Archive | 17 May 2010

Is this really you online?

When you think about social networking and sharing information could it just be becoming a bit too TMI?  Recently, a political fan of a local politician thought it right to set up a Facebook page for him in addition to the one that the politician already had in place himself. Imitation, humorously based Twitter accounts have cropped up too and it may be a sign that the slow economy or some election savvy trend setters are taking impersonating to another level. A level which three states are now on notice for passing legislation targeting Internet or online imposters. Four more are poised to act in this regards following the lead of Texas where “creating a website or a social networking site using the name or persona of another with the intent to harm, defraud, intimidate or threaten is a third-degree felony.” Included in the short list is sending an e-mail, IM, or text claiming to be another person without their permission under the above mentioned intent. Will this sort of treatment pass the muster of legal challenges defining social networking too broadly? Who is going to do the necessary investigation if this becomes a wide spread social problem? Is online behavior such as this going to be added to the already lengthy list of similar criminal impersonation laws? We’ve discussed identity theft and management tools to make our lives easy when accessing websites, but with the plethora of applications launched each day is the reality of social identity and security a larger concern for study? You know, that doesn’t sound like you. Is it?

Live From New York It’s Betty White!

Who would have thought that Facebook and The Golden Girls would ever even go together in the same sentence.  Well, apparently the 500,000 Facebook fans who rallied for Betty White to host SNL did, proving the incredible, universal power of social media and crowd-sourcing.   It started with one passionate fan and led to an overwhelming amount of admiration and support for a sweet old woman better known as Rose Nylund on the 80’s hit, The Golden Girls. While Betty White is best known for her TV and movie roles stemming back to the 50’s, this generation will likely remember the actress for her triumphant return to live television through the means of Facebook love.   Betty offered her gratitude to the social network in her comical opening SNL monologue: Read More…

Uniformity, Consistency, and Meaning: Designing for the First 50 Milliseconds

Most recently, I found myself researching Cannon Beach, OR in preparation for a weekend excursion with old friends. Like a true digital native, my first instinct led me to utilize a web search engine with the proper key words. The first result with its promising description of being “Cannon Beach, Oregon’s internet guide” appeared to contain great potential in rendering the information I required. Read More…