Tag Archives: Facebook

My new mobile venture

[disclosure: this post is about my new mobile venture, so it may be a bit subjective here and there ūüėČ ] Its been really quiet over here lately. Entirely my fault, I have been extremely busy starting up a new … Continue reading

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With privacy there is no middle ground

Lots of posts the past few days about the current Facebook privacy issues. Mark Zuckerberg is under attack. Not just for the latest Facebook update, but also personally for an alleged chat session that suggests he isn’t very respectful towards … Continue reading

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The web needs to be bigger than Facebook

I’ve thought a bit about the announcements that Facebook has just made to make the entire web ‘social’. GigaOm has a good writeup about that here. On the surface their attempt at socializing the web fits a transformation of a¬† … Continue reading

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Google Buzz: 2 years ago

2 Years ago I wrote a blog post entitled “Dear Yahoo, Microsoft and Google mail, forget Facebook, start innovating”. Facebook was coming up strong (still is), giving headaches to everyone. And it occurred to me (and other, smarter people, like … Continue reading

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An open letter to Mark Zuckerberg

Dear Mr. Zuckerberg, You are the CEO of one of the most fastest growing and remarkable companies in the world. You’ve created a place where 350 million people get together online and have a great time. A place where 350 … Continue reading

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To be free we need to break free of web 2.0 thinking

You’re meeting someone at a party for the first time. He introduces himself to you. “Hi. I’m Tim Eastwood. I’m 29 years old, live in San Francisco. I’m married to Laura, have 3 children Joe, James, and Jenny.” During the … Continue reading

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Building a People-Centric web is a fight for a lost cause

A number of posts drew my attention this week. First, 2 respectable media outlets explain us that the Facebook exodus has started. While I am not a big fan of Facebook (its their business model I don’t like), both the … Continue reading

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About leveraging the Facebook platform successfully for your business

Yesterday I read a post by Jesse Stay entitled “Hey businesses, you’re using Facebook wrong”.¬† Let me start off by saying I have a lot of respect for the author. I think Jesse is right about the power that Facebook … Continue reading

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On Facebook, status updates, retweets, and the universal law of signal versus noise

Maybe we should consider to rename this ‘social media’ era into the ego broadcasting era. That thought struck my mind when reading a WSJ post entitled ‘How Facebook ruins friendships’. The author discusses her fatigue with friends that send her … Continue reading

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Important characteristics for a social operating system

Facebook is quickly making moves to become a web platform, a social operating system if you will. This is not something unexpected. Already in 2007 there were people thinking about a social operating system (see here, here, here). Nova Spivack … Continue reading

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The lock-in of Facebook takes away our freedom

Facebook is quickly becoming the biggest platform in the world. I have a serious problem with that. I don’t mind Facebook becoming a successful and profitable platform. I do mind that their current scale lets them dictate what the web … Continue reading

Posted in Facebook, freedom, Friendfeed, Google, walled garden | Tagged , , , , , | 14 Comments

The difficulty I have with privacy controls on Facebook

I’m not a regular user of Facebook. I’ve joined a long time ago, have given it a few tries and then stopped using it. There are many reasons I don’t use it. I’ve written a post a long time ago … Continue reading

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Calling BS on the Real-Time Web

The tech world is full of the real-time web. Google seems to have missed it, Twitter is on top of it but sucks at indexing it, Friendfeed is the aggregation king, and Facebook might get there by copying Twitter and … Continue reading

Posted in Facebook, Friendfeed, Google, interaction, real-time web, Twitter | Tagged , , , , , | 19 Comments

Why the iPhone will never be the biggest money generating platform

Tomi Ahonen has written a very long post about the history of mobile phone development¬† in Europe and the United States. Tomi is a well known authority in the Mobile space and is the author of the well known Communities … Continue reading

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Everybody loses in the battle over our online identity

Facebook announces user names. It generates a lot of buzz on Techmeme. TechCrunch reports the obvious (vanity), but Chris Messina is the only one that is actually analyzing what Facebook is doing and what impact it can have on our … Continue reading

Posted in business model, Facebook, social networks, Tim O'Reilly, user centric web, web 2.0 | Tagged , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Social Media is bound by our human limitations

The definition of Social Media according to Wikipedia is: Social media is content created by people using highly accessible and scalable publishing technologies. At its most basic sense, social media is a shift in how people discover, read and share … Continue reading

Posted in Facebook, Friendfeed, Google, human behavior, social media, social networks, web 2.0 | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 13 Comments

The fundamental problem of ‘owning’ user data

I do not often agree with Facebook, but I do agree with their decision to make privacy settings of their users more important than opening up the vast amount of data they track to 3rd party developers. Marshall Kirkpatrick writes … Continue reading

Posted in business model, Facebook, freedom, privacy, social networks, web 2.0 | Tagged , , , , | 4 Comments

Status update: the future of the web is here!

/rant on I read a number of posts in the last week that seem unrelated but ended up making me think about this social media circus we are in. Unless you are deaf, blind, and have been sitting on a … Continue reading

Posted in business model, Facebook, Friendfeed, social interaction, social media, social networks, Uncategorized, web 2.0 | Tagged , , , , , , | 19 Comments

The Facebook business model is the root cause of a lack of transparency

Mark Zuckerberg just announced that Facebook will revert back to the old terms of service as too many people complained about the new ones. I think it is a honorable that Facebook is retracting a pretty bad plan. It is … Continue reading

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Mark Zuckerberg is answering the wrong question, and we fell for it again

There has been quite a bit of uproar about Facebook changing their Terms of Service. Unfortunately, no one is asking the right question, thus letting Mark get away with answering the wrong one. The section that created this uproar reads: … Continue reading

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