We all need geniuses to aspire to, just as we need fools to decry.
Yet we each have our own criteria as to who might climb our personal genius pedestal and who might merely wipe it for hallowed feet to have a clean surface.
Trent Reznor, once of Nine Inch Nails and now co-composer of the score to "The Social Network," is clear about Apple CEO Steve Jobs being a genius and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg being a wiper.
"When I see the media heralding Zuckerberg, putting him up on a pedestal of genius and mentioned in … Read more
YouGov, a market research firm that's been monitoring Facebook's "brand perception" for some time now … Read more
Among the three new features introduced by Facebook last week, one of the last ones to make it to the hands of users was the personal data downloader. It's also one of the most interesting of the bunch, since it effectively gives users an escape hatch to grab everything they've ever uploaded to Facebook and take it elsewhere.
The feature finally went live over the weekend, and I've had a chance to put it through its paces. The good news is that it's one of the simplest options I've ever seen for such a large amount of data. The bad news is that because it's just your information, you may find it's missing a lot of things that include you, but that were uploaded by others.
So what does the service do? It grabs every photo, video, wall post, private message, event, and scrap of profile information from your Facebook account, and puts into a tidy little zip file. In essence, it's your entire Facebook identity in just a folder.
To get this wealth of information, you have to jump through a handful of security hoops. Even if you're signed into Facebook, you need to re-enter your password to request it. Also, if you're on a computer that Facebook is unfamiliar with, it will ask you to solve a captcha. Facebook will then beginning pulling together all those files, which it does in the background, before sending you an e-mail to let you know it's done.
For me, the turnaround time from filling out my information to getting the download link was less than 10 minutes. And the size of the download? 270MB.
Once you have that file in hand, your profile is broken into folders. This includes photos and videos, though unfortunately, this works out a little better for videos than it does for photos.
Every single video I had uploaded was preserved with the exact same file I had uploaded. The photos, on the other hand, had all been run through Facebook's processing, and ran the gamut from 604 pixels wide, to the newer 720 pixel wide format--in either case, that's tiny. The good news is, going forward this won't be as much of a problem, since Facebook recently increased its photo resolution (and thus the preserved file download) to a 2048 pixels wide--an eight-fold increase.
My bigger objection to the process was that some of the original metadata--like when the photo had been taken--gets stripped in the process. Why is this important, you ask? Say you want to stick those photos into a photo management tool, you can no longer sort them by date. The good news on that front is that your collections are preserved as subfolders within the main photos folder, so you have some frame of reference. … Read more
On today's show, we take a look at all the Windows Phone 7 news, all the phones, and the sad little battle between Microsoft and Rovio (makers of Angry Birds). Also, more talk about the Verizon iPhone--including the rumor that the rumored phone won't go 4G for at least another few years. Plus, self-driving cars will save us all. --MollySubscribe: iTunes (MP3) | iTunes (320x180) | iTunes (640x360) | RSS (MP3) | RSS (320x180) | RSS (640x360)… Read more
Facebook is a company with some very personal--if public--quirks.
While allowing ads that support pot legalization, the company forbids pictures of the evil, coma-inducing plant.
Many will be delighted, then, to discover that two of Facebook's co-founders have not foundered when it comes to their own personal views about marijuana.
According to Proposition 19 campaign filings, reported by ABC News, Sean Parker, he of the nasal infractions in "The Social Network," has donated $100,000 to this California ballot measure that seeks to legalize pot in the state.
He is following the lead of his fellow Facebook … Read more
Against the odds, the movie about the founding of Facebook, "The Social Network," is nearly universally admired. It got a 97 percent on the TomatoMeter at Rotten Tomatoes, and is considered a strong candidate for the Oscars.
But is it accurate? Not just on the facts, but on the spirit and ethos of entrepreneurship in general, and Facebook in particular? That, and related topics, are what we're discussing today, with two great guests.
And from TechCrunch, Alexia Tsotsis, who covers Facebook for that site. She wrote, "'The Social Network' And The Rise Of The Terror Nerd."
Show notes and talking points… Read more
AUSTIN, Texas--While in Texas for a visit with the in-laws, I made a side trip to Austin to check out that town's annual Game Developers Conference. The show has been around for years, and this time it's been renamed GDC Online, and is now focused on online gaming--from MMOs to mobile games to social and Facebook games.
As one might expect, the real stars of the show were FarmVille, FrontierVille, and the other Facebook games that regularly bring in tens of millions of monthly players (interestingly, the show happened simultaneously with Facebook's big press conference announcing new … Read more
In the name of bringing us together, sometimes Facebook can tear us apart. With laughter.
I have just learned that Facebook has, reportedly, removed Justin Bieber from its pages. Please suck on that oxygen mask with even breaths while I mention in passing that I am not referring to THAT Justin Bieber. Although, in a way, I am.
However, the Justin Bieber who concerns me most lives in Jacksonville, Fla. He likes playing arcade games, especially pinball. And, according to Jacksonville's First Coast News, this Justin Bieber does not have an easy life.
For he is forever mistaken for … Read more
A few months ago, we told you about BMW and Mini supporting iOS 4's iPod Out feature. Mini announced new integration with the iPhone and iPod as part of its Mini Connected program, which will let drivers tweet on the go, get driving efficiency reports, and listen to music that changes tempo depending on driving style.
An iPhone app currently in development called Mini Connected will let drivers receive Facebook updates and tweets. These posts will appear on the car's LCD or be read out loud if the car has an optional voice command system. We suspect showing … Read more