Facebook’s mission is distraction rather than connection.
People log in to Facebook and forget why they visited in the first place. The whole experience is a complete time suck.
The real value in a social network is in its utility. For the most part, people wander into Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr seeking information (world news, inspiration, and tips) that they can actually use.
Facebook excels in providing a sticky environment for wasting time, turning users into lemmings. It woos the mindless by seemingly curing boredom.
Why even post, feeding the beast with more irrelevance? Go in to scratch the itch and leave as soon as possible.
Facebook is a trap. It wants to own everyone’s free time.
The best way to protect your online passwords: trust each company that possesses your information as little as possible.
if one of your passwords—and you should have many—hasn’t already been stolen, one will be. It doesn’t matter how long it is, or how closely it resembles an indecipherable alien language; someone who is not you will eventually obtain it, and there is nothing you can do about it. Some company that you exchange information with is going to reveal your password to someone else.
It’s time for fingerprint identification, not triple verification.
Coffee houses were the original social networks. Ideas bloomed but similarly, so too did distraction.
Rather than enemies of industry, coffeehouses were in fact crucibles of creativity, because of the way in which they facilitated the mixing of both people and ideas. Members of the Royal Society, England’s pioneering scientific society, frequently retired to coffeehouses to extend their discussions. Scientists often conducted experiments and gave lectures in coffeehouses, and because admission cost just a penny (the price of a single cup), coffeehouses were sometimes referred to as “penny universities.” It was a coffeehouse argument among several fellow scientists that spurred Isaac Newton to write his “Principia Mathematica,” one of the foundational works of modern science.
“Penny universities” reminded me of modern day micro-payments, like the 99 cents you pay to iTunes. However, the author thinks it’s more of a freemium for participation, the modern version of free online education assuming you have wifi.