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From the new EP, All Delighted People.

Gorgeous song

“I’m tired of life/I’m tired of waiting for someone/I’m tired of prices/I’m tired of waiting for something”

Thanks for sharing this one Andy. I needed this.

One non-techie perspective on Facebook Places vs FourSquare

Last week Facebook launched Places. Their response to foursquare.

I use FourSquare along with Twitter. They are different – sometimes standalone and sometimes I use them together. I’ve been using them since early on and I use them heavily

But I fully realize that I’m an early adopter. So I pay close attention to how my wife uses new apps. She’s a “normal” user. Not bleeding edge. (n.b. I actually dislike the label “normals” which I’ll get into in a future post).

Anyway Lauren does use Twitter and FourSquare. And she’s a big Facebook user.

Her foursquare network is a small subset of her Facebook network and also includes some folks that aren’t in her Facebook graph.

Earlier today we were at the Wicked Oyster for breakfast in Wellfleet. I checked in on FourSquare. Lauren reached for her phone and shrugged, “Oh, left my iPhone back at the house” (she knows how to relax on vacation better than me).

So I then checked into the Wicked Oyster on Facebook and tagged Lauren in as well. I then told her how Facebook pages worked along with friend tagging.

Her response: “I don’t like that”

Its clear that Lauren wants to manage her privacy. She knows what’s she’s getting into with twitter (all public). And her FourSquare network is carefully designed. But her immediate reaction to friend tagging on Facebook was pretty negative. “so everyone I’m friends with on Facebook will know where I am ?”

I told her she can turn off the friend tagging setting on Facebook places.

It’s pretty clear she’s gonna do just that.

Regulating technology

Back in the day, there were many folks that wanted to the government to break up Microsoft because they had a dominant position on the desktop and could control everything else on top of the desktop stack and then control the web.

At the time, I was living in Silicon Valley where the anti-Microsoft beat was particularly strong.

I never felt like that was a good idea. First, the web was open and startups and large companies would create alternatives and existing incumbents get stuck. 

I haven’t heard too many people calling for the breakup of Microsoft these days.

But now I’m hearing that the government should take a hard look at Apple’s app store policies and Google search engine algorithms. These companies have built great products and their customers have rewarded them for it.

At the same time alternatives have become quite interesting with even possibly more important than those two mentioned “dominant” products. 

Some would argue that my “hands off” approach to Apple and Google should apply to last mile ISPs. My own logic says that just like competition took away MSFT’s dominance, the same will happen if ISPs don’t deliver the goods with better products & user experiences. 

The thing is I’m not sure that is the case. The costs of last mile delivery isn’t something a startup can offer. The last mile is dominated by a few that own the spectrum or the physical wires. That’s why I’m a firm believer and supporter of Net Neutrality. 

But still, I have more confidence in startups and disruptors than government oversight. After all, I’m writing this very post using my hacked up iPhone acting as a wifi hotspot since this beach house doesn’t have broadband.

He posted his weight on Twitter everyday, and lost 60 pounds in five months that way

Tall Tales, Truth and My Twitter Diet –

Keeping a log is one of the most helpful tools to lose weight. It’s not the log itself but the act of keeping one. I discovered that last year when I started using LoseIt on the iPhone. I hadn’t considered using Twitter for that – but looks like others are with excellent results. 


So how do austerians deal with the reality of interest rates that are plunging, not soaring? The latest fashion is to declare that there’s a bubble in the bond market: investors aren’t really concerned about economic weakness; they’re just getting carried away. It’s hard to convey the sheer audacity of this argument: first we were told that we must ignore economic fundamentals and instead obey the dictates of financial markets; now we’re being told to ignore what those markets are actually saying because they’re confused.

Psychologists refer to this as the paradox of power. The very traits that helped leaders accumulate control in the first place all but disappear once they rise to power. Instead of being polite, honest and outgoing, they become impulsive, reckless and rude. In some cases, these new habits can help a leader be more decisive and single-minded, or more likely to make choices that will be profitable regardless of their popularity. One recent study found that overconfident CEOs were more likely to pursue innovation and take their companies in new technological directions. Unchecked, however, these instincts can lead to a big fall.