Though the system doesn’t necessarily identify individuals in their corporeal form, it can pinpoint the top influencers on a given social network and give their online identities to companies looking to partner with their biggest fans in promotional campaigns. [...]
… users are being sold off to the highest bidder, without any kind of tangible return.
Founded in 2007, Tumblr has long been a sanctum for misfit millennials meticulously crafting identities for themselves by posting and sharing images. Surely it was only a matter of time until the site figured out a way to monetize its sizable cultural cachet, but for a platform that prides itself on facilitating self-expression and a degree of anonymity, it’s an unsettling move at the very least.
Vom Hack des Burgerking twitter-Accounts, über den verbreitet wurde, dass MacDonald nun Burgerking übernommen hätte, profitieren alle Beteiligten. Die Täter ist angeblich die Anonymous-affine Gruppe #OPMadCow. Alle drei Markennamen erfahren gerade enorme Aufmerksamkeit. Ist das strategisch oder nur Quatsch? Neben der Aufmerksamkeit werden in Folge wohl vor allem die Sicherheitsstandards von Twitter optimiert, wie der Guardian berichtet. Die Kommentare auf Twitter sind durchweg erwartungsgemäß schadenfreudig. Witzig finde ich diesen hier:
found on the facebook board of أساحبىs, a guy or a group of people from Kairo that produces jokes and publishes them on their site and on FB. I don’t get the jokes and automatic translation doesn’t help much, but i like the rough anarchic style. (@Ernesto: thanks for the link)
Slowly facebook is getting me, as if i keep getting more and more links to interesting stuff or conversations published on that platform. Also it is tempting to use the ubiquitous like-button (much less effort than writing a blog post and still it is a way to store and publish things). But i don’t like it. I made an account only to get a feeling how it works for professional reasons (i am into interaction design and web communication). And after having heard the excellent speach of Eben Moglen at re:publica “Why Freedom of Thought Requires Free Media and Why Free Media Require Free Technology“, i wanted to delete my FB account right away (i didn’t) and just use a fake account for my professional interest. But an account with a fake name and without “real” interaction does not provide the same experience. Let’s try the alternatives. I really like the basic idea of Zurker (it’s in closed beta > let me know, if you want an invitation): it is supposed to be owned by its users, but the interaction in the small world of Zurker is necessarilykind of lame compared with FB and Zurker is missing “social features”, which can be embedded elsewhere on the web). Let’s try diaspora and eventually friendica (but this one seems to need some nerdy efforts). Twitter is more interesting, but somehow a inner resistance keeps me from using it really (i don’t want to publish continuously all the little things i find interesting). For collecting and sharing links in more structured way i use diigo and i like it (thanks to the very useful browser plugins). Yes I WILL delete my FB account, but first need to do some research … and find a new setup of connected tools for personal knowledge management and publishing (sounds like work !-)
At least i am blogging again, also thanks to Sascha Lobo, who brought it to the point: we need more self-governed territory. And theoretically a network of blogs using good old hyperlinks and decentralized services like pingbacks and feeds would eventually be sufficient to create social networks.
The Descriptive Camera works a lot like a regular camera—point it at subject and press the shutter button to capture the scene. However, instead of producing an image, this prototype outputs a text description of the scene.