24 posts tagged social networks

Apple is professional, the web is amateur

David offers an interesting explanation for why Apple—to this point—hasn’t been that successful in the realm of web services and particularly the social web. I tend to agree with a lot of it. The very culture of the company seems to go against the grain in the haphazard world of web services.

(via @mranauro)

Asymmetrical mass favors, a tragedy of our commons

I don’t think I’d ever thought of it this way, but this concept touches on a lot of what I don’t like about the internet in a social capacity. No, it’s not ok for you to spam me. No, it’s not ok for you to expect me to fund your vacation through “donations.” I’m poor too—vacation-poor, at least. No, it’s not ok for you to expect me to have read everything you post on all of the services you post to the next time we meet in person. If anything, the internet highlights a very human tenant: “I care about things and you don’t care enough about those things that I care about!” (myself, on the Twitter).

How Facebook is Killing Your Authenticity

Bonus: “Face it, authenticity goes way down when people know their 700 friends, grandma, and 5 ex-girlfriends are tuning in each time they post something on the web.”

Authenticity is a topic we don’t actually talk that much about. In many ways, I think we assume people to be their authentic selves in each social situation. The truth is, we curate that self, naturally, and who I am with one group of people may not be exactly who I am with another. But if both groups are watching my every move online, then, who am I to be?

On the “Dickbar”

Neven and Marco’s related posts are worth a read too.

(via everyone via Neven Mrgan via Marco Arment)


An Instagram Rainbow


Developer Elliott Kember and cohorts have been playing around with Instagram’s API since before it was actually an API, starting with a web interface for the iPhone photo app called Insta-great!. At a recent hack night, along with Marc Roberts and Phil Sturgeon, he created Instashade. It pulls photos from the service and then organizes them in a rainbow, of sorts. It’s very pretty. And, if you have a larger monitor, there’s a big version too.

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A Frightening Week

I find the tech industry on the whole to be very idealistic. In so many ways, this is a good thing, but it can warp our perspective of “the way things are” in the world. Having a government shut down the entire Internet in a country is a good reminder to be vigilant and to pop our heads up out of our idealism once-in-a-while and confirm that things really are headed in the right direction. For example, I had no idea that proposed legislation like the Internet Kill Switch existed. It seems so counterintuitive to everything our country stands for, yet there it is. Now, what are we going to do about it, both as an industry and as citizens?

Is the Internet God?

Dave Pell makes an argument that is at once beautiful and scary. The more we know, collectively, as an increasingly-world society, the more we’re responsible for the things we choose to be passive about. It’s both exciting and daunting.

I Can’t Turn Off The News

We (collectively) hear about and distribute “news” across the world that we wouldn’t have even been aware of a few years ago. It takes discipline, but I think we need to be our own editors: put things into perspective, know when to turn it all off, think twice before forwarding along a piece of information. You’ll breathe a lot easier if you can even attempt anything on that list.

What Happens in Facebook…

Great essay by Pell. It’s true of our entire online persona, not just Facebook. It reminds me of bumper stickers. I have no bumper stickers on my car. It’s not that I have no opinions, it’s just that, ultimately, I make snap judgements about every driver I see on the road based off of their bumper stickers. Snap judgements are a barrier to truly getting to know someone and an online profile is essentially a big pile of bumper stickers—lacking depth and context and human presence.

My Week Alone on the Internet

In many ways it’s hard to remember, the but internet didn’t used to be as social as it is now. There was a time, not too long ago, where Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, etc. didn’t exist, or at least had very little traction in our daily lives.

Last week, as I found myself needing to make a final push on some work—in particular, a large update to the very blogging platform this post is published on (more on that later)—I noticed, and became increasingly annoyed with my proclivity toward CRS. What is “CRS”, you ask? It’s what I’ve dubbed Constant-Refresh-Syndrome—and I had it bad.