Tag Archive for ‘Social Network’

Twitter Introduces Public Policy Page ➝

Tom Tarantino, writing on Twitter’s official weblog:

Because Twitter stands for open communication, we’re pleased to unveil policy.twitter.com, our new site covering the most critical policy issues facing our users, as well as providing an unprecedented level of transparency into how and with whom we engage politically in the U.S. We hope to expand this feature to cover our global activities outside the U.S. soon. From here you can also visit our Twitter for Good page, which showcases the Public Policy team’s work on corporate social responsibility, and the Twitter Safety Center, where you can find tools and resources to help everyone have a safe, secure, and enjoyable Twitter experience.

Evan Williams on Twitter and Developers ➝

Julie Bort, writing for Business Insider, quoting Twitter co-founder Evan Williams:

The API was, “One of our strategic errors we had to wind down over time,” Evans explained. “It wasn’t a win/win for developers, users and the company.”

But Twitter needs to do something to bring developers back, he suggested. “Twitter should be more of a platform than it is,” he said, hinting that this is exactly what Twitter is working on now, not waiting for a permanent CEO.

“There are a lot of things going on. New products, new source of revenue,” he says. When pressed on what those new revenue streams looked like, he says. “I’ve already said too much.”

Williams is currently a board member at Twitter and I hope that he still has enough clout to ensure that this “hinting” turns into more than just rumors. I would love to see Twitter back to its glory days of 2007-2008, but in order to do that they need help from third-party developers.

Twitter is a lot of different things to a lot of different people — a social network, a news feed, a micro-blogging platform, etc. Giving third-party developers a more robust API would allow them to make clients that could play to whatever strength a given user prefers from Twitter. And, improving developer relations along the way would help reassure them that access isn’t going to be functionally revoked like it has been in the past.

I’m cautiously optimistic.

Facebook’s Recent Changes ➝

Dave Winer:

What clued me in was an article on ReadWriteWeb that says that just reading an article on their site may create an announcement on Facebook. Something like: “Bull Mancuso just read a tutorial explaining how to kill a member of another crime family.” Bull didn’t comment. He didn’t press a Like button. He just visited a web page. And an announcement was made on his behalf to everyone who follows him on Facebook. Not just his friends, because now they have subscribers, who can be total strangers.

Every time I turn around Facebook is making some sort of change to their website that should make everyone reconsider whether the benefits of using the social network out-weigh the security concerns. I completely deleted my Facebook account a long time ago and as long as they continue to make changes like this I have absolutely no interest in returning.

And my biggest concern isn’t really with my own privacy, it’s with the privacy of my friends and family who don’t know that changes like this are taking place and often times find themselves in situations where information is posted publicly that they didn’t want to post publicly.

I just wish more people would share the concerns of Dave Winer and I.

(Via The Brooks Review.)

Thoughts on Google+ ➝

I love this bit from Ben’s piece about Google+:

Google+ is probably great for people that are fans of Facebook — for people that value Twitter over Facebook, it’s not there yet.

My problem with social networks like Facebook is that they seem to be magnets for passive aggressive behavior — someone notices a bunch of status updates about others going on vacation and then complains in their status updates about how everyone brags about their vacations. Twitter doesn’t have that same effect, at least with the people I follow on Twitter. But that, in a nut, is why I dislike Facebook so much. And because Google+ seems to appeal more to Facebook users than Twitter users, I’m worried that Google+ is going to turn into the same sort of behavior.