The News will follow us

I woke up this morning, feeling a little more groggy than usual. I could have slept more, but a voice from the other room started to fill my apartment. It got louder and finally entered my room, announcing that things were changing on Twitter. My eyes opened a little...

Facebook does not understand friendship

As we further hand over the management of our social relationships to Facebook, perhaps we need to pause for a moment and consider whether Facebook understands friendship. To begin with, when you meet someone for the first time, the only thing you know about them is...

holy crap, my world is flat!

This realization has crept upon me. Even though I’ve talked about the flatness of information structures before, I’m seeing a strong pattern emerge which is, well, kind of blowing my mind. Keep in mind, I am a serious structuralist. I spent endless hours as a kid...

Eventual inconsistency

A friend just sent me a link on ‘Eventual consistency’, a term used to describe a problem of syncing data between cloud servers. This was in response to some bizarre behaviour I have been noticing in Facebook. The term itself, eventual consistency, reminded me of...