Facebook Changes: Redefinition of Social Media?

You know something big is going on, when Twitter discussion is dominated by discussion of another social network.  Currently my Twitter feed is filled with thousands of comments discussing the recent changes on Facebook, and the upcoming changes currently being discussed at Facebook’s f8 Developer’s Conference. With sweeping changes, it is no surprise that Facebook is the talk of the town. Only yesterday everyone was complaining about the new features of Facebook (which surprisingly I liked this time). Well, now get prepared to be inundated with even more statuses of how Facebook has single-handedly ruined someone’s life because of some changes.

Cue the latest splash Facebook is making in the world of social media, this time with their aptly named Facebook Timeline. The name explains itself pretty well, every embarrassing thing you’ve ever put on Facebook is now available in an easy to use timeline! So, now that awful racial joke you happened to post back in 2006 can be accessed by any future political opponent easily. In all seriousness, there is some great uses to it as well.  Let’s look a few of the changes:

OK, got a little sidetracked there. No matter how you look at this, Facebook is pushing for innovation within social media. I can’t help but think some of this was spurred by the competition of Google finally launching a social media platform that could compete if Facebook makes a major misstep. Competition in the market is always a good thing, and now I’ll sit back and wait to see what Google has up their sleeves to trump this. Things could get interesting, let’s just sit back and enjoy the show while all our data is harvested for money.


2011 London Riots: What Part Did Social Media Play?

Blake Fehl
in culture,web

There aren’t many right now who know the name of Mark Duggan, but his death was the spark the started the fire that has quickly turned into a series of riots in London, England.

Duggan, a 29-year-old father, in economically troubled London suburb Tottenham, was shot by a police officer last Thursday night. Duggan, who had reported links to London gangs, was a passenger in a minivan pulled over by Scotland Yard’s “Operation Trident”, a unit which specialized in “dealing with gun crime among black communities, in particular drug-related shootings.”  After a quick firefight, Duggan was left as another casualty in the effort to curb crime in North London.

On Saturday evening, a group of about 50 people protested the death of Duggan outside Tottenham’s police station. The event quickly turned sour as some started using the event as an excuse to riot. What at first started with shouting between members of the public disguised underneath hoodies, quickly turned riots. Before all was said and done, multiple businesses had been looted, two police cars were torched, and a few buildings were burned beyond repair.


Google + Enters the Social Media Arena

The internet is beginning to feel a lot like high school to me. The cool kids have their cliques on Twitter, and the trends move so fast its hard for someone who isn’t absolutely absorbed in the world to keep up.  Thankfully, the world of social media is one I understand much better than the social hierarchy which took place in the halls of my high school.  The latest trend is search juggernaut Google’s latest foray into the world of social media, Google+.

As many people may or may not remember, Google has already tried to carve out a chunk of the social media pie before. Unfortunately, their last attempt, Buzz, failed miserably due to a number of privacy issues that the company did not see as a problem. Add in the fact that the service had little to no innovation attached to it, and had nothing actually “buzz”-worthy about it to create any type of shift or impact in social media.


Apple Loosens Restrictions on Third-Party Development Tools

Flatulence-based iPhone & iPad software offerings expected to hit record levels

Classic- like peanut butter & chocolate

It’s always hard watching a long-standing couple go through a rough patch. I’m referring to the much-publicized spat between Apple and Adobe over Flash. By long-standing, I’m referring to the mutually-beneficial relationship Adobe has shared with Apple since the early days of digital graphic design

As an iPhone user and a Flash developer, nothing was more painful than knowing I wouldn’t be able to use flash-based tools to create my very own farting machine. So it was nice to hear that Apple has recently  loosened it’s application development restrictions, as stated on drawlogic’s website.

Organic Models 1: Packing Tape Cocoon

Eliot Frick
in design

"If brute force doesn't work, you're not using enough."

I shamelessly stole this from Fast Company. Please visit their site so they don't sue me. Did I mention that Fast Company is awesome?

This is just some very clever and beautiful work I think. An enormous spider web made with 117,000 feet of packing tape installed at Odeon, a former stock exchange building in Vienna. It was created by Viennese/Croatian design collective numen / for use. Fast Company was there. Wish I could have been. It puts me in mind of Bob Cassilly and his City Museum.

I believe it was Craig Venter whom first said that, “If the 20th century was the century of physics, 21st century will be the century of biology.” The direct read is clear enough; the discipline of biology is where the interesting stuff is happening. What I think may be even more interesting is the implication that perhaps the epistemic models that inform physics are giving way to epistemic models informed by biology. (more…)