Just a quick note to let you know that I've switched to a new Google+ account. I'm not using this one anymore. If you have me Circled here and want to continue to follow my updates, Circle the new account instead.
Those Facebook updates from Spotify, the Washington Post, and the Guardian that tell me what people are listening to and reading at any given moment are harshing my Facebook buzz.
The whole idea of curation is that you share something after making a conscious decision it's worth sharing. Even better: Tell other people why they should read or listen to or watch the thing you're sharing.
If you think every song you listen to and every article you read is worth telling the world about, you're doing it wrong.
I marvel at the sheer density of marketing buzzwords in these sentences:
In this model, gTLDs can come onto the stage (pun intended) as the "mass customization" platform for companies. In practical terms, a large etailer will be able to create individualized programs that give consumers new, monetizable experience offerings. The upside is significant if a company can leverage gTLDs "mass customization" capability to make their experience offering highly sticky and monetizable.
I try to avoid sticky experiences whenever possible. It's one of the reasons we don't have children.
I'll probably give it a week or two, then nuke it. I left a message there pointing people here. I'm concerned that many of the people following me won't know to make the switch, but at least my RL friends seem to be showing up here on this account.
This afternoon I woke up my MacBook Pro to find that it had forgotten what time it was -- it thought it was Dec. 31, 2008. Also, it forgot the password to my home Wi-Fi network. These problems persisted through a reboot. Some, but not all, of my startup settings were scrambled.
This hasn't been difficult to fix, but I'm worried. Is this the sign of some awful imminent failure, or just a random glitch that I can forget about?
Netflix doesn't have to come up with artificial incentives for streaming and disincentives for DVDs. They just have to do a better job marketing the ways that streaming is inherently superior from a consumer perspective.
Promotion of the Streaming service on the frontpage, leaving everything else as-is in regards to the UI, combined with treating dvd rental as an add-on service with a fee that independently increased in price is all the marketing and incentive that was needed to make the shift.