Updating relationship status

Friday, December 4, 2009 at 19:34 | Posted in social | Leave a comment
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I have never bothered to publish my relationship status in Facebook, nor in Twitter (it is currently single if you must know) but Dana Hanna obviously thinks it is important to keep it updated. Congrats 🙂

Why Twitter?

Tuesday, November 10, 2009 at 6:28 | Posted in internet, social | Leave a comment

If you have no idea what Twitter is good for but are curious just whatch this clip. It will only take a minute and then you know.

via @nettielamaa

Almost forgot: you can also play chess using Twitter.

The cost of a video

Wednesday, December 17, 2008 at 4:50 | Posted in social | Leave a comment

What else could you do with the cost of one single music video?

via The Fichbowl

Just say no!

Sunday, March 16, 2008 at 4:46 | Posted in social, web 2.0. | 1 Comment
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Michael Arrington writes (via Vesa) that Facebook has taken serious steps to fight application spam. A growing number of application developers are using the annoying tactics of forcing users to send invitations to their friends when signing for an application. I have also on several occasions been denied results of a quiz I have taken because I did not want to spam my friends with invitations.

A group against forced invitations has quickly collected more than 95.000 members, Yours Truly among them. I also made an exception from my policy of not signing web petitions. This petition is worth signing because it has already made a difference: Facebook has started to send letters to bad behaving developers saying that they have been temporarily restricted from using the invitation feature.

This does not, of course, solve all of the problem but it is a good start. As from now, I am officially a fan of “Petition Against Forced Invites” application.

I just wonder when all those quiz results screwed from me are going to be made available.

Do-it-yourself crime investigation

Tuesday, August 21, 2007 at 3:09 | Posted in Alcohol, crime, social, Sweden | 1 Comment

The mother of a 14 year old in Southern Sweden was furious as her son came home heavily intoxicated, Dagens Nyhter writes. I guess every mother would be angry but not everybody would do what this mom did. She had her son call the person who had provided the booze and order another delivery. As the man arrived with the delivery, police officers entered from behind the corner and busted the dealer for illegal sales of alcoholic beverages.

The police in Lund say this was not a case of entrapment to commit a crime which is illegal in Sweden. The police deny any knowledge of the incident before the mother contacted them and say that the patrol was acting to stop a crime in progress. A senior officer described the mother’s action as a contribution by a “citizen investigator”.

This sort of citizen initiative is not uncommon in many places elsewhere but it is almost unprecedented in Sweden. Swedes are not eager to interfere if they witness a crime being committed and they also expect much of parenting to be performed by the society. I wonder if this do-it-yourself crime investigation is an isolated incident or a sign of a new attitude developing among Swedes.

Omegas and Deltas

Tuesday, June 26, 2007 at 17:55 | Posted in social, web 2.0. | Leave a comment

Danah Boyd has made an interesting observation: “good kids” in America switch from MySpace to Facebook or join Facebook as their first social network while “bad kids” either stay in MySpace or join there and stick to it. Danah has a problem with insufficient language to label these class differences in the American society:

I’ve been trying to figure out how to articulate this division for months. I have not yet succeeded. So, instead, I decided to write a blog essay addressing what I’m seeing. I suspect that this will be received with criticism, but my hope is that the readers who encounter this essay might be able to help me think through this. In other words, I want feedback on this piece.

The essay is here.

I have an idea about those labels. Not to be taken too seriously, though. I belong to the generation that was rolling on the floor laughing out loud while watching Animal House approximately at the time I would have gone to university, had that been my chosen path.

Those labels are right there. Omega for Facebook and Delta for MySpace. Fair and square.

via Basic Thinking Blog

Washington Post adds profiles

Saturday, September 2, 2006 at 17:17 | Posted in internet, Media, social | Leave a comment

Micro Persuation writes that Washington Post is planning to allow readers to add comments to their news stories. As a first step, the comments will be allowed to less controversial topics. Once filtering mechanisms are in place, the comments will be opened for all stories.

