Instagram bets Facebook in search of more Likes
Just yesterday, the popular iOS only photo sharing network, Instagram, announced they were updating how Instagram shares images with Facebook. Alexia Tsotsis reported on this for TechCrunch as well.
Under the new features, Instagram will create a Instagram Photos album on your Facebook and upload full size images there as well as a link to the public Instagram URL—all advertised to look “beautiful” on timeline, and it does. The goal of this? To tag onto Facebook’s viral network effects. Tsotsis puts it well when she surmises, “it’s almost like Facebook is functioning here as an ad hoc web interface, no?” Yes, an ad hoc web interface with 800+ million users and a storied history of taking big services and inflating them rapidly (read: Spotify).
Thing is, I’m a fan of my relatively small Instagram network built of amateur photographers. Occasionally I will tweet out an image, but the reason I don’t post any photos to Facebook is because my network there is too bulky, clumsy, awkward and renegade.
Instagram is full of people interested in photography and who are willing to look at my amateur attempts at capturing the world and offer me feedback. It’s safe and comforting because, for the most part, we’re all doing the same thing.
Facebook is the social networking wasteland—a saturated landscape of outlaws and villains—full of people clicking, sharing, liking and propagating content without real insight or understanding (slight dramatization). Sometimes it is best to take a step back into a colony where culture, thought, and trends have a focused center.
Small network enclaves win out right now. That’s why Path and Instagram—my networks with the smallest numbers but most legitimate interaction—win out right now. I don’t want Facebook to pollute that, no matter how many more likes my photos might receive or how beautiful my timeline can look.
Code Year -or- Mending my Mistakes
Code Year, your concept is great for the casual user of technology and your lessons substantial for the k-8 level. But, let’s face it, the people who are attracted to your weekly lessons, the makers of New Years Resolutions, are not the budding class of coders we need. That’s not to say the one’s who keep opening the emails come April won’t learn from what Codecademy has to offer, but that they won’t be building the next generation of applications, protocols and standards by learning at a glacial week-by-week pace. If people really want to code, they should sit down with the holy grail of python learning and work (read: work) their way through. They, then, should consider exploring more tutorials and resources on the Internet—perhaps even paying for some—but most importantly start building their first programs.
I’ve been using Google Chrome Canary and Safari as parallel browsers for a while now. But, I’ve finally decided to cut the cord on Safari.
Sure, Canary isn’t the most stable build of Chrome, but it always seems to be the most advanced, and fastest iteration. It’s also amazing to see how often updates for the browser are made.
To make Canary the default browser you have to work in reverse. If you go to app preferences within Canary, it will alert you that you cannot make it the default browser. However, if you go to the general app preferences in Safari, you can select which browser is default. Click Canary, and the transformation is complete.
Despite our megametrically detailed, optimized and sophisticated data infrastructure, sharing files from one device to another remains a colossal and messy disaster.
After reading Rachel Swaby’s intricate article outlining the past present and future of the “it just works” data sharing pioneer Dropbox, it became impossible not to think about how far we have come, and how far we still have to go.
Founders Drew Houston and Arash Ferdowsi had a monumental task to deconstruct when they set out to recreate private network solutions for the average consumer.
As Swaby writes:
Until recently, distributed computer clusters have huddled around a central server managed by an organization. Companies and universities maintained their own server space and dedicated IT team to manage it. That works well internally, but getting files to a machine outside the network turned basic computing into a key-fob initiated, slow-motion train wreck.
We are all universally connected to the Internet but our means of data transfer are so crippled.