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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)

The Facebook Open Graph Announcement: What’s Not to “Like”

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)

Top 50 Bloggers on Cloud Computing

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 companies. Now Michael Sheehan has encouraged me to Just Do It, so let me get 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)

Facebook, Google, and the Near-Term Future of the USA

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 future. Obama grasped the nettle full-on. "We are poised for progress," he declared, adding: "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 growing." As one blogger expressed it, th... (more)

A Twitter Epiphany? The Power of a Hash Tag (#jan25)

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)

Opinion: Is This the #Jan25 Uprising?

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 #Feb14. 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)