Wikipedia doesn’t have a stellar reputation for scholarly accuracy, but its staggering collection of 20 million articles in 283 languages has nonetheless made it the go-to reference for the world’s students—it’s even the most plagiarized source on college campuses. Now, a growing number of professors are bucking the anti-Wikipedia trend and assigning a new kind of homework: editing the site’s articles.
“This is the renaissance! This is the great time of the cloud! We’ve all changed how we’re using computers and there needs to be an enterprise company that can deliver this at scale.”—Marc Benioff | Marc Benioff Is Thinking Bigger
“Slowness, in this age of constant connectivity, is its own kind of value. Most of our current communications technologies — the phone call, the text message, the tweet — drive against the qualities that hundreds of years of letter-writing have represented: the thoughtful, the deliberate, the unrequited. The text-and-tweet are insistent, and their insistence is implicit; they expect their replies right away. And they are fair in that expectation, because as technologies they are, at their core, about talking rather than text: They’re conversational, promoting not only the intimacy, but also the immediacy, of speech.”—'The Future of Email' … Looks a Lot Like Twitter
"There seems to be a growing obsession with defining what journalism is, and who deserves (or doesn’t deserve) to be called a journalist. Is the man who live-blogged the Osama bin Laden assassination a journalist? Is National Public Radio’s Andy Carvin, who has been using Twitter as a one-man newswire during the Arab Spring, a journalist? Some mainstream journalists would answer no to both of those questions, but by doing so they miss the larger point, which is that in both cases, information is provided that increases our knowledge about an important topic.
…Smart curation may actually serve that goal better than so-called ‘original reporting.’ The question that matters is whether it serves the reader.”
“User Experience is the establishment of a philosophy about how to treat people. Visual Design is the establishment of a philosophy about how to make an impact.”—Whitney Hess quoted in User Experience The Don Draper Way
Is Twitter a publisher and distributor of information like a newspaper, or is it just a dumb pipe like a telephone network? Lawyers in Australia seem to believe that a case could be made that Twitter is a publisher, like a newspaper, and therefore it can be sued for defamation as a result of a single tweet. That may be a stretch… but it highlights the difficulties that Twitter could have as it tries to expand around the globe and into different legal environments.
“If Pinterest can keep enough eyeballs on people’s boards, those pins can functions as a more powerful and permanent recommendation than will my Facebook newsfeed’s transient mentions of what I listened to on Spotify or what brand of coffee I liked today.”—Why Pinterest Is So Addictive
“Pinterest is a place where we can demonstrate: ‘If it weren’t for all those mundane things that I do that I post on Facebook, this is what I would be doing and consuming. Here is my real self.’”—Why Pinterest Is So Addictive (via fastcompany)
“Mobile phones are the most widely used technology in the world. At the end of this year, there will be 5.8 billion people with mobile devices, meaning there are twice as many mobile users as Internet users.”—The next 10 years in mobile
“Whether it’s us, Pinterest, or Flipboard, you’re seeing a change in the way content, commerce, and social are blending. Media is not just about commerce OR content OR social. The new reality is that it’s all of the above, and we’re creating that every day.”—Jason Goldberg, CEO Fab.com | Fab Blasts Through The Commerce-Media Divide With Five New Verticals
“Fab doesn’t want to necessarily emulate the Amazon style of providing a huge catalog of products. It’s still committed to curating a smart list of items that users can discover through browsing. He said the site can support a lot more products without overwhelming the user experience.”—Fab.com takes big step toward becoming Amazon of design
"Fab didn’t scale like an ecommerce company, because it isn’t one. Sure, ecommerce is how they make money, but what drives the love for Fab is the content. Co-founders Jason Goldberg and Bradford Shellhammer are essentially magazine editors masquerading as etailers. Day-after-day, they are designing a gorgeous, aspirational life for you one item at a time.
…What’s more: This is a company no one in the Valley would have built.”
When Ken DeLeon, a Silicon Valley real estate agent, recently sold an 8,000-square-foot house to a Facebook employee, he said, the movers showed up at the client’s old 1,000-square-foot home and asked, “Did you win the lottery?”
…Mr. DeLeon said he already had plans to market to Facebook employees. One strategy: he intends to buy ads on Facebook. “It’s amazing how you can target them,” he said.
"Luck, after all, is what too many women chalk up their success to, Sandberg has argued. Their male peers, in contrast, believe themselves to be ‘awesome’ — fully deserving of their success.
The problem with the way the Times framed Sandberg’s success begins with the use of the word ‘but’: She’s smart, but she’s lucky, as though this somehow trumps her smarts. Success comes from being smart and lucky.”
“There’s no denying that Pinterest is fun, looks great, and a lot of people love playing with it. That is also true of kittens but no one’s rushing to include them in their 2012 marketing plans.”—Pinterest is over-hyped — Forrester Blogs
Pinterest is already working with Skimlinks to convert all e-commerce outbound links to affiliate links.
So exactly what Polyvore et al have been doing for years. I’ve played around with Pinterest and find it useful visually for comparing new decor ideas and bookmarking cute outfits. But it’s a lot of work to find new content to add to the site, especially since browsing and searching Pinterest mostly turns up redundant content.
“There is less mobility in the work force because the computers are not simply displacing jobs, they are taking out the middle. Computers are good at routine cognitive tasks in the middling white-collar range, the desk jobs, the jobs that require keeping track of things, making arithmetic calculations. They are not so good at motor tasks, the blue collar jobs that require coordination, manual dexterity and sense-of-the-world adjustments. Computers can crunch numbers but they can’t drive a truck or make up a hotel room.”—The Bifurcated Society
“Facebook and Google have become two of the biggest media companies in the world in extremely short amounts of time, precisely because they don’t have much interest in owning any content.”—How Sharing Disrupts Media | Wired.com