December 16, 2014

Roundups of 2014

I started to collect snippets for yearly lists, for a linkdump post. Best of Twitter, you on Facebook, Tumblr’s year in review, year in music on Spotify – that sort of thing. But looking through these I realized that they’re utterly boring. Even the YouTube rewind video is, while well made and full of things to recognize, nothing worth giving extra thought. So while I’ve linked all of those things above, a way less comprehensive piece of linkage than I had in mind, I really can’t urge you to click any of those links if you’re just going to click one thing today. That says a lot, and it reminds me that not all things are worth linking, nor spending time on.

As a side-note, are you fed up with the gift guides yet? I certainly am, and I’ve stayed clear of most of them anyway. This is such a weird time during the year, when weak content suddenly gets the spotlight.

Finally, there is one yearly thing I think is worth checking out, saved for last obviously. I might not be Google’s biggest fan, but their global and national lists of what people have been searching for during the year are interesting. These have been the big issues in 2014, and that’s worth a link.

November 26, 2014

Facebook pushing for their updated terms

On January 1st, 2015, the new terms and conditions for Facebook takes effect. If you visit the social network today, you’ll get a notification of this.

Facebook terms

Facebook users should definitely read this one, and figure out where they stand and what they’re OK with. Don’t miss the Privacy Basics site from Facebook, it might be enlightening. Personally, I’m not big on Facebook, but I do try to peek in every now and then, since some people just haven’t figured out that I’m @tdh on Twitter and that’s way faster.

November 3, 2014

Facebook’s Tor onion

Facebook’s got a special URL for Tor browsers:

Considerations like these have not always been reflected in Facebook’s security infrastructure, which has sometimes led to unnecessary hurdles for people who connect to Facebook using Tor. To make their experience more consistent with our goals of accessibility and security, we have begun an experiment which makes Facebook available directly over Tor network at the following URL:

https://facebookcorewwwi.onion/

[ NOTE: link will only work in Tor-enabled browsers ]

Facebook’s onion address provides a way to access Facebook through Tor without losing the cryptographic protections provided by the Tor cloud.

October 16, 2014

Facebook launches emergency check-ins

Recode, describing Facebook’s new emergency check-in feature:

Safety Check works by sending users a push notification asking them if they are safe whenever a natural disaster strikes the area they list as their current location. User’s can then see a list of their Facebook friends in the area, and see which users have checked-in as safe, and which have not.

What constitutes as a disaster is determined with local authorities. There’s no cross-reference of data at this, but that can’t be far off.

October 26, 2013

On Medium And Its Likes

Medium’s open for all, just sign in with your Twitter account and you can use Ev William’s latest publishing platform. It’s good, very good in fact, and focused on content rather than anything else. Content first, as it is and were. I want to like Medium, and I do on many levels.

The Medium editor is, in many ways, outstanding
The Medium editor is, in many ways, outstanding

But Medium’s a bad idea for you. It’s a locked canister for your content, a window to the web that might just as well be gone in a year. I don’t doubt that, should Medium go south, there’ll be export options, and the open source community will make sure that you can import your content to other platforms, but all your links will be dead, even if your content isn’t.

That’s not all. When you put your words on Medium, when you move your blog to Google+ or Facebook, then you’re effectively building their brands respectively, limiting and sidelining yourself. Tumblr, Blogger and WordPress.com have all solved this problem. You can connect your own domain to these services, and thus should you wish (or be forced) to move your content elsewhere you’ll be able to move it all.

With Medium, not so much, not at its present state.

Don’t ever rely solely on a service where you can’t move your content, and keep your domain and links, to another platform. In other words, putting your well-thought words of wisdom on Medium, Google+ or Facebook is a bad idea.

Unless you don’t give a shit about what you do, and what you publish online, of course. Then by all means, go for it. And by all means use Medium, it’s the best alternative out there, of the bad ones that is.

August 23, 2012

Social media diet

I was pointed to Per Håkanssons post about his social media diet by Mikael Pawlo, and I found it interesting. Per is quitting a bunch of services, such as Instagram, Google+ and Linkedin, to focus on more important matters. This quote pretty much sums up why he’s taking this somewhat drastic approach:

I miss the days when you could go out and eat with a bunch of friends and focus on the conversation and not the latest pings, notifications and checkins on your mobile device.

I see this a lot, people who feel that social media is interfering with their conversations and relationships in the physical world. But here’s the thing: Quitting social media won’t change this.

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December 16, 2010

Delicious, another casualty of search

I used to love Delicious, I really did. It was the bookmarking tool, one of many, that made sense to me back in the day. But things change, or in the case of Delicious, they don’t and that was the problem. Today’s Delicious isn’t far from the service I used on a daily basis years ago. And now it is shutting down, as widely reported.

Maybe that’s the reason why I’ve added a mere handful of bookmarks to my account this year, and not even once looked anything up. I used to do that you know, but no more.

Why? Well, there just isn’t any need for bookmarks in that sense anymore, search is that good.

There might have been a place for Delicious in today’s social web. After all, it could be a bookmark/link discovery engine and I’d like to think that could’ve complemented Twitter, Facebook and Google Reader in some way. That is, if Yahoo and Delicious had been on the ball earlier in the game.

That ship have sailed. So long Delicious, and thanks for the early years at least. You used to matter, there’s always that.