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I think it’s about time for a personal dashboard to track and view what happens to what we share online. This would have two primary uses: 1) Privacy: I’d have a better idea of what’s publicly known about myself, and 2) Analytics: Like any content publisher, I’d be interested in checking my stats and trends.
And Stein of the Institute for the Future of the Book says that whatever assumptions we might make now about hybrid books, there's a good chance they won't hold true when the medium grows up. "Things like the Vook are trivial. We're going to see an explosion of experimentation before we see a dominant new format. We're at the very beginning stages" of figuring out what narrative might look like in the future. "The very, very beginning."
In many ways, this kind of two-way communication is well suited to the implicit complexities and uncertainty attending life on a crowding planet that is showing signs of strain from the blazingly fast expansion of this human experiment. When I was 12, in 1968, there were about 3.5 billion of us. We’ve nearly doubled since then and will approach triple that number around mid-century. And our appetite for energy and other resources has grown even faster. So far, technological and social innovations have enabled our species to burst through predicted walls. Can we keep that up? This remains an open question, to my mind.
Andy Revkin, the creator of the Dot Earth blog on the NYT site is leaving the paper to become a fellow at Pace's Academy for Applied Enviromnetal Studies. His post about his news has some great examples of how the web can be used to create better understanding of our relationship to the environment.
MyBlogLog was a wildly innovative service that grew fast after launching and was acquired in January 2007 by Yahoo! for $10 million. It made a deal with users: give us your personal information and we'll show you the faces of people who read your blog. That was a compelling offer and the resulting data amassed could have proven invaluable, had Yahoo! chosen to cultivate it and a developer ecosystem around it. That potential was so great, in fact, that sunset for MyBlogLog is downright tragic. It's also likely to anger bloggers all around the web.
According to Read Write Web Yahoo is going to shut down MyBlogLog 5 years after it was founded.
The article has a nice quote from the co-founder explaining that acquired services need strong executive champions in the ranks of the buyer to survive and flourish.
Stepping in to this vacuum is the great Typepad profile widget which can be seen on the upper right of my blog. Built into the service it is helping me gain new readers and people to follow on a daily basis. The Typepad BlogIt button, another Typepad feature, has also caused me to drop Delicious, another formerly great service that has languished under Yahoo too.
Women see celebrities as mirrors of their own lives, so when they're looking at celebrities, in many cases, not all, they are evaluating the situation and relating it to something in their own lives or comparing it. It enhances your life,she concludes brightly. It's helping women. Of course it's healthy. Bonnie Fuller in an article on the globe and mail.
Call me a crazy feminist, but I'm going to go out on a limb and argue that celebrity gossip sites *don't* help women.
Alaina pulling out a choice quote from an article just full of them. I really just felt sorry for the poor women sitting in their cubicles being yelled at about headlines. Fuller may have moved to digital but it sounds like she is keeping up with her old print ways. Nothing new here.
So a real design challenge for e-books isn’t to design the user experience (which is dependent at the end of the day on the device capabilities anyway, which are pretty much unknown) but rather on designing a system that would allow existing publishers to transition their operations from ramshackle print to All Knowing Digital.