"To the credit of today's social networks, they've brought in hundreds of millions of new participants [...] but they haven't shown the web itself the respect and care it deserves, as a medium which has enabled them to succeed. And they've now narrowed the possibilites of the web for an entire generation of users who don't realize how much more innovative and meaningful their experience could be."
Anil Dash laments The Web We Lost
, and offers some suggestions for moving forward.
"You know how annoying it is when you're sitting on the train with a magazine and the person sitting beside you starts reading over your shoulder? Welcome to every single moment of your future. Might as well get used to it. It's an experience we'll all be sharing." --Charlie Brooker on sharing, and why the world is doomed
'It's optional if you want to remain anonymous, but what's the point anymore?' A new generation doesn't mind
sharing every detail
of their lives online. So familiar online companies increasingly
don't bother letting you control privacy
options from the start, and make it difficult to detach
. Are the privacy-concerned folks
mostly older individuals who don't see the benefits
of connectedness? Or are the people who share just about everything lined up
with a pro-corporate culture pushed by marketers? [more inside]