Here is September’s selection of links shared via Google Reader, Delicious and Twitter. Organised into the usual suspects of Systems and their bits and pieces: People, Information and Technology. No obvious theme this month but the gap between government and all other aspects of life (business, social etc.) seem to be getting a growing amount of attention. Enjoy!
- The accelerating expansion of knowledge – anything that can be replicated will have a price that will tend toward zero
- Social Business – don’t run away from the title, a good read on the changes coming
- The Internet vs The Financial System – is it another VHS vs Betamax debate?
- The World Wide Web isn’t World Wide Neutral – ongoing challenges of globalisation not reaching politics
- Open data and shared platforms can revolutionise goverment – but will it?
- What happened to the UK’s online public services? Good question…
- Connected schools, the generation gap and distraction – exploring homo interneticus
- Social Networking Use Triples from only a year ago – why advertisers are taking notice
- Let’s Kill the CPM – why catching eyeballs is the wrong approach for the web
- The Platform vs the Eyeballs – Seth Godin weighs in on CPM too
- Marketing lessons from Second Life to Web 2.0 – blog post
- Classical economic nostalgia – the correct and incorrect price in a market
- A novel insight into investment terms and game plans for start-ups – how Twitter and Facebook got their money
- Blueprint for a better world – big ideas from the New Scientist magazine
- Five reasons to show yourself – and if you don’t, what if your competitors did? Who would a new customer pick?
- Another problem with productivity – we’ve reinvented work without changing expectations or creating new measures
- Lessons learned whilst playing games – why cheating won’t make you happy
- Are you climbing the wrong hill? – great post and comments about ambition
- Self-employed workers work longer hours and are the happiest – about that ambition…
- The dark side of political discourse on the Internet – because it is easy to filter online reading, extreme views tend to dominate the discussion
- Jeff Bezos’ four-point performance plan – lessons learned at Amazon
- The incredible shrinking boomer economy – “when 70 million people start spending less… it won’t be pretty”
- Con artists exploit social web sites – scams involving Twitter and Google on the increase
- How Alan Turing finally received an apology – unlikely to have happened pre-Internet
- Charting emotions – with data everywhere, we need new ways to display it
- Building Rome in less than a day – using 150,000 photos from Flickr
- The New Literacy – technology isn’t killing our ability to write, it’s reviving it
- What visualisation tools should you use? – Flowing Data has some suggestions
- UK public spending by department – talking of visualisations…
- Metadata vs data – why treating them as separate entities creates technological challenges
- Why social networks need to be decentralised – RSS never blocks you or goes down
- A computing future from Microsoft – large and cheap displays
- TechCrunch interview with Steve Ballmer – products, competition and the road ahead. In 3 parts (link is to the third) and not without its controversies, naturally
- The People’s Republic of Google – peer review dominates
- 5 things we learned from the Gmail outage – what happened when Gmail went offline
- The bar for success in the IT industry is too low – free is only worth it once you’re profitable
- Back to school with Google Docs – benefit of not being tied in to n-year product versions = timely feature releases
And a couple of finally’s… First, found via Euan Semple: A great example of how to change behaviour (ignore the video title, seems the poster didn’t quite understand what was happening)
And to finish with a chuckle – Is this the funniest 404 error message ever? Found via Steve Clayton:
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