Apps as Homepages ⇒

MG Siegler writes about the first app that we open in the morning:

Anyway, I see the first app you turn to in the morning as the new homepage. Some might argue it’s your entire homescreen of apps, but I don’t think that’s right. It’s the one service you care most about, no matter the reason, and want to load immediately upon hitting the web. The delivery device has changed, but the concept has not.

On my Mac my homepage is the Safari new tab page. However, on my iPhone, I almost always open Tweetbot first when I unlock my phone. It even lives in my dock so that I can access it quickly.

Tweetbot is always open on my Mac too. It resides behind all of my open windows and is the default app that I live in when I am not really doing anything of importance. You could say that Tweetbot is the homepage of my Mac. I think for a lot of people, social network apps like Twitter have become the default place to go on any device. I think this speaks to our habit to use our devices as distractions from what we really should be doing. In a way, these apps become the homepages of our lives.

What if, instead of opening Twitter first thing in the morning, we set our homepages to something that would help us get some real work done?

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