7 Aug 2013 7 am eastern

Reality 2.0

GOING TO BE SAD when all these social networks I’ve been pouring my life into get shut down by basic economics or bought by Yahoo.


Filed under: Startups, State of the Web

10 Responses to “Reality 2.0”

  1. Tracey Rickard said on

    I can’t believe I just read that … I was thinking along similar lines today. Wondering how much longer they will survive etc. Spooky!

  2. Iain said on

    News just in: Yahoo! buys the entire free web as we know it.

    But seriously, they’re buying everything left and right; it worries me if they’re either buying for the sake of buying something or trying to challenge the likes of Google, which I can’t see happening too well.

  3. Andrea said on

    Why sad? If you’re pouring your life in there it means you’re enjoying it as you are doing it. Carpe diem!

  4. Carolyn Wood said on

    @Andrea I appreciate your positive outlook, but some people have invested large amounts of time in building a picture of their lives, families, work, travels, things they’ve made, etc. across the social networks. SOME have done it thoughtfully and painted a rich picture. Yes, they’re pouring in little drops of themselves but, put together, it can be a form of journal. The diary of the digital age, in itself a form of art in the right hands. Those people, like Jeffrey, would have as much to be sad about as someone who wrote a book or painted a work of art and then had it stolen—never to be recovered.

  5. s2art said on

    Mr. Zeldman. This is most likely running though many peoples minds. Aleks Krotoski has mused over this idea at length identity and the internet. Having myself watched several online service become subsumed, I can only surmise that hosting my content on my server seems the better option, but please don’t use that as an excuse to stop your own musings. I’ve been popping in here since the mid 90s and even though I am in no way a designer or developer of websites your thoughts have always been helpful.

  6. Adam said on

    This seems timely: http://xkcd.com/1250/

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  8. Boner said on

    I think it is fairly sad when competent folks, who have the ability to create functioning web sites, pander to the crap that is facebook. I will admit instagram is cool and I browse through twitter, too.

    Your actual audience will respond to your journal/photos/blog, etc. posted at your own domain name. The social media stuff is very flavor of the month and is a lot like high school.

    I get that it is easier for folks to post on facebook from their phone, but I wish actal media creators would quit pandering to this stuff and put their energies into their own websites.

  9. DC Crowley said on

    Yahoo? Google are the worst. Facebook still have friendfeed up nd running – THANK YOU so much Mark Z.

    It’s not just the economic reality. Their API builders do not know what backward compatibility or future proof is. Now with the NSA throwing it’s weight… maybe we can return to Paper-Scissors-Stone. Goodbye

  10. DC Crowley said on

    Yahoo? Google are the worst. Facebook still have friendfeed up nd running – THANK YOU so much Mark Z.

    It’s not just the economic reality. Their API builders do not know what backward compatibility or future proof is. Now with the NSA throwing it’s weight… maybe we can return to Paper-Scissors-Stone. Goodbye “hello world”

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