Facebook is most certainly strapping down and preparing for their biggest challenger to the social network market since Myspace (RIP)… GOOGLE+. I’ve tried out the beta and I must say that the streaming news concept seems oddly familiar (I’m sure Zuckerberg wishes he trademarked it). I found it to load in a nice amount of time and seeing that Google reigns over the Internet in speed and reliability, I might say that Facebook is going to look like a dinosaur pretty soon.
Don’t get me wrong, I actually love Facebook but the new set of changes seems like a step in the *wrong* direction considering Google+ is about to launch any day. The social network war will break out, and it will be a test of time to see who wins!
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First off I know the title contains an outdated phrase: “World Wide Web” is now known as just “The Internet” by virtually everyone you meet. However, the use of that term is more appropriate for this post. Let us consider for a minute what would happen if the entire planet went technologically dark. Does our generation even know how to function without Wikipedia, Google, and YouTube to explain things like simple recipes? Is the human mind losing or gaining memory? How dependent are social, economic, and everyday experiences on computers?
I’ll start with the first question, in a nutshell, no. How many people even own an atlas? Could you visit grandma without using Google Maps? Both those questions can probably be answered with another “no”. Then let’s consider everything else, the weather, email, instant messaging (IM), or Facebook. How long would it take before you’re stuck in a blizzard, lose contact with your best friend, and never remember a single birthday? Lots of questions, answer in a comment or just think about it.
Now we move onto the human mind; can you remember all those contacts in your iPhone? What about remembering an email? A phone number? Your own password? As technology grows, so does our ability to manage, store, and retrieve “memories” at will. No more pulling out the photo album when you can just pull up a Facebook album (I point out Facebook because Myspace in just a year has gone from hero to zero). Feel like you’re forgetting simple stuff if it isn’t written down? You’re not the only one.
My last big question. (Obviously there’s millions more but I just wanted to stick to these three.) When is the last time you stopped to talk to someone at the store verses talking to five people at the same time on your Intel? What is the proper way to start a phone conversation? Who ends that conversation, the caller or the callee? (Callee is a real word, I used Google to verify that, see my point?) How about asking someone on a date without texting it?
My entire point being; people need to think for themselves. If we can’t function without technology then what makes us any better than that dusty Mac computer sitting in your attic? Are we ourselves computers? What is software without the hardware? Nothing. Online society is an easy way of killing offline society. (A side note to any readers, I love technology but I love friendly tech, things that better the world online and off- like WordPress. Try limiting your time on social networks, read a book, not on the computer. Take the time to remember things yourself instead of having your harddrive do it for you. Trust me, your brain will thank you one day.)
In this day and age people tend to be obsessed with making money. So much so that a lot of the time they disregard the comfort of their customers or visitors. Not only in the real world but in the realms of the Internet as well. Mainly I’m going to be talking about the Internet and it’s disease of ads. Now don’t get me wrong, I love ads! I sometimes use them to find useful info and I regularly use them to promote this site and other web services. However, I do not promote, encourage, click on, or use invasive advertising techniques. I’m seeing this more and more, even in websites that used to be legitimate. In the next paragraph I’m going to lay out some examples of bad practices; that I think we all need to boycott and ultimately crush.
Assuming these practices continue, the Internet could easily be a horrifying place in just a few years. I personally give my vote to Firefox’s “Do Not Track” and to sites who allow non-invasive ads (such as Craigslist, and Ink Ignite’s sidebar links). Since the Internet has almost no rules or regulations, who decides how far Google will go to make you click ads, or how much effort Facebook will take to make you see the latest app. I’ve been considering starting an anti-ad campaign to promote sites who use proper techniques and don’t leave their users feeling violated. Ink Ignite as a company is refusing to use advertising systems which track users; you will not see adsense present, you will not see pop-ups, you will not see spam, and we will never force you to click an ad on our site.
What has Internet advertising become? Honestly, it seems like the net is simply too big now. Remember a couple years ago when you actually had a chance at being a YouTube star? Well it seems one billion people also had the same idea. It seems the seams are closing tighter and tighter around popularity. Sites are having vicious dogfights over who gets the adspace. TV commercial bombard you with the loudest, fastest, and cheapest commercials they can make. I’ll admit my site doesn’t get the number of views I’d like, but it’s not like I don’t try to get the word out there. Advertising just grows in expense, and who can afford higher rates? Affiliate ads often leave you wishing they would respect your site as much as you respect theirs.
My point is, some days I wish the Internet was a lot smaller and that every site was given an equal chance to be seen. Small business owners are struggling to show off their products and web designers like me are unable to reach the customers needed. If we all do our part and support not-so-famous websites, we can all make the Internet a better place to design, publish, and grow. Know someone who runs a website? Do them a favor and post a Twitter or Facebook update, support your friend’s Internet triumphs and leave the likes of adsense to falter.
If you take a look at the side of my blog posts and several of the site pages, you’ll notice an Awesome Links section. At the bottom of that section is a link saying YOUR LINK HERE. That is FREE advertising for you. All you have to do is click it, shoot me over an email, and I’ll put your link there. I just ask that you do the same for me and add my link to your site or at least share a post on one of your social networking homes. Thanks to all the readers out here who want to make this wired world a better place!
Hey, just thought I’d let you all know that Ink Ignite also owns LinuxHaxer.com and ViperAmped.com. Right now the sites are either redirecting here or dormant. But if you are interested in buying the domains or renting them as a test site, just let us know. Please only serious inquires and no adult content. Otherwise feel free to ask.
We’re going to start using a more complicated CMS (Content Management System) in our projects called Concrete. This along with our WordPress, Flash, phpBB, and PHP-Fusion experience allows us to create pretty much anything you need. We’re gaining some momentum with WordPress MU (Multi User) sites too. Hope everyone else is having a good night, I’m pulling an all-nighter and impatiently waiting for my mouth to heal (wisdom teeth removal a few days ago). You may notice we’ve re-activated the Sharebar plugin and added a “Like?” button into the blog posts, similar to Facebook but usable by any visitor. Feedback please?
Are social networks becoming a thing of the past? If I’m not mistaken the money-hungry fad seemed to spawn from chatrooms, yes, those pesky little things that people log into when they want pages and pages of spam. Now a thing of the past they have been taken over by video-chatrooms, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Myspace.
That was all great, but things are starting to go South. Myspace has ruined their system with the new homepage. YouTube is charging money for certain sections of their site. And Twitter is starting to be… overwhelming. Facebook is at least keeping up-to-date with the rest of the world and remaining a lightweight social network. Although if they don’t drop the applications, hundreds of thousands of users will begin to look to other sites.
What’s next? The GoogleMe network? Google better pull a big stunt to compete with everyone else, and how long before that is a thing of the past? My point being, if they (being people who come up with innovative ideas) don’t come up with the next best thing; the Social Network Infrastructure will crumble to Yahoo Chatrooms. My thoughts….