Talk about spot on.
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Talk about spot on.
Given that it is Monday this would normally be the space reserved for the Moronic Monday show but given two major pieces of news today in the tech world Sean and I figured that they were too important to hold over until Tuesday.
I am of course talking about the PR spin that the Washington Post published today from Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg because really that is all it was folks. Just another of his we’re so sorry and we’re listening to you all which we know id Facebook-speak for – okay now for our typical one step back but hey we’ve got them sucked in a little more.
The second bit of news that is still rippling through the tech blogosphere was the news that Twitter was shutting off API access to advertising networks like Sponsored Tweets, Magpie and others. In other words – this is our sandpile and we’re going to be the one’s make money from it.
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Two weeks ago Louis Gray wrote a great post about how people are filtering their checkins to enhance their already inflated egos and now today we get a post from Robert Scoble about how people are doing the same thing with all those Like buttons.
Well color me surprised <snicker>™ – Not.
Seriously, did anyone really believe that people would be honest when using these personality indicators?
Did we really think that people would want everyone to know that we do things like laundry, or spend a little bit too much time at the non-famous corner bar, or gawd forbid that our lives are actually boring as shit?
Did we really think that people would want everyone to know that they Liked the video of some old lady falling in the street, or that they Liked a political broadcast that puts them at odds with their friends, or that with enough Likes we will realize that they are full of shit – even if they aren’t?
It is a concept that is as integral to the human psyche as love and in many cases can last longer, bring us richer relationships, and for the most part help make us better human beings. From that close confidant to that high school friend who made those turbulent days tolerable friendship is more important to our own wellbeing than just about anything in our society.
I have been one of those who has railed against the cheapening of Friends and Friendship in this age of Facebook and other social media networks. I believe that things like Facebook have turned the idea of having friends into the most shallow of ideals and made it more of another notch in your belt type of affairs. As well a great number of people, whether they have online identities or not, believe that it is impossible to develop deep online friendships.
In many ways I can understand how people can come to this conclusion but they are wrong. I was reminded of this today when I read an excellent post by SuzeMuse. In it she related a personal experience of just how an online friendship can slide into a real world one that is then enriched by the ability to keep that friendship alive because of the online connection.
Jon Swanson and I were friends for a year before we ever met in person. About 15 minutes before we met for the first time, I called him on the phone to get directions. Up until that moment, when he picked up the phone and said “hello”, our friendship had been entirely based in text on a screen. A few minutes later, we found ourselves sitting across from each other at lunch, and it was like we’d been having lunch together for years. The in-person conversation picked up right where it left off on the screen. And after meeting that day, the conversation moved seamlessly back to the computer screen. Online friendship is a funny thing – it makes no difference how you connect. It’s only important that you connect.
There is a lot of talk given the news about Diaspora and the desire for a lot of people to get out from under Facebook’s blatant abuse of the user about open social media platforms. One of those is OneSocialWeb and the work they are doing on building a federated open social network.
Robert Scoble managed to tie down one of the architects, Laurent Eschenauer, behind the project for a really interesting interview about the project.
Ya gotta admit that there are days where you have thought exactly the same thing.
Yup it’s time for Techmeme Friday, the day of the week that Sean and I get to make fun of all the hot headlines that are on Techmeme at the time that we hit the record button.
Here are some of the headlines that we had some fun with.
Search more securely with encrypted Google web search – The Official Google Blog
FTC Closes its Investigation of Google AdMob Deal – Federal Trade Commission
An Open Letter to our Valued Customers – AT&T
Facebook confirms plans for ‘simple’ privacy settings – CNET News
Sayonara, iPhone: Why I’m Switching to Android – Daniel Lyons
Security Issues Could Force Facebook to Slow Down Product Development – Inside Facebook
Y Combinator Closes New $8.25 Million Fund, Sequoia Is Lead Investor – TechCrunch
Apple Officially Ends ‘Get a Mac’ Campaign, Revamps ‘Why You’ll Love a Mac’ Feature – MacRumors
US Court: RapidShare Not Guilty of Copyright Infringement – TorrentFreak
iPad Sold Out at Many Apple Stores – Digital Daily
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We have become a world of 140 characters, status update and cryptic text messages. If it can’t be cut back to the least number of words as possible and put into bit size chunks we don’t think we have the time to invest in it.
We even have suggested rules to make our writing more attractive to reads who apparently don’t have enough time in the day to absorb anything past four or five paragraphs with no more than three or maybe four sentences in them. The shorter, the better is the rallying cry as we skim over the headlines with nothing really registering.
I can understand this rush to a short form world of information as I suffer from this as well. At the same time I am concerned that with all this mindless rushing about we are losing the ability to appreciate and learn from more in-depth and introspective writings.
Has it really come to the point that bullet points supplant intelligent counter points?
Are we becoming a society more enamored with virtual farm animals than stretching our minds to learn, to debate the finer points of philosophy, and discuss the important things for the betterment of our society?