“The battle that is underway is not a battle over the future of privacy and publicity. It’s a battle over choice and informed consent. It’s unfolding because people are being duped, tricked, coerced, and confused into doing things where they don’t understand the consequences. Facebook keeps saying that it gives users choices, but that is completely unfair. It gives users the illusion of choice and hides the details away from them “for their own good.””
Nice summary by Blaine of what people should be building, instead of wanking away with “open Facebook competitors”. Build outstanding focused tools that can use Facebook for free social graph importing, inviting, and promoting. Think of them as a slightly tweaked “Address Book Importer”. Do shit that they can never do, and do it awesomely.
eg. Compare Plancast with “Facebook Events”.
The free game is not a lie! To encourage download of Steam, Valve is giving Portal away for free for the next two weeks. If you haven’t already played it, YOU HAVE NO EXCUSE NOT TO.
Snippet from Richard Herring’s new book.
“My first theory of relativity states that time moves more slowly when you spend it with your relatives. No one can argue with that. But, more pertinently, my second theory of relativity states that time with your family and time in the real world move at different speeds. You could leave your family for decades, but when you finally come home again you find that even though you have aged, at home only a few seconds have elapsed. Nothing changes, the roles, the relationships. It’s not just me still seeing my parents as 40-year-olds; they still treat me as if I was 10.”
This is an archive of groovmother.com, the old blog run by Rod Begbie — A Scottish geek who lives in San Francisco, CA.