Field Notes & Observations
Things I’m watching
Hashable – from the @hashable twitter bio “post meaningful connections with people and see who else in your community is connecting.”
I first saw this service back in the fall but it’s gaining traction in my network of friends. Hashable encourages you to share you interactions and helps you discover valuable relationships. If you use Twitter for networking I think this is definitely a one to watch. It’s lean and easy to update via a tweet.
Wikileaks – Regardless of your opinion you should be playing close attention to this story and its ramifications for government, technology, & journalism. Here are links to the best analysis and opinions I’ve read:
- Wikileaks Should be Condemned not Celebrated by @PaulCarr
- Wikileaks: Moving Target – Brilliant examination of Wikileak’s technical flexibility to stay online as long as possible.
- Live with the WikiLeakable world or shut down the net. It’s your choice from the @guardian
- Wikileaks, the Law, and You – a legal analysis from the @EFF
- How Wikileaks has woken up journalism by @EmilyBell
- John Naughton’s Blog – Too many excellent posts to list but pretty much anything he has written or shared concerning wikileaks since Dec 4th is enlightening. He is @jjn1
My 2 cents. Personally I wouldn’t have posted the documents and I think their disclosure will result in more negative outcomes than positive ones. That said I completely support Wikileaks right to post them. Government censorship is a very slippery slope and you don’t get rights back.
New & Nifty
- Linkedin released a cool resume/CV builder.
- Google Groups is rolling out a new buzzlike look.
- Diigo has introduced a “Save Favorite Tweets” feature.
- Foursquare is probably going to add a photos feature.
- Some Googlers created an excellent site called TeachParentsTech.org to bundle how-to videos for family tech support.
- I discovered that the World Economic Forum, @davos, has an excellent Twitter List of the World’s Leaders on Twitter – http://twitter.com/davos/world-leaders
Yes Gawker got hacked and there are new Facebook profiles but I assume you’ve heard about these already.
Forrester Research says that 86% of Foursquare/Gowalla users are younger than 43 years old, more than 70% have a college degree and the average income is $105,000 /via @levshapiro
Pew Research says 8% of American adults who use the internet are Twitter users.
Things I’m still waiting on…
Unified Facebook messaging – I’m beginning to think it’s a myth. Still waiting for this to be enabled on my account.
Google Me – Google’s clandestine social network continues to be delayed. I assume they are too busy creating the Google Latitude iPhone app. Yawn inducing.
What did I miss?