Ello took off this week. Why do we keep embracing Facebook alternatives that haven’t yet earned our trust?
Plus: Jason Kottke’s two selves; Kate Losse on the ice bucket challenge; Josh Marshall on people you can’t talk to.
People keep flocking back to Portland’s arts-and-tech fest, as I did, because it’s like a food truck for the creative soul. A full report from the 2014 edition.
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.