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Facebook tinkered with users’ feeds for a massive psychology experiment 

Uh, what?!

20yearsof1994:

June 26th 1994 - Aerosmith releases “Head First” on the internet

Aerosmith is first major band to premiere a new song on the Internet. "Head First"  was downloaded to over 10,000 CompuServe subscribers within its first eight days of availability.

I wasn’t able to find the file size that was uploaded but Given that the average user had a 28.8 kbps modem it’s likely that the song took 20-30 minutes to download.

Here’s what’s weird “Head First” is not a popular song. Actually, the song is so obscure that it doesn’t even have it’s own wikipedia page (though it is sometimes incorrectly mentioned as a “Cryin’” b-side). Nice to see that even in the early days of the internet, no one was able to manufacture popularity. Internet users are a mysterious bunch and you’ll never know what’s going to blow up, and what’s going to flop. Even when Aerosmith, one of the biggest bands in the world, released a new song on the internet it didn’t gain any traction. At least the internet is consistent. 

Remember when it took 20-30 minutes to download a song? Now I download an album in about a minute. I love living in the future.

A Eulogy for Twitter 

Once you get passed the title of this piece, which is a bit bombastic, it’s actually a really great look at Twitter, and how humans have dealt with and used social networks on a broader scale. It only occasionally reads like the “Twitter is dead” message implied in the title, but when it does, it really hits home.

Twitter has done for social publishing what AOL did for email. But nobody has AOL accounts anymore.

Anyway, you should read this.

Kilo by Light Light - Music Video

Watch this amazing crowd sourced music video. It records your pointer and you can watch everyone’s previous movements. Really, really cool. I watched it twice, once to do it and once to watch what everyone else did.

Just watch it.

[via SteIsHere]

Vadering is a thing now. I don’t make it up, I just report the news and the trends. Seems pretty harmless, and kind of cool.

As a bonus, the video above has an old Anamanaguchi (Helix Nebula) as it’s soundtrack. 

[via Major Nelson]

Editorial: SimCity, Diablo 3 and a review of customer service 

Alexander Sliwinski has opinions that are directly in line with mine about the SimCity server debacle that has been sweeping the internet.

 With SimCity and Diablo 3, I think the already tempestuous machine of game reviews in this industry has changed forever, and as a collective we haven’t yet determined how to proceed. SimCity and Diablo 3 aren’t just games, they are also services. The question: Should these games be reviewed separately from their service elements or should they be reviewed in combination?

I do wonder how long as a collective we can keep arguing about how unfair it is to judge a game by how it treats paying customers, especially as we keep being told that games are now a service.

Add US Weekly to the list of publications that don’t understand the internet. They’re blocking articles from their mobile site. This is absolutely insane.

(never mind why I was visiting the site, that’s not the important thing here.)

New.Myspace, New.Problems

Those of you who have been following me for a while (or know me personally) know that Myspace is one of my favorite things to talk about. I have said before that I would drop everything to be the CEO of that company, and I’m only half kidding when I say that.

When Myspace released a video of their redesigned site I was elated. Watching (fictional person) David create an account and then scroll through pictures and friends, share music, connect with musicians… It seemed to echo many of the thoughts I had for the service; take the template for Myspace Music, and grow it. Make Myspace a place for artists. The New Myspace brings us closer to a social network for artists than any other site has before. And it does it with style. Myspace is damn pretty.

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I have been using New Myspace almost two months. I think it’s pretty good. The site just opened to the public so I thought it would be worth putting some thoughts on down on text

As far as the gist of the site, the flow and basic day to day use, New Myspace makes more sense to me than Facebook. I would go as far as saying that New Myspace actually makes Facebook feel a little outdated, especially when you consider that we we live in a world of Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, and Pinterest.

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The Declaration of Internet Freedom: how the net’s minutemen plan to protect the future 

TC Sottek crushes it. You all need to read this.

Before the dust could settle from the battle against the Stop Online Piracy Act earlier this year, the people that helped defeat it realized they needed to do more than play whack-a-mole with bad bills from Congress. Since the January 18th SOPA blackout, a group of net advocates, entrepreneurs, and academics have worked behind the scenes to find common ground and leverage an outraged public to promote a free and open internet. Today, they issue a “Declaration of Internet Freedom:” a set of five broadly worded principles intended to protect the internet from interference.

This Is My Jam

I’ve been fumbling around with This Is My Jam since last night. It’s mission is simple, simply share whatever song you consider to be your current jam. After 7 days you have to pick a new song.

Bonus, you don’t have to upload songs yourself, you just search on their site and it seems to hunt for the song online. My current jam, Anymore by The Submarines, is being pulled from YouTube. I have no idea what the technological magic behind the service is, but I appreciate it a lot.

I definitely like the idea here and I really appreciate the simple design. They’ve tacked on comments, and followers and all that to-be-expected-social-stuff, but they are also allowing you to kick out to Twitter, Facebook and Last FM. I would love an embed code / Tumblr support, but the service is new so I forgive them. 

-Creighton

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