Mark Zuckerberg Has Bigger Issues: The Facebook Movie

May 25th, 2010 |

We all do a lot of dumb things that one day we look back on and say, “WTF was I thinking?” For Mark Zuckerberg that defining moment may be when he changed the privacy settings on Facebook. However, the bigger issue may be the movie that is coming out called “The Social Network,”which chronicles the development of Facebook. I highly doubt he’s going to be thrilled at watching himself on the big screen, especially since it seems like his privacy settings are going to be open to the public.

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Sunil Ramsamooj

Facebook Quit Day – A Discussion With Its Creator

May 18th, 2010 |

In the past several weeks, Facebook has come under fire after widely publicizing changes in privacy settings. With over 400 million users in its grasp and the Internet seemingly bowing down to its every need, this negative publicity must be making Facebook a little uncomfortable, and it’s just getting worse. In April, New York Senator Chuck Schumer asked the Federal Trade Commission to check out the privacy guidelines of Facebook. There are now a growing number of users who are leaving Facebook for good. So far 1,605 people have signed up for Facebook Quit Day on May 31st. Here I interview Matthew Milan, one of the creators of the group. He currently runs his own company that specializes in the strategic side of interaction design for the web and devices.

SR: Who is behind the movement and how did it get started?

MM: The frustration people have with Facebook that you’re are calling a movement [I don’t see it that way] has been developing for a long time. Joe Dee and I didn’t look to start a revolt as some have suggested, we just put a URL to a notion that was on the mind of a lot of people right now.  We reached a point where we didn’t feel comfortable being on Facebook anymore, and decided to be open about why we we’re leaving.

What was your biggest issue with Facebook?

While I believe it’s acceptable for organizations to collect and use comprehensive personal data from individuals, they must do it in a way that 1) Gives individuals fair choices to decide how that data is used, and 2) Is done with the intent of serving the best interests of current (and future) society as a whole.

Since Facebook is not doing either of these (and is, in fact, heading rapidly in the other direction), I’m no longer interested in maintaining a presence of any type on the site. If a company doesn’t consider information sustainability in their designs, they are not creating any long term value for humanity. For me, my frustration with Facebook wasn’t about privacy – privacy is a symptom of some emerging bigger issues, which most of us can’t clearly articulate yet. We latch on to privacy as the main concern because it’s an issue we can all directly relate to. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sunil Ramsamooj

Internet Week, NYC! The Webby Awards, A Monster Mash…able Summit, and More

May 14th, 2010 |

The 4th Annual Internet Week NYC starts on Monday, June 7th.  If you didn’t get your VIP invite to The Webby’s, there are many other ways for all of us nerds to join in the fun. Internet Week NYC, launched in 2008, is presented by The Academy of Digital Arts and Science. Anyone from big businesses to individual bloggers are allowed to attend and host events under the Internet Week banner. The week long festival has been picking up speed each year and this year has secured the massive Metropolitan Pavillion as its headquarters (note the addition of HQ at the end of Internet Week NYC) which will accommodate larger events that require interactive media space.

Webby award winning and prestigious bookmarked site, Mashable, is a major player for social media content and an all around awesome web publisher. Unfortunately, for those of us financially challenged, Mash isn’t holding another free Exhibit Hall like last year’s, complete with food and drink. This time around, Mashable has teamed up with CNN for their first Mashable Media Summit, a full day focusing on the impact of social media in news, branding, and advertising industries. An in-depth conference with a number of experts in social media and other mediums will speak, including  Foursquare co-founder, Dennis Crowley.  A discussion on branding will be lead by Chris Bruzzo from Starbucks. Mashable Media Summit Tickets are still available for about $500, which includes breakfast, kosher lunch, and a wine and networking closing event. Read the rest of this entry »

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