From there, the Post will encourage readers to create profile pages that aggregate all of his/her comments in a central place. This in essence turns the Post Web site into a social network for people who actively comment on the site.

All they wood need to add was the possibility to publish blog entries. Maybe even photo folders. Then it would be little different from MySpace. A MySpace for mature people, that is.

via Jaanus

Forgotten in toilet

Tuesday, August 8, 2006 at 9:00 | Posted in crime, social, Sweden | Leave a comment

Dagens Nyheter writes that the personnel in Solbacken nursing home in Landskrona, Sweden assisted a 95 year old lady to the toilet in the evening. Unfortunately, their shift was about to end and they forgot to tell the night shift about her which is why nobody missed her all night. The morning shift found her severely shocked, having spent 12 hours in the loo.

Unfortunately, the old lady got worse after the incident and died five days later. An inquiry has been started to determine whether the careless personnel caused the death of the woman.

If I ever become too old to cope on my own, I am going to refuse to go to Solbacken nursing home! Since I have no plans to emigrate to Sweden, it would not be a likely option anyway.

Chewing gum kids

Tuesday, August 8, 2006 at 7:12 | Posted in malaysia, social | Leave a comment

The Malay Mail writes about Thai children who are forced to sell chewing gum in front of Kuala Lumpur night clubs in very late hours to support their families. Two girls the Mail reporter Rahman Daros has spoken to say they are 12 years old. According to the article, this is a returning problem: last year the Malaysian authorities formed a “special task force” to get the kids out of the streets.

It is of course sad that children, who should be at home sleeping, must earn their daily bread working night shift in the street. Then again, at least they are selling chewing gum and not themselves. Which unfortunately happens in many places allover the World. 😦

I wonder if the Malay Mail would write about it if that were the case.

Peeking behind the Fischerwerke scene

Thursday, June 15, 2006 at 13:57 | Posted in Blogosphere, ethics, Germany, hyperlink, internet, Legal, social | 5 Comments

The 86 year old Artur Fischer is the founder of Fischerwerke. The corporation’s turnover last year was 457 million € and the family’s private assets are estimated to be around 250 million €. The corporation has been run since 1980 by the founder’s son, 55 year old Klaus Fischer.

The family’s daughter, the 58 year old Mrs. Margot Fischer-Weber used to work for her father and brother. She was born with a severe hearing disable and was unable to complete her school education. She joined the family enterprise as an employee at the age of 15 in 1963 and served the family for 36 years.

Mrs. Fischer-Weber abandoned her inheritance rights in favor of her brother in 1984. She describes the occasion when the act was signed and sealed by a notary in her web site. She says that she was not in position to understand the true meaning of the document she was presented to. Due to her disability, she was unable to properly hear what was being said and was provided with no legal advice. She says that she signed the document because she trusted her father.

Mrs. Fischer-Weber’s web site www.fischerfratze.de also includes a detailed and documented description of the circumstances, under which her employment came to an end. Without going into details I can tell you that it is not a flattering story about this stinking rich family in the hi-tech business. The site is entitled (in my free translation) “Sharks and other Fis(c)h(er)” and the domain name fischerfratze.de stands for fischer grimace.

The family’s lawyers sent a letter to Margot Fischer-Weber on Monday 12th June 2006 demanding the site be taken off line by Wednesday 14th June. In opposite case, the family threatens to sue their daughter for slander or libel. The site is on line as I type this on Thursday the 15th June.

The story has been covered by several German blogs: law blog, Mein Parteibuch, Basic Thinking, ElbeBlawg and others). Most of them do not link to Mrs. Fischer-Weber’s site because of the absurd German court practices. A hyperlink may make the linking site responsible of the contents in the disputed target site which means that bloggers under German jurisdiction would risk being sued by this family with much more wealth than social conscience.

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