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I don’t care about friends, I care about interests

I thought people had accepted that Google+ isn’t a Facebook clone, and more importantly, understood what Google+ actually is, or is capable of, but no, clearly not.

I hate, HATE having conversations on Twitter. It was fine at once, but to see a stream I already envelope being flooded by back and forth conversation that is so difficult to craft and wordsmith with the character limit, pains me greatly. 

– Me, two months ago

I wasted the afternoon in an asinine discussion, trying to convey social and interest graphs amidst workshops and meetings, and realised halfway through that I shouldn’t have bothered in the first place.

Facebook is for your friends, Twitter is for your interests

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Google+. Initial thoughts from a non-Facebooker.

I’m probably the one person you know [or don’t know] that doesn’t use Facebook. I never saw a need to use it, and coupled with their terrible stance on privacy and general doucheness by Zuckerberg, wouldn’t be caught dead using it. Then Twitter came along and createdshortly filling thereaftera need to consume a constant stream of technology, movie, and cat-related information, amongst other things, and the ability to share all this easily.

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Is microblogging making us a noisy, ignorable bunch?

So, I’m saying this in the context of a few things, and when I say microblogging, I’m pretty much referring to Twitter, but I’m sure it could be extended to some extent to Facebook, Buzz, Foursquare, etc.

Firstly, Leo Laporte’s post late last week, waving goodbye to Google Buzz and lowering his use of Twitter to go back to his blog; the place where people go specifically to read about Leo.

It makes me feel like everything I’ve posted over the past four years on Twitter, Jaiku, Friendfeed, Plurk, Pownce, and, yes, Google Buzz, has been an immense waste of time. I was shouting into a vast echo chamber where no one could hear me because they were too busy shouting themselves.

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Catfish [spoilers, duh]

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Go watch it. Really avoid watching the trailer [I have no idea why it’s been cut the way it has, because it’s almost doing it a disservice] if you can, but I implore you to go watch it! If Inception blew my mind and left me in awe of Nolan’s imagination and film making prowess, this blew my mind in equal parts in telling a story, a TRUE story, that will leave you shaking your head long after you walk out of the cinema. If it’s a mockumentary, then I tip my hat to a bunch of amazing writers for scripting a story so rich and running me through the emotional spectrum like I haven’t been in a long time; I would be very annoyed if it was. Damn you, cynical nature.

As if the story itself wasn’t amazing enough, I really loved the way it was told. From the montage towards the beginning told solely through emails, Facebook updates and online photos, to the way Google Maps and Street View are used to chart their travels, the use of these popular social services that are so familiar to us now was very clever!  

With all the recent Facebook privacy hoo-hah and ongoing concerns with online identity, Catfish is a film for the times, and a staggering example of the power of Facebook, and the basic level of trust millions of people put in it. Angela’s messed up, but creative mind, coupled with a basic understanding of social media services, allowed her to create a complex, but completely fake network of family and friends to live out a life and romance that was a far cry from her pretty sorry existence. It was just unfortunate that this escape came at the expense of Nev.

Thank you for screening it, Melbourne International Film Festival, but next time, maybe try not screwing up the projection for a good half of the movie?

 Oh, and check out Catfish‘s site, with Nev’s “desktop”!

Go watch it.

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