Weeknotes 9 - Flirting on the internet
- I love reading other people’s weeknotes. We need some kind of webring.
- Delighted that teens seem to be using Google Docs to gossip and flirt. This proves my theory that any communication tool, no matter how pedestrian, will be used for flirting.
- When I was a (pre?) teen people my age were willing to learn to use hard to understand tools only available in a foreign language just to flirt on the internet. My home town had its own IRC channel (remember IRC?), managed by one of two factions constantly fighting to control it. I had my favourite faction, but you made peace with whichever overlords were temporarily in charge. Nobody wanted to be kicked out of the channel when the guard changed, and be left without the opportunity to talk to people who lived nearby and had cute nicknames.
- Back then, typing in lowercase was de rigueur and you’d sooner die than admit you speak in full sentences. plus ça change.
- I am on the lookout for Good Content about machine learning as a design material. Josh Lovejoy wrote a really good post about how design and AI can work together to create cool products.
- There’s an idea floating around which suggests that users should share in the profit made off the data they contribute. I thought it was a cool idea, if a bit unworkable. At least until I read Eugene Wei’s musings on social capital, and I realised that Twitter already “pays” me in the status that it helps generate for me through my labour. Sadly, with Nazis and bots running wild on the platform I realise that Twitter doesn’t pay me enough to put myself through using it as much as I used to, so we’re at a stalemate. Thinking about this makes me feel really smart. Hit publish.