“For the sake of simplicity and minimalism, Google may even bring the hidden address bar to the desktop browser. (The more I write this, the more I wonder if Google has a secret plan to kill domain names all together and make sure all navigation goes through them. Note to self: Start a conspiracy about that.)”—Evan Williams | evhead: Five Reasons Domains Are Getting Less Important
“Passion is essential to success," one Silicon Valley entrepreneur told me, "because passion is what leads to perseverance—especially when the dark times come. Anyone can have character when times are good. It’s when times get tough that you need passion. Because that’s what inspires you to keep going, to persevere. And without perseverance, you can’t achieve anything.”—The Value of Following Passion in a Jobless World
“What Facebook does when it selects “like” versus “important” or “recommend” as the name of its button is paternalistic, in the sense that it’s making a choice about what kinds of information gets to people on Facebook. It’s a very self-serving choice for Facebook, because a medium that only shows you things that people like is a pretty good idea for selling advertising. These systems make value judgments and I think we need to hold them to good values as opposed to merely commercial ones.”—Eli Pariser | CultureLab: Breaking out of the internet filter bubble
For those of you who are curious about Tumblr Mitch Wagner and Gina Trapani are having a a good debate on the merits of the format. Gina favors owning her own restaurant vs. merely just having franchises - though she does both. Mitch says Tumblr gets him in the mall where the traffic is (my words in both cases, not theirs). Meanwhile Tumblr and Twitter investor Fred Wilson notes the activity on Tumblr as a sign of its ease of use and its tilt toward brevity.
REPORT: Facebook revives “dormant” relationships. In this sample, the average Facebook user has 229 Facebook friends. They reported that their friends list contains:
22% people from high school
12% extended family
9% college friends
8% immediate family
7% people from voluntary groups
Over 31% of Facebook friends cannot be classified into these categories. However, only 3% of Facebook friends are people users have never met in person, and only 7% are people who have met only one time.
Calacanis thinks that Web 3.0 will be the “Age of Expertise.” Blogging brought about the era of Web 2.0 where people who may not have had a voice before could publish whatever they want. The rise of kittens on the Web, for instance. Add the ability to comment on stories and then share them through social media and Web 2.0 was the Age of Interactivity.
"The concept of journalism is going away," Calacanis said. "It is not enough to be a writer. You need to be a writer and an expert."