Another Facebook Redesign: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg unveiled the site’s redesigned News Feed on Thursday morning, revealing an even greater emphasis on photos and check-ins than before. While the changes are likely to be met with the same criticism that accompanies most social network redesigns these days, we have to admit we’re fans of the new-look photo captions. We’re still not going to check-in anytime we manage to sneak away from work/home for a few minutes though. (Photo via AllThingsD) source
So how does one achieve forgiveness from the permanently offended? Well, in the most extreme situations, there is always the shame-faced march to rehab (“It was the booze that inspired my Wagnarian fits of anti-Semitism, because such profanities don’t exist in my heart”). There is, however, a much cheaper option: the ritualistic public apology. As public pressure mounts on the offender, threatening to damage their own “brand” or a company’s earnings, a carefully crafted apology is released into the wild, America’s wounds are salved, and the braying mob moves on to its next victim. Nothing has changed, of course, but nothing was meant to have changed. Ours is an age of moral grandstanding—in 140 characters.
We wanted to build a pleasant out-of-the-box experience for new users. We have since introduced a 3rd-party app directory, dramatically improved our signup experience, and have constantly tweaked aspects of the service based on feedback.
Remember, a very short time ago App.net existed as an idea proposed in a blogpost… not a functioning service. As stated at the time, the goal of the backing period was to determine whether a paid market existed for our platform. Since there are numerous examples of freemium business models which didn’t succeed, we wanted to be very careful in our approach to pricing. We have been spending the past few months learning and analyzing data in order to come up with a plan for a sustainable and beneficial free tier.
The free tier does have some limitations — the free accounts are invite-only, you’ll only be able to follow a maximum of 40 users, and you will have limited access to the recently-launched file mechanisms. (But this will allow you the opportunity to try out some of the really cool third-party apps for the service, such as Felix and Riposte).
By the way, now’s a good time to point out that ShortFormBlog recently joined App.net and you should follow us.
One of Pope Benedict’s last marks made? An embrace of social media
1.5Mthe number of Twitter followers Pope Benedict XVI had built up for himself in the two months he had been on Twitter. Sending just 34 tweets, he quits the post by becoming the first Pope to show an earnest embrace of technology. Prior to the move, 53%of U.S. internet users were unaware of the Pope’s online presence.
The essential value of these information technologies – their ability to seamlessly interface with each other as only bits, rather than atoms, can – is being purposely eroded.
MIT Technology Review contributor John Pavlus • Discussing the current trend of social media networks breaking their apps’ ability to share to gain competitive advantages, particularly in the case of Twitter and Instagram. Pavlus, understandably, mocks them: “The vision is almost comically retrograde: Twitter, Google, Apple, and Facebook each seem to think that they can provide every conceivable digital functionality to the user all on their own at each other’s expense, much like GM’s ‘kitchen of tomorrow’ at the 1964 World’s Fair promised to meet every need of a 20th-century housewife with one brand.”
Hey all! Welcome to ShortFormBlog, a news site that's known for short blurbs, quick wit, and crazy styles. In case you'd never heard of us, we're pretty well-known around Tumblr-ville. We've even been mentioned in both Time and Newsweek. Pretty cool, huh? Anyway, follow us for more: