The internet never forgets? Bollocks!
We were told — warned, even — that what we put on the internet would be forever; that we should think very carefully about what we commit to the digital page. And a lot of us did. We put thought into it, we put heart into, we wrote our truths. We let our real lives bleed onto the page, onto the internet, onto the blog. We were told, “Once you put this here, it will remain forever.” And we acted accordingly.
This is a beautiful love-letter to the archival web, and a horrifying description of its betrayal:
When they’re erased by a company abruptly and without warning, it’s something of a new-age arson.
I loved this talk from Travis at New Adventures in Web Design, especially when he talked of the importance of Geocities and MySpace in democratising creative expression on the web.
We may have later bonded over that Ze Frank quote while in the toilet at the after-party …there may have even been hugs.
Douglas Rushkoff on the repeating circle of life that all big online companies live through.
A quick way of leaving Facebook, Twitter, Linked In and MySpace. It uses the password anti-pattern but after using this, I guess you won't be needing that password again.
danah boyd addresses the Microsoft Research Tech Fest.
The need for portable social networks hits the mainstream press: Professor Michael Geist writes an article for the BBC website.
Danah Boyd's essay is required reading for anyone with even a passing interest in social networks.
And the Hackday band is.... The Rumble Strips. Never heard of 'em. But they sound like they could be fun.
John McCain stole Mike Davidson's bandwidth. This sounds like a job for .htaccessman.
Nick Cave, Jarvis Cocker, and Beth Orton get together to dance about architecture.
Danah Boyd writes an essay that would've been a blog post but it got too long.
Danah Boyd's talk at ETech 2006.