Scott Galloway presented How Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google Manipulate Our Emotions as a TED Talk.
As with most new things, the potential for something to go terribly wrong exists. This time with Facebook’s live streaming. Earlier this month a man was shot and killed while streaming. It’s wasn’t the first time a death was broadcasted, with the Virginia newscasters being the first to come to mind, but it was the first I’m aware of being on a platform with as much reach as Facebook.
Engadget published Facebook Live Death Highlights the Risks of Livestreaming, with a quick perspective surrounding this.
A couple years ago I gave up on checking Facebook messages. At that time all I was getting was rules questions, that I was asked not to answer via Facebook, and Happy Birthday messages. I specifically remember the end of checking messages. I was sitting in my hotel bed in New Orleans the day after my birthday, not really wanting or able to move due to the prior day’s activities. I don’t recall what made me stop checking them that day, but with few exceptions I haven’t opened them since. In fact I can only think of 2 times, one being getting directions while I was out of the country, and the other being Worlds related.
Why am I saying all this? Because a friend talked me into using them again. As of writing this I haven’t actually opened any messages yet, but I will soon and see what I’ve missed over the last 2.5 years. It may be 3.5 years. I guess I’ll find out when I start opening them.
I’d like to see the major internet companies get together and buy Time Warner Cable. Specifically the companies that indirectly profit from an easily accessible and fast internet like Google, Netflix, and Facebook, that worry about net neutrality and Comcast buying Time Warner Cable. I’d really like to see a couple of the other cash rich tech companies, like Apple and Yahoo, get involved and have the group buy a major backbone provider like Level 3 or XO Communications and work toward being a major global internet provider. Since these companies already make money and don’t need to profit from being an ISP, they could continually reinvest the profit from this venture in the network, hopefully putting pressure on other internet providers to step up their game. What better way to promote the internet and net neutrality ideas than to ante up and lead by example?
Lent is here. This year I’ve giving up social networks including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, and Fierce Board. There are some things that automatically post to these sites that will continue, but there won’t be any manual use of these sites.