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Announcing an audacious proposal | Dalton Caldwell
The advertising-supported monoculture

“The best minds of my generation are thinking about how to make people click ads. That sucks.” - Jeff Hammerbacher, fmr. Manager of Facebook Data Team, founder of Cloudera

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I want a real alternative to advertising hell… I would gladly pay for a service that treats me better.

The disappointment of Web 2.0
Internet  leanstartup  Pivot  web20  Web  web2.0  Web  2.0  Platform  Digg  reddit  freemium  Wordpress  advertising  advertisement  businessmodels  businessmodel  Google  Facebook  Twitter 
december 2012 by asterisk2a
Facebook and Its Users, Mutually Dependent - NYTimes.com
Not everyone was comfortable with that revelation, but beneath the backlash, Professor Turkle said, loomed a larger struggle: users coming to terms with the Web’s evolution from a free-wheeling Wild West into a mature marketplace where the currency, personal data, will finance and fuel the next generation of products and services.

“It crystallized a set of issues that we will be defining for the next decade — the notion of self, privacy, how we connect and the price we’re willing to pay for it,” she said. “We have to decide what boundaries we’re going to establish between ourselves, advertisers and our personal information.”

THAT quandary is not confined to Facebook. Every social media company, like Twitter and Instagram, a mobile photo-sharing application, and Foursquare, a location-based service, will have to introduce a coherent business model — most likely one that will make use of what it knows about the people who have access to and use its service.
Aol  wheel  of  time  socialnetwork  socialweb  foursquare  Twitter  socialmedia  web2.0  Internet  privacy  2012  IPO  Facebook 
february 2012 by asterisk2a
RIP Digg.
The lesson from Digg is crucial as Silicon Valley’s ecosystem has made it easier and easier to start a company. It’s that a great product is necessary but not nearly enough. Building a real company is harder, and it takes execution and leadership. Things like a New York-based CEO and a sometimes-distracted co-founder took a toll on Digg in its most pivotal days. As I wrote in my book a year after that cover, startups reflect their founders’ personalities. Back then, Slide was characterized by silent intensity, Facebook was like a messy, pizza-stained dorm room, and Digg? Well, Digg’s offices were empty most evenings.
digg  history  business  web2.0  siliconvalley  kevinrose  entrepreneurship  entrepreneur  startup  founders  facebook 
march 2011 by asterisk2a
BuddyPress.org – WordPress Social Network Software
Social networking in a box. Build a social network for your company, school, sports team or niche community all based on the power and flexibility of WordPress.

BuddyPress is completely free and open source. Unlike hosted services, BuddyPress allows you to stay in control of your site and create a totally customized, unique experience.

Global, personal and group activity streams with threaded commenting, direct posting, favoriting and @mentions. All with full RSS feed and email notification support.
wordpress  socialnetworking  web2.0  streaming  activity  blogging  blogosphere  blog  theme  plugin  social 
march 2010 by asterisk2a

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