Dear - listen to posts like the one linked. Once only hardcore Google fans and the disinsterested masses are around anymore, you'll be left with exactly the kind of engagement you tried to avoid by instituting the completely misguided nym policy.
It's slipping away, and you're letting it.
If you know me personally you also know how to get in touch. If you don't but prefer to stay in contact please send me a message.
Why do I leave G+?
Because I do not want to feed too much data into Google. G has some great products and probably many great, bright and well-meaning people working for it. But then it is a multi-billion dollar business. It might still have a geek management core, but in the end it will become and behave just like any other corporation optimising its revenue and income. And as long as I have a choice who to entrust with my digital live I chose to split between providers. I neither trust Google, nor Apple, nor FB or any other company.
The #nymwars, the total setup of G+ was just a proof that Google can create a technically great product and attract some wonderful people. But in the end this is a product aimed at mainstream users. It is aimed to gather as much data as possible and to link it with other data. This makes economical sense and it might even enhance the "web-experience". But then I am very oldfashioned and prefer to filter my news myself and not have one company know too much about my interests.
The eye-catching swimming pool in Mumbai, India, has been built to raise awareness about the threat of sea level rises as a result of global warming.
It was constructed by attaching a giant aerial photograph of the New York City skyline to the floor of the pool.
The idea was conceived by advertising agency Ogilvy & Mather, who were commissioned by banking giant HSBC to promote its £50million project tackling climate change.
The Ogilvy team came up with an innovative way to show the adverse impact of global climate change. They glued an aerial view of a city to the base of a swimming pool.
When the pool was filled with water, it gave a shocking effect akin to a city submerged in water. The visual of a sunken city shocked swimmers and onlookers, driving home the impact of global warming, and how it could destroy our world someday.
I mean, I'm glad that I actually managed to cling to the old one for long enough that I only ever got the horrible temporary box/scroll-over thing a couple of times when I was on non-cookied work computers. And that I now have the new bar, which is just how I like it - so I'm very happy indeed!
But... They changed one version back, and changed the type to bold, and that's innovation?! :)) It's like someone is tickling me: I cannot stop grinning about how ridiculous this is. I suppose enough people screamed loudly enough and Google listened? In any case, it's a win, even if the bold type makes it look like something I cobbled together on my first pc ca. 1993.
I'm glad the NYT chose this particular facet of the conversation to shine another spotlight on, though. In four years of (admittedly: academic) research into Chinese labour issues, I had not yet come across the Fair Labor Association's work. Ever. But I checked them out yesterday - according to their website, they at least seem to have competent and China-experienced staff.
I'll be interested to see what the inspections find out, how transparently they will be publicised, and how much of the report the papers will actually pick up. And whether there will be consequences to the reports, obviously - almost forgot about that, which goes to show how low my expectations of that are.
This is one of the things I like about G+. It's not Dreamwidth levels - it can't be, it's too big. But user engagement on G+ is still so much better than LJ has been for years, maybe even since Brad left (though that might be unfair to 6A).
[Isn't it just sad that being treated like a non-entity (aka. paid user) by Livejournal for years and years has now become the standard against which I measure other social networks?]
I am unbelievably amused that I didn't know/realise that apps on the iphone don't show the user what sort of data gets given to the apps!! All last week, I've been rolling my eyes at everyone exploding about uploading the users' contacts. The reason I didn't install the Path app (and the Tumblr app, and many others) is that I look at the permissions before I install something on my phone - and if I don't like what data the app has access to, I DON'T INSTALL IT. It's that simple. (Gosh do I wish Tumblr had a less invasive app, I really want to use it. :()
The reason for this, by the way, is that I have many friends who are in my contacts list, but who are deeply suspicious of Google and in general are very private about their personal data. So I feel that I either have to keep those friends out of my phone contacts lists (=Google contacts list), which is not very practical, or be very careful about what businesses/websites/apps I share my contacts with.
Anyway - I was all sneery last week at the people who were screaming about this - only I didn't realise that with iphone apps, you actually have no control over that because the Apple appstore isn't half as transparent as the Android app store is. Yet another reason to be a happy ICS user.
Considering my own strong preference of getting news straight from the social media accounts of China reporters - thus eliminating possible editorial bias that I've grown to absolutely loathe* - this bodes ill. I hope will take / has taken this up and started yelling about it.
Like the author of the blog post Kevin Marks linked to, I do believe it prudent to have the reporters' main attention on their publications' output, rather than their own twitter streams. But I've yet to see a case where there's even a whiff of that, both with the tech and the China reporters I follow here on G+ and on Twitter. (And even on LiveJournal, some are still kicking around there, believe it or not.)
I do hope whatever the guidelines and rules, common sense will continue to rule and the more silly ones won't be enforced. It seems like this would be the perfect way to completely stifle yet another avenue of innovation in journalism.
* After I started following foreign reporters in China on social media sites, I realised that it's not that western news media doesn't have competent people on the ground, quite to the contrary. Thus, one possible conclusion why we in the West tend to get such badly worded and often biased news of Chinese affairs must be the German [insert other Western country] editors either asking for such content or rewriting it. I hardly ever see China news that's making me want to scream since I get links and comments directly from the journos themselves.
I'm sometimes the girl in the corner in a Think Geek t-shirt talking about China policy, and sometimes the girl at the table in a suit arguing about the latest Doctor Who ep.
I’m passionate about the right to online privacy. Given that I spent much time studying Chinese law and history, I also talk quite a bit about China. It's a pet peeve that many Western media get so much (ever so slightly) wrong about China - I tend to point and explain when I happen upon yet another example.
Online, I love podcasts, gadget geekery, good news curation on social networks and fandom. Offline, I love cooking, travelling, and geeking out about whatever is shiny this week. Based out of Cologne.
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- Anhui University