Don’t look now but Twitter is having a crisis. Almost ten years old, Twitter is struggling to discover its identity and its purpose, desperate to discern its strengths and to overcome its weaknesses. Welcome, Twitter, to Middle School, where you’re not the coolest kid in homeroom anymore.
Eleven years have passed since my first trip to the Big Show that is SCAA’s conference and expo. So much has changed! So much hasn’t.
Your cable company, your phone company and your wireless phone company are arguing that Net Neutrality provisions would impact their investment in new broadband capacity (and investment in their companies on Wall Street, and presumably the American way of life). This argument is false on its face. More, it gets the cause and the effect reversed: it’s not service providers that create the impetus or demand for increased speed or capacity, but innovative new applications that do.
In 1990 I bought a Nintendo Power Glove. I wasn’t exactly Mattel’s target demographic: I was twenty-four years old, and I didn’t have a Nintendo game system. I bought the glove for one reason alone: to hack it, hook it up to a personal computer and control the machine by gesture, alone.
So it turns out that, yes, we are impacted emotionally by the streams of social information we consume. Reading a steady stream of happy stories makes us happy, and — in a very tiny way — influences our decisions to share and comment on posts in a positive way. And streams of sad stories? Spoiler alert: they make us sad. But it’s Facebook’s manipulation of our news feeds that makes us very angry, indeed.