Category: Tech

Notes on the "Death" of Friendster

Techcrunch reports that Friendster, a pioneer of social networking, is going to wipe out photos, blogs, comments, testimonials, comments, and groups on May 31st.  Reading through the comments and some of the thoughts of friends and acquaintances, it’s fairly easy to see some consensus forming: that “Friendster is dead,” and would be part of a

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Did It Fail?

TJ Dimacali of GMANews.TV wrote an interesting article last Wednesday (that gives you how much free time I have these days, LOL) on whether or not last week’s cartoon-characters-against-child-abuse Facebook meme actually worked.  It’s interesting because it somehow reflects on the state of social media, and puts a good frame of reference in its position

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Laws of Online Memetics

Law of Memetic Inertia If the sum of all forces acting upon a subject is zero, then the trajectory of thought of that subject is constant. A subject at rest will move towards a bias when force acts upon it. All forces on the Internet are biased.  There is no objective solution. Law of Accelerated

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Fuckwad Effects

Sometime last year, I wrote about the Greater Internet Fuckwad Theory in the context of John Suler’s online disinhibition effect thesis.  Today, there is growing interest in adding the conceptual form of Internet addiction in DSM-V, mostly because of real social problems brought about by translations of real-world behavior online. The sociologist William Isaac Thomas,

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