Manic like Zuckerberg but without the billion$

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I now have three favorite movies. In no particular order, they are:

The Breakfast Club. “Brian, this is a very nutritious lunch. All the food groups are represented.” Or: “So it’s sort of social. De-men-ted-and-sad, but social.” Classic. A million great moments. Like Lord of the Flies, but hip and with less bloodshed.

The original Rollerball, a William Harrison screenplay produced and directed by Norman Jewison in 1975, is set in a future where national borders and governments have disappeared, and the world is ruled by corporations in megalopolises such as ‘Houston: Energy City’ and ‘Chicago: Food City.’ Mankind has long since abandoned military war, more recently endured a series of Corporate Wars and has now coalesced around an ultra-violent sport that has taken the place of all war.* Continue reading

Facebook privacy: 3 Degrees of Separation

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Even Facebook knows the term “Friend” is relative–and that relatives may not be friends. That’s why the network, which in its IPO prospectus says it has more than 800 million active users, is in discussions with companies in a little-known corner of analytics called social network analysis (SNA). The goal: to track, quantify and monetize the true “friend” groups, the Influencers and those they influence, in this global community of you and hundreds of millions of your closest Friends. Continue reading