Facebook

Today's Obsession: You Like Me!

Bloomberg Businessweek on MSNBC has a long piece from Brad Stone about Facebook’s insidious ad strategies. (Found via PopMatters, who has their own commentary.) I’m not entirely sure how I feel about the blending of advertising and content, as Facebook is doing in your news feed, because that’s always been a sort of sacred...

Today's Obsession: Facebook Places

You may have heard that Facebook is now offering a service called “places,” a direct competitor for both Foursquare and Gowalla (the two most popular location-based games). The service itself is kind of me-too, leaving me uninterested, but what I was interested in was the permissions Facebook automatically set—versus their last permissions fiasco. It...

Today's Obsession: Keeping Yourself Under Lock & Key

A couple of weeks ago, a researcher at Skull Security compiled and released (as a downloadable torrent file) information scraped from about 100 million publicly-available Facebook profiles, just to prove a point: that someone can neatly package up millions of people and distribute their personal information, along with the mechanisms used to do it....

Today's Obsession: Facebook Becomes Useful

Facebook has quietly unveiled one of the largest recommendation engines on the web. (This happened on July 2nd, while most Americans were preparing to grill, blow up or set afire anything they could find over the following weekend.) It’s is a pretty clear volley on Facebook’s part aimed straight at Google’s front door. This...

Embracing Processing

Last Fall, I added a new application to my toolkit: I began using an application called Processing. The bad news is that it’s a programming language. The good news is that anyone can start drawing shapes on screen in a few minutes, and given an hour or two of attention, you can start inventing...