The Social Networker

by Chris Miller at 04:50:00 PM on Thursday, January 29th, 2009
I received a press announcement about the unveiling of some new Facebook apps that students wrote during a college competition.  I was impressed with what they came up with.
  • Admirer - the ability to see all photographs and photo albms from all your friends on once central location.  Instead of hopping around from page to page.  Written by Yun Liu and BaoLun Sun
  • FaceMerge - merge the faces of two of your friends from their photos.  Written by Yu Ouyang, Fawaz N and Minhaj Chowdhury
  • Mosayick - creating a large picture from other pictures.  Written by Limmiao Xu and Billy Prin
  • Photo Search - find mutual pictures of your friends.  Written by Charles Duyk, Scott Morse, and Larry Walters
  • TextTrade - Interactively buy and sell textbooks.  Written by Paul Martin, Mike Smith and Spencer Powell.

I can see TextTrade having the most immediate value for anyone that has to buy text books each year and then wants to sell them directly, instead of back to bookstores for lower amounts.  I wonder if they are taking a small cut of the deal.  Now that would make perfect sense.  Here is a screenshot form the students:

Image:Facebook apps from college student competition - John Hopkins University

I received some more information from them including a group photo and some Powerpoint files.  Overall a quite impressive display with much promise.  It shows the speed at which apps can be considered, developed and deployed.

by Chris Miller at 10:41:52 AM on Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

I debated between making this a podcast or just a screencast and embedding it.  Let me know in which way you want to see more of these that are coming.

by Chris Miller at 10:19:38 AM on Tuesday, January 27th, 2009
You sit at your desk with multiple screens, multiple devices and multiple desktops running.  Enjoying the gluttony as a victim of  Virtual Gratification Syndrome (VGS)?  This symptom is easily identifiable for once.  Look for the following symptoms in yourself or those around you:
  • The Google Feed Reader has a constant unread value greater than 2,000
  • The tabs in their browser of choice exceed 12 and span multiple windows
  • They use multiple browsers at once for alternate purposes and are not developers
  • The person jumps quickly between the computer, the Blackberry (or smartphone) and CNN
  • The person has multiple RSS widgets and tickers on their screen
  • The person is able to share over 100 articles per day
  • Instant messaging is a waste as they don't want to talk, only consume.  If you send a string of links they might keep the chat window open
  • Newspapers suck as they are a day old and you can't cross link from them
  • The radio never quite has on what they want, so podcasts it is all the time
  • They are pissed Jott is going to a paid service as they used it since day 1 and have grown attached
  • Twitter clients are too slow for them

External symptoms then begin to show as they are detached from their devices for any period of time
  • They talk aimlessly around 15 subjects that they "just read"
  • They seem to know every major event going on in the world
  • They also seem to know every minor event and technology event going on
  • They can recite where Leo Laporte was for lunch each day this week
  • At their own kids event they rarely know the score or have seen a performance
  • Driving causes them to twitch.  No, you just thought they were bad drivers.  Not true, they cant concentrate on a blank road
  • If they lose their device they don't know what day it is

Treatment varies, but going cold for at least a week seems to give them some sort of grounding effect.  Simply destroying their computer and Smartphone only allows them to use the insurance they purchased to quickly go and get an even newer and better device.

So I get yet another random marketing email, purporting itself as a reply.  It is for a new social networking site that allows the help of others to ease your addiction.  Humorously many of the addictions are for Internet related activity.  Such as Twitter, AIM, Facebook, IRC and just plain being on the 'ol Web.  How the hell are you fighting that addiction by being on-line and more than likely getting addicted to a social network?

Have we gone beyond the bounds of creating social networks when you need a social network to fight the urge to always be on sites like Facebook, yet another social network.  Do you really ever fall off the wagon if you go back to a social network from a social network geared to fight social network addictions?

Image:BeatingAddiciton - fight social network addition through social networking?  Come on now dammit!!!!

by Chris Miller at 12:58:25 PM on Friday, January 23rd, 2009
After seeing the easy steps that Corvida posted on SheGeeks, I went ahead and started the process she defined.  That worked quite well and did send me a confirmation email when it completed.  Yes, it is scary seeing all zeros for a while as it updates, but I don't check it often enough to panic.  What I did find interesting is some comments they had in the email confirmation letter.

You no longer sign into, but instead use

I can live with that, no problem.  Merged over, log in somewhere else.
All of your feeds will now be automatically redirected to

Umm, why the new CName record.  Why can't we just change authentication?
You may want to update all your links or buttons to use the new

Now here I am confused.  If you are redirecting me already, are you hinting the first one may go away?  Sounds like we need to carefully watch this one.

by Chris Miller at 07:40:00 AM on Monday, January 5th, 2009
We laugh our way through a 2008 review, look at 2009 and throw in a few surprises.

The roundtable discussion with Wayne Sutton, Sarah Perez, Jeff(isageek), Corvida, and myself (IdoNotes). Just under 1:25 in length.

Find articles on our topics by following our groups bookmarks on Diigo here.

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