Have you ever wondered what billions of connections, mapped out looks like. Mark Zuckerberg today released a map of the world, represented in friend connections on Facebook. The more friends you have in your area, the darker it is. The map also links each friend, creating an almost-magical view of the world.
A few Things To Notice
- First of all, this map makes clear just how far we have to come in making the world smaller. Most connections are clearly within the same country, and even the same region. Will this map change as we become a (excuse the oxymoron) more global earth?
- Secondly, there are noticeable gaps in the middle east, and South America. This map is a good reminder not to take for granted the freedom of information we enjoy. Many around the globe aren’t able to do the same, either thanks to the cost of technology, or the law of their nation.
What does this map tell you? Leave a comment with your observations
Periodically I will write open letters to tech companies, usually chastising them for interface, or some form of glitch. Now I write to Blackberry to chastise them for a marketing mistake, which really could be corrected.
Now, here’s my letter:
Rumor has it you’re releasing BBM for iPhone and Android on September 20th. You know what else is being released on September 20th? The iPhone 5S. Let me know if you see the problem yet.
I get the whole “it’s hard to compete in hardware” thing, and that you’re selling assets and becoming a software company in some sense, but that doesn’t mean you have to ruin every decision. The news on the 20th, and the 21st is going to be everything iPhone: iPhones sell out. iPhones miss expectations. Critics, and fanboys alike will be talking iPhone, and BBM will quietly make its entrance, shrinking further into oblivion.
Your goal should be to make your remaining assets as valuable as can be, and you definitely could do that with BBM, but to do that, you need to be the headline, not the footnote.
If you’re from Blackberry (and you may be, because I’m emailing this to your PR team), I urge you to push your announcement back a week, or at least until the following Tuesday. Everybody will just be receiving their newly shipped iPhones, and will adventurously try the new Blackberry app, which they will have heard about, because by this time people will care.
Don’t screw up another decision. Release it late, and enjoy success with your new app.
P.S: I’m still waiting on my demo BB10 device, after emailing you close to 18 months ago. Any time now, I will
Facebook Updates are a pain, we get it. No need to incessantly write a status update complaining each time it changes, which is seemingly every week. Only weeks after the first 2013 facebook update, an updated profile/timeline, facebook is working on rolling out their recently announced new layout, one based on a more modern design and with a greater focus on search.
But one brilliant facebooker/filmmaker, also behind this brilliant video on honest