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Facebook is the Soviet Union of the modern web.

via GigaOM  (via om)

So much for the open web. 

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“See you on Twitter”

That is the common going away message at SXSW this year for those who follow each other and communicate on Twitter.

Chances are re-meeting that person or developing a tighter relationship are slim. “See you on Twitter” is a nice way of saying, “I like what you have to say and will keep listening but I don’t necessarily need to see you again.”

Twitter relationships are only as meaningful as you make them. You must follow up with the person if you want to cultivate a real relationship.

PS: Thanks to Hugh MacLeod for blogging my picture of his Rackspace artwork. We’ve never met face to face but thanks to Twitter at least he knows I exist:)

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Below are some of the big ideas gathered from SXSW:  ”Lessons from Yuri Mulner (A Chat with Vanity Fair)”:   We need to place more emphasis on science to increase the likeliness of “moon shots,” i.e. achieving the incredible.   “Intellectual achievement does not have practical applications.”  We must support the impractical, like Einstein, in addition to investing in short-term business ideas for profit.   “We outsourced functions of our brain to Google.”  A reminder that we still have brains even if you take Google away.  “In the next few years we’ll be able to figure everything out.”  This is why the current moment of curiosity is so precious.   Social media is not an impediment to work but an “enabling mechanism” to share more information with other people.
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Disruptions: As User Interaction on Facebook Drops, Sharing Comes at a Cost

ultimately the value of the product disappears as the stream of information in your social network, one that used to be rapid and friction-free, is no longer there and now consumed by advertising,

If you’ve visited Facebook lately it’s littered with ads in the central newsfeed. Yesterday I saw one for Breastfeeding, obviously mis-targeted. Even a group old ladies on my train ride this morning complained about the invasiveness.

Facebook is clearly in the run for profit to meet Wall Street demands and disrupting the user experience to squeeze any pennies it can get. But this is just the beginning of Facebook’s challenges as Teens move onto other sites like Snapchat and Tumblr.

It turns out being cool makes a difference.

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With Instagram, the two are intertwined. 
With Instagram, the two are intertwined. 
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So what happened after The Great Unfriending? Facebook became a whole lot more usable as a particular kind of network — the one that lets me see what actual friends and family are doing, including those who are far away… Except for my teenaged daughters, of course, who don’t even use Facebook any more, preferring to spend all their time on Tumblr and Twitter. That’s just one of the things that should worry Mark Zuckerberg, I think.

— Mathew Ingram | Why I unfriended almost everyone  (via courtenaybird)

Facebook is the iTunes for friends and I rarely use iTunes other than to organize a few tracks I want to keep.