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Facebook Launches Live Commenting

When Facebook absorbed Friendfeed, no one was certain what would become of the site that was loved so fiercely by so many. Since the two sites became one, we have seen a few Friendfeed-like integrations on the social networking giant. Just yesterday, Zuck and his team quietly launched a live-commenting feature which takes us back to the days of Friendfeed’s heydey.

It’s also important to note that page owners will now see Post Insights immediately, instead of having to wait several hours (or even days!) for that information to become available. I love how the little updates such as these show up magically – with no fanfare at all – to make my Facebook life even easier. Don’t you agree?

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How to Protect Your Privacy Online

Everyone is talking about privacy these days, and no one is happy with the state of things… especially when it comes to Facebook. I told you yesterday on Twitter: There are only two steps you need to follow in order to protect your privacy.

  • Step 2 – See Step 1.

It really is that simple, folks. If you don’t want everyone, their brother and their mother to know something about you, why the hell are you posting it online to begin with? How many of the people who are screaming about having their privacy invaded are the ones who don’t want their bosses (or significant others) to see the pictures from their drunken night in Cancun? If you have secrets you don’t want the rest of civilization to discover, then you should keep that junk to yourself.

How often have you said something on Twitter or Facebook, only to regret it later? Perhaps your boss read your rant about work last week. Or maybe your mom stumbled across something you flippantly tweeted regarding the upcoming family reunion. Whatever the case may be, I have to repeat this again: If you don’t want everyone to know something, then sit down and close your pie hole. That may sound harsh, but apparently harsh is what it takes to get through to some people. There is no undo button on the Internet.

It was interesting to read some of the feedback on my FriendFeed page about this:

In other words, trust no company, trust no person. – Akiva Moskovitz

Side Bar: If you are going to share shit, make sure you know who can see it and take full advantage of any privacy tools. If you can’t lock it down to your liking, see somewhere you can and share there. Failing that, see Step 1. Never assume, it makes an ASS out of U and ME – Johnny Worthington

I’ve been saying this for years – Jesse Stay

Not that what I say matters – Jesse Stay

Or: Even vaults and safety deposit boxes can be broken into. It’s about risk and trust… and know each of them – Johnny Worthington

It’s not about the Sharing. It’s about the Basic Personal Info. – Christopher Galtenberg

If you don’t want Basic Personal Info shared online, don’t put it there. Again, it’s about risk. There is risk in leaving your credit card statements sitting in your letterbox or leaving your wallet on a counter for more that a sec. Risk Assessment. – Johnny Worthington

If the internet can’t deal with personal private data, it won’t work. I thought you felt this way too, JW. – Christopher Galtenberg

Christopher, the phone company can’t guarantee 100% security on calls (fixed lines or cellular), the mail can be tampered with, offices can be bugged, your baggage is scanned at the airport and your wallet can be stolen. No system, physical or digital, is 100% secure. China hacked Gmail. Shit, courier pigeons can be shot down. Since EVERYTHING is <100%, each person must undertake a risk assessment when sharing critical data. If you must have 100%, then a communication channel that is run by a series of commercial entities and less than stellar governments probably isn’t for you. That doesn’t mean it’s 0% secure (probably more like 90-95% secure) but looking for a perfect solution is futile unless you control every point, A to B. – Johnny Worthington

By your logic, JW, everything is actually safe (equally trustworthy, relatively) – Christopher Galtenberg

Not exactly. I trust my bank more than I do Facebook or Gmail… but I don’t assume my bank is just 100% safe. Levels of trust. I have performed risk assessments on each online entity and determined what I would feel comfortable about disclosing. – Johnny Worthington

Anything can be hacked. Anything can leak. Trust is a risk and some levels adjust over time, usually down to lower levels. – manielse (Mark Nielsen)

Back to the original post: that’s how I’ve always treated the Internet. Those MySpace/Facebook kiddies who have to show the whole world the most embarrassing stuff they do always appalled me. I’ve always been careful what I share online, even if I sometimes use my blogs or Twitter as a soapbox. – Dennis Jernberg

Indeed! *thinks back to the DYSP video* – Johnny Worthington

@Chris: And that, of course, is why we have to be so careful. Forethought… – Dennis Jernberg

What are your thoughts regarding privacy online? What measures do you take to make sure your information – and life – is secure?

What Happens When FriendFeed Goes Down?

Earlier this morning, an article was posted on TechCrunch, discussing the fact that FriendFeed was apparently not working. The author claims that the remaining two FriendFeed users were ticked off at being unable to reach their favorite service. With tongue in cheek, he talks of how FriendFeed has become a ghost town since its acquisition by Facebook – something the Facebook team promised wouldn’t happen.

