Apple’s mesmerizing “personal” and “intimate” new gadget could be an alarmingly efficient interface between the corporate and the corporeal, messaging our nervous systems and monetizing our gestures.
Plus: “Trusted information delivery” vs. curated entertainment, or how Facebook set itself up for distrust. Also: “The things that will last on the Internet are not owned.”
Twitter and Facebook work because of you and me and everyone we know. But people’s habits change. The energy that makes social networks crackle is not stationary, and it will move elsewhere.
Some number of people, greater than three, are returning to labor on their personal blogs. Is it a trend? Is blogging undead? I don’t know, but it can’t be bad.
Plus: Back to blogging; an open plug-in system for News Feed algorithms; de-anonymizing Secret; and more.
Also: The “horror of social media.” Federated Wiki as an alternative to today’s web. And “computers tell us who we really are.” This week’s trove of readables and quotables.
All these experiments at reverse-engineering the Facebook news feed algorithm are fun. But they’re doomed, and ultimately, they’re a distraction.
Twitter’s latest twiddlings with the private/public dial provide us with another timely reminder of who calls the shots on today’s big social networks.
Are ads the Web’s “original sin”? They’re responsible for most of the aspects of the medium that people complain about. Maybe we should stop expecting them to finally grow up and become okay.
Jonathan Richman started hanging out with the Velvet Underground as a “teenage squirt.” As he tells it, you could hear the music differently then — in part because the musicians weren’t plugging into hyperpowered PA systems.