2012: The Year of Facebook

FacebookThere are those who would say that any one of the past several years could be called “The Year of Facebook” although I would argue that none will be larger than 2012.  First of all, the social networking giant will be floating their monster IPO this year which will doubtlessly be met with a tremendous (and perhaps disproportionate) level of rabid enthusiasm.   Continue reading

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‘Frictionless sharing’ courtesy of Facebook

On July 3rd, 1995 The Economist wrote “[i]n its audacious uselessness – and that of thousands of ego trips like it – lie the seeds of the Internet revolution…” to describe the “profound” fish tank webcam that had been set-up at the headquarters of Netscape Communications in mid-1994.  This, among with another 3,000-4,000 sites, formed the beginning of what many people today can identify as the Internet and/or the World-Wide Web.  In addition, this was one of the very first instances of something truly frivolous being shared on the high-speed computer network that over two billion people connect to on a daily basis. Continue reading

Stanton’s Law of Social Interaction

A little over 15 years ago a brilliant colleague and dear friend of mine introduced me to the work of one of the father’s of artificial intelligence, information processing, decision-making, problem-solving, attention economics, organization theory, complex systems, and computer simulation of scientific discovery – Nobel Laureate in Econonomics, Herbert Simon.  With it he also introduced me to the concept of attention economics or, in layperson’s terms, information overload.

“What information consumes is rather obvious: it consumes the attention of its recipients. Hence a wealth of information creates a poverty of attention and a need to allocate that attention efficiently among the overabundance of information sources that might consume it.” – Herbert Simon (1916-2001) Continue reading

Facebook begins to enforce new privacy policies

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Facebook begins to enforce new privacy policies – “Facebook Booting ‘20,000’ Underage Users Per Day” http://ow.ly/4kMhM