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Social is Normal

Last week, I read Coders at Work (Amazon, Google books). I really enjoyed it, it was fascinating and I learned a lot about the history of programming and the programmers themselves. There’s a great quote from Douglas Crockford: Progress isn’t always forward. Sometimes we’re leaping forward and sometimes we’re leaping backwards. When we leaped to […]

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Google Me, Google You

Have you heard? Google is apparently making a new social network that will rival Facebook. This is being derided because, well, how can anyone hope to challenge Facebook? (Language stats from InsideFacebook) And Orkut has, tellingly, been a “huge success in Brazil“. I often find myself voicing the opinion that there is no need to […]

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I’m Back on Facebook, but I Still Hate It

After some time without Facebook, I’ve become quite happy without it. However, it’s my birthday next week and I’m headed to Seattle for the weekend and later on next week, we’re planning a party for the Awesome Foundation (which is GO – we have 10 trustees and a project, I’m so excited – expect more […]

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Life Without Facebook: Week 1

Last week, I deactivated my Facebook account. Why? There were a number of reasons, and I’d just found myself using it less and less. Since they rolled out the redesign the news feed seemed out of date (it might take days for something to show up), but the live feed was full of repetitive drivel […]

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Developers? Humans? You Guys Should Meet

I love Google, I do. I wouldn’t use another search engine and I use a lot of their other stuff as well. But I’ve been following the debate about privacy  in Buzz (read this – if you doubt that the privacy issues are a potential problem, and this info for lawyers and journalists with useful […]


Facebook’s Got Your Mail

It’s long been the case that in times of stress, I stop responding to email. Right now is a time of extreme stress (this week  I have to write a paper, mark an assignment, and have an interview) and I’ve stopped even reading it. I’m monitoring my iPhone for genuine emergencies, but if it doesn’t […]

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Unfriending on Facebook

These are the terms that send significant traffic to my website. Yes, I realize what that says about the content of my blog. Anyway, I may as well try and be useful! Can you accidentally unfriend someone on Facebook? I guess so, the only time I ever heard of anyone doing this they were trying […]

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My Journal is Online

Now that my iPhone is unlocked (yay!) and has a data plan, I can play Foursquare. Which is exciting for me, but I know some people hate it and my boyfriend has been getting all angsty about giving up my privacy for nothing. The thing is though, I love tracking things. I track the applications […]

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Does Facebook Render Twitter Redundant?

I’m going to start this by saying that if you’re thinking about using Twitter to communicate with your friends, that’s a job that can be done fine by Facebook. Especially if you have a smart phone. Of course your friends who are using Twitter are probably using it differently from Facebook (danah boyd has some […]

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How Web 2.0 is Changing the Way we Communicate

This is what I’ve been finding in my research – what do you think? Anything missing?