“The lonesomeness, and then the struggle to overcome in a relationship with the player who is your on-court rival: that, in essence, is the history, or the subconscious history, of high-level tennis.”—http://nyti.ms/qmssRv
Put another way, G+ basically is a combination of Facebook & Twitter. That’s what makes it different. It serves both purposes: private communication among friends, and public shouting to the world. Right now, most pundits declaring G+ dead seem to think that if their Facebook friends aren’t on it, then its game over for G+. It’s easy to see why they think that. The truth is, as a private network, G+ is greatly lacking. It’s no surprise that people aren’t leaving Facebook to hang out with their close friends on G+ right now. G+ just isn’t designed very well for friend-to-friend communication. And in the beginning phases, that’s not really a weakness. There’s little chance entire networks of friends are going to jump ship from Facebook and join G+ all at once. That’s why G+ is concentrated on the “Twitter side” of its service. In fact, I’ve seen many people say they’ve left Twitter behind in favor of G+. (…)
You may not use G+ today. But someone you know is. It may be your friend from work, it may be your favorite photographer, blogger, or rock star. You may not think to go G+ to share a funny news story or photo. But someone you know will. And when you’re minding your own business checking your Gmail or doing a Google search, you’ll see that little red notification box. You may choose to send an email to share something with your five closest friends, but one of your friends won’t. Your friend will use G+ and you’ll be forced to visit the G+ site to look at the content. While you’re there on G+, you may just notice that your notification bar shows there’s even more posts & content waiting for you. It may take you 2 months or 2 years, but gradually you’re going to get pulled into this site, whether you want to be a user or not.
hat’s why Google+ doesn’t have its own distinct domain like “Orkut.com” — Google’s growth strategy and master plan is that Google+ will just be a part of everything you do on Google’s collective websites, which means it’s connected to more than half the things you do on the Internet. And if the black bar & red notification across the world’s most popular websites weren’t enough, remember also that G+ is part of everything Google does as a company — which includes Android phones (now bigger than iPhone), Google TV (which I’m guessing Google is going to double-down on) and maybe, someday, even Google self-driving cars. If the cars drive themselves, that leaves you more time to play on Google+. Now of course I’m a joking a bit here, but keep in mind, when Steven Levy asked Vic Gundotra if G+ was a “bet the company project,” Vic answered, “I don’t know how you can look at it any other way.” I think that means going forward we should expect to see G+ as part of everything that Google does, or ever will do.
“But it’s hard to think of anyone besides Steve Jobs who through the sheer force of will, self-confidence, vision and perfectionism could upend the powerful forces of technology to make so many products that delighted so many people precisely because they were improbable.”—http://t.co/dhh3GsJ
“People don’t buy an iPad because they want to replace a PC; they buy it because they want to escape their PC. The iPad offers a way of doing some of what you do on your computer—email, the Web, and videos—in a more convenient, hassle-free environment.”—http://t.co/k4OINlw
Die Apple-Produkte spielen in der öffentlichen Selbstdarstellung chinesischer Mittelschichten eine noch auffälligere Rolle als andernorts. In Pekinger Cafés sind praktisch hundert Prozent der Gäste mit iPhone, iPad oder Mac-Computer ausgestattet, die sie gleich nach dem Eintreffen in Betrieb nehmen. Auch Freunde und Familien, die gemeinsam kommen, fühlen sich im Kaffeehaus erst wohl, wenn jeder einzelne angelegentlich auf sein Gerät guckt. Ganz selten schlägt mal einer ein Buch auf, fast nie einer eine Zeitung. Eine ganze Schicht scheint Vergnügen daran zu finden, sich mit den Regeln eines gemeinsamen Spiels zu beschäftigen. Selbst Polizisten, die etwas auf sich halten, hantieren auf der Straße mit großer Selbstverständlichkeit mit ihrem iPad.
Die schicken Geräte stehen so unzweifelhaft an der Pyramidenspitze der gesellschaftlich anerkannten Werte, dass es nicht weiter verwunderte, als eine Achtzehnjährige ihren Körper im Internet demjenigen anbot, der ihr ein iPhone 4 schenken würde. Ein Siebzehnjähriger verkaufte sogar seine Niere, um genug Geld für ein iPad 2 zu haben.
“Actually, the ultimate Apple device of them all would be a Mac with no ports, no keyboard, and no display. Imagine the brain and a MacBook Air inside the body of an AppleTV. It lives on your network, serenely projecting Mac OS application services to any device—check that: any Apple device—that requests them.”—http://j.mp/nnfkIF
As a content junkie I’m so much more excited about #iOS 5 and its deep #Twitter integration than anything #Google+ or #Facebook could possibly do. I reckon the new notification system (and other features) combined with #Twitter’s golden triangle of #snippets seamlessly serving #serendipity will deliver something like social cum interest graph heaven with stellar efficiency.
On top of that I connect to this combination emotionally because it adds so much value to my everyday content routines. Neither Facebook nor Google’s news/social products ever managed to do that. Facebook’s asset is 1 billion people, but the technology feels hollow, is not customizable and does not mean anything to me. As doesn’t Google+, so far no use case.
Anyway, that’s just the rest of 2011. Who knows, maybe in 2012 Zuckerberg will produce Ice Cream Sandwich tablets that block Flash games and do not feel like plastic crap. Just kidding.
“I find I print less these days and share electronically a lot more. For the latter, text is best. Even better, if 50 years from now I want to read these words again while riding in my hover car, I’ll be able to open the file on my iPhone 23. After all, it’s just plain text.”—David Sparks, Macworld.com (via prefs)
In an exploration of the abstract and the extreme, Second Nature is an examination of the natural boundaries of the human body. Noah Sakamoto, Patrick Rizzo and J.M. Duran star as the test subjects as they wield skateboards and blue suits to race down the roads of the High Sierras in California.