Funny, and probably not out of the ordinary either.
Growing friction between the haves and have nots?
Scott Karp observes that a lot of bloggers are using “web 2.0″ services to cross-post their entries – he thinks it inefficient. I agree – it is inefficient to find yourself reading the same material via your RSS reader, then via Facebook, only to see it again via Twitter (or Twitter via mini-feed via Facebook, etc. etc.). But a lot of bloggers, particularly those trying to “break out,” are innocently using the distribution channels made available to them to spread their word. For every A-list blogger, well connected to like-kind digerati, there are a million more unknowns. And if those unknowns can garner one extra eyeball a day using the growing number of free services they are simply going to do it. That some heavy users wind up caught in the crossfire is simply a by-product of being an early adopter – you are ahead of the game as far as feed consumption goes and are now paying the price for the proliferation of mashups. Distribution 2.0.
The same goes for Facebook invites. Like a case of rock stars and groupies gone mad, there’s a reason the popular set are declaring “bankruptcy” – everyone wants a piece of them, even if the chunk is nothing more than a name on a friend’s list. The Z-listers have an inkling that curious folks are going to peruse the friends lists of the real players, and if they can get their name on that list they may just get noticed. There is value being in the rolodex, even if you get added so haphazardly. Notice by Association.
Now, the disclaimer: This blog sends linked
entries entry titles to Twitter each time a post is done. I’ll probably continue this for immediate future. I’ve since stopped it because seeing updated blog posts on the sidebar was seeing redundancy. (I got rid of the sidebar stuff instead) I also have Twitter included in my Facebook profile, and I include recent posts from this blog as well (via Feed Invasion). Neither data source is included in the Facebook mini-feed or news feed (Scott is right – that would be spammy). In addition, I don’t generally make unsolicited friends requests on Facebook for people I don’t know personally, although I will follow folks on Twitter with already large followings or working in an area I’m interested in (I view them as information nexuses). Following should be based on the flow of information, not the person, in cases where you don’t have a pre-existing personal relationship. Those worth following don’t have the time to make friend/no-friend decisions all day, particular when it can result in the disclosure of more personal information. And I don’t consider passive attention grabbing efforts worthy of my time anyway. If I create something worthy of said attention, I’m pretty certain anyone is going to find out about it, actively, anyway.
UPDATE: Somewhat related – a different take on some of the recent chatter. A bit harsh – many websites wouldn’t gain critical mass (or necessary funding) without the attention or resulting distribution A-listers provide or prime.
UPDATE 2: Loren Feldman mentions Notice by Association on CalacanisCast.
Interestingly, social networking tops the no-value category.
Interesting. But couldn’t find the OPML importer.
I’ve been searching far and wide for online storage solutions, but simply haven’t had the time to compile a comprehensive list for review. That’s both the beauty and the nightmare of the new internet – plenty of choices that are increasingly difficult to find amongst the banter.
Someone handed me a noise-cancelling headset today – 80+ File Hosting and Sharing Sites.
PS: for those that expressed dislike with these lists over in the related comments, please be advised that some folks actually find this stuff extremely useful.
UPDATE: Even more what I was thinking about when I inquired.
Probably hasn’t changed much, even though TechCrunch now has a reported 500K+ readers.
Simple, succinct description, although that is just one of the aspects of OpenID.
Neither is likely, but it’s fun to create conspiracy theories anyway
I spent the last few days planning an excursion to the water. I had a favorite spot picked out, and folks to join me. Impending rain was not an issue (since I would be standing in the water all day anyway); it was even somewhat welcomed (to get rid of mosquitos). I had someone to walk the dog. The flows were perfect.
Then, last night, some water management officials intercepted a last minute planning call and decided to turn things up a notch…
UPDATE… Continue reading
It’s just harder for Google to find.
Squidoo took a tongue (and Google) lashing for getting overrun with spammy pages/accounts. They’re open to the viewing public and efficient at generating attention from the rest of the internet – it was to be expected.
Facebook is growing like wildfire, and it seems a lot of folks are betting their reputations on it by showering the social network with glory. I say where there’s that kind of attention, there is bound to be someone lurking around trying to find a financial advantage. You can debate legitimate avenues for generating income off Facebook’s back, or you can keep your eye’s peeled for the sleek underbelly already working it’s way in. Some folks already see the latter, and aren’t too happy about it (although I’ll take criticism by the A-list crowd over the chance of someone from the Z-list crowd making some spare coin with a grain of salt).
Yes, Facebook has great privacy features, and it is closed off to the rest of the world to boot. But all that means is if spammers and scammers jump on the platform, it’s the users that are going to have to deal, instead of counting on Google to put the kibosh on it for them.
UPDATE: Even if the barrage that hits you is legitimate, it’s still a barrage. I don’t know what’s wrong with being so “web popular,” other than the fact that if you reject the invitations people will call you a jerk. Guess the price of online fame is bankruptcy.