seldo asks: Your point about two-factor auth at Twitter is fair, but these large brands can already be using third-party tools like Hootsuite to give individuals access to major accounts in a much more controllable way, and using insanely long, private master passwords for the accounts themselves.
» SFB says: This is a fair point regarding my argument last night. (Though if you read Twitter’s recommendations, they seem skeptical of this as well. “Even if you use a third-party platform to avoid sharing the actual Twitter account password, each of these people is a possible avenue for phishing or other compromise,” they write.) It’s also a good work-around to Twitter’s lack of two-step, though, because you can log in via OAuth and Facebook Connect, allowing you to tie into Google and Facebook’s two-step logins. Not everyone is psyched to use such tools like HootSuite, but it’s certainly a reasonably good choice for large organizations. The fact of the matter is, we’re giving the same level of security to everyone that joins Twitter, and when you’re Twitter’s size, it doesn’t make sense. If they can’t pull it off for everyone all at once, two-step for verified accounts would be a great start. — Ernie @ SFB
Last summer, New York-based hybrid investor/incubator/holding company thing Betaworks acquired social news site Digg and relaunched it soon after, hoping to bring back some of its mojo in the process. Nine months later, Betaworks has acquired news-oriented company, this time bringing Marco Armentâ..
That’s a pretty big deal. Combined with Digg and Bit.ly, it sort of makes them a force on the content-sharing front. According to Marco Arment (a Tumblr co-founder who originally built Instapaper as a weekend side project), “I will continue advising the project indefinitely, while Betaworks will take over its operations, expand its staff, and develop it further.”
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.
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.”
In which former Senator Alan Simpson, R-Wyo., dances Gangnam Style. The reason? He wants young people to become involved in a discussion about cutting the national debt. Does this video inspire you to become involved?
This is the sight of a man saying, ”Screw it. Nothing else has worked.”