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Twitter Founder Supports “Freedom of Expression” as a Human Right #Egypt

Twitter: The Hand on the Cage of Freedom

From Twitter Declares, “The Tweets Must Flow” – Yahoo! News.

 

Twitter is the hand on the cage of freedom

(c) All rights reserved by Mary Wit via Flickr.

“Our position on freedom of expression carries with it
a mandate to protect our users’ right to speak freely
and preserve their ability to contest having their private
information revealed.”

–Biz Stone, Founder, Twitter

Current political protests in Egypt much like those of 2009 in Iran may again catapult Twitter into the media and internet spotlight. This time the short messaging social network and its Founder Biz Stone called for support of “freedom of expression”as a human right in Stone’s blog post, “The Tweets Must Flow.”

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Rethinking Education… Together

Collaboration – Participation – Community Building

“…[M]ore of what makes for human welfare depends on
info, knowledge and culture,
and social production and
peer production
is beginning to produce what we need;
software, textbooks, publishing.”

-Yochai Benkler, Professor of Law, Yale Law School

Rethinking to Rebuild

Professor Michael Wesch, Head of Digital Ethnography at Kansas State University, 2008 U.S. Professor of the Year and producer of the ground breaking viral video “Web 2.0 … The Machine is Us/ing Us” starts us on a new conversation with “Rethinking Education.”

Key clips in the video includes the contributions of Ray Kurzweil, Bruce Sterling, John Willinsky and more.

We have escaped a previous box, we don’t know where we are..
-Bruce  Sterling

There really requires the commons to come up with some of this stuff.
-Clay Shirky

Why would people construct knowledge…?
-John Willinsky

MWesch Video: Rethinking Education

Learn More

Prof. Michael Wesch
Wesch’s Youtube Channel
Landmark video”Web 2.0 … The Machine is Us/ing Us
Professional: http://mediatedcultures.net/ksudigg
eBook Project: EDUCAUSE, “The Tower and The Cloud

Yochai Benkler
Video: “Open-source economics
Berkman@10: Cooperation (Yochai Benkler, Jimmy Wales)
Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/joi/tags/yochaibenkler
Website: www.benkler.org
eBook – PDF: The Wealth of Networks: How Social Production Transforms Markets and Freedom
eBook – Online: The Wealth of Networks

Ray Kurzweil
Talks on Bigthink.com: http://bigthink.com/raykurzweil
Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ray_Kurzweil
Website: www.kurzweilai.net

Clay Shirky
How cognitive surplus will change the world
Blog www.shirky.com
Wikipedia en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clay_Shirky
Twitter http://twitter.com/cshirky
Professional http://itp.tisch.nyu.edu/object/ShirkyC.html

Bruce Sterling
Video: The Internet of Things:
On Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bruce_Sterling
Blog: “Beyond th eBeyond” on Wired.com
Twitter: http://twitter.com/bruces

John Willinsky
Book: Toward the Design of an Open Monograph Press
Video: Sonoma State Library – Access101 Jonh Willinsky
Website: http://ed.stanford.edu/faculty/willinsk

 

Will RockMelt be Facebook’s Giant Killer?

RockMelt Browser Social Network for Facebook

Kara Swisher of All Things Digital calls it “a big wet kiss to Facebook.”
CNET’s Seth Rosenblatt wonders if it will truly replace Flock.

What is all the talk about?

RockMelt – the new web browser built ground up “for the way people live and work today.” According to its founders, RockMelt was built to “address people’s three top browsing behaviors: interacting with friends, consume news and information, and searching.” Well, that is if you are a Facebookaholic or believe that Facebook will be the operating system of the future.

While RockMelt is definitely a plus, it more or less offers a browser interface that lays over your Facebook experience, allowing you to more easily mix your web browsing content into your Facebook news stream and share directly with friends. A small enhancement on both the Chromium open source browser and Facebook.

RockMelt works by drawing your data from Facebook and then posits it into the cloud. You log into RockMelt via a Facebook sign-on button from no matter where you are. Then RockMelt delivers your friend data, layout, updates, bookmarks, settings and browsing data from the cloud each time you login.

Visually it pulls your friends out of the browser and keeps them in view on the left side of the browser while you pursue the web. RockMelt puts your apps, Facebook news feed and profile, Twitter feed and RSS feeds on the right side of the browser, somewhat ala Yoono.

RockMelt sidebars makes key objects visible and edgy.

RockMelt brings your social experience topside with 2 sidebar columns (see top pic).

The left sidebar is your “Friends Edge,” displaying your Facebook friends. It can sort by Alpha , Who’s Online, Favorited or Show All Friends. It shows their online status in green (online), yellow (busy) or gray (offline). Selecting a friend open a smaller window displaying their updates, a chat tab, and a Wall link to write on their wall.

The right sidebar is the “App Edge.” Here it displays your Facebook Profile, pages, Twitter and RSS feeds, or recent pages visited for easily drop in to your social networks.

It also shows more of the news stories, so you can get more of a preview without opening another tab or clicking over to the page.

RockMelt Social Network Browser: Twitter Edge

RockMelt Downers

Choice and lack of privacy. Users must first “Accept” to let RockMelt share information with Facebook in order to download the browser and can only activate RockMelt browser by signing in to Facebook. So now, RockMelt will be gathering even more of your personal information at Facebook like your complete search and browsing habits, RSS feeds and extensions used. While this may make RockMelt a “killer” acquisition target for Facebook with the exclusive Facebook integration, it limits user choice to exercise options over what information they want to “share” or make accessible to anyone online.

RockMelt purportedly does not disclose information about data collection. According to its founders, RockMelt will “provide a new, highly social browsing experience in line with the web habits of today’s computer users.”

However, users’ web habits are their own. That’s why we have a privacy policies to protect both web service companies and users, right?

If it wants to build a credible user base, RockMelt should adopt a policy of transparency and disclose what it collects and to whom it provides access to (third parties) in the cloud. Especially since it has close links to Facebook. RockMelt is partly funded by Marc Andreessen, the browser titan of  both Mosaic and Netscape. He sits on Facebook’s Board and his venture group Andreessen Horowitz is a major backer of RockMelt. With the recent privacy lawsuits against Facebook, it might be good for RockMelt to fully disclose upfront.

RockMelt Social Network Browser: Facebook Edge

There are other places for improvement. The browser is built for laptop/desktop screen use and not for mobile, but that is sure to come later. The News Feed doesn’t allow you to select who you want to follow, it instead uses the Facebook algorithm which chooses for you whose news you get. And RockMelt doesn’t yet support real-time Twitter updates.

While Flock was the first and formerly only social network browser, RockMelt can make browsing and using Facebook so much easier and fluid. A big plus for hardcore Facebookers and for this new entry into the browser market.

But is RockMelt really an evolution of the web browser? Will it be the giant killer to take down Google Chrome, IE or Firefox? Meh. Though it is an improvement anyway.

Give it a whirl here.

How to Save Your Facebook Application Tabs

Facebook-Tabs-Going-Away1

[W]e are removing application tabs from user profiles.
Starting this Wednesday, users will no longer be able to add them.

The writing is on your Wall.

The Bad News. Your Facebook application tabs are going away Wednesday, November 3, 2010, due to low usage rates.  That includes tabs for games and services like ReverbNation, Friend’s O Mine, Etsy, etc.

The Good News. They can stay on pages. Facebook says it will continue supporting application tabs on Facebook Business Pages and Fan Pages. According to Facebook developer’s page, “We will, however, continue to support existing implementations of the older authentication mechanism as well as FBML on Page tabs and applications.”

Why? It’s all part of Facebook’s Road Map, a framework for the future direction of the Facebook Platform.

How You Can Save Your Tabs

Facebook Removing Tabs

Got a band on ReverbNation? Selling your handmade jewelry on Etsy?

Don’t worry. You can save your application tabs, you must move them to your Personal Fan Page or Business Page.  If you do not have a Page, you can set up a new page here http://www.facebook.com/pages/create.php

Tracking Facebook Changes

To keep up to date on future Facebook changes, follow the Facebook Developers Blog. You can also read their Archives.

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Does Twitter Matter?

