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If you love something, set it free.I'm not sure at all if that works for your situation. But I think it's a cool statement. I wouldn't say "good luck" or "see you soon." You're still around, just wearing different hats. We need to do that sometimes.Good luck! See you soon! Wait....:) 

2 years, 9 months ago on I've Been Doing It Wrong


A little late to this game, but I thought I would add my 1%.

The Cashmores and Brogans of the world do two things very well: Sell their knowledge, and sell themselves. That's what they do. You won't hear Cashmore tell you that the best place find news is Google, or current online cultural events on Reddit. He's not going to sell you something (or someone) else. And the insane amount of technological evolution has made everyone a dreamer, but not many are going to put their money on their dreams; they would be obsolete by March.

I think most people are just seeing through the ruse. The "knowledge" most people have IS aggregated from other sources into a neat package for the speaker to sell.

No conspiracy theory here. Heck I do it to sometimes. But the often disingenuous pitch just rings hollow.

3 years, 3 months ago on The Shallow Outlook on the Future by Mashable’s @petecashmore


Wow. You gave all of us a lot to think about! I think the problem is that ethics and diplomacy are learned traits, something you need to develop. They are not inherent. It's not simply a case of "What would you do?" or 'common sense' mentality. The masses scream for net freedom, the ability to 'publish what you want,' but sacrifice ethics. The feeling of sensationalism and "first to press" with this makes the ethics even more questionable. I do not believe everything needs to be shared simply because there is no reason. If you share everything, you're crying wolf.

4 years, 4 months ago on Wikileaks: Truth and Consequences


Mark, GREAT post. I am working on privacy issues in my own industry (digital signage) right now and have the same thoughts that I want to share:

First, I (personally) believe that anyone's right to privacy is sacrificed only by the that person's willingness to share information. The more you share, the more we know.HOWEVER,

I also very strongly believe that trust must be assumed right off the bat, which is contradictory to the practice of trust as an ongoing and developing virtue of a relationship. You need to build trust. Where Facebook and simliar social media platforms fail is that they ask for forgiveness rather than permission (you have to access privacy settings to STOP access, when you should be accessing it to ALLOW it.)

What I find remarkable about Facebook and other platforms is that this is such a simple mechanism that would help so many people sleep better at night - it would give Facebook the ability to say, "Look, we know you're going to share stuff here, let's figure out how and when and why you want to before you go and make yourself available to an attack."

But, this is an opportunity - this is a learning situation for other industries. If anything, the more control you give a customer from day 1 about how to share stuff, the more willing the customer is to take it upon himself to develop that relationship. I can spend my day saying, "I want to share this, please let me," instead of battling with some arbitrary privacy setting to cover a mistake I made.

4 years, 4 months ago on Facebook's fatal flaw