundamentally broken about how our government is working. I believe that a lot of the symptoms that we see:

  • Feeling that no one is actually listening
  • Inability to get anything done
  • Shouting past each other
  • No real debate
  • Creating caricatures of those we disagree with

have at their root the inability to hold our elected officials accountable. We send officials to D.C. to represent the people of their district. But how can we ever tell if they’re doing that? There is no mechanism to compare what the individuals in a community believe and how their elected officials vote.

I created BetterDistricts to try and do something about this. You can either vote on the bills that are in Congress, sending a signal as to how you would like to be represented or you can create a proposal to put forward.

Some timely proposals this week as we start to deal with changes to healthcare:

Let me know what you think.


November 16th, 2011

You can now link saved items on Acushare to Instapaper. On the saved items page there is a link to set your Instapaper preferences. You can choose to mirror saved items to Instapaper for reading on iOS devices. Then, whenever you save an item on Acushare it’ll automatically be sent to Instapaper as well.

Introducing Acushare

November 3rd, 2011

In order to more fully describe what this site does I’ve updated the name to Acushare. now with Acushare you can securely and confidently share photos, videos, documents, news and updates with your friends.

Fixing bugs

February 17th, 2011

There are several updates going out each day to fix issues and tweak items with the ReadPath 2.0 release.

Some of the larger items:

  • Emails being sent properly on invites, shared items, comments
  • Default groups being added for new users
  • Sharing with Individuals is fixed after there being a bug causing messages not to go out initially
  • Layout on /user pages changed to make it easier to view friends albums
  • performance improvements for photo uploads
  • lots of smaller items

I’m collecting feedback from users to make this site as user friendly and intuitive as possible. Feel free to send email or call with any comments or suggestions that you have.

ReadPath 2.0 Beta

February 14th, 2011

Yesterday the latest version of ReadPath launched. This update changes dramatically the focus and feature set of the site. While it’s still very much a beta there are a lot of new things to play with.

ReadPath is realigning around a secure and easy to use permission structure along with the features that make sense to attach to this. The core of the site allows you to connect with your friends and determine sets of permissions that will be given to each group of friends. You can create as many groups as you like with the default starting set of Family, Friends, and Coworkers. Friends can be in multiple groups, Grandma can be in your Extended Family group as well as the Motocross Riders group.

Once you have your friends and groups there are lots of things that you can do with them. With each of these things, you control whether you’re including a single group, multiple groups, or individuals.

  • You can share status updates from the Friends page.
  • You can share news items that you’ve found interesting from the ReadPath news system.
  • You can upload and share photos (videos and documents/files are coming soon).
  • Create a real profile with real phone numbers, email, and addresses and control who gets to see what.
  • Share bookmarked items from around the web.

Shared items on ReadPath have a couple of other aspects that make them unique in social networks. With the focus on permissions and privacy, items on ReadPath are by default shared with no one. It is up to the person sharing to pick a group of people that the item will be shared with. The recipients of a shared item are set and final when the owner publishes the shared item. This list of people is also available to all of the recipients. So if your Aunt Matilda shares some political gossip with family members, you know that coworkers or others won’t be included on the comments later. You can also be much more confident about what you want to say because you get an exact unchangeable list of who is included on each shared item.

ReadPath is not included in search engines and we don’t get traffic from them. Only this blog, which has no user content and lives on a separate domain, is included in search engines.  With ReadPath, you don’t need to worry about your party photos being accidentally picked up by Google and stored for future employers to see. In fact there are strict permissions on all aspects of photo display. Even if someone were to get the url of one of your photos they would not be able to view it unless they were logged in to ReadPath and had the proper permissions. And these permissions can be revoked at any time.

Much more importantly, in comparison to other social network sites, we take no advertising. We don’t make money by selling our user’s data. This removes the pressure that other sites have to keep pushing the users to be more and more public. There is a need to be able to have private communications on the internet and ReadPath’s goal is to be the best place for people that don’t necessarily want to live in public. Default private is a core principal and that won’t change.

Instead of advertising, our business model is to charge for the aspects of the site that are expensive.  Similar to the Flickr model, there will be a free tier as well as a premium tier with enhanced uploading capabilities.

Another core principal is that the data on ReadPath belongs to the user. There will be a full API to do anything that you can do on the site available to developers. You will need to authenticate, but once you do you’ll have full access to fetch, change, or delete your data. The only caveat being that the same levels that dictate premium usage through the site will apply to the API as well.

I hope you enjoy the new ReadPath, there are still many more changes coming.

New version coming

December 20th, 2010

The next version of ReadPath is almost complete. Filling in a bunch of holes in functionality at the moment. The plan though is to get it completed during the holiday break and launched around New Years.

There will be some downtime while the actual changes are pushed out, quite a few adjustments to the back-end required. I’ll announce here ahead of time when that will be specifically.

Moved the blog

December 20th, 2010

The blog is now on a new url at

Adding Acushare RSS Feed Subscriptions to Chrome

September 22nd, 2010

If you’d like a quick and easy way to subscribe to feeds in Acusare while browsing the web with Chrome you can add ReadPath as an RSS Subscription Option. First make sure you have the RSS Chrome Extension installed, then when you click on an RSS link you’ll be given a preview of the feed with subscription options. In order to add Acushare as a subscription option:

  • select the “manage” option in the drop down box.
  • click “add” to add a new subscription type
  • In the popup box put “Acushare” in the description
  • In the popup box put “” in the URL field.
  • click save

You should now have a default subscription option called Acushare so that when you come across RSS feeds on the web it’ll be simple to add them.

RSS auto discovery for Chrome on the mac

September 20th, 2010

For Chrome on the mac, it appears that RSS auto discovery is not included by default. This is the feature that puts a little RSS icon in the URL bar when the page that you’re on has an RSS feed available. In order to enable this feature for Chrome on the mac you need to install this extension. This is an extension from Google and seems to work great.

Then if you find a RSS feed that you’d like to add to ReadPath, drag the link below to your bookmark bar.

Add To ReadPath

Then when you’re on a page that you want to subscribe to, press the bookmarklet and it will have ReadPath subscribe you to the feed.

Twitter sharing is now live

March 31st, 2010

I’ve now added sharing of content items to Twitter as well as the Facebook sharing that’s already there. This should make it very simple to share items that you find on ReadPath with your twitter stream.

The share buttons are on the news reader page as well as on all of the search, category, and topic pages.

The url that you share will automatically be converted to a shortened version using so that it’ll fit within the 140 characters that Twitter allows.