January 18th, 2013
Forward Thinking, Vol. 110 – 9 Essential Internet Tidbits
1. Online dating isn’t just for your divorced uncle anymore.
Digital is changing the way we date. We’ve seen it coming for years, especially as the online dating demographic gets younger and younger. We see dating platforms focusing more on fun (see: How About We). Some see services like OkCupid as the beginning of the end of courtship, while others throw all caution into the wind for the thrill of a Crazy Blind Date. Either way, as increasingly perfect algorithms put multiple suitable partners at our fingertips, will society’s value of permanent commitment take a beating?
2. The big cheese tease
Two of the Big Cheeses of the Internet have been teasing us for some time with new products and capabilities. Isn’t it about time Facebook lets us put the social graph to work? Luckily, they finally announced Graph Search. And haven’t we been hearing about Google Glass for long enough? Let’s get those babies into the hands of developers!
3. Operating on the edge of the law
For a large corner of the Internet, this was a week of mourning. The death of influential hacker and activist Aaron Schwartz brought great sadness to the programmer community, but sparked extensive mass media coverage of the causes Schwartz fought for. The 26-year-old’s legacy inspired countless discussions of Internet freedom, possible failures of the legal system, holes in the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, and the ethics of hacking.
And a few more things:
4. How lost are you in the new Myspace? Make a tally for every time you see Justin.
5. The White House raised the minimum signature threshold for online petitions … because apparently, building a Death Star isn’t quite at the top of the POTUS’s agenda.
6. Put your browser resizing skills to the ultimate test – this game is surprisingly fun.
7. Is it even possible to update your app without pissing everyone off?
8. One of the essential components to making a regular ol’ blogpost go “viral”: FOMO.