TechCrunch has an article covering Shutterstock, its censoring, and my departure. It’s a great article and I hope you read it. It is a complex issue. I hope Shutterstock finds a way to take a stance other then saying it will follow local laws and do any censoring needed to keep it’s partnerships.
My last day at Shutterstock because of censorship in china
Today is my last day at Shutterstock. I’ve been here for nine years but when an ethical dispute remains unaddressed and I have the privilege of being able to move on and I am proud to.
I know two others who are also leaving Shutterstock for the same reason. More are looking to leave and even more wish to leave but don’t think they will be able to.
Shutterstock is typically good at answering questions at company updates but in this instance my questions were deemed not appropriate.
I helped organize a petition that almost 20% of the company signed but zero changes were made.
Many have tried hard to find compromises and middle ground in an effort to make peace with the censorship we now participate in but zero changes have been entertained.
I wish I didn’t feel like I had to leave but I never want to work where I can’t fully get behind the company. I wish my coworkers the best of luck in their struggle to change how the company thinks about censorship.
I’m super proud of all the work I did at Shutterstock from growing Bigstock to building a powerful design tool in Editor. As well as all the work I have done to building culture with my coworkers. It was an amazing journey.
This post, which I posted across social media at about 2pm, got me walked out of the office at 3pm. They could have just waited out the 2 hours I had left.
AudioAlerts - a live dashboard that lets you hear what your users are doing
I’m launching a new site called AudioAlerts.io! It’s a live dashboard that can play a sound when your users take action on your site. I’ve been working on it for a few months now and we have a post up on producthunt that you can vote for! Intsall the Audio Alerts npm client and trigger the code from the client or the server!
This is my first big site launch. I built it all in firebase for both the live updates and the static file hosting and it has full integration with stripe for the subscriptions. I’m very excited for people to try it and to keep building out new features.
How to make MSNBC Now Video Player Larger.
Moved to jekyll on GitHub
In 2005, right around the time moveabletype was imploading, I started a wordpress blog. I used it a bunch. Social media had not taken over and RSS reader were just getting started.
But these days RSS readers are dead as everyone moved to twitter or other media sites.
And wordpress is hard to keep secure if you don’t give it the love and care it needs.
So now I’ve exported all the posts to this jekyll which builds on github. It will have less hacking but lets see if I use it at all.