Have to agree that this writer gets it right. At the end of his blog post, he
highly recommends everyone take a good look at Google's terms of service.
And, that is more sense than we usually get from people writing about our
data service suppliers, such as Apple, Facebook, Google, and more wannabes.
Usually, the sermon stops before this sound piece of advice and rests its
case with "OH MY, WHAT DID WE DO TO DESERVE THESE TERMS ...".
The author, in this case, puts the problem closer to its source: us, the
users of said personal data resellers.
Yeah, right. Google does evil. Apple has their goods manufactured in China
under questionable circumstances, etc. Is it illegal? No. So the questions we
should be asking ourselves, us, the people who buy those iStuff gadgets and
use Google's and Facebook's services is: why? Rather than blame our dealers.
The simple truth is that... (more)
Now that the collective tech/social media world is coming off the sugar rush
of Facebook’s big Open Graph announcements of last week, I thought I’d
take a fresh look. I should say that I am 41 years old and an active user of
Facebook. I certainly see the powerful implications of sharing subjective
information across a social network (graph). What I am not 100% sure about is
if anyone is stepping back and questioning the viability of their approach.
Facebook made an audacious and smart positioning move to grab the social
media high ground, but what are the real benefits to consumer... (more)
Ever since I first published here my tentative list of Top Players in the
Cloud Computing Ecosystem - now expanded to a list of 250 and growing daily
thanks to community feedback via my Twitter account (@jg21) and a very kind
mention by ReadWriteWeb - there have been suggestions that another prism
through which to view cloud computing might be that of people rather than
Now Michael Sheehan has encouraged me to Just Do It, so let me get
started...as per the previous Top Cloud Players list, this list will a
work-in-progress and is totally porous, so don't hesitate to pin... (more)
On the day when the Dow Jones Industrial Average topped 12,000 for the first
time since June 2008, it was impossible not to correlate the eloquence and
optimism of President Obama's "State of the Union" speech on Tuesday night
with the restoration of a sense of perspective and hope in the USA about the
Obama grasped the nettle full-on. "We are poised for progress," he declared,
"Two years after the worst recession most of us have ever known, the stock
market has come roaring back. Corporate profits are up. The economy is
As one blogger expressed it, th... (more)
As America - on the East Coast anyway, including in Washington, DC - tucks up
in bed, the sun is rising on Egypt. Which seems an appropriate time for @jg21
to briefly explain what I had in mind when resolving for the past 12 hours or
so to re-Tweet as many of the comments and links flying around via Twitter as
I found meaningful, informative, and (often) inspiring.
The Twitter hash tag I have been laser-focused on is #jan25, named for the
day on which the country-wide demonstrations in Egypt began.
"Freedom of expression is a human right," blogged Twitter co-founder Biz
Stone Frid... (more)
First came Tunisia's "Jasmine Revolution" and now we have the "#Jan25
Uprising" - the world's first revolution named for a Twitter hash tag.
Calling it the "Twitter Revolution" misses the beauty of the hash tag itself,
and besides what would one then call the upcoming social unrest in other Arab
States? So-called "hashtag dates" are already being planned for the Arab
world: Sudan #Jan30, Yemen #Feb3, Syria #Feb5, Algeria #Feb12 and Bahrain
Photo by Arabist, via TwitPic
I am not the only one who argues that "Twitter Revolution" is not the right
term. Ulyses Mejias has writt... (more)