No, thank you, Google Plus, for suggesting I add myself to a Circle. Previously.
But all of these proprietary networks that want to own and hold in your content are reversing much of the web’s progress in some other areas, such as the durability and quality of online identity.
If you care about your online presence, you must own it.
Sadly, most people don’t care about giving control of their online identity to current or future advertising companies.
But there will always be the open web for the geeks, the misfits, the eccentrics, the control freaks, and any other term we can think of to proudly express our healthy skepticism of giving up too much control over what really should be ours.
Marco Arment — Own your identity. Amen.
Density and Difference. Quick exploration of the information densities for Google+ and Twitter. With Twitter, updates are uniform, compact, easily scannable and a pleasure to read. Google+ puts an emphasis on distinguishing between objects such that you have to mentally process the content type before the content.
Their sense of identity is profoundly broken.
The project is being guided by the artificial-intelligence researcher Sebastian Thrun, who as a Stanford professor in 2005 led a team of students and engineers that designed the first winning entry in an autonomous vehicle contest organized by the Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.
Since then, Dr. Thrun has focused more of his activities at Google, giving up tenure at Stanford and hiring a growing array of experts to help with the development project.
In frequent public statements, he has said robotic vehicles would increase energy efficiency while reducing road injuries and deaths. And he has called for sophisticated systems for car sharing that, he says, could cut the number of cars in the United States in half.
“What if I could take out my phone and say, ‘Zipcar, come here,’ ” he asked an industry conference last year, “and a moment later the Zipcar came around the corner?”
Google Lobbies Nevada To Allow Self-Driving Cars. The robots are coming.
Inferring intent on mobile devices. Brainstormed list of many different ways context could be discovered on a mobile device.
Google gives readers 6,594 more links than 3 news organization. Indirectly, the problem of nearly duplicate content on the web. 4,448 articles alone about the Golden Globe. How is a news consumer supposed to tell what’s valuable, and how is a news organization supposed to… Continue reading →
Rewired State and the Guardian SXSW Hack Day. Hack day at The Guardian in London on February 12th and 13th. Goal is to build tools for covering SxSW, and one winner gets a free ticket to Austin.
The Case Against Data Lock-in. Data portability fosters greater trust with your users and pushes your engineering team to innovate with the product faster than competitors. Fabulous article by Brad Fitzpatrick and JJ Leuck.
The Economist, Nov. 11, 2010: Both Google and Facebook are run like absolute monarchies in which hundreds of millions of users (digital serfs, some might say) have created identities. Rather like mercantilist countries in the offline realm, both companies operate policies to protect this asset…. Continue reading →