Twitter Badge Retweet
Network Effect

Twitter: 90 million new messages a day, 130 million searches this August, 160 million international users, and nearly three-quarters (71%) of all tweets go un-answered or without being retweeted.

That’s according to social media analysis tool maker Sysomos.The majority of all tweets are one-way “conversations” into the ether. Or are they?

Of 1.2 billion tweets posted over a two month period that Sysomos analyzed:

  • Only 6 percent of tweets garner a retweet.
  • 23 percent of tweet get an @ reply.
  • 96.9% of replies and 92.4% of retweets occur within an hour of the original post.

So it’s not you. It’s just everybody else: reading, and not retweeting your stuff.

If a Tweet Falls in the Forest…

Do tweets have value? Does tweeting have value. Does Twitter even matter?

So if 71% of all tweets go un retweeted or replied to, a lot of people are probably asking themselves right now, “what is the value of the tweet?”

One thing  I see missing in the study is data of user/followers consumptive behaviours and engagement sentiments; how are Twitter users disposing of the information itself (tweets), and what is their experience in engaging the information?

Asking users, “what are you doing with the information of those you follow?” and “how do you feel when you read a tweet?” would round out the data set to find value in: 1) how the information being used, and 2) how the act of engaging the information stream (tweets) is perceived (strictly informative, entertainment, comforting, etc). This user data may give a little more insight into the Sysomos dataset before drawing any conclusions on its relevance or importance of Twitter, tweeting, or the value of our tweets.

Care to Retweet or Comment?

Read more at Alltop.

Will Facebook become the next EBay or WalMart?

Delta-Facebook-Page

“It’s inevitable that e-commerce and Facebook
will overlap or collide.”

– Scott Wingo, Chief Executive of ChannelAdvisor Corp.

Are retailers ready to capitalize on Facebook‘s 500 million users?
Some analyst think so.

Companies are rapidly evolving to embrace social media’s e-commerce potential. Of the 69% of online shoppers who say they use social media sites, 56% choose to proactively interact with companies on social sites. But, are companies responding fast enough to this growing consumer need?

Social media is a viable marketing strategy
when we understand what our customers want
and know which social media platforms they frequent.

– ForSee Results

Some companies are trying to merge real-life experience with real-time internet user content. Think The Old Spice Guy. This tactic engages online users and customers, referring to their online content. A real-life version of this is 60 Minutes using user’s YouTube video feedback or KMart putting customer reviews on the store shelves of select video games.

But selling directly thru a Facebook Page or Storefront will be the holy grail for business. Just see the above image how Delta’s Facebook Page enables direct ticket purchases.

Not Buying the F-Word

Not everyone is on the Facebook e-commerce bandwagon. Cautioning against rampant “f-commerce” or Facebook commerce marketing, Paul Marsden sagely advises on Social Commerce Today that marketers use Facebook as an “e-commerce sandbox for experimenting with innovative live, event and social shopping solutions – like group buy, private buying clubs, VIP stores, and tryvertising stores at low cost, and low risk.”

Though evolution has a tricky way of creating a slippery slope when leaders of the pack make bold new moves, causing others in the herd to quickly emulate this strange behaviour else risk perishing in the jaws of inertia.

What do you think?

Are you employing e-commerce strategies on Facebook?
Let us hear from you. Comment here.

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Read the Wall Street Journal article. Also reprinted here.

Zuckerberg Portrayal “dour” in The Social Network

The Social Network - a Sony Pictures Film

Sony Pictures

Waiting to see “The Social Network“?

This reviewer sums it up.

…it’s just too hard to look at a movie like this right now
with 20-20 hindsight as we’re all still living it.

Really?

“The Social Network” is a film written by Aaron Sorkin, creator of The West Wing, and directed by David Fincher, that seeks to portray the birth and development of the social network, Facebook, along with its founder, Mark Zuckerberg.

More like “damage control,” this review does more to try to kill the messengers’ credibility, Sorkin and Fincher, and hold a torch to the herculean trials of Facebook’s founder than in taking a hard look at the film’s creative presentation of historical information as social commentary.

Time to get a ticket.

What’s your review?
Have you seen The Social Network? Comment here.

Read the full review.


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