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Daily links 08/31/2012

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Daily links 08/29/2012

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Daily links 08/25/2012

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Daily links 08/21/2012

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  • it is about correlation, so all the data sets need to be free and accessible to the individual 

    tags: Quantified-Self technology behavioural psychology self-hacking

    • the next step of the quantified self movement, which is the application of behavioral psychology to all this data people are collecting about themselves. It’s applying data-driven decision making and mindhacks to create a better you (hopefully as defined by you yourself).
    • Put these trends together and you’ve got what I call “the programmable self.” The data mining techniques that WalMart has been using for years to figure out that people on the Gulf Coast buy mountains of Pop-Tarts in the days before a hurricane will be applied to your own personal data.
    • Self-improvement meets cybernetics, behavioral psychology meets machine learning, the soft, warm body meets cold, hard data.  

        If the 20th century was spent looking for the soul in the machine, the 21st might be discovering the machine in the soul.

  • tags: control web platform data unhosted freedom opensource

  • tags: control web business models advertising API platform fredwilson twitter free

    • Platforms are great because they enable you to get all sorts of benefits from the work done by others. I am convinced that Facebook and Twitter really are platforms in that sense of the word, because if you choose to use their APIs you can do amazing things that would be impractical if you attempted to build the entire service yourself from scratch. The concept of platforms is one of the key reasons that Web2.0 actually did meet its promise of widescale global adoption and technical innovation. Long live Web2.0.
    • However this “platform” word starts to get very troubling when talking about business models. Building on top of a platform is a foundational risk, and if your platform decided one day that it doesn’t like what you are doing, or likes what you are doing so much they want to compete with you, it’s Very Bad. Your platform partner can easily damage your quality of service, or simply shut you down. If that happens, your business is dead.
    • It seems very clear that Twitter (the company) is under the impression that the “content” in their system, ie the manifestation of tweets, social graph and “intention stream”, is their core asset. Once you take on that “let’s control our content” state of mind, no matter how fundamentally good your employees, management team, or board members are, you are screwed. Twitter is already well into their harrowing journey down the slippery slope. It seems that most folks in the tech world, except the people still working at Twitter, know how this story is going to end.
  • tags: advertising twitter API centralised control web business models

    • As consumers, we are currently given the choice between Facebook, Twitter, or Google+. Oh, and there are also some startups with hand-wavy future advertising business models. All of these services are essentially in the same business: vying for the opportunity to sell you/your clickstream to advertisers.

        

      Why isn’t there an opportunity to pay money to get an ad-free feed from a company where the product is something you pay for, not, well, you.

    • Running a service that is important to people with some sort of hand-wavy platitudes about someday launching a “new form of advertising” is not OK. It’s not fair to users, it’s not fair to employees, and we should all know better. This all boils down to a fundamental issue: if an online service doesn’t have the trust of its users and developers, then what does it have?
  • yep, no surprises there. a silo will act like a silo, sooner or later.

    tags: twitter API silo centralised control web business models advertising

    • “Once you get big enough for us to notice, we’re going to require you to adhere to more strict, unpublished rules to make sure you don’t compete with us or take too much value from our network.”
    • There will definitely be more rules that we’re not ready to discuss yet, possibly because we haven’t decided what they are yet, or possibly because we know you’re not going to like them.

        

      For instance, I bet this is finally how clients will be required to display tweet ads. That requirement, probably worded roughly as “you must display every tweet in a timeline, and display them all consistently”, will also kill any clients’ filter and mute features.

    • Twitter has left themselves a lot of wiggle-room with the rules. Effectively, Twitter can decide your app is breaking a (potentially vague) rule at any time, or they can add a new rule that your app inadvertently breaks, and revoke your API access at any time.

        

      Of course, they’ve always had this power. But now we know that they’ll use it in ways that we really don’t agree with.

    • I sure as hell wouldn’t build a business on Twitter, and I don’t think I’ll even build any nontrivial features on it anymore.

        

      And if I were in the Twitter-client business, I’d start working on another product.

  • tags: davewiner centralised decentralised app.net server hosting web internet network

    • ut app.net is still based on a centralized model, and I happen to believe that a decentralized approach is the only one that works long-term. It’s the only way to preserve freedom of speech, and to allocate costs fairly to the people who use the most resources. And to provide a variety of tools and environments to satisfy a wide variety of use-cases. permalink

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Daily links 08/20/2012

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Daily links 08/14/2012

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Daily links 08/09/2012

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  • tags: customer future shopping wsj VRM docsearls

    • This revolution in personal liberation and empowerment won’t be complete until we are free to use our computing and networking powers with any device we like, outside the exclusive confines of “providers.” This won’t be easy. Big companies and old industries are notoriously bad at changing their ways and giving up control, even when obvious opportunities argue for embracing openness and change. There is also big money behind “big data” and supporting the belief that marketing machinery can know people better than people know themselves.

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Daily links 08/08/2012

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Daily links 08/07/2012

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