Two weeks ago, I attended a focus group for a friend’s start-up, one of the hottest right now. It was fun, both in seeing the passion of the founder’s team, learning more about their vision and how it was received by others, and in contributing to something that...Continue reading »
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I have previously written that the most profound legacy of Facebook in terms of Internet behavior is: Facebook’s primacy legacy is not its site and service, but the profound changes it drove in Internet behavior. Facebook made Internet users comfortable with using their real names and bringing their...Continue reading »
I have four email addresses that i use actively (one work and three personal), and through the course of the last 25 years have had numerous ones – think compuserve, aol, schools, different jobs, and different providers. My wife never quite knows what email address to email me...Continue reading »
As we are seeing in the context of the Facebook IPO and Google’s privacy change, the FTC, European Union, and other jurisdictions are about to put privacy front and center. The answers to those questions — ultimately societal and cultural questions — will determine the size of the...Continue reading »
I re-acquainted myself with the word “authenticity” recently and it ties together many of my thoughts about the history and direction of the Internet. To summarize my definition in this context, the concept is letting people be their raw and real selves, and encouraging them and enabling them...Continue reading »
Facebook’s primacy legacy is not its site and service, but the profound changes it drove in Internet behavior. Facebook made Internet users comfortable with using their real names and bringing their real lives onto the Internet. Whether using real names is good or bad in certain situations, this...Continue reading »
There has been some debate recently on the relative value of real names versus pseudonyms on the Internet. See, e.g., Fred Wilson. One observation. Take this for what its worth; I am not sure what if any conclusions to draw. In talking to some younger relatives, all applying...Continue reading »