- The True Cost of Publishing on the Kindle — an article, apparently by a horrified negotiator with Amazon, revealing that magazine and newspaper publishers pay the WhisperNet delivery costs of their editions. That’s not Amazon overhead, it comes out of the publisher’s royalty slice. (via Hacker News)
- Fonts in Use — examples of sweet typography and the fonts that were used.
- Ffffound — social network for graphic designers (invite only) with a “people who liked also liked” type of recommendation system. Very clever. So as you research “I want to build a cheesy 70s logo”, you thumbs up the images you like and soon the system is suggesting designs with elements of cheesy 70s logos to you. I love that it is invitation-only: you’re trusting the judgement of the other people, so you had better only let in people whose judgement you trust.
- China’s Second Wives and Gift Culture — second wives, status, and brand. But any city that has a middle class is going to have Second Wives. [...] Even Jiang Zemin, the former President, had a very high profile mistress – a singer called Song Zuying who appears on the Chinese New Year programme every year. And it’s not a scandal. A reminder that if you think you can export your crappy business built on American status symbols, you’re leaping into the Sea of Fail. (via Sciblogs)
ENTRIES TAGGED "social network"
How do we build satisfying connections back into our lives without the superficiality of automated sharing?
We're at a point in privacy's evolution where sanitized tech solutions are clumsily attempting to introduce (or reintroduce) human connections into our experiences.
Social network analysis (SNA) finds meaningful patterns in relationship data.
The scientific methodology of social network analysis (SNA) helps explain not just how people connect, but why they come together as well. Here, "Social Network Analysis for Startups" co-author Maksim Tsvetovat offers a primer on SNA.
O'Reilly Radar is extending coverage through Google+.
We've got big ideas for Radar's new Google+ page. For starters, we see it as a two-way channel, an experimentation hub, and a place to surface intriguing content.
Joseph Smarr of Google+ on early lessons, an API, and pseudonyms.
In a recent interview, Google's Joseph Smarr discussed what he's learned from Google+ thus far. Specifically: how quickly the social network has scaled, the importance of the user interface, and future plans for a Google+ API.
Google+ is a social backbone, how to fix the patent mess, and programming well with others.
This week on O'Reilly: We examined the deeper and broader implications of Google+, four solutions to the patent quagmire were offered up, and we learned about the "art of mass organizational manipulation."
The topic of Google Plus conversations quickly expanded beyond the service itself.
Within hours, early Plus invitees were actually using Google Plus for
conversations. Not just nattering back and forth, not just comments
on the service itself, but real conversations. That's fundamentally different from Google Wave.
The people that know the most about you are the people you know the least about.
We have entered the Matrix, but it’s not our body heat companies want. They want the preference model encoded in our amygdala and a list of all the people that might influence that model — and you may not realize it, but you’re giving it to them.
Kindle Economics, Real-World Typography, Private Social Networks, and Cultural Capitalism
Amazon Records, Social Bookmarking, Female Founders, and CSS Framework
- Amazon Sold 158 Items/Second on Cyber Monday (TechCrunch) — I remember when 20 hits/s on a Sun web server was considered pretty friggin’ amazing. Just pause a moment and ponder the infrastructure Amazon has marshaled to be able to do this: data centers, replication, load balancers, payment processing, fulfillment, elastic cloud computing, storage servers, cheap power, bandwidth beyond comprehension.
- Quick Thoughts on Pinboard (Matt Haughey) — thoughtful comments, and an immediate and just as thoughtful response. (I am a happy pinboard user who is also looking forward to the social networking features to come)
- Female Founders — impressively long list of female startup founders. (via Hacker News)
- Less Framework — cross-device css grid system based on using inline media queries. (via Pinboard)
Using Amazon's acquisition of Shelfari as a jumping-off point, Tim O'Reilly stresses the need for social network interoperability. From Radar: Some of my friends prefer LibraryThing. Others may prefer Shelfari. But I only network with those on Goodreads because that's the service I ended up using first. What a shame that I can't see what my friends on LibraryThing…