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Clay Shirky in giving away the news

Clay Shirky’s latest book (Cognitive Surplus, follow-up to Here Comes Everybody) is about generosity: giving away something making an effort for no apparent reason, outside of a closely controlled reputation system, without clearly anticipated benefits for doing so. It echoes my … Continue reading

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Three great things about David Kirkpatrick’s book

Second in my series: why you must read his book: (Offering it was fine, but I’d rather have the positive post wait in top of my list during the week-end) He offers a very nuanced articulation of accidental success vs. … Continue reading

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David Kirkpatrick’s book — three sentence reaction

I finished reading David Kirkpatrick’s The Facebook effect a second time; I took many notes and compiled them —ten page worth— but I’ll blog them progressively, to avoid dispersing the attention. First, it’s an essential book to read: so much, … Continue reading

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Eye candy in lieu of an update

There’s this idea I’ve been rummaging for quite some time: Facebook could actually be the Open Social Graph that mention the Scriptures (en lieu of Diaspora, OSW, Buzz 3P structure, AppleSeed) — except the best way to open is to … Continue reading

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Asymmetric conversation on Twitter

I was upset at Twitter for a simple reason: many (A-listers) claim that it’s fantastic to have many people answer your questions. I’ve tried: it’s not — at least for what seams to me to be a standard account: around … Continue reading

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Google hasn’t closed Jaiku: they opened it — as in OpenSource

Many commenters have so much to say about how Google should have bought Twitter. The thing is, Twitter, or micro-blogging in general, is like macro-blogging, or RSS: it’s better opened, like a publicly available format for everyone to hack — … Continue reading

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More on SNS monopoly

Is Facebook a natural monopoly? In my previous post, I argue quite vehemently that, unless DiSo is implemented and massively used, it could become one — and I’d like to tamper that opinion with a distinction notion in competition economics: … Continue reading

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“Open” is vague

Many people are now trying to surf the wave of ‘open’ and that seems to annoy Chris Messina.  The idea is abused, no doubt about it — however, the argument that ‘Open’ is clearly defined, or fully beneficial isn’t true … Continue reading

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Am I too critical?

Since I started this blog, I’ve been having issues with how to manage audience: most of what I want to say is reactions to someone else’s remarks; there is far less readers of this blog then people reading the comments … Continue reading

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Walls in the invisible College

I talked last night with friends about Oxford’s colleges — the basic life-unit here: those are not strictly academic discipline, most host under-grads, grads, fellows and seniors; all have an active cultural life and take part in frequent symbolic competition.  … Continue reading

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