Monday, February 27, 2012

My Guide to Social Networking

Admittedly, this is mostly tongue and cheek but I think I'm onto something here.
  • Gentlemint: Pinterest for guys.
  • Pinterest: Tumblr for ladies.
  • Tumblr: Twitter for kids.
  • Twitter: Facebook for ADHD types.
  • Facebook: Like MySpace only much less awful.
  • MySpace: Like Google Plus only it was actually successful for a while.
  • Google Plus: Blogging for people who don't know what a blog is.
  • Blogger, Wordpress, and other blogging platforms: Online diaries for people who don't know HTML or what a .plan file is.
  • .plan file: An online diary for people who were sick of getting flamed on Usenet.
  • Usenet: The original and best ever social communications platform for the Internet. Like the rest of the Internet it followed the typical path: created by nerds for nerds, then all the "cool" people joined up, and then regular folks joined up. Then it fell to constant infighting, frustrations, and people started leaving for the next big thing. And finally nothing but spam and porn. While many people continued to use it, it hand lost its relevance in much the same way that MySpace did. It's a little hard for me to be too snarky about Usenet, since I used it and loved it for so much longer than these other networks.
Enjoy your future folks, it's going to look a lot like the past....

Monday, February 13, 2012

Steve Ballmer, Apple Fanboy

So I was reading on Slashdot, as I often do, when I came across this:

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Suddenly it all made sense. Windows 8. Microsoft's seeming lack of direction and failure to innovate recently. Pretty much everything that had gone since Bill Gates retired. Steve Ballmer is secretly an Apple fanboy who is unwittingly sabotaging Microsoft from within. Yes, it all makes sense now.