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Defining Friendships Downward

This snarky post at Valleywag does a good job of capturing the mixture of distaste and ennui I feel towards a lot of the social network innovation out there. Here's what the author says about Facebook's new "People You May Know" feature that suggests friendships:

The New York media is predictably offended by Facebook's "People You May Know" feature. To anyone without Asperger's syndrome, the notion of an algorithm suggesting social relationships is offensive. But to Silicon Valley's elite, this is progress. Forming friendships is inefficient and time-consuming; mapping the social graph is a task well-suited to be offloaded to servers. Which, unlike the Starbucks lattes you may purchase in the pursuit of actual friendships, constantly decrease in price. Sure, I thought Facebook was a little off when it hinted I might be friends with Jimmy Wales, but the service is barely out of beta. Other suggestions, like Reddit cofounder Alexis Ohanian, who I met casually once at a bar, is a perfectly suited addition to my list of Facebook "friends." Thus my faith in Mark Zuckerberg's ever-improving software remains unshaken.

Exactly.

by Christopher Heiser on April 11 12:44

Interactive Foreclosure Map

Keep track of foreclosures in the bay area. You can expect these to rise further over the next 6-18 months.

by Christopher Heiser on April 11 12:40

Watchanistas, Check This Out

De Grisogono releases an all-mechanical watch that mimics the kind of LCD watch you get in your Rice Crispies. No word on the price. Comes in multiple base metals and finishes. A total of 651 parts are necessary. Amazing. The movements in modern timepieces are just incredible.

by Christopher Heiser on April 11 12:38

Vitamin Danger?

I take quite a few vitamins, both in capsules as well as in other forms such as drinks and bars. So when I read that vitamins taken in common dosages may prove harmful, it gave me some pause. It's only one study, but it's disconcerting nonetheless.

by Christopher Heiser on April 11 12:35

Rock Band, Now 15% of my Monthly Budget

So I broke my Rock Band drum pedal, which is a common failure for the game. I've had EA send me a new one, but rather than modify it for longevity (at the cost of about $30) I've decided to go for a more permanent solution that employs an actual kick drum pedal. Whee!! Another $100 out the window...

by Christopher Heiser on April 11 03:44
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