Bill Gates on using technology to connect people

from BIll Gates via reddit (an Ask-Me-Anything thread)

A lot of people feel a sense of isolation. I still wonder if digital tools can help people find opportunities to get together with others – not Tinder but more like adults who want to mentor kids or hang out with each other. It is great that kids go off and pursue opportunities but when you get communities where the economy is weak and a lot of young people have left then something should be done to help.

How many miles has your thumb scrolled?

I might mave scrolled facebook, instagram, tweeter, 9gag and other SnS sites and ended up feeling empty or like feeling that im wasting my internet access.

So lately i have been scrolling alternative websites(and their android apps).

Feedly.com

– a website/app that consolidates updates from your favorite blogs. (in my case i mostly follow sources of tech info and new ideas). Feedly feeds will only grow if you add sites to follow. With feedly i can now unsubscribe from emails from blogs.

Medium.com

– A website/app that allows you to “discover” articles on medium that suit the “interests” you put in your profile.
Feeds here almost never ends..there is always a lot to read.

Pocket

– A google chrome extension/website and android app.
– Allows you to save webpages and reaf them later at pocket website or automatically synced to your android devices for offline use
– A reading list
– thanks to jerome for introducing this to me.

Quora

– a Q&A website/android app.
– see feeds of question and answers related to your “interests” posted on your profile.