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The Trend is in the Wrong Direction: Reflections on the Field Trial (part 10 of Diversity and Google+)

The Trend is in the Wrong Direction: Reflections on the Field Trial (part 10 of Diversity and Google+)

For the past 12 weeks we’ve been in field trial, and during that time we’ve listened and learned a great deal. We’re nowhere near done, but with the improvements we’ve made so far we’re ready to move from field trial to beta, and introduce our 100th feature: open signups. – Vic Gundotra, Google+: 92, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99… 100.9/20/2011 Many aspects of Google+’s field trial went extremely well. Hangouts are clearly G+’s “killer app”.* … Read entire article »

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The Double Bind of Oppression

The Double Bind of Oppression

This is part 5 in my series on Google+ and diversity Ever since it launched, I’ve spent most of my online time on Google+, and so far am very impressed from both the software engineering and business strategy perspectives. I think it’s on track to be a big success, so expect me to be talking about it a lot. – me, in A work in progress, July 16 Google+’s first few weeks were incredibly exciting. It was social … Read entire article »

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Google+, Facebook and Online Identity: The Problem With “Real Names” (And Why It Matters To You)

Google+, Facebook and Online Identity: The Problem With “Real Names” (And Why It Matters To You)

A long time ago, Lawrence Lessig wrote the book Code (1999). He argued, persuasively, that “code is law.” And “code”? It’s written, in the main, by profit-maximizing organizations. In 2003, Mark Zuckerburg launched the site that would become Facebook. You had to use a real email address and your real name. The site was, for all intents and purposes, a limited edition Match.com (which requires real names – “accurate” profile information). Content was not accessible via … Read entire article »

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