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Mark My Words: Google Plus Wins

ImageBig G simply dominates certain areas of the web. Search is a biggie. Email is another one. However, the empire’s expansionism occurs in less transparent ways. Business listings. Recommendations. In every possible way a person can operate the Internet, Google aims to be monolithic.

Through integration, they are socializing web activity and the average netizen doesn’t even realize it. I always thought that Google Plus was failing because there was nothing being said. No buzz. No press. No blogger frothing at the mouth. But that’s exactly the point. Google is winning by duping us like the foolish and ravenous consumers we are. Dangling the carrot without showing the stick. The general public may later realize that we are a part of an online ecosystem where communication with each other is happening on their domain, on their watch, and on their terms. Obviously, they won’t please everybody. That’s the point though. You gotta suck it up and deal with it. Empires are built on fealty and folly.

(SOURCE: Fast Company)

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The Rise of the Neckbeard: Doxxing, Women, and Sexism in Online Communities

RedditReddit was born in 2005 but nerds existed before that. Obsessed with things 32/64-bit, I lurked AOL chatrooms and phpBB forums in the 90’s. Future Redditors also congregated there with primitive memes. Decades┬álater, a culture of freaks and geeks are on top of the food chain. Silicon Valley, reeling from the dot-com bubble, made a comeback. Mobile and apps fundamentally alter how people communicate. Startups are perceived as innovators and the future.

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