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I bestow upon you all the Epic Troll badge. Wear that with honor. @DannyBrown @kamichat @DenVan @mstory123
2 years, 5 months ago on The Why and How of the PinPal Story
@DannyBrown The sad thing is, that's one app. Someone could come along tomorrow and do the same thing with Foursquare's API, and if they keep it off the radar (maybe by naming the software something less obvious) they could keep doing what Girls Around Me does indefinitely. Foursquare's move was the right one, but it was very much a first step out of several they need to take.
2 years, 6 months ago on PinPal Wants to Use Your Friends to Create a Sex Meat Market
@DannyBrown Ain't that the truth. This could all be moot if Foursquare and Facebook defaulted to the highest privacy - Instead, the default is "Share my checkins with the world!" They're too driven by profit motive (they make more money from users who share more) to do the ethical thing and set everyone to the highest security by default and properly educate them on the implications of sharing info on their service.
I don't think that Facebook et al shouldn't be able to make money on the social graph, I just think they should only be doing it from educated users who've volunteered the info knowingly.
The description of this service kinda makes my skin crawl a bit. Combine this with Girls Around Me to learn about which of your PinPal pins is out in public THIS VERY MOMENT. That's not weird at all!
Not only can you not opt out, as @djmeph pointed out in his recent @icrontic article, you can't even remove yourself from a list on Klout if you don't want to be associated with the listmaker.
2 years, 11 months ago on A Letter to Joe Fernandez of Klout
In before flames.
3 years ago on Social Media, you should be ashamed of yourself
It used to be that you could be verified on Google Profiles before they implemented Plus. I had one of those verified profiles, and I was really ticked when they got rid of that feature when they rolled out Plus.
3 years, 1 month ago on Google+ adding verification badges soon
Do the sandwiches have less than or over 9000 calories?
3 years, 1 month ago on Trademark Podcast: Google Sitelinks
@KaryD They're definitely out there. I can't speak to the way you use Twitter, but I find the value proposition really amps up when the online social media crosses over into the real world. There's a great social community in Detroit that taps into a lot of different cross-section of interests, backgrounds, and occupations, and I find a lot of my new follows from these in-person gatherings rather than via Twitter itself.
I also prioritize fun over everything else. If I'm not having fun, I always try and figure out why so I can fix it.
3 years, 3 months ago on Three Reasons Twitter Is Beginning to Suck
@BethHarte I sympathize with getting bored with the status quo. Hopefully waiting for the conversation to evolve won't turn into waiting for Godot.
@BethHarte Why does there have to be anything 'new' in social media when there is a huge audience out there that hasn't figured out how to take advantage of the existing tools yet? We've yet to scratch the surface of business use of Twitter, location-based services, and other existing tools.
This comment by @KaryD gives me some food for thought - Now, I joined the service in early 2009, so for me, the way I used Twitter was as a gateway to other things. The connections I made on Twitter were not solidified there, but in the communities that it lead me to. I'm beginning to suspect some of the thoughts on Twitter's decline are from those active on the service before then, when Twitter wasn't the gateway, but small enough to BE a fledgling community unto itself.
That's entirely hypothetical, because it's tough for me to know what it was like based on the anecdotes of others. cc @primesuspect
Every day, I find that Twitter is as good or better than the day before. I can complain about some of the silly problems with the service, I can complain about people who I think are "doin it wrong!" but when it comes down to it, I get so much for every minute I spend on it that it's the one social network I couldn't give up. Facebook, Linkedin, everything else pales in the shadow of Twitter's utility.@KaryD - The biggest thing that jumps out at me is the point that to you, Twitter is beginning to suck. Twitter is going to be a reflection of the people you follow, end of story. If Twitter sucks, then the people you follow suck, for whatever reason. Is it the Thought Leaders? Find better Thought Leaders. If the old ones aren't putting out content, if they're not engaging, why follow them? Have old acquaintances and friends drifted apart? Follow new ones. If they ask why you unfollowed, you can point out that the last time they said hi to you was months ago.
What makes Twitter so much better than all the other social networks is the asymmetry - Everyone who interests me may not be interested in me, and that's OK.