Flickr’s Changes Offer Multiple Warnings For the Future

April Glaser offers a number of good thoughts related to the impending changes to the photo-sharing site Flickr, which is about to start forcing people to pay for a Pro membership if they don’t want their pictures - at least those over 1,000 - permanently deleted. For anyone who’s been using the site for any … Continue reading Flickr’s Changes Offer Multiple Warnings For the Future

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Those Systems Don’t Know Us, But Pretend To

I’ve certainly had experiences similar to what’s described in this much-shared story from a few months ago about the way the algorithms that push suggestions and notifications at us all day long are never exactly right but are also never exactly wrong. Spotify, for instance, continues to insist I’m going to enjoy Hall & Oates … Continue reading Those Systems Don’t Know Us, But Pretend To

Google+’s Fate Shows Consequences Only Happen When You’re Not Successful

This past weekend Google revealed 1) That a massive data breach had occurred on Google+, the social networking site it’s managed for several years, and 2) that as a result of that breach it would, over the next 10 months or so, phase Google+ out of existence. The news resulted in a lot of “I … Continue reading Google+’s Fate Shows Consequences Only Happen When You’re Not Successful

You Won’t Find Me Using Any of Those Facial-Recognition Apps

Recently there was a brief wave of everyone using a new Google app feature that took your selfie and delivered what it felt was the closest result pulled from a collection of famous classical artwork. Everyone was having a bit of fun and it was kind of goofy. I had zero interest in participating, just … Continue reading You Won’t Find Me Using Any of Those Facial-Recognition Apps