Category Archive: Tech Musings

Oct 14

Memoir Tree Private Beta

Over the past several months, some of you may have stumbled across our Memoir Tree website at www.memoirtree.com. A few of you may even have signed up to be notified about our beta. I am excited to announce that, after countless hours of development and improvement, the time is here. Next week, Memoir Tree will …

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Oct 09

Top American CEOs of All Time

For better or worse, we Americans are obsessed with ranking. This is one of the reasons why hundreds of “Where do we rank Steve Jobs?” articles have popped up since his passing. While changing times make it impossible to rank CEOs effectively, this is an interesting concept to consider. Off the top of my head, …

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Oct 02

Herd Mentality on the Social Network Horizon

Summary: Facebook and Google+ are different services, but both will suffer from Streams overloaded by the most popular users. Though their solutions to this issue have subtle differences, the ways in which we fill our Streams in the first place are the same. * The inestimable MG Siegler (Google+, Facebook) raises an interesting point in his recent …

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Sep 23

The New Facebook: Good in Theory. Scary in Practice.

Facebook is trying to become me. That’s a neat idea, because it saves me time that I don’t have. That’s a horribly frightening idea, because an algorithm is trying to approximate my thought processes. My personality is what it is because of its quirks. How will Facebook’s algorithm calculate that? Here’s what I mean: previously, I …

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Sep 19

A Yesteryear Analogy for Today’s Social Networks

Twitter: You stand on a soapbox and hand out an assortment of different fliers to every passerby, in order to raise awareness for your cause. Some people pass the fliers along. Most ignore you, especially if your fliers have a ton of meaningless keywords. Facebook: You host a private party with your friends and family …

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Sep 14

On Writing and Startups: One and the Same?

    This article written by Molly Barton got me thinking. Her argument — crowdsourced feedback as a means to mainstream success — smells a lot like a mashup of beta testing and startup incubation to me. Ms. Barton suggests that old-fashioned campfire storytelling led to rapid innovation and improvement on storytelling as a whole. Can we not replicate that …

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