Culture and online social presence article

This is interesting – are some countries so free with whoring out their friendship? Or is it the other way round – some cultures are just not friendly enough…?

http://gigaom.com/2010/10/11/while-malaysians-are-social-butterflies-japanese-are-online-loners/

Diaspora, the next Facebook?

Diaspora: The privacy aware, personally controlled, do-it-all, open source social network….This website is in development, but intends to fix issues that Facebook doesnt seem too fussed about – the info that goes to your work colleagues, and the info that you dont want them to see.

You can read more, here: http://www.joindiaspora.com

Can’t wait to see a finished product.  Im in a mode where I’m killing myself off FB slowly. Its a cathartic feeling to defriend up to 5 people a day…. mwahahahaha!

The History of Search

Love this infographic

Catfish Movie – Facebooking Gone Wrong

Heres a movie that incorporates a bit of Facebook, a bit of online deception (possibly) and the hint of if you havent met the person you’ve been chatting to online, then it could very well be that Russian sailor in Belarus…the synopsis;

“In late 2007, filmmakers Ariel Schulman and Henry Joost sensed a story unfolding as they began to film the life of Ariel’s brother, Nev. They had no idea that their project would lead to the most exhilarating and unsettling months of their lives. A reality thriller that is a shocking product of our times, Catfish is a riveting story of love, deception and grace within a labyrinth of online intrigue.”
Trailer here:  http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/universal/catfish/

C is for Cookie – Privacy Cookies, that is….

Heres a good step by step article from the Wall Street Journal online about how to protect your privacy and browsing habits online. This should be de riguer amongst todays surfers.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703467304575383203092034876.html

I’m all for allow information to be freely available, but as to whether peoples habits should be accounted for?

Thats a different story. So why dont you practice being a Cookie Monster, and clear your cookies and cache after each session. Typing in your passwords each time is a small price to pay in lieu of preventing big brother from looking over your virtual shoulder….and like Cory Doctorow espouses, they definitely do.

btw, STILL no Palm Pre in sight, in Singapore. I’ve given up. Iphone4, anyone? (Chorus of Yes’s abound…)

Traditional Content Sources & New Media

Heres a nice little story – where a traditional content source was picked up by a netreprenuer [sic] and utilised over various media outlets and formats. Check it!

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/technology/news/article.cfm?c_id=5&objectid=10658532

It may ring true with you – it did with Technometry….

Mobile Wars – Apple vs Google

Apple opened sales of iPhone 4s of 1.7 million in three days, now that’s pretty impressive apart from the fact that there weren’t enough units to satisfy demand. Personally I think it was a rushed product launch on what is fast becoming a faulty, buggy device. Sales = Marketing.

Google Android now reports 160,000 new devices running on Google’s Android software are going into service every day. There are currently 60 Android devices available today delivered by 21 manufacturers and 59 wireless carriers across 49 countries.

The war of Apple vs Open Source is on. Analysts however are saying that Googles Android will soon take over that of Apple by year’s end. Given the fact that there are so many glitches in the iPhone 4 antenna and melting screen I’m not surprised.

Stay Tuned for the war of mobile worlds. Oh and Froyo is on the Horizon – He makes his way to Mord-or.