Erosion of privacy is a corporate strategy
CNET reports on Google's efforts to expose Google Reader user's shared items to Google Talk contacts.The article compares this to the Facebook Beacon project, which would have made purchases and other personal preferences available to people who are Facebook friends.
We will all miss Marc
Rest in Peace Marc OrchantIt was only a few weeks ago that Marc Orchant and I were exchanging mail about his new gig with the David Allen Company, and planning to meet this past week at one of Buzz Bruggeman's amazing dinners. It's an incredible tragedy, one no one could have expected of such a warm and engaged person, that today would be Marc's last.
Google: Does it have to be all FUD all the time?
Fear, uncertainty and doubt (FUD--see Wikipedia) is how IBM tried to retain its dominance, what Microsoft used to cement its monopoly and, now, I suggest we review recent Google news and wonder:Industry Leaders Announce Open Platform for Mobile Devices: In which Google and "a broad alliance of leading technology and wireless companies today joined forces to announce the development of Android, the first truly open and comprehensive platform for mobile devices.
"User-centric" starts with the social, not the commercial
I'm on a bit of a tear today, but it is because I just got over a week of Percodan-induced drooling after I had some surgery on my aging shoulder. I don't know if it is just that I am coherent for the first time since last Friday or that got my teeth into this VRM thing in a way that I'm finally able to explain....
Making sense of VRM
For many months, I have been reading the Project VRM list hosted by Doc Searls and Harvard. The putative Bill of Rights for Users of the Social Web has addressed this challenge, as well, but misses in ways similar to VRM, because of the implicit relationships between social web service providers and their customers.
We're all swimming in media now
William Gibson, "Father of Cyberpunk," long known for his prescience, has put his finger on a fundamental truth about the world we live in today. His new book, Spook Country, contains a couple passages everyone concerned with media business models should read and consider (along with the rest of the book, which is a pretty good yarn about the hidden currents of American paranoia).
Put the lid on Quechup
In recent days, I've received a half dozen invitations to join Quechup (it gets no linkage because it deserves none), which is billed as "the social networking platform sweeping the globe." Turns out it the service is more like a cancer than a popular uprising, because it is spamming the address books of people who are fooled into joining.
What is an authentic community?
My old friend and cofounder at BuzzLogic, Todd Parsons, has posted about the need to connect financial incentive to blogging activity, calling it an "an army on the rise":Despite its image, Pay Per Post is gathering steam and the reason is, for many individual publishers out there, the personal satisfaction they get from blogging is not always enough. The numbers tell us that many want to take their self-publishing efforts to another level and generate revenue, no matter how small.
Social Networks: Giuliani's family network exposes inherent weakness
I don't personally care whether Rudy Giuliani's daughter had joined the One Million Strong for Obama group on Facebook, because it doesn't constitute an endorsement in the sense that the press has asserted.Friending someone isn't the same as saying you want them to be your president.