Link roundup January 11, 2012

Posted on Jan 11, 2012 in Link roundup
  1. When I Search Your Name, I’m Not Looking For Your Google Profile | TechCrunch
    Google’s integration of search and Google+ for users of G+ is inherently a bad thing for their status as the dominating search engine. I like this explanation of why: all of a sudden, the SERP of someone isn’t representative for the digital presence, but for the presence in Googlesphere. This opens up for another actor that is more objective.  All of a sudden I see a use for Bing.
  2. How Larry Page Changed Meetings At Google After Taking Over Last Spring
    Many big companies tend to get a meeting culture that isn’t very sound. I remember the meetings at Ericsson when I worked there back in the 90’s. I often wondered why I was asked to be in a meeting. I think that these can serve as a very useful template larger companies.
  3. “The Doll Test” shows how children integrate racism, and how this affects their feeling of self-worth. Besides the heart breaking aspect of seeing someone with brown skin choose a doll with white skin because “it’s prettier” this sparks two thoughts in my head:This is not an issue that can be solved by individuals’ choices. Often, ultraliberals will claim that left to the market and the individual, things will solve themselves without government interference. This proves that we need to solve issues like this as a society, not as individuals.Racism is a visible issue: it’s being worked with on many levels, and it’s based on someone being visibly different. I imagine that to some degree, being visually different adds a protective layer on an individual level (should someone say racist things about Arabs, and there’s a child of Arabic descent present, I hope that someone would react). For homosexual persons, this is not the case. I can only imagine what a similar test based on sexualities (gay/straight) would show. Many homosexual persons talk about how “htey always knew” – how is their sense of self worth affected by society’s views on homosexuality?
  4. Eight Ways To Go Viral | TechCrunch
    This is one of the best things I’ve read about viral integration. 8 types of virality and how to apply it to your services/goods. I’ve never even realized that “Sent from my iPhone”/”Sent using Blackberry” is a type of viral marketing.
  5. Lawsuit May Determine Who Owns a Twitter Account – NYTimes.com
    This is a very interesting issue, and it’s not an easy one. When you’re twittering (or blogging, or in any other way creating social content) as part of your job, some people will follow you because of who your employer is and some will follow you because of your style of writing/curating/telling a story.This to me is adjacent to other issues, such as e-mail addresses and phone numbers: if you’ve had the same cell phone number for a while and start a new job, do you get an additional phone for your job (having two phones), do you put your old number on hold for a while, or do you use your old phone as part of your new job? What are the consequences of each?Brand building in social media today is often a mutual journey, where the individual builds his/her brand at the same time as building the employer’s. This is an interesting discussion, I’d love to have a breakfast club that meets once a week to discuss issues such as this one.
  6. Your Facebook page is a litmus test of your brand’s health | Media Culpa
    A good read by @kullin. I’d add that not only the comments, but also the number of total likes is important, as well as the total amount of interaction (which Hans implies in his text). If you have a large amount of likes, and a low amount of interaction, it says a lot. If you have lots of interaction and most of it is negative, it says a lot.One way to quick fix stuff is to set the default wall view to “Page only”, which means that only your own posts will be shown. However this solution is a bad one. Besides the fact that it gives the impression that nobody spontaneously interacts with you, it doesn’t stop people from making negative comments on your posts.
  7. First person to look at their phone picks up the check
    Sometimes you (or most of the time, if you’re my boyfriend) want people to put their phones away during dinners. This is a fun way to do it. I’m going to adopt it.
  8. No Copyright Intended – Waxy.org
    I can’t remember if I shared this one already, but even so it’s worth sharing again. A great read about the future of intellectual property, how today’s fringe youth with their view on copyright and when they become a majority of voters. Also, don’t miss the adjacent piece in NY Times how “copyright morality” is changing. It’s no longer a question whether copyright and IP laws will change, it’s a question of how.
  9. This is the hotel room safes’ equivalent of a DVD-player or microwave oven where the clock is blinking 12:00. If the hotel hasn’t changed the default password, it can be opened with six zeroes. This is good to know if you’re traveling a lot. (via @robirming)
  10. London 2012: Social media restriction for Games Makers
    The volunteers working with the Olympic Games in London 2012 have gotten social media guidelines (I guess “restrictions” is another way to put it). I think that most of these guidelines/restrictions are reasonable, such as “not posting photos from backstage areas” or “not to tell their social network about a visiting VIP”. In an organization with 70 000 individuals, where most will be working in this project only, guidelines and rules are necessary.For the restrictions that are hard to understand, such as “not to disclose your location”, I think that explaining WHY you shouldn’t disclose your location would help people understand and follow the guidelines.
  11. Dear customer who stuck up for his little brother
    A must read if you’re a gamer, gaymer and/or interested in gender related issues. It’s stories like these that give me hope for humanity. Imagine if more people were like this big brother.
  12. Lots Of Prominent Web Companies Are Willing To Go Dark In Protest Of SOPA
    There is no official confirmation, but I hope that this is true. SOPA and PIPA would cause an irreparable rift in the Internet as we know it. Just the fact that companies like Google, Twitter, Facebook, Wikipedia, Linkedin and Zynga are considering going dark for one day should point out how dangerous SOPA and PIPA are. It would be a truly historical moment if this happened, for many it would be a day without Internet. The MPAA and RIAA have nothing to put up against this.
  13. Nobody Understands Debt – NYTimes.com
    Very interesting column saying that the US debt isn’t the problem, instead the way the majority of Americans (including the government) think about debt, is. I don’t know enough about national economy to say whether it’s correct or not, but there are definitely interesting arguments in this column.
  14. 30 Things to Start Doing for Yourself
    I really like this list of things that everyone should start doing for themselves. Some of these seem very obvious, yet most of the people I know – including me – don’t do them. I’ve chosen four of these to put a little bit of extra focus during 2012:

    • Start enjoying what I already have. Sometimes I forget that life is too short to chase around for stuff that comes “later”.
    • Start noticing the beauty of small moments. It’s so easy to go through the days just looking forward to something in the future, and all of a sudden four weeks of my life are gone.
    • Start accepting things when they are less than perfect. I love “The Cult of Done” manifesto, and too often forget that “perfect” is the enemy of “good”.
    • Start noticing how wealthy I am right now. I’m one of the most fortunate persons on this planet. Time to remember that every day.

    Thanks to @maria_eriksson for the tip!