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Lobsters, pandas, and Jane Jacobs -
September 10, 2010
"Facebook fosters the short-term pleasures of interaction without longer-term satisfactions of conversation and collaboration. Google facilitates peer creation on a massive scale, but has lacked the savvy to make things social and meaningful as well as fun. Facebook is social; Google conveys information and memory; these two things should go together, but they are separate. Facebook’s model of human behavior is immature because it is shallow. Google’s model of human behavior is immature because it is individualistic. It doesn’t need to be this way. What if the social infrastructure used APIs and standards that allowed * streams to be recorded, remembered, and remixed, with a variety of tools for a variety of purposes * connections between real-time streams and longer-running activities, so actions can build over time * social networks to be connected to existing social contexts, in a way that didn’t put one vendor in charge of all the data Then we would be able to combine the... -
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