Do one thing every day that scares you. -Eleanor Roosevelt

The Next Web: Nextt Adds Self Destruct Timing to “Make Plans Happen” for Friends Using Its Social Planning App

Ephemerality and Private Messaging Create Catalyst for Friends to Get Together Offline

MADISON, WI — (Feb 19, 2014) — Nextt (www.getnextt.com), a private network for close friends to connect so they can do more together, today announced a new “self-destruct” feature that adds some often-needed urgency to social plans that can’t quite seem to get off the ground. The app, available on mobile web, the Apple App Store and now Android, simplifies the task of socially organizing friends with a set of features that make it easy to turn “we should” conversations into actual offline plans.

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“We start to crave the notification for its own sake, instead of the interaction that the app is designed for.”

"Be in love with your life. Every minute of it." -Jack Kerouac
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"All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make, the better." -Ralph Waldo Emerson

“How on earth is it possible to have 89 mutual friends with someone I’ve just met?”

“Many times throughout the day, we exchange our time and energy for social media currency.”

Plug In Better Challenge #15: Savor your morning

Day 15 of the Plug In Better Challenge
Do you check Facebook before getting out of bed in the morning? Spend breakfast scanning your Twitter feed? Or dive into email before leaving for work?

If so, you’re cutting your morning short by hurling yourself into the chaos of the day before it even starts. Today’s challenge helps you map out exactly how you’re using technology every day to help you reclaim and savor your morning.

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If you ask me what I came into this life to do, I will tell you: I came to live out loud. Emile Zola

Plug In Better Challenge #4: Cut the Digital Clutter

This post was originally published on the 30-Day Plug In Better Challenge. Sign up and see all the challenges at pluginbetter.com.

Day 4

Plug In Better Challenge #4: Cut the digital clutter

Most people find it hard to concentrate when their workspace is littered with papers, files, and empty Doritos bags. But we tend to think of digital clutter differently. Why get rid of anything with all that cloud storage space?

Digital clutter is still clutter, and just because it doesn’t take up any physical space doesn’t mean it’s not taking a toll on productivity. So your challenge today is to complete 3 missions towards cutting down your digital clutter.

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In choosing to digitally enhance, hyperconnect, and constantly share our lives, we risk not living them. -Baratunde Thurston

How to Manage #FOMO in 4 Easy Steps

I recently met up with a friend I hadn’t seen in over a year, and as we swapped stories I realized I was practically foaming at the mouth with jealousy. She chatted about recently living in Europe and how she was now preparing for graduate school, while I talked about my new gig at a start-up and a string of peculiar online dating experiences.

As she flipped through Facebook photos of her charming Florence apartment, I felt a big pang of regret. Each photo she showed me was an experience I didn’t get to have. And then she blurted out: “Your life sounds so exciting.”

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Reclaim your digital life with the 30-Day Plug In Better Challenge!

Ever caught yourself reading email at the dinner table? Checking Facebook before getting out of bed in the morning? Or uploading an experience to Instagram before it’s even finished happening? As one new father admitted, “I’ve spent more time reading my Twitter timeline than I’ve spent reading to my son.” Something’s gotta give.

And so there’s been a lot of buzz about “going off the grid” to find balance, when in reality, it’s damn near impossible to unplug. As technology becomes integrated into nearly every aspect of our lives, there isn’t much of an “offline” world anymore—there is only the degree to which we’re plugged in at any moment in time. While we can still get offline for an hour or two, unplugging completely isn’t really an option, and quitting social media isn’t the answer.

We don’t need to unplug. We need to plug in better.

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Don’t Start a Company—Start a Movement

“The best founders aren’t starting companies, they are starting movements.” -Tony Conrad, Big Omaha Presentation

I doubt that I’ll ever meet Tony Conrad to thank him personally for this quote. He oozes Silicon Valley cool in way that makes me suspect he wouldn’t give an entrepreneur in Madison, Wisconsin fly-over country the time of day. But his “start a movement” concept stopped me in my tracks.

Why? Because “starting a movement” is exactly what I’m trying to do right now as a co-founder of Nextt, but I’ve never been clever enough to encapsulate my team’s efforts into such a perfect phrase. There are many ways to make money in start-up land (Ev Williams recently shared his billion dollar formula), but I think Tony might be on to one of the most rewarding formulas for true success.

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Plan your holidays with Nextt, win $100!

Plan your holidays with Nextt and win $100! Winners drawn on New Year's Eve
Whether you’re traveling across the country to see your family or just hanging out with friends this holiday season, Nextt is the perfect way to turn all of your holiday plans into memories!

Plan a holiday get-together on Nextt for a chance to win one of five $100 Amazon gift cards just for doing more offline with the people who matter.

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Plan your holidays on Nextt with our Winter Bucket List!

Winter is officially here! Are you as excited as we are for all the eggnog, gingerbread houses, ski trips, sledding, and homemade hot chocolate? To help make sure you get the most out of Nextt this winter, we put together our very first Winter Bucket List of fun things to do with friends this season!

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"The saddest summary of a life contains three descriptions: could have, might have, and should have." -Louis E. Boone

“We’ll spend three years of our lives with our thumbs on our phones. What will we have to show for it?”

“It’s a lonely business, wandering the labyrinths of our friends’ and pseudo-friends’ projected identities, trying to figure out what part of ourselves we ought to project, who will listen, and what they will hear.”