When it comes to information and music I’m more lean in than lean back. Everyone is interested in these topics but most people would rather consume them from the top-down rather than playing the part of curator/influencer and actively searching for them.
For example, most people prefer to listen to the radio because it takes the stress out of deciding what song to hear next. Actively building playlists takes a lot of time, especially for someone that just uses music to enhance their mood. The same can be said for news: most people would rather get all of it from one source like the New York Times.
The 90-9-1 rule of social media says that 90% of people just consume the feeds, 9% curate them (e.g. retweet), and 1% of users create original content. Lurking along is easy. Curation is hard. But creativity is harder.
Everyone needs a ‘lean in’ topic where they get to show their expertise. It doesn’t have to be tech news or electronic music, as I tend to discover and share. It just needs to be seething you’re passionate about. There’s a niche online for everybody.
Sometimes the adjacent trains zoom by so fast you can still see the other side, uninterrupted, just through two additional windows instead of one.
I forgot my wallet this morning. I grabbed my mobile phone though, and perhaps that’s why I forgot my wallet in the first place.
Like music, books, and movies and pretty much everything else, the wallet is converging into the phone. I use the Starbucks app every day. Some day so too your car and house keys will synch along with your passport and license; everything with data will talk to each other. The Smartphone will simply be the remote control to all widgets.
“Any technology that removes a step for people is often the one that ends up winning out.” - Naveen Selvadurai
The good news is that wallet will be one less thing to carry around. You’ll never leave home without it. The bad news is that all it’ll take for someone to take over your life and material possessions will be to steal your phone. Steal your phone, steal your life.
Thinking is painful.
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I posted this pic this morning on Instagram with the hashtag: #lostintranslation. But the Internet proved once again that the planet is small.
One of my Japanese followers translated it:
onakasuitana: “It says Since 1976. Sakura trading company. Gift shop on the third floor. We have many discounted brand names.”
The theme of mobile open dialogue and Internet browsing is trending. I partly blame FaceTime and mobile video conversation for this emergence.
As a daily train commuter, I see a lot of the ways people deal with technology. And by far the most invasive development of them all is FaceTime.
FaceTime allows iPhone users to chat face to face on their mobile devices. While this is fantastic for home and work conversations, bringing family and colleagues into your space, it’s typically a nuisance for everyone else if used in public.
FaceTime is training users that it’s ok to broadcast live video out loud, including YouTube. Yesterday, one man on my train was blasting a movie preview on YouTube. The guy behind him was talking to his wife on FaceTime about dinner plans. Thankfully someone had the courage tell them both to quiet down.
If you’re going to chat, watch online videos and movies or listen to music, the proper etiquette is to use headphones. We already overhear enough banter as it is; we certainly don’t need to know what you’re doing tonight or what movie you’ll illegally BitTorrent next.
Unfortunately, I think technology continues to evolve like a Google Hangout where everyone gets included on the conversation by default. Before, we were just spying on each other. Now we can’t figure out a away to get away from each other.
I can’t write when I know someone’s going to read it. I prefer to blog in anonymity with the hope that someone stumbles upon it and likes it.
The expectation that I have to please someone or sell someone something that I just do on the side is a barrier to entry.
The Internet allows anyone to create a small fan base. You don’t have to own a star in Hollywood to be famous. You can be famous in your own niche online. Still, the followers aren’t even the point.
The point of publishing networks like Twitter and Tumblr is the continuity of practicing self-expression. Nothing makes sense to me unless I write it down.
Hitting the publish is sometimes the riskiest thing I do every day. But the risk muscle needs flexing too. I’ve taken more chances in life and spoken up many times all because I decided to write a little piece here every morning.
I pass this guy and his dog at least once a week. Today’s the first day I got the nod. Sup.
“We are all on that train, the one that left print behind, the one where we are constantly in real time, where we know a little about everything and nothing about anything, really. And there is no quiet car.”
The train is a metaphor for life. It never stops moving. It’s all about the now space and time, just like the Internet.
If you get off the train, you’ll simply be left behind. Even if you hop back on, you will have skipped too many cars to catch up. But you may have given yourself a new life.
The Train Diaries
It used to be that everything you did on social networks showed up in your Facebook newsfeed, including
- the most recent song you played on Spotify and SoundCloud
- where you checked in on Foursquare
- what you just read on Flipbowrd
- what you just pinned on Pinterest
- the image you just liked on Instagram
The whole idea of frictionless sharing was big brotherish to begin with and then we accepted it as a natural progression in social networking. But shit got weird. People shared things they didn’t want their friends to know anything about or their kids just to listened to. Do you actually like Britney Spears or was that a mistaken click?
Frictionless sharing was fraught with embarrassment. While it still exists, most prominently in the Facebook homepage ticker (on desktop), Facebook has done a way with broadcasting it front and center in the newsfeed. Facebook had tweak it; most people don’t know how to turn off automatic sharing, which is in an app’s setting and not in Facebook’s.
If you really want to share content today, you have to do so willingly. Permission rests at your fingertips. But even that’s a problem for most people who happily share everything.