As you scroll past the article and begin to read the comments, you’ll notice some rabid FriendFeed users valiantly defending the service. If one were to go by those comments, it would appear that FriendFeed is still a happening place. The sad truth, though, is that it really has become a virtual ghost town. It wasn’t that long ago that the site saw as much traffic per day as rival sites did. Granted, I’m exaggerating a little bit. But I think you get what I’m saying.

When Facebook bought the site not long ago, we were told that they were planning to work hard to keep it viable. They promised us the moon and stars… and nothing is being delivered. Every day, I see more users disappear from the site. There are no teary goodbyes. They just fade away and stop posting.

I do still believe that FriendFeed COULD be a great service. If only someone wanted to take the time to bring it back to the front of the pack…

The Buzz About Google

Google has stepped up their game yet again with today’s introduction of Google Buzz. Buzz is touted as a new way to start conversations about the things you find interesting and share updates, photos, videos and more. It’s built into Gmail, so there’s nothing to sign up for, install or configure. Buzz makes use of your current contact list within Gmail, so you already have a built-in set of friends, as well.

You can choose to share publicly with the world or privately to a small group of friends each time you post. Connect other sites you use, such as Picasa, Flickr, Google Reader, and Twitter. This lets your friends keep up with what you’re doing around the web in one tidy little place. Don’t feel you have enough connections in Gmail? Google Buzz will suggest new contacts for you. Buzz will recommend posts from people you’re not directly following, usually from places your current friends are having conversations. If you’re not interested in a particular recommendation, just click the “Not interested” link.

Over on ReadWriteWeb, they are making a case for Google Buzz replacing FriendFeed. The author makes some very valid points, which focus on Google’s already built-in userbase, as well as the fact that they are working hard to integrate mobile applications. The article is compelling, making one wonder if Google Buzz will, indeed, bring about the end of FriendFeed. I still maintain that both services are quite different, offering different things to their users. I don’t see Buzz as replacing or killing FriendFeed. However, I could be wrong. It’s happened once or twice before!

Google Buzz will be rolled out everywhere within the coming days. If you don’t already have it showing up in your Gmail, you will soon. Keep an eye out for a Buzz link under your Inbox. Check it out… try it on for size. Let us know what you think of the newest offering from Google. Is it a bunch of hype? Or… is the buzz about Buzz on target?

What is Twitter Good For?

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An acquaintance of mine, Deb, made an interesting assertion at the [re]Think Hawaii conference last week. She suggested that Twitter is where conversations are happening. I suggested that that isn’t quite accurate.

As you very well know, I am on Twitter. However, I don’t use it to have conversations as some of you do. To me, trying to use Twitter to have a conversation is similar to using a screwdriver to pound a nail into a steel door. Sure, it’s a tool… but are you using that tool the way it was designed?

Twitter wasn’t designed for conversations. It’s difficult to track them. To go one level deep into an interaction is an exercise in futility. Have you ever gone to a person’s page, and seen ten tweets in a row, complete with several @msgs? It’s impossible to follow.

I say that if you want to have an actual conversation, I feel you should be doing so somewhere like FriendFeed or Facebook. That is easy to track. Twitter wasn’t built with threading in mind. It’s a great tool, don’t get me wrong. It’s just not a place to have conversations. Don’t use it in ways it was never meant to be used.

Sooner or later, I’m sure that Twitter will figure out a way to make it easy to follow threads and conversations. A one-to-one is done easily via a direct message… such as with IM or email.

I’m going on record as a person in the world of social media, and state outright that Twitter isn’t a good way to have a conversation. If someone @myself, I tend to follow up via email or DM if I want to reply to or address whatever it was. However, it’s very seldom that I try to interact with someone on a one-on-one basis on Twitter. I usually only share information that I think would be funny/interesting/informative to my community.

I could be wrong, of course. This is just my opinion. If you do disagree with me, you can say so on Twitter, or even here on my blog.

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What is Your Favorite Palindrome?

My favorite palindrome is officially “step on no pets.” What is a palindrome, you might ask? A palindrome is a word, phrase, number, or other sequence of units that can be read the same way in either direction. A palindrome is not necessarily a single word, such as the one I quoted at the beginning of this post. My hero, Weird Al, has a great list of palindromes that crack me up, and make me scratch my head.

I asked several people in the community what their favorite palindrome is, and the answers were surprising!

Oh no, Don Ho! – Joey Gibson

Joey, I never heard that one before. LOL – Anika Malone

Oh no, Don Ho LOL!! – Mona N.

