“Facebook, has two billion active users. Basically, most of the planet that is on the internet is using Facebook. I feel like we’ve all grown numb to just how insane this is. But it is insane. And as a result, Facebook is now one of the most highly valued companies in the world. And, perhaps even more insane: still growing.”
News in general doesn’t matter most of the time, and most people would be far better off if they spent their time consuming less news and more ideas that have more lasting import.
Technology to me does two things: it increases the velocity of communication and increases the number of people who can participate. That’s it. That’s really all technology for our entire history has ever done.
The best technologies really, truly disappear. You see this. Just 40 years ago a computer fit in this room, now it fits in my pocket.
The internet makes human desires more easily attainable. In other words, it offers convenience. Convenience on the internet is basically achieved by two things: speed, and cognitive ease. If you study what the really big things on the internet are, you realize they are masters at making things fast and not making people think.
Here’s the formula if you want to build a billion-dollar internet company. Take a human desire, preferably one that has been around for a really long time. Identify that desire and use modern technology to take out steps.
Businesses have spent years understanding the past. Twitter has found a way to measure the present.
What was most depressing for many (including me) about the Horse_ebooks revelations was that this magical bot, which appeared to have no purpose other than unintentional hilarity and randomness, was just a marketing pitch for a book or movie deal. It’s a bit like hearing your favorite old rock-and-roll or punk tune used as the backdrop for a shoe commercial — there’s almost an implicit sense of betrayal.
Scrolling through my Vine stream is like having a hangover during an earthquake.
There is now a menace which is called Twitter. The best examples of lies can be found there. To me, social media is the worst menace to society.
What regular people out there in the world do – right now, they spend a huge amount of time in front of their televisions consuming – sort of, what do you call it – ‘premium content’ – stuff produced by publishers, networks, studios. If we’re not already there today, certainly five years from now, I expect the vast majority of the content that we enjoy not to be produced by a handful of creators who are selected and supported by those big studios.