Why Instagram Works — Rainypixels
It’s all about the signalling.
It’s all about the signalling.
This is quite an astounding piece of writing. Robert Lucky imagines the internet of things mashed up with online social networking …but this was published in 1999!
A pitch-perfect parody of people that peeve.
Responding to Malcolm Gladwell's recent piece in the New Yorker, Jonah Lehrer argues that the strength of weak ties *does* extend to social activism.
A well-argued piece by Malcolm Gladwell on the relative pros and cons of weak-tie networks and strong-tie hierarchies ...although, as always, Gladwell relies on anecdotes more than data to make his point.
Blaine outlines the vision for Webfinger.
An interesting take on the business models of social networking sites.
An examination of behavioural contagion in social networks.
danah boyd addresses the Microsoft Research Tech Fest.
Behold the double awesomeness of Jeremy Paxman and Ben Goldacre! Susan Greenfield, alas, is simply embarrassing.
Glenn has created a screencast of his superb Skillswap presentation, syncing up the audio with the slides.
Social networking for dogs through RFID. Spimy animals FTW!
Mimi Ito talks to the BBC about the findings of a report into teens geeking out online.
We have a new network protocol, courtesy of Vint Cerf and NASA. Move over TCP/IP, here comes DTN: Disruption-Tolerant Networking.
My new motto is "The Social Graph is a Spherical Cow."
Aral points to what is possibly the most egregious password anti-pattern implementation yet: a new startup called Spokeo http://www.spokeo.com/public/join
This is great news! Brad Fitzpatrick and Kevin Marks have built a new Google API that will spider XFN links.
Andy Baio does a nice bit of investigative journalism in exposing the social network spammer hired by The Times. The internet treats crass marketing as damage and routes around it.
Ben Brown outlines the reasons why he left Facebook: "I think it is important to note that Facebook, though they claim to be a tool for staying connected, is actually a software tool designed *primarily* to deliver marketing messages to its audience."
Chris says that URLs are people too: "You’ve got my URL, now, tell me, what else do you really need?"
David follows up on my talk at St Paul's with cornucopia of thoughts and links that's more in-depth than the talk itself.
TIm Berners-Lee explains what the "graph" part of "social graph" means. I'm still not keen on the term but I really love the idea (although I also disagree about the building blocks required today).
A new site to track the building blocks of portable social networks: OpenID, OAuth, hCard, XFN and more.
An article about Twitter focusing on one threatened suicide and one averted break-up. Leisa and her excellent phrase "ambient intimacy" are quoted.
Tumblr has just added a shedload of new features.
Lobbycon: The practice of schmoozing in lobbies at expensive technology conferences, often without paying. The term is inspired by the lingo of conference names, the titles of which sometimes end with "con."
Six Apart are getting ready to make portable social networks a reality. Watch this space for code.
This Ning competitor has a lot of really nice UI touches. Also, the fact that you can play around a lot without signing up is a plus point.
Best. Social networking site. Ever.
Cameron's plea for social network transparency and portability is one of the most lucid and succinct yet.
A lovely visual of contacts of your Twitter contacts, exploring those six degrees.
Try Plaxo's identity consolidator for yourself. Give it a URL that includes rel="me".
Arsebook is an anti-social utility that connects you with the people YOU HATE.
A mailing list to discuss portable social networks.
Another take on social network portability.
The need for portable social networks hits the mainstream press: Professor Michael Geist writes an article for the BBC website.
"In addition to assessing bonding and bridging social capital, we explore a dimension of social capital that assesses one's ability to stay connected with members of a previously inhabited community, which we call maintained social capital."
Ben Buchanan on how most supposedly open Web 2.0 (sic) sites are really walled gardens lacking interoperability.
Kevin Lawver has implemented portable social networks by mashing up OpenID and microformats in Rails. Read the presentation and download the code.
Danah Boyd's essay is required reading for anyone with even a passing interest in social networks.
Portable social networks are no longer just theory: Dopplr makes it a reality.
Glenn has some interesting statistics from the d.Construct backnetwork.