Facebook tries to accomplish too many things. The social network ended up diversifying user content so much that it lost focus. What used to be a “place for friends” is now a circus of photography, video, news, blogging, curation, instant messaging, entertainment, networking and advertising.
We’ve exited the friend zone.
Let’s compare Facebook to the Walmart Supercenter. Both are designed to keep you inside as long as possible, convenience be damned. You walk inside a Walmart and encounter bin upon bin of school supplies, alongside running shoes, alongside gallons of milk. In theory, it’s a one-stop-shop, but the sheer volume and variety create chaos. A shopping trip becomes an event you have to plan. You need a map to track down everything, and just when you think you’ve gotten the hang of it, Walmart moves the sports equipment to the other side of the store.
Social Data Market Momentum: It’s Not About the Firehose | Thought Experiments from Susan Etlinger
A look at next week’s cover, “Madiba,” by the artist Kadir Nelson: http://nyr.kr/1f0Bwh0
The world contains many thousands of political prisoners but in the last 50 years only one of them, Nelson Mandela, has turned his imprisonment into a tool to create political change and national liberty.
He accomplished this by intelligence, guile, patience, tolerance for his enemies — and a display of such majestic dignity he commanded the sympathy of the world, even the grudging sympathy of the white South Africans from whom he won power.
To a harsh, cold world he brought a strange and refreshing sweetness. News from Africa was almost always bad, just as it is today, but news involving him always carried a grace note of hope. His gift to everyone was an unquenchable optimism, maintained in the face of appalling conditions. That, and quiet good humour.
He was not the innocent social democrat many of us would have liked him to be. He tolerated the Communist connections of colleagues in the African National Congress (ANC) and at certain times saw serious virtue in Communism. Nor was he a Gandhi. He conspired in acts of violent sabotage when he saw no other way. But at the crucial moment, he knew what to do. (Photo: ALEXANDER JOE/AFP/Getty Images)
IBM, in its latest C-suite study of 4,000 executives, provides a solution to the alignment problem (see above) highlighted in the IT Trends Survey from the Society for Information Management:
In brief, writes Virginia M. Rometty, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of IBM, “Leaders’ priorities are shifting from intra-enterprise efficiency and productivity to a new agenda led by the front office and focused on extra-enterprise engagement, transparency, collaboration and dialogue with audiences and all the individuals within them.
Customer-activated Enterprise = Bring it on.
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(1) President Abraham Lincoln, who had depression
(2) Writer Virginia Woolf, who had bipolar disorder
(3) Artist Vincent Van Gogh, who had bipolar disorder
(4) Writer Sylvia Plath, who had depression
(5) Mathematician John Nash (from A Brilliant Mind), who had schizophrenia
55 million photos are uploaded to Instagram on average every single day.
This stop motion video awesomely takes us around the world via 852 of those images from 852 different international photographers.
"Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is nonexistent. And don’t bother concealing your thievery – celebrate it if you feel like it. In any case, always remember what Jean-Luc Godard said: “It’s not where you take things from – it’s where you take them to.”
Also: Instagram. Steal ideas from Instagram, because apparently we’re all taking the same photos anyway.
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I feel old.