An API is an “application programming interface” which is a specification intended to be used as an interface by software components to communicate with each other. My personal API, or social API is an effort to describe the way in which we can engage each other in the new era of communication, collaboration and information dissemination.
I want to make my behavior and personality open source so that we can more effectively connect with each other.
The inspiration comes from Jay Cousins, who probably wrote the very first personality interface. Though we have different interests and skills, we share many traits. I’ve clearly used much of his work and words here.
I start organized, productively lose control, then regroup.
I iterate. Endlessly.
I make lists. Of everything. They work.
I think of new ideas faster than I can record them. The really good ones end up in a list.
I use my Google calendar religiously. If you need, I’ll show you my free/busy calendar.
If we made plans to do something, I put it on my calendar. Unless you hear otherwise from me, I’ll be there.
It’s only useful when its in my bank account.
I use it for food, school, rent, and for my work.
It doesn’t motivate me.
Things that excite me include:
- making things
- designing things
- new technologies
- integration of design fields and philosophies
- other passionate people
If I am passionate about something, you’ll find me actively researching, exploring, reading, writing, drawing and talking about it. All of that is free of charge. Finding what I’m passionate about in our work together will ensure greater benefits to both of us.
This is the fastest, most reliable way to communicate with me.
Where possible be clear on expected outcomes and actions.
My inbox stays squeaky clean (gmail)
If there is much to be discussed or it can’t be discussed by email, lets meet face-to-face.
If you email me and you ask me to, I will respond.
For when we are starting projects, working together simultaneously, or discussing things that don’t work over email.
I like seeing you. I smile a lot.
I talk slowly and carefully. I pause a lot.
I try to listen first. Sometimes I rant.
I practice active listening, action oriented discussions, and thoughtful debate. I’ll take notes.
You could call me, but unless I have your contact info, am expecting it, and am not busy at the moment, I won’t answer.
Text me to meet up in town tonight or this week, start making future plans, or make me laugh for a second.
Voicemail? Eh. I’ll listen to it.
This is where I talk about what I’m doing, how I’m feeling, what I’m thinking about or what I’m interested in at the moment.
You’ll probably see an instagram photo every once in a while, links to things I think are awesome. Short and sweet.
Let’s have small conversations or broadcast plans or bounce ideas.
Show me stuff you think is cool.
This is generally only for friends and family.
If we’re friends, say hi sometimes.
Invite me to stuff I’m likely to go to.
I’m on some other sites, if you want add me thats cool, but I likely won’t use it as a form of communication
- to learn about the world around me
- to educate other about the things I’ve learned
- to create change in the lives of those seeking it
- to add value to my communities
- to create more sustainable systems
- to advocate for the environment
- to explore new ways of meeting our need
- to be part of meaningful communities
- to enjoy my work
- to travel
- to experience new things
- home cooked food
- a few drinks
- quality things