What if we designed a social network to be small, self-supporting, and independent from the outset? How would it look, work, and feel? I bet it would come out looking nothing like the ones we’ve got now, the ones still trying to turn water into gold.
But this idea that we are trading the offline for the online, though it dominates how we think of the digital and the physical, is myopic. It fails to capture the plain fact that our lived reality is the result of the constant interpenetration of the online and offline. That is, we live in an augmented reality that exists at the intersection of materiality and information, physicality and digitality, bodies and technology, atoms and bits, the off and the online. It is wrong to say “IRL” to mean offline: Facebook is real life.
Really great article about our connected lives. Via Daniel.
Sweep the Sleaze. Our sites don’t need 37 pieces of flair.
Amen. There’s lots of stuff going on right now that I’m not part of. That’s the way it goes. Me and Facebook are over. It’s going to stay that way. And if I’m on a ship that’s sinking, well I’ve had a good run, and… Continue reading →
Sean Blanda, founder of Technically Philly, packed the room for his afternoon presentation about WordPress and Facebook. He covered tips and tricks for supercharging the social interactions with your blog. He started off laying the ground rules: The talk wasn’t going to be about the Like… Continue reading →
I was going to comment with WordPress theme and code tips on a blog post today. Instead, the only option was Facebook comments with no fallback. It makes no sense to me that you’d control publication of your content while simultaneously making interaction with it contingent upon a single, corporate platform.
I read an Edudemic article this morning about the future of school social networks: Now, a movement is afoot to create student-friendly social networking sites, which would be limited to education and bound to particular districts or schools. These sites would give students the chance… Continue reading →
The only thing to add is that it is not possible to do journalism in an environment where your writing can be taken down if the company hosting it deems it offensive. Dave Winer — No journalism on Facebook.
I figured out that I wouldn’t look back as an old man and wish I had spent more time on Facebook David Cole — Why some dissatisfied users are shunning Facebook. (via iA)
You Can’t Replace Email if You Require Email. Interesting post from Ben Brooks about how Twitter and Facebook are attempting to replace email even as both services rely mightily upon email to work.