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App.net: The Country Club of the Internet?

Let’s imagine, for a minute, a world in which App.net is successful. App.net is filled with people who understand the value of buying a product to preserve their privacy. “Members” pay $50 a year to enjoy a platform where they, not advertisers, are in control of their data. These are the people who are startup-literate, technically competent and probably well educated. Meanwhile, everyone else is on, let’s say, Facebook. Initially, I’m reminded of the split …

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Blogs are projects, too

When people post projects/hacks on Hacker News, the HN community is good at giving feedback. Why don’t you add feature X? Or, The layout of Y is confusing. Or, Z failed when I tried to do X. Sometimes people will say simply, “This is entirely shit,” but more commonly people have feedback or advice. This is not what happens with blog posts. It’s facepalm-inducing when a designer goes to the trouble of redesigning a site …

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MENA Revolutions: Tracking the Revolts of the Arab World by Time and Place

MENA Revolutions: Tracking the Revolts of the Arab World by Time and Place

Those of you who know me know that I have a keen interest in the Arab world. So, of course I’ve been watching the revolutions in the Middle East and North Africa (“MENA”) with a mix of curiosity, terror and interest. One of the things that has been most interesting about these revolutions is the spread of information. While Libyans are being killed for contacting outsiders, my Facebook friends were complaining that there was a …

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