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I don’t know if you’ve played Jibber Jabber on facebook (or anywhere else), but I’m a little bit addicted to it. I love the idea of making up stupid (hopefully funny) definitions to – well – often obscure words.
one of my examples:
construct from the obscure sLang computing language. Primarily used for
specialist real-time applications; such as environmental control
systems and alarms.
Fashy is pronounced Fash-why. It is a concatenation and truncation of
the statement “if ash why?” In the sLang language it will return one of
the following when called.
1) The house has burnt down.
2) Well, you do live on mt Vesuvius.
3) We’re in an Evil Dead movie.
Other, related, conditional constructs include; Fwety, Fherey, Fquestionstupidy and FblinkingLEDy.
Okay, I’m a bit nerdy :) You mean you hadn’t noticed ? (btw: previously the word was defined as “Everyone’s favorite talking scarf wearing giraffe – the fashion industry mascot.” which didn’t do much of anything for me. )
Facebook is an odd place though; there is so much crap on there – but there are a few gems – particularly when it comes to the offline/online multiplayer. One of the problems I have though, and I’m sure many people will have; is that it is so easy to be sucked into wasting time which should be being used much more productively. A quick session over lunch (which, more and more often for me is being spent accepting/ignoring application requests; and wondering to myself whether I should accept those lingering friend requests from people I’ve never met. It is nice though, definitely; a good place to communicate with family and friends without having to really put much effort in (why write long messages when a “status update” and a “facebook gift” of good karma, a doll, hug or carebear tells the person you’re thinking of them.. well… so long as it is only the one… like everything, abundance makes it pretty meaningless.)
I really should take some time and weed out the applications I don’t use, probably will never use; but, what the hey – it’s only facebook. It’s not like future employers, friends, lovers will search for me and discover I’m some sort of crazy hoarder… will they?
It’s interesting seeing things like David Meyer’s blog “Communication Breakdown” on ZD Net, “Facebook email privacy has a hole” (Jan 12th 2008) which talk about a “discovered” bug, flaw, or issue in the social networking tool of today. In this instance, a flaw in the mobile version of the service which exposed contacts’ email addresses whether they wanted them exposed or not. Fortunately, it sounds like the flaw has been rectified not long after being spotted, but it does send a warning to developers of social software; especially in this age where the web is no longer only accessed via the desktop; with a multitude of devices connecting, each with their own set of unique applications – we have to ensure that privacy is maintained; that we don’t poke holes in an otherwise strong and secure application.
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Reading “Google/OpenSocial’s director of engineering David Glazer unplugged: ‘Shindig is live’” on ZDnet today; interesting that our Innovations specialist mentioned this to me a couple of days ago. (Although his take on the OpenSocial network was that it would probably be utilized by minority groups in the social networking scheme of thing (so no uptake by myspace or facebook?) However, this item on ZDnet talks about the social networking site, Bebo; apparently the most popular social networking site in the UK , Ireland and New Zealand. The interesting aspect about Bebo is that it is API-compatible with Facebook; meaning things written for Facebook will work on Bebo without any need for recoding.
Which David Berlind, the article’s author, points to pushing the case for the interoperability promoted by the OpenSocial standard (which, incidentally Bebo will be also supporting next year)
I need to find some time to follow some of the related links and read up a bit more; this looks interesting but we’ll see what happens.
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During the course of this week I’ve signed up for facebook; well… that’s a lie – I signed up a good number of months ago, but thought “my God this is an awful place” and ran away screaming (true facts twisted with over-the-top lashings of melodrama for entertainment value). During this week though, our security people came in with a report of someone abusing the facilities and being stupid enough to post a video of themselves doing (part of) said abuse onto facebook.
(Back at the blogs and social networks workshop a couple of weeks back, the fact that people were being “caught” by evidence they’d left under their various social network accounts had been mentioned)
So, they wanted to know if I could capture the video and provide it to them for evidence (which is a piece of cake if you know how to do it and have the right tools (the WRONG TOOLS being freez flv 2 avi – which claims to be freeware, forces you to register and then wants $monies from you so you can use it – avoid like the plague!)) . Although, now on there I decided to have a poke around – to see what communities were “unofficially” existing around the business – to see if the examples given at the “blogs and social networks” workshop were organically occurring in our situation. And they were; maybe not as well thought out as some of the examples they’d shown us, but they were there and starting to grow; and with all the social networking stuff, all you need is one dedicated person with too much time on their hands et voila!
Additionally… I might have made a friend – someone who poked me thinking that I was their brother (with the same name) (or maybe not – we’ll see!)
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A couple of interesting articles about social networks that have turned up over the past couple of days. Starting with “Memo to Santa: Ask parents before gifting tech toys (by amy Tiemann on C|net) which talks about the current craze of Hi-tech, social network aware toys (the example given is the Webkinz; although just the tip of the iceberg) that are given as gifts to children of unsuspecting parents. Some of which who are alarmed at the consumer heavy content that targets teens and pre-teens.
Next there’s Social Networks and the Importance of Trust (by Neville Hobson on WebPro News) that references Bernard Lunn on Read/WriteWeb, “2008 will be the Year of business Networking“. Hobson’s article is interesting, if a little obvious. Focusing on the need for users to trust the provider of their social network; if there is a lack-of-trust perception, then users are going to go elsewhere. As I said, a bit obvious. As is the suggestion that people will start gathering around the network that provides them with everything they require. Especially as it seems just as one network’s popularity is hit by some scandal or other (privacy, advertising, abuse of user details et al) then another springs up and is the golden child for all of five minutes.
One of the issues that came out of the Blogs and Social networks workshop, was that while it is nice to be able to make use of the existing social network sites (facebook, myspace et al) that are already in existence, most of these sites are run and managed outside of the United Kingdom. Which means the various laws we have to protect ourselves from our data falling into “the wrong hands” (which, ironically, seem to be the hands of government offices and banks the rate that news stories come out highlighting data leaks, loss and mis-management) are not in place, and cannot be used to protect ourselves. Which is why privacy advocates are always complaining in the states; in the UK, we shouldn’t need to worry – our laws should cover that abuse of our data; but in the US, it’s a whole different ball game.
This does lead to a pointer that we should develop our own internal “social networks” rather than buying into an existing one; however, we have the problem that if we don’t buy into an existing one (myspace/bebo/facebook et al) then someone else will with our names (ie. cybersquatting); so is that a problem? and if it is, how do we monitor for it?
I am concerned a little about how important social networking is becoming, and virtual social networking at that. It is a trend, and one we are being forced to embrace, one way or another; or we will miss out. But how do we generate trust from our users? Are people going to be content to continue to stumble blindly into these things, will they see that we are part of the same organization and take any advice re: social networks, be they home grown or existing, as a rubber stamped seal of approval? And how do we react in the face of adversity to maintain that trust?
Like everything in the world, it is all about trust. You don’t have the trust, you don’t have anything. That is, and always has been obvious.
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