Newsletter #92

The 15-Hour Work Week | Twitter is dying | Colorize B&W Photos | Blogging Motivation | Your First Phone | More Twitter Clones

Welcome to Fresh van Root newsletter #92!
Surprise, this newsletter is not so heavy on new things in AI…. take a break from the AI-news tsunami.

Some highlights of this newsletter:

  • Is a 15-hour workweek utopia?
  • More Twitter clones
  • Remember the first phone you owned?

stay fresh,

Hello to 42 new subscribers. 👋 I’m Rolf from Fresh van Root. What’s Fresh van Root? A digital marketing agency working for tech startups primarily, and a content creation business. This newsletter features content and apps at the intersection of AI, marketing, productivity, tech, content creation, and social media – for curious minds. 

🧠 Hand-Picked Content

Productivity: The 15-Hour Work Week (Podcast, 3min)

John Meynard Keynes said in 1930 that his grandchildren would work only 15 hours weekly. Why? Because productivity gains made by new technology will reduce work hours. Instead, we can spend more time on leisure activities. While in some countries we work fewer hours every week, generally we are far away from that goal. Why is that? This podcast by NPR revisits theory and asks, “What went wrong”? More

Blogging: Myths Debunked (Blog, 5min)

You do not need to be an expert in something to start blogging. That is one of 10 myths debunked in this blog post about blogging. Are you thinking about launching your blog, or do you need some motivation to get into blogging again? This blog post might help. More

Social Media: Reddit Does It Like Twitter (Blog, 10min)

Reddit has a massive benefit over other content platforms: All its content is contributed by humans who share their experiences, from fixing a door knob to discussing new books – if you can imagine it, there is a high probability of a Reddit forum discussing it. The Reddit CEO is making the same mistake as we have seen with several other platforms. He has made a decision that makes the community angry. Technical changes to its API will lead to several 3rd party apps that the community loves going out of business. And the Reddit CEO resists learning from previous examples. It will be interesting if Reddit will suffer from this move long term. More

Productivity: AI Cant Solve It? (Blog 1min)

If it is inconvenient or not solvable via AI prompts, it might be a sign it’s worth working on. More

🛠️ Tools & Apps & Services

Productivity: Fine Tune Your Camera

If you are unhappy with the quality of your webcam, you can check out Camo. It’s a virtual camera app that allows you to fine-tune all the settings and get more out of the camera you already own. Camo works with all the online meeting tools you already use. More

More Twitter Alternatives

Meta is reportedly working on its Twitter-like app, code-named “Barcelona”. While the app is not publicly available, some screenshots surfaced. The app will be focused on sharing text updates, and you can bring your followers from Instagram to the service. More

Bluesky is a Twitter alternative that looks precisely like Twitter and copies its key features. If you want to try it out – we got invite keyes – reply to this email. More

Design: AI Features In Canva

Canva added a bunch of AI features over the last couple of months. From removing backgrounds, adding objects to pictures via prompt, or creating complete slide decks. It is worth checking out if you last used Canva a while ago. The app grew into a suite of tools used by 140 million users monthly. More

📣 Fresh van Root

Is Twitter Dying? (LinkedIn Post)

Yes. The only community growing on Twitter is predominantly right-wing accounts. More

New Client: European Forum Alpbach

Digital marketing consulting across the board and running social media campaigns for specific events, like the “Europe In The World Days.” That’s what we do for our newest client. More

🏞️ Your Next Wallpaper?

What was the first mobile phone you owned? Which one was most robust? Which games did you play? You can wallow in nostalgia thanks to the Mobile Phone Museum. More

Colorize B&W Photos

If you got some Black and White photos, you can colorize them using AI. More

Humans Under A Hydraulic Press (Instagram)

The lengths you have to go to get some “engagement” on Instagram these days… More