4.13.2010

Video: Founder of Odeo, Blogger and Twitter Evan Williams

Evan Williams is tied to the advent of Odeo, Blogger, and Twitter. The goal of all of these is for people to feel more connected and more in-touch with one another. These tools were designed as broadcast media.  Help people feel more connected and in touch. Using communication network to help each other out. Twitter was designer with API (application program interface) in mind so others could piggyback off the technology. The goal now is to move beyond keeping  up with family and friends to making it easier to share news and information. Mentions Summize, a twitter search engine, which they bought and have incorporated into the product. The product is always changing (as is facebook and google). Most of the change is transparent to the users.


Watch this video from TED.com: http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/evan_williams_on_listening_to_twitter_users.html


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Video: Meet Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg


Mark Zuckerberg invented facebook in his college dorm room with a start-up cost of around $80. His roommate learned PERL over a weekend to get involved. Quickly they networked with colleges across the country. Now this social networking site boasts more than 110 million members.

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Video: Internet Censorship


Certainly there is some internet censorship in the U.S. Some parents choose to add filters to the web to keep their kids from being exposed to adult content. Some employers do  the same. Others have blocks during the day when they open up the internet for private use. Some colleges and universities block file sharing sites. Others turn down the wi-fi during class periods to cut down on students checking e-mail when they should be engaged in the classroom. In foreign countries the extremes of internet censorship can be greater.



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Video: All That Is Solid Melts Into Google (Peter Woodbridge)

I found Peter Woodbridges "All That Is Solid Melts Into Google" on AdBusters.com. While the video is a bit over-the-top with dramatics. It's hard not to spot Google in the headlines daily. Between all the hoopla over their desire to digitally distribute books. Or whether it is censorship issues with governments in Asia or Middle East. Google is everywhere, and one must ask, "Is it dangerous to put so much information in the hands of one company?"

Watch Video here: https://www.adbusters.org/category/tags/internet


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