Today I deleted my Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn accounts. It’ll be 30 days before it’s a permanent decision. And yes, I did this once before.
They’re addicting, and I don’t want to be addicted anymore. I also believe their businesses are morally reprehensible, dependent on exploiting human psychology.
But you can always reset your password so you can’t log in.
I did that. It’s like locking the alcohol in a cabinet that you still have the key to.
Blogs are cooler. You should blog too!
It’s time to iterate on the product formerly known as the RSS reader. Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr are going in a direction that emphasizes usability and ephemerality over durable value and utility. I want someone to do to the RSS reader what Apple has done to the iPhone. The iPhone is a phone — but it’s also a completely different paradigm.
Continue reading ““Phone” is to the iPhone as “RSS reader” is to ?”
Recently, Google changed their accounts infrastructure so that Google Apps accounts behave more like normal Google accounts. You’d think this would be a good thing, but it’s had a very negative unintended consequence.
Previously, you could associate multiple email addresses, including Google Apps email addresses, with a single Google Profile. This has been extremely useful, especially for using a product like Google Groups.
Their recent infrastructure change reversed all of this. Specifically, I use [email protected] to log into my Google services, but use [email protected] and other email addresses with my Google Groups. Because the Google Apps email addresses can no longer be associated with my primary Gmail account, I can no longer participant in the myriad of Google Groups I’m a part of. Furthermore, I have no idea where else this problem is going to manifest itself.
Google won’t ever get social because they’ve just fundamentally broken the concept of one login for multiple identities and contexts. As strongly as I am against it, this is what Twitter and Facebook are doing right.
Judy Watson, associate dean at the J-School, asked me last week to pull together relevant usage and performance metrics for work we’re doing on the web. They’ll be a part of an annual report back to CUNY central. I thought it’d be fun to share them here too. Continue reading “Tracking data on everything: ’10-’11 web services stats for the J-School”
This Is Your Brain On Twitter. Fantastic response from Nick Bilton. Update from Bill Keller at the end also strongly clarifies his point, unlike the trollish original.
Yes, you can call me a hypocrite. Yes, I’m still a firm believer in portable data and identity. Pragmatism won out over idealism.
One, an increasing number of sites now use Facebook and/or Twitter exclusively for their user authentication. In this context, having a corporate-controlled ID is unfortunately better than having no ID. Two, at work I’ve had to ask other people to do tasks I should be doing and I’m done feeling weird about that.
This little ol’ weblog is still my preferred publishing residence and that won’t change anytime soon.