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Fake News:

It’s tempting to make a connection between the Miller fiasco and the current debate about Facebook’s fake news problem; the cautionary tale that “fake news is bad” writes itself. My takeaway, though, is the exact opposite: it matters less what is fake and more who decides what is news in the first place.

Lock-in is making everything worse for everyone.

Lock-in is making everything worse for everyone.:

The battle between Twitter and Facebook has made both products worse and caused weird restrictions to users on both sides, such as the walls both companies have installed between Twitter and Instagram. Twitter is now ultra-paranoid, defensive, aggressive, and full of annoying ads. Facebook’s core product is a mess as it continually tries (and fails) to capture the usage and style of Twitter, while annoying people more and more to keep its ads effective.

Interesting. Starts with commentary on Amazon Prime and points out a trend of favoring lock-in to making products better.

The election is only two weeks away, which means the political arguments are getting pretty heated-particularly on Facebook, where intelligent discussion is something one can only dream of. Unpolitic.me takes those annoying political posts and replaces them with Instagram pictures.

The election is only two weeks away, which means the political arguments are getting pretty heated-particularly on Facebook, where intelligent discussion is something one can only dream of. Unpolitic.me takes those annoying political posts and replaces them with Instagram pictures.
Unpolitic.me Replaces Political Facebook Posts with Links to Cat Pictures

Tweets for 2012-05-19

  1. sdenaro: RT @badbanana: I bet at least three of these new Facebook gazillionaires are thinking about becoming Batman.
  2. sdenaro: RT @BorowitzReport: With its IPO, #Facebook is now officially a waste of time AND money.

The real workforce of Facebook is all the people who are creating Facebook content. That's closer to 800 million people (roughly their user base) than to 3,000 people (roughly their number of employees). There's nothing new about medica companies getting people to produce content for free (that's what the letters to the editor page or comments section is) but Facebook has built the most amazing vehicle for the appropriation of surplus value that the world has ever known. Ergo its stunning profits and amazing ratio of market capitalization to formal employees.

The real workforce of Facebook is all the people who are creating Facebook content. That’s closer to 800 million people (roughly their user base) than to 3,000 people (roughly their number of employees). There’s nothing new about medica companies getting people to produce content for free (that’s what the letters to the editor page or comments section is) but Facebook has built the most amazing vehicle for the appropriation of surplus value that the world has ever known. Ergo its stunning profits and amazing ratio of market capitalization to formal employees.

Facebook Has The World’s Largest Workforce

I’ve been working on the model that the difference between internet media companies and social networking is content creation. If you create content for your users (like Slate) you’re in publishing. If your users create and share content, you’re a social network. And Usenet was the first large scale social network.

When did Facebook hire the guys who did Microsoft Bob to be their new UI team? I’m guessing animated gifs, clippy and marque text will be added in the next UI revision.

Games in Google+: fun that fits your schedule

Today we're adding games to Google+. With the Google+ project, we want to bring the nuance and richness of real-life sharing to the web. But sharing is about more than just conversations. The experiences we have together are just as important to our relationships. We want to make playing games online just as fun, and just as meaningful, as playing in real life.

That means giving you control over when you see games, how you play them and with whom you share your experiences. Games in Google+ are there when you want them and gone when you don't.

From Games in Google+: fun that fits your schedule


So when will they have an API?

Orkut, Wave, Buzz. All nice technologies that failed. Now Google+

Or will people move just because people are sick of Facebook?

If conservatives are right about recognition of same sex relationships then Facebook will soon let you set your relationship status to Married to Box Turtle. We’ll soon see just how slippery that slope is.

Whenever I read complaints about Facebook on Facebook, I think of that old joke about the food being bad and the portions too small.