March 27, 2012
I read this Business Insider story just before going to bed. I had to pinch myself as I thought had already started dreaming. This story exceeds all of my @billg fantasies.
November 17, 2011
[originally posted on Rdio] I’m afraid the road ahead for digital music purveyors will continue to be bumpy. Expect the multi-billion dollar social media investment bubble to get serious about demanding returns from advertising, entertainment, gaming, and publishing revenue streams. Maybe it’s already started with the arrangements made between Facebook, Spotify, MOG, Pandora, Rdio, et al.
Perhaps as an appropriate seque – what about that☟&✖% SOPA bill in the House? Run any kind of a web site, link to the wrong place and have your DNS pulled and payment processors turned off, just like they do in China and Iran. Regard who’s giving supporting testimony: the Register of Copryights, the MPAA, Pfizer, MasterCard, and the AFL-CIO. Certainly no friends of the kind hosts here.
Ugh. Sorry. I’ll include ponies and rainbows in next post.
April 28, 2011
Hello Site Architect, Security Officers, CTO, and other potentially suspicious characters at Metacafe -
I landed at your site today as result of searching for a video showing the best music making applications for tablet computers. I was shocked and dismayed when I noticed that underneath the first video I clicked on was a comment box awaiting my input displaying my Facebook profile picture. You might wonder why I thought this was a serious problem. Well, for starters, I’ve not enabled Facebook Connect with your site. Actually, I’ve never even registered at Metacafe. Geez, I wasn’t even logged into Facebook on any computer and hadn’t been for days.
So my question is this: why is my %)*&^ Facebook identity showing up on your site? I know this probably isn’t all your doing and I ought to be pestering the alpha geeks over at Facebook as well, but, honestly, I am just a little bit sick of Facebook detritus following me everywhere, and the less time I spend there, the better I feel. Besides, I’ve no patience for another “oh my gosh .. we’d never do anything like that” response.
I understand that Facebook is not going away any time soon. And there’s little chance of me erasing my Facebook account as my elders unfortunately have irrevocably and mistakenly substituted it for the telephone. But I really think there is room in the universe for healthy population of Things Not Connected To Facebook. So is there any chance you could not line up like the millions of other lemmings and just say no to auto-magic, opt-in by default, creepy stalking technology?
So, in closing: I now hate your web property. How do I delete any and all association with my information from your site?
September 2, 2010
dude, where's my Lala?
I’ve just taken a test drive of Apple’s Ping and I am totally underwhelmed. As a user of Pandora, Rhapsody, Last.FM, MOG, and most significantly, Lala, I am completely befuddled. Why in the world would only iTunes purchase history be considered in user profile creation and not the wealth of data contained in the user’s iTunes library? There are play counts, ratings, playlists, genre tags, BPM annotations and so forth. No, really, can someone explain this to me? As it stands, Ping is utterly worthless to the musically driven social net citizen and is not likely to perform a meaningful social networking function in Apple’s marquee media store. Surely Apple must realize how scale-free social networks are formed. Without well-connected nodes capable of generating quality content, and without those nodes’ mass of preference data there is nothing going on here. Had my library and playlists been pulled in I just might have cared enough to write some reviews, invite my tribe and hang around long enough for a little more Lala DNA to show up. Not a chance now.
In summary, dear Apple, compare and contrast how hard Last.FM works to import and export user music preferences.