I heard that one from Weird Al. – Joey Gibson

“May a moody baby doom a yam?” – Joey Gibson

Madam, I’m Adam – Christian (Simply X)

“No ‘X’ in Nixon” – Joey Gibson

A Man, A Plan, A Canal โ€“ Panama! – Lorin Olsen

Able was I ere I saw Elba – Greg (GuitarBuster)

Yo Banana Boy – Rod Bauer

Race fast, safe car – MikeAmundsen

Red rum, sir, is murder. – Bwana

“Able was I ere I saw Elba” – Napoleon on his gf – vijay

DoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooD – Matthew DeVries

racecar runner-up for me is SONOS – Mike Doeff

Lorin, I’m a big fan of “A Man, A Plan, A Canal โ€“ Suez!” – Andrew C

Joey that’s an awesome find – Shey

Oozy rat in a sanitary zoo – Shey

Shey, that’s one I’ve never heard before! Nicely done. – Anika Malone

Madam, in Eden I’m Adam. – Logical Extremes

@Anika Actually, that’s from Joey’s Weird Al Video http://bit.ly/Q45JdShey

Oh, cameras are macho – Mark Wilson

Go hang a salami, I’m a lasagna hog – tinypants (Amanda H)

Satan, oscillate my metallic sonatas (and a favorite Soundgarden release, too) – Neil Bernhart

That’s a great one, Neil. Lie Nenota erga staht. – Josh Haley

Rats live on no evil star – Haggis (Sean)

A Toyota’s a Toyota – Kevin LeCRUSH

Rise to vote, sir. – Daniel Rowley

What’s the Scariest Video Game You’ve Ever Played?

Several of you have been having this very discussion over on Geeks recently. There have been so many different games thrown out there that there doesn’t appear to be a clear-cut “winner” for scariest video game. I decided to ask some others what they thought about this. What’s your take? What game do you feel is the scariest?

lbutlr: Scariest Video game. 3rd party wad for Bungie&#39s Marathon .. very dark, monsters lurking around corners, marathon. Very scary

about 5 minutes ago

dbbell: Phantasmagoria for the PC back in 1995! http://tinyurl.com/6mcllw

about 24 minutes ago

Outsanity: “Silent Hill 4: The Room” by far

about 28 minutes ago

wmcleanw: Doom made me jump back in the day.

about 30 minutes ago

BayleeBlue: The scariest video game I&#39ve ever played was BioShock. Just thinking about it still gives me the creeps.

about 31 minutes ago

mikevpark: Bioshock.

about 32 minutes ago

damondnollan: I would say the scariest game I&#39ve played is Resident Evil. I typically played it at night..alone…in the dark.

about 32 minutes ago

Matteo_Mobilio: Definitely Manhunt for the PC and Xbox.

about 34 minutes ago

krestivo: left4dead is pretty darn creepy too.

about 35 minutes ago

krestivo: bioshock.

about 35 minutes ago

j_holtslander: Aliens-TC for Doom 2 with the soundtrack to Aliens playing on CD

about 35 minutes ago

htnguyen: scariest video game has got to be either Doom3 (PC) or Resident Evil 2 (PlayStation 2) =)

about 36 minutes ago

vantillian: Adventure, Atari 2600 http://tinyurl.com/utpg4

about 37 minutes ago

When the Hell did I Start Growing Hair on my Earlobes?!

I am not old! I’m not even technically middle-aged yet. No way, no how. I’m only 35! So why is it people are claiming I should just start getting used to things like this? I mean… seriously!

next stop, adult nappies! – alphaxion

Ha.. just wait… ๐Ÿ™‚ – Jim McCusker

i get one every so often. i take a pair of tweezers and yank it out. – Jason Shultz

TMI? – possibleReal248

yeah, kinda depressing when the barber has to ‘shave’ your ears for ya. – MikeAmundsen

You never noticed before? We’ve known for a long time through the miracles of internet video ๐Ÿ˜‰ – Logical Extremes

Nature is very cruel – hair everywhere except the one place I want it ๐Ÿ™ – Kevin Cearns

That’s not a good look! ๐Ÿ˜‰ – Kol Tregaskes

tell me about it… – SoN9ne

Have you checked your back lately? – orionstarr

When I noticed this happening to me, my roommate confirmed that it had been grossing her out for a long time, but she didn’t have the heart to tell me. Now I have to shave my ears. – Scott

Welcome to middle age. – Chris Baskind

I’ve got a nose hair trimmer that I’ll use on my ears. My wife reminds me whenever growth appears. ๐Ÿ™‚ – Mike Reynolds

Welcome to being old. My wife pulls them off while in the car. Not something to do when your driving. – Chris W

Put that Norelco 5000 riding lawn mower on your Christmas wish list – it’ll come in handy. (Q. V.: back, knuckles . . . I’ll stop there.) – John Craft

that’s how it starts – Mister Groonk

Chris, appropriately enough, Tad refers to those as "gnome hairs"! – Lindsay D.

I’d also like to add that your ears will continue to grow every year. Just thought you’d like to hear that! ๐Ÿ˜€ – Daynah

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Funny. This doesn’t SOUND like AC/DC. – Akiva Moskovitz

Caption This Photo or I’m going to plug this to my ear! – AJ Batac โ™˜

WTF is THAT above your right eyebrow?! – Mona N.

(Hello from Row 5!) – Who said that? – Anthony Stevens

Chris Pirillo, unplugged – Dave Hodson

OK, Akiva wins. – Jason

But i was going into town to pick up some power converters! – John Worthington

Don’t come any closer, man, I’LL DO IT – ฯ‰ฮฑล™ะผaiden

Just when one thought water boarding was a sure way to obtain a confession, a new method of interrogation called The Plug In has been discovered to the chagrin of human rights activists worldwide! – Roney Smith

Nice glasses. – JMakesAwesomeSauce

p1uggergn0me – John Worthington

Yes, Akiva wins… LOL – ChangeForge | Ken Stewart

Chris takes his idea of Human Circuitry to the next level… – John Worthington

I want 1 MIIIIIILLLLIOOOON Dollars or I plug this into my head. – Bored

And, of course, the obvious one: Plug-and-Play. – Akiva Moskovitz

Gross! – Andru Edwards

This is a new application of neural networking. – jokrausdu

unfortunately, early attempts at neural inputs jacks have failed, however on a more curious note it has been discovered that ear wax from geeks contains an inordinate amount of energy. – Jerry Schuman

A new vision of human circuitry as demonstrated by Chris Pirillo – dan

+1 Mona, a horn? – Majento

Short Circuit 2: Some say he’s nuts. Some say he’s bolts. But can Number Five make it in the big, bad city? Keep your wires crossed. – ยฃogical โ‚ฌxtremes

eXistenZ is paused! – Rodfather

Pirillo in the middle of a cold reboot. – Jerry Schuman

Hairplugs 2.0 – Erik S

lets recharge ! – Prashanth Randadath

I needs more power Scottie! – Susan Beebe

…must…consume…more…internet…. – Amber aka SDA

Are you Plugged into me? Are YOU plugged into me? I don’t see anyone else here.. – Bored

Damn! Forgot to buy Q-Tips. Again! – Michael Hussein Markman

What’s the frequency Kenneth!? – Gerald Buckley

"wait, i thought this new stuff was supposed to be wireless … " – Gregory Lent

I need a outlet to plug in my light up pimple – Outsanity

Are Your Online Friends Real?

My “online” friends are just as awesome as my “offline” friends. Why do some people discount them just because they’re not “in the flesh”?! To me, it doesn’t matter if I ever see someone in person. If we connect on some level, and share similar interests, how are they NOT my friend? Believe me, there have been people in my ‘real life’ I can say I wish I hadn’t met in person. I put this question to others, to gauge their reactions.

I feel the same. – Stupid Blogger (aka Tina)

Chris: stop misleading. In your case they are the same! ๐Ÿ™‚ – Robert Scoble

I couldn’t agree more Chris! – Kyle Lacy

Because they haven’t had the same experience? All my RL friends that don’t do much online, don’t understand. The ones that are online, do. – ยท[โ€ข_โ€ข]ยท

My online friends have shown me than they are MORE awesome than my offline friends. Not to say that my offline friends are not awesome, but that they are not exactly an informative/technologically-inclined type of crowd. For me: The more you know about tech, the more awesome you are ๐Ÿ™‚ – Michael Forian

probably awesomer. – Tim Hoeck

I completely understand. I get strange looks from people when I tell them that my closest friends are ones I have known online for ten years but never met. – Aden

It was not very long ago that friendships and romances were carried out almost exclusively (sometimes exclusively) by post, aka snail mail, that really was slow as hell and took weeks to be delivered. – Michael W. May

I’m guessing some people analogize online friends with imaginary friends… but I agree and I have more on friends than off – Far

I have many good friends online. Now with things like Skype to go beyond IM, why not? – Jake (aka Jawee)

My husband started out as my online friend. ๐Ÿ˜€ – Rochelle

@Aden Yea, I get strange reactions too when I tell my RL friends the same thing. But hey, I ended up meeting them for the first time at my wedding. ๐Ÿ™‚ – Daynah

What are your thoughts about this? Do you consider your online friends to be just as real as those you have met in the flesh? Why or why not?