Archive for the ‘Social Media’ Category

There nowadays is a lot of talk about the free internet. The Arabic spring revolution makes government leaders scared as hell for the power of free speech over the net. In China there has been internet censorship since the net arose. The country where i’m from is for the open net, but is lacking on some issues.

The net is now dominated by multinationals like Facebook and Google who like the dictators from creepy regimes decided what’s good for us to see. I saw the TED presentation about the ‘Information Bubble’ thanks to my colleague, and i was realy shook up about it. Based on my search history and activity on the web, a company like Google, limits my world to what they think I like!

As a open minded individual, I think I can decided what I like and don’t like. Im not in service of Adwords or Facebook credits. Life is more than just segmenting the market and putting people in small niches. For your information… I always use an alias on the net so you can use my faulty info if you like 😉

The concept of augumented reality is very nice. Adding virtual content to the every day life is a brilliant idea. It can enrich an experience, like going to the mall or visiting a zoo. In fact it has endless possibilities.

If I browse the web for good examples of AR, I still only find some experiments and some nice startups. The big brands use AR as a onetime advertising stunt, but I don’t think they have embraced it yet. When I take a look at the content in AR browsers like Layer or Juniao, I’m also a bit dissapointed. Only the banks and real estate agents have some good AR content. Am I to impatient, or is the world not ready for cyberspace in every day life?

The one channel in Layer I find really good, is the one who display’s tweets around you. As a teacher I find it is a nice tool to display tweets from students around me. I can use it as an educational tool or a control tool. Some may say, you can’t monitor your students like that, that’s spying. I think it is my duty as a teacher, to educate kids on the use of social media. So if a kid tweets something awfull or embarrising, I would like to confront them, so they can learn from these faults. So be carefull what you tweet, because AR limits your privacy even more…..

Diaspora

Posted: 02/12/2011 in App reviews, Social Media

The new social network Diaspora has gone in Alpha state. If you are fed up with Facebook and want to contol your own data, Dispora is the Network to join. I wonder how long it will take before the founders get blinded by the buck, but the idea sounds appealling.

Diaspora consists of different streams, where you are hooked up with people who have the same interest as you. You provide your interest by entering them with a #. Just like Twitter. Example #education, #entertainment, etc..

Diaspora also works with the Cubbi.es app. It is a way to collect photo’s on the web and share them on Diaspora. There are still some bugs, because it doesn’t work in all browsers and sometimes freezes.