Joints After Midnight & Rants

    • My Predictions for 2018

      (cross posted from NewCo Shift) So many predictions from so many smart people these days. When I started doing these posts fifteen years ago, prognostication wasn’t much in the air. But a host of way-smarter-than-me folks are doing it now, and I have to admit I read them all before I sat down to do my own. So in advance, thanks to Fred, to Azeem, to Scott, and Alexis, among many others.

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  • This Is What Happens When Context Is Lost.

    … (Cross posted from NewCo Shift) Facebook and Google’s advertising infrastructure is one of humanity’s most marvelous creations. It’s also one of its most terrifying, because, in truth, pretty much no one really understands how it works. Not Mark Zuckerberg, not Larry Page, and certainly not Russian investigator Robert Mueller, although…

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  • The Data Deal Is Opaque. We Should Fix It.

    … what you’re trading for free weather, anywhere, anytime, by the hour? For free e-mail services? For free social media like Instagram or Facebook? For pretty much free everything? All day long, you’re giving your data up. This is NOT NEW. Technically, what AcccuWeather did is more than likely legal, but it violates the Spirit Of Customers…

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  • No. Social Terrorists Will Not Win

    … A small group of social terrorists have hijacked the rational discourse led by society’s most accomplished, intelligent, and promising organizations. (cross posted from NewCo Shift) Let’s start with this: Google is not a perfect company. It’s easy to cast it as an omniscient and evil villain, the leader of a millennium-spanning…

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  • Dear Facebook…Please Give Me Agency Over The Feed

    … (cross posted from NewCo Shift) Like you, I am on Facebook. In two ways, actually. There’s this public page, which Facebook gives to people who are “public figures.” My story of becoming a Facebook public figure is tortured (years ago, I went Facebook bankrupt after reaching my “friend” limit), but the end result is a place that feels a bit like…

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  • Ads. Grrr.

    … after listening, I googled around (yes Google, I did that on purpose, sorry, but it’s lower case usage for you from now on, please block Facebook ads in your Chrome extension that would be such a cool dust up to watch okthanksbye) to find out who might disagree with the cautious but still high-on-camaraderie conversation I had just ingested…

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  • Pick Up the Phone and Call.

    … (cross posted from NewCo Shift) People in business who like to Get Shit Done fall in love with each version of The New. When I was a kid, new was the the Apple II. Then the IBM PC, digital phones and voice mail, the Mac — oh God, the Mac! — word processing, email, the cell phone, the Internet — mmmmm, the Internet! — and then the iPhone — oh…

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  • Bad Policy Makes Us Sick. Business Must Lead Us Back.

    … (Cross posted from NewCo Shift) Walking around Disneyland with my daughter the other night, I found myself face to face with one of our country’s most intractable taboos. (Disneyland is still awesome for me, as a kid from 1970s LA. Truly magical.) If you’re an observer of crowds, one of the more prominent features of the Disneyland crowd…

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  • It’s Time For Facebook to Start Making Media

    … to decide). It’s been watched nearly 70 million times on Facebook. In one day. Did you read that right? Yep. 70 million times. In one day. The video is two minutes long. Scores of “traditional” media outlets have somehow gotten access to the video, chroming it up with their own logos, music, and advertising. But the thing went viral on Facebook…

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  • We Must Fix This Fucking Mess

    … Here are the caveats for the rant I am about to write. The fact that I am writing this on Medium will cause many of you to dismiss me for hypocrisy. Don’t. Read to the end. I will be saying the word “F*CK” a lot. If that bothers you, time to depart for calmer waters. This post will be subject to dismissal due to charges of high nostalgia…

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  • Metaservices FTW!

    … Way back when — well, a few years back anyway— I wrote a series of posts around the idea of “metaservices.” As I mused, I engaged in a bit of derision around the current state (at that point) of the mobile ecosystem, calling it “chiclet-ized” — silos of useful data without a true Internet between them. You know, like individually wrapped cubes…

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  • Should a Company Have a Soul?

    … Much of the Republican debates have been expendable theatrics, but I watched this weekend’s follies from South Carolina anyway. And one thing has struck me: The ads are starting to get better. This season’s debates have had the highest ratings of any recent Presidential race, and they’re attracting some serious corporate sponsorship. One spot…

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  • The Waze Effect: Flocking, AI, and Private Regulatory Capture

    … (image) A couple of weeks ago my wife and I were heading across the San Rafael bridge to downtown Oakland for a show at the Fox Theatre. As all Bay area drivers know, there’s a historically awful stretch of Interstate 80 along that route – a permanent traffic sh*t show. I considered taking San Pablo road, a major thoroughfare which parallels…

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  • On Medium, Facebook, and the Graph Conflict

    …I double took upon arriving at Medium just now, fingers flexed to write about semi-private data and hotel rooms (trust me, it’s gonna be great). But upon my arrival, I was greeted thusly: Now, I have no categorical beef with Facebook, I understand the value of its network as much as the next publisher. But it always struck me that Medium…

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  • Mobile Gets a Back Button

    … I just opened an email on my phone. It was from a fellow I don’t know, inviting me to an event I’d never heard of. Intrigued, I clicked on the fellow’s LinkedIn, which was part of his email signature. That link opened the LinkedIn app on my phone. In the fellow’s LI feed was another link, this one to a tweet he had mentioned in his feed…

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