The physical and experiential boundaries that defined mediums have dissolved, continue to dissolve. Differences in types of content are now largely semantic.

Blurred realities.

The Facebook like also solves a big problem on the web: normal people don’t understand RSS. They’ve never understood RSS. There’s no way to effortlessly “subscribe” to websites. Whereas on Facebook, when someone likes your page—your publication—you get direct access to that person—you get to publish to that person.

Real smart way at looking at the evolving ecosystem.

Now with the added option of a cover photo, to show off more than just your face, it would no doubt be interesting to find out if culture, or anything else for that matter plays a part in what Facebook users choose to dominate their Facebook profile.

Yeah. I certainly put in more thought in this much larger footprint on my Facebook page. I’ve thought that maybe there would be an interesting UG component having folks explain their thought process with their cover photo.

We will never have Web 3.0, because the Web’s dead.

Have to agree that this is inevitable. But still today, I rely on my desktop/laptop to do any REAL work.

It shows they’re really fearful of being displaced by a mobile upstart. However, why would bolting on a mobile app to a Web 2.0 platform (and a very good one at that) change any of the underlying dynamics we’re discussing here? I doubt it.

Case in point… I recently posted an image of my daughters’ 2nd birthday. Guaranteed response, right? Here’s the breakdown of engagement after a full day:

  • Instagram: 23 likes, 8 comments
  • Facebook: 11 likes, 3 comments

But here’s the thing, the number of “friends” on Facebook greatly outnumber the number of people who request to follow me on Instagram. The percentage of engagement is significantly higher, at least in my circle, on Instagram. It’s no wonder why Facebook “needed” to buy Instagram. Just hope that they don’t mess it up.

In a world consumed by ever more novel modes of socializing, we have less and less actual society. We live in an accelerating contradiction: the more connected we become, the lonelier we are. We were promised a global village; instead we inhabit the drab cul-de-sacs and endless freeways of a vast suburb of information.

When will the “Be Here Now” re-kick in?


that term…

… agreed to be acquired

is there a specific reason it has to be written that way?


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