Foursquare. It is social, mobile, skews young, international, and sits on a trove of data that can help Yahoo! personalize its content and create more targeted ads. It’s cool to shit on foursquare now, but I still think it is a great service. First of all, the design is awesome. Both beautiful and functional. More importantly, it sucks up an enormous amount of data through checkins and all the companies that use its API. It is the most used local API, powering companies like Instagram and Uber. I consistently find great places to visit and eat at through the explore feature. It’s like guided serendipity and frequently makes my night better than it would have been otherwise. foursquare is like my cool friend who has been everywhere in town and knows exactly what to do to have a great time. That’s a level of trust I have with maybe a handful of apps. Yahoo! is seen more as a crazy uncle is missing that type of emotional resonance. People only use Yahoo! out of habit, not out of passion. There is also a chance for deep integration with flickr, giving the fledgling service a bump. Now is the time for Yahoo! to pounce on the great hope of the NYC tech scene, before they can gain any momentum from their disappointing debt
I’m jonesing for fantasy football so I’m going to play Fantasy CEO. I’m drafting Yahoo! Let the games begin!
I really like what Marissa Mayer has done so far. She has defined a mission of focusing on personalization and user’s daily, mobile habits. She has for the most part, focused on moderate acquisitions of mobile-leaning companies with slick designs. Combined with some of the properties she has inherited, these new acquisitions give Yahoo! the pieces to form a formidable platform and destination site. They have tons of content between their original work, syndicated partnerships, and tumblr. They have lots of ways of monetizing through their vast ad inventory. The one thing they’re missing is a social component — a way to collect all this content to spread and consequently demand more money from ads.
I have 3 ideas for who they should buy, one of which is obvious so I’ll start with that one tomorrow.
The more and more I read, the more and more I realize how important it is to write. Not because writing is a romantic notion, full of stereotypes perpetuated by writers, but because writing makes you a better thinker. Writing is the knife that shapes the wood of thought.
My mom taught English as a Second Language so I have been around some advanced ideas concerning why we use language, what we use it for, and how it affects our lives. I’ve known for a long time that words have no inherent meaning. I had the realization that all language is symbols and containers that can be filled with anything. Thinking that ways has made it ok to put little thought into what I say if I think the situation warranted it. I find myself doing that often since I almost always think of glib replies to interactions before I think of anything else.
But it’s been very silly for me to think like this especially since I ponder so much about culture, which is ultimately about how groups of people create meaning in their life.
Since I’ve started to meditate diligently, I’ve noticed that I have the same thought-loops over and over, and these habitual thought-loops can trigger or amplify certain feelings in me. I now truly know the effect my words have on my feelings and actions. That is why for now on I am going to be more considerate of my words and commit to articulating my thoughts on a consistent schedule.
Let’s put ourselves in the undergraduate student’s position. Someone eighteen years old, embarking on an academic career, might well ask: Will this world welcome me, welcome my potential abilities? Or am I being trained for a life on a hamster wheel? Is my value simply the value of a hamster that can run, a bioform for the Matrix to plug into and extract my essence for the benefit of a larger machine? Is this world full of possibilities, is it asking me to contribute, welcoming my contribution, valuing me for the things known and unknown that I may one day be able to contribute? Or am I being wronged from the start, treated as a “customer,” which all too often means, alas, someone to fleece?
Is the world full of smart and welcoming adults who are interested in what I have to say, encouraging me to work hard and learn and try things, or is it full of thieves and charlatans who are out to rip me off and saddle me with debt and enslave me before I even get a chance to start my adult life??
Let’s consider this from the educator’s point of view, as well. Doesn’t the quality of a culture rely in part on a deep, dynamic interaction between those who are adults now, and those who will be soon?…
Let me suggest that it’s not the young workers who are being trained wrong. It’s the bosses. The ever-wise Maria Bustillos envisions the future of education in the age of MOOCs, advocating for instilling in young people a desire to find their purpose rather than slave away at work. (via explore-blog)
(Source: , via explore-blog)
"As books became cheaper, more portable, and therefore more desirable, they expanded the market for all publishers, heightening the value of literacy still further."
"That is what real revolutions are like. The old stuff gets broken faster than the new stuff is put in its place. The importance of any given experiment isn’t apparent at the moment it appears; big changes stall, small changes spread."
"When we shift our attention from ‘save newspapers’ to ‘save society’, the imperative changes from ‘preserve the current institutions’ to ‘do whatever works.’ And what works today isn’t the same as what used to http://www.shirky.com/weblog/2009/03/newspapers-and-thinking-the-unthinkable/