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What Is Pressimus, Exactly?
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Personal account of James Miller, Managing Editor of The Interpreter, a publication on Russia, Ukraine, and Syria. A contributor at Reuters, The Daily Beast, RFE/RL, elsewhere.
The World Needs Your Voice, Your Voice Needs Pressimus
6 years
Pressimus Is A Powerful Suite Of Tools For Writers

Do you remember when the Internet was new (or at least new to you)? I'm not talking about that awkward time in the 90s when nobody knew what to do with the net and most people thought AOL's flash screen was "The Internet." I'm talking about the early 2000s, when many of us discovered we had a voice that could be heard all around the globe. This is when we realized that any question we might have has already been asked, and in many cases answered, by a total stranger. News on the other side of the country -- or the planet -- could be followed in real time. Just about any song, TV show, or movie you could think of could be found somewhere on the Internet. 

The Internet was an exciting place, and it was also unlike anything anyone had ever seen before. It was something out of science fiction... but now it was real.

I also remember when I discovered the first true social-media blockbuster platform -- Myspace. Sure, it borrowed features from dozens of other websites, but it combined all those good ideas into one fully-customizable website -- your personal website, amplifying your personal voice. One of the first blogs many people used, including myself, was on Myspace, because you could make a brand for yourself and write a blog in-line with your other content.

Those blogs changed the world. They decided elections, changed the ways we thought about entertainment and sports, provided a voice for the powerless, connected us with like-minded people, changed the hearts of those who disagreed with us, toppled dictators, and made learning about the world a whole lot easier.  

We've learned a lot about social media networks since then (thanks, Facebook, for stopping us from changing our whole website to rainbow GIFs -- for we lacked the self-control to do it ourselves). But in many ways, all social media platforms and blog sites have gotten stale. What we need is a power tool for amplifying our voices and breaking the barriers (including writer's block) which stand between us and the limitless audience of the World Wide Web. 

It's time for a new player. It's time for Pressimus.

What exactly is Pressimus? If Twitter and Wordpress had a baby, and Medium and Facebook had a baby,  and THOSE babies had a baby, and that baby got really good at using power tools, the result would be Pressimus. 

Yeah, great, but WHAT IS IT? In the next series of updates (called Presses) I'll show you what exactly Pressimus is, how I use it, and how you can use it yourself. 

Stay tuned.

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