Mission-based game platform that encourages kids/teens to explore the real world and find answers to complex questions through experimentation. Team includes the SF0 guys…
The Facebook approach to search: "You need to know what your friends and your friends of friends already know that you do not." Brad DeLong looks at the idea that Facebook could displace Google and takes an early glance at the idea of friend-informed search.
Article suggests that Facebook has had a tough time in Japan because it refuses to let people participate anonymously. Mixi, vastly more popular, is highly private and users report using it very differently than US social networks – far more interaction with people they don't know offline, not a replication of online social networks.
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The article about the future of Facebook is very troubling. I have a very diverse group of friends, in terms of age, gender, sexuality, race, and their location around the world. I love it when they post stuff I wasn’t previously aware of, but it also worries me how often we’re posting and reposting iterations of the same themes, despite our apparent diversity. In a business model where my friends’ interests hone the relevance of my search results, the serendipity-producing diversity might be seen by Facebook as a liability and something to discourage.
Glad you got a chance to check out interobang (?!). I’m still trying to figure out how to use it in a biology class…