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Topic: “economics”

Stupid Facebook

Today, I went to send a message to one of my wife’s friends, with whom I’m not friends on Facebook, and found the following message awaiting me, where footnotes correspond to Facebook’s explanations:

You aren’t connected to on Facebook, so your message would normally get filtered to his Other folder. You can:

  • Send this message to his Inbox for $1.00
  • Just send this message to his Other folder

Read on, intrepid explorer →

Platforms and data: or, why Google+ needs Hootsuite

We’re quickly approaching Google+‘s first birthday, and the search giant’s social media platform has found a core audience, but it has never caught on to the extent that Google hoped or the tech media hyped early on. That core group of tech enthusiasts has certainly put it to good use, with voices like Tim O’Reilly finding an even broader audience and a medium that suits him well.

For most of the population, though, Google+ was a novelty that never went anywhere. Read on, intrepid explorer →

No Castle for you!

Following up on yesterday’s thoughts on piracy: I ran across an example that perfectly illustrates the ways that the big content industries are shooting themselves in the foot when it comes to profit and piracy.

Jaimie and I are big fans of Castle; it’s the only ongoing television show we actually watch. I was reading some discussion on this week’s episode this morning, and discovered that while ABC puts the video up on the website for streaming (good move!), they limit access to people in the United States (horrible move!). Read on, intrepid explorer →