“I clicked through the Featured Tags section of the site, then clicked on Web 2.0 and you know what I found? A link to defunct social browser Flock and a Mashable article about the top Web 2.0 startups…of 2005. Oh well.”—New Delicious is a Bitter Disappointment
“When it comes to families, parents are much more influenced by the kids’ and babies’ preferences for brands.” And babies do have preferences. The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood reports that by six months, babies are forming mental images of corporate logos and mascots, and that babies request brands as soon as they can speak. Other studies show that by the time an American child is 3 years old, he or she can recognize an average of 100 brand logos.”—The Next Great American Consumer: Infants to 3-Year-Olds | Adweek
“Facebook’s version of autobiography is very specific. It is data-driven. It is simple: Alexis likes the iPad. Alexis eats a hamburger. Alexis reads The Innovator’s Cookbook. It is a ranked, chronological database of a life. It is technically complex but grammatically simple. It is multimedia, but not rich. It is autobiography without aesthetic effort. It is a story without words.”—Alexis Madrigal | Facebook Timeline: Putting the Auto in Autobiography
For as much as he’s invested in sharing, though, Zuckerberg seems clueless about the motivation behind the act. Why do you share a story, video, or photo? Because you want your friends to see it. And why do you want your friends to see it? Because you think they’ll get a kick out of it. I know this sounds obvious, but it’s somehow eluded Zuckerberg that sharing is fundamentally about choosing. You experience a huge number of things every day, but you choose to tell your friends about only a fraction of them, because most of what you do isn’t worth mentioning.
"The phrase “if this, then that” is a bit of programming-speak: you tell the computer that if this happens, it should perform this action.
Now, a simple new Web service called ifttt… provides a way for people to easily automate interactions between Web services, like Facebook, Twitter, Craigslist and Tumblr.
For example, the service lets you program a task that will call you if the weather forecast is predicting rain. Or, you could rig a script that will send you a text every time someone tags you in a picture on Facebook. Or you could create a task that automatically saves all pictures you’ve posted on Instagram to your storage on DropBox.”
Brilliantly simply. I’ve been wanting this for years since being disappointed by Yahoo Pipes.
“One of every three college students and employees surveyed globally believes the Internet is a fundamental resource for the human race – as important as air, water, food and shelter. About half believe the Internet is “pretty close” to that level of importance.”—Social media, multi-tasking & ending billable hours
“Every time you “like” a friend’s Facebook status, sign up for a Nordstrom credit card, rate a Netflix movie, order a magazine subscription, or merely click on a website, you’re leaving behind a trail of data exhaust that up until recently has been like so many discarded Styrofoam cups lying along the information superhighway. The rise of microtargeting is a function of new logarithms—and computers fast enough to process them—that are able to capture all this trash and turn it into gold. Over the years, the data-mining industry has become adept at recycling information about the websites we visit and the products we buy. Rumor has it that some high-end companies, including Omaha Steaks, can now make more money by selling their customer pedigrees to data-mining firms than they can from selling their product.”—The Information Arms Race - Politics - GOOD (via taylorlorenz)
"On Twitter people are following celebrities and the asymmetrical relationship makes sense. On Facebook — which already has Facebook Pages for celebrities and brands — the subscribe feature makes no sense at all."
“[O]ne of the reasons e-books won’t destroy the book world is because almost anyone I know who owns a Kindle or similar digital device is over 40, and because they’re over 40, the same kids who begat Napster and file-sharing of rock ‘n’ roll will run as far from the phenomenon as possible. When Grandma’s seen reading her space age digi-book, junior will do the opposite. In fact, kids may save books, instead of destroying them.”—Will Children Save Printed Books?
Millennials: A higher percentage of this age group are unemployed than any other, and studies from past periods of joblessness show that people starting their careers now will always have lower earning power than those who graduate in more flush times. Oh, and don’t forget that crippling student-loan debt.
Generation X: Adults who should be in their peak earning years can’t move up the career ladder because baby boomers with decimated retirement accounts can’t or won’t retire.
Baby boomers: They and older members of Gen X have discovered that a house is not the perfect savings vehicle Americans once thought, and that investing can be a frightening ride. Oh, and that older workers have a very, very hard time finding new employment and may never work again.
"Overall, median income has changed very little compared to rising consumer prices over the last 30 years. Adjusted for inflation, the middle-income family only earns 11% more than they did in 1980, while consumer prices have risen roughly 155%.”
When the news of Amazon’s plan hit the web on Monday, a number of observers quickly noted that paying a monthly fee for access to a collection of books sounds a lot like something we already have — namely, a public library. So why wouldn’t people just go to the library instead of signing up with Amazon? The most obvious answer is: For the same reason millions of people have signed up for Netflix when they could just as easily have driven down to the local Blockbuster and rented a movie (an analogy that doesn’t bode well for libraries, since Blockbuster wound up going bankrupt).
“I sometimes hear other startup folks say something along the lines of: “If entrepreneurship was a science, then anyone could do it.” I’d like to point out that even science is a science, and still very few people can do it, let alone do it well. Science requires vision, just as startups require vision.”—Eric Ries | Are You Building The Right Product?
Even though the United States posted a 26 percent decrease in neonatal deaths over the 20 years, it has slipped in lowest risk rankings from 28th in the world to 41st. At 4.3 neonatal deaths per 1,000 live births the US shares the 41st spot with Qatar, Croatia, and the United Arab Emirates.
There’s something even more limited than time. It’s your attention. Attention is a subset of time, therefore it’s more limited. How you spend your attention is more important than how you spend your time.
Attention is about focus and careful, thoughtful consideration. Unlike time – which can be broken into convenient chunks of 15 minutes – attention doesn’t divide quite so neatly or easily.
You hear a lot about “quality time” being valuable, but I think quality attention is invaluable. Giving someone your attention is giving more than just giving your time. The greatest things you make and do are the ones that get your full attention.
“Another problem is Amazon’s market dominance. The firm accounts for less than a quarter of physical book sales. But Amazon sells 60-70% of e-books in America and perhaps 90% in Britain… In America, Barnes & Noble’s Nook is the main competitor. Surprisingly, given the success of the iPad, Apple’s iBookstore has lagged… Only half of iPad owners read e-books—and two-thirds of them own or plan to buy an e-reader especially for the purpose.”
"Perhaps the biggest problem, though, is the gradual disappearance of the shop window. Brian Murray, chief executive of HarperCollins, points out that a film may be released with more than $100m of marketing behind it. Music singles often receive radio promotion. Publishers, on the other hand, rely heavily on bookstores to bring new releases to customers’ attention and to steer them to books that they might not have considered buying."
How do you replicate the experience of browsing a bookstore?
If you needed any more proof that the age of dead-tree books is over take a look at these alarming style changes at Ikea: the furniture manufacturer’s iconic BILLY bookcase – the bookcase that everyone put together when they got their first apartment and, inevitably, pounded the nails wrong into – is becoming deeper and more of a curio cabinet.
Why? Because Ikea is noticing that customers no longer buy them for books.
Another design goal for Tumblr is the idea of taking away the intimidation of blogging — you know, the dreaded confrontation of an empty page. This is achieved with with smaller text fields and even a range of non-text options. “We don’t want to make you feel like you need to write three paragraphs and post a photo,” he says. “You can just post a photo.”
Many websites are functioning largely as trade magazines that occasionally commit acts of journalism. TechCrunch, and Mashable to an even greater extent, are more like the new American Thresherman and Farm Power or Stone World or Successful Farming than they are the new New York Times. But it’s hard to know when they’re acting like the Times and when they are acting like Plumbing and Mechanical Magazine.
“Arrington, you are the man! Not even Tolstoy could have up with a more interesting story.”—A TechCrunch commenter on the latest cannon blast in TechCrunch’s war with its corporate master. We admire Silicon Valley’s sense of its own epicness. (via cnnmoneytech)