Unbranded; without a registered trademark.

 

stryker:

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now make that blogging platform monetized

stryker:

ads ads ads ads ads ads ads ads ads ads ads ads ads ads ads ads ads ads ads ads ads ads ads ads ads ads ads ads

stop

now make that blogging platform monetized

dear david karp,

notentirely:

thanks for tumblr, a platform i have grown to love over the 6 years that i’ve been here.

i understand this is your project and i’ll understand if you sell it. but i wanted to point out, you left money on the table when it came to me.

i’d have paid a small fee to have a “no-ads” dashboard. you could have added all the ads you wanted ($$) and i’d have given you money ($$) to have them not show up for me. money in your pocket both ways.

i also would have paid a small fee for premium features ($$). all that time wasted on trying to get me to not use ‘missing e’ could have been put to better use asking me to pay a small fee ($$) for a better user experience within tumblr itself.

there are several other ways you missed making some solid dough on a tumblr fan such as myself, but i think the point is made.

you left money on the table with me. i hope you don’t do that with yahoo, or whomever you may sell to.

tumblr is a neat place. you did something really great in creating this software. however, we did something great in being the community that used it. you made tumblr worth something, and we’ve made it worth more.

good luck and thanks again.

respectfully,
notentirely

Cosigned.

zoestagg:

I saw these all over town this weekend, on bus stops and the like—and while I intellectually appreciate they spent $100 million on this ad campaign, and what do I know from ad men, I do have a question:
Are you selling us special active-teen tampons? Because that’s the only conceivable product Y!ou can possibly be, especially given this lovely stock photo you chose. Yay. I’ll pick some up with my Teen Spirit Sparkling Salsa deodorant next time I’m out.

zoestagg:

I saw these all over town this weekend, on bus stops and the like—and while I intellectually appreciate they spent $100 million on this ad campaign, and what do I know from ad men, I do have a question:

Are you selling us special active-teen tampons? Because that’s the only conceivable product Y!ou can possibly be, especially given this lovely stock photo you chose. Yay. I’ll pick some up with my Teen Spirit Sparkling Salsa deodorant next time I’m out.

We Need To Talk About Facebook

Just to give a short outline of the problem. By using Facebook, activists do not just make their own communication, their opinion, their ‘likes’, etc. transparent and available for processing. Instead - and we consider this far more important - they expose structures and individuals who themselves have little or nothing to do with Facebook. Facebook’s capability to search the net for relationships, similarities etc. is difficult to comprehend for lay people. The chatter on Facebook reproduces political structures for the authorities and for companies. These can be searched, sorted and aggregated not just in order to obtain precise statements regarding social relations, key people, etc., but also in order to make predictions, from which regularities can be deduced. Next to mobile phones, Facebook is the most subtle, cheapest and best surveillance technology available.

 

We Need To Talk About Facebook

Just to give a short outline of the problem. By using Facebook, activists do not just make their own communication, their opinion, their ‘likes’, etc. transparent and available for processing. Instead - and we consider this far more important - they expose structures and individuals who themselves have little or nothing to do with Facebook. Facebook’s capability to search the net for relationships, similarities etc. is difficult to comprehend for lay people. The chatter on Facebook reproduces political structures for the authorities and for companies. These can be searched, sorted and aggregated not just in order to obtain precise statements regarding social relations, key people, etc., but also in order to make predictions, from which regularities can be deduced. Next to mobile phones, Facebook is the most subtle, cheapest and best surveillance technology available.

 

jtemple:

The hypocrisy in Silicon Valley’s big talk on innovation
Silicon Valley loves to talk big about innovation; it’s just not as good at following through.
In fact, “innovation” is something of a magic word around here, shape-shifting to fit the speaker’s immediate needs. So long as semiconductors and coding are involved, people will staple it to anything from flying cars to the iFart app. Other times it’s just code for “jobs,” used to justify asking for government favors one day and scolding them for meddling in the free market the next.
"Lower our payroll taxes because … innovation."
"Drop that antitrust inquiry because … innovation."

jtemple:

The hypocrisy in Silicon Valley’s big talk on innovation

Silicon Valley loves to talk big about innovation; it’s just not as good at following through.

In fact, “innovation” is something of a magic word around here, shape-shifting to fit the speaker’s immediate needs. So long as semiconductors and coding are involved, people will staple it to anything from flying cars to the iFart app. Other times it’s just code for “jobs,” used to justify asking for government favors one day and scolding them for meddling in the free market the next.

"Lower our payroll taxes because … innovation."

"Drop that antitrust inquiry because … innovation."

Ten years from now, someone, some company, or some organization, takes an interest in you, wants to know if you’ve ever said anything they consider offensive, or threatening, or just includes a mention of a certain word or phrase they find interesting. A single search query within Google’s cloud – whether initiated by a publicly available search, or a federal subpoena, or anything in between – will instantly bring up documentation of every word you’ve ever spoken within earshot of a Google Glass device.