Here’s a clip of Clay Shirky talking about content creation on the Web. He draws and interesting comparison between lolcats and Wikipedia, applauding the act of creating, even if it’s something as inane and meaningless as a lolcat.
“Doing something is different from doing nothing.”
So I’ve been shopping around for suitable themes for this space. I want all my online identities to look the same or at least at the same feel, so I’ve been trying to find a similar or identical themes (that I might customise) to fit my WordPress and Tumblr sites. No such luck. I would design it myself, but I just haven’t got the time to learn the coding for each platform from scratch. Today I came across Stiqr. Stiqr allows you to design your website without touch a single line of code. All you do is move the elements around (literally “sticking”) as you would on Photoshop. Stiqr will do all the coding for you. The best part is it works on multiple platforms: WordPress, Blogger and Tumblr, to name a few.
Stiqr is free with limited use, and costs only US$35 for a lifetime license. Sounds like a pretty good deal, I think! Definitely going to be checking this one out, though I’m a little wary of its cross-platform compatibility. I’m noticing that their website (that has been built completely on Stiqr) has some problems with page titles and tags. Anyone had a go at Stiqr and have any feedback at all?
Facebook privacy issues: a New York Times infographic
There has been some talk about Facebook‘s controversial privacy issues of late. With the recent introduction of Open Graph, Facebook allowed third party access to their users’ personal data – specifically things they like and dislike. In order to keep one’s data private (or, a private as it gets on the World Wide Web), users now have to go through an extensive process in order to hide their data from random third party applications. It took me about fifteen minutes going through dozens of steps to set my privacy settings, and even then, I found that I had missed some things out.
The controversy lies in Facebook not communicating properly with their users and telling them clearly what was happening with Open Graph and how it would affect them. Then the whole resurfacing of a message that Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg sent out in 2003, where he called Facebook users (then) “dumb fucks” for trusting him with their personal data. Tsk tsk. That wasn’t very nice, Mr Zuckerberg. But I forgive him, he was 19 and had just created one of the fastest growing phenomenons of the World Wide Web. Bringing up a tiny thing like that from years ago isn’t going to do anyone any good. Why bother?
Mashable’s Ben Parr talks about the whole Facebook hooha on Al-Jazeera:
He also wrote a fantastic article on Mashable, arguing that the whole privacy issue shouldn’t completely fall on Facebook’s massive shoulders. I absolutely agree, 100%. He said of the video: “Don’t put anything online that you don’t want your mother to see.” I have always stood by that rule, though I admit, I do let some things slip through the cracks. Silly pictures of not-very-mother-friendly drunken debauchery? Been there, done that. If I get called out for something I left online, I’m not going to blame Facebook. It was my responsibility to manage my data that I put on the web. This is the World Wide Web! I’m sure most of you can understand that it certainly doesn’t equate to “privacy”. The moment you put something up on the Web, you’re publishing it to an audience. Therefore it is your responsibility to manage what you publish. On the other hand, yes, I say it again, Facebook could/should have done more in communicating with their users about how their personal data will/may be used.
Some outraged users are going as far as planning a Facebook massacre, otherwise known as Quit Facebook Day. This solemn day is planned to happen on 31st May 2010, and at last count, there have been 2,422 attendees. This compared to the hundreds and millions of people on Facebook; certainly doesn’t seem like it will make a dent in Facebook’s rep. What does it tell us about Facebook users? How much do the majority really care about privacy settings? What about you? This whole issue certainly hasn’t motivated me to delete my Facebook account. Will you join the other 2,422 on 31st May 2010?
Dr. Martens celebrates their 50 years by hiring 10 artists to cover 10 classic tunes and 10 directors to create 10 videos that represent the the “spirit” of Dr. Martens fans through the years. The tracks are specifically selected to represent the unique “spirit” of those who wear Dr. Martens. Each video has been crafted to fit the grungy, alternative style.
The list of musicians involved is impressive and includes talents like Noisettes and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. Tracks and videos are released every few weeks. To date, three covers have been released and the response has been fantastic! The Noisettes’ cover of Buzzcocks’ Ever Fallen in Love with Someone has been viewed over 32,000 times on YouTube and embedded on many blogs and music websites. I personally came across Noisettes’ cover of Buzzcocks’ Ever Fall in Love with Someone on Stereomood – a internet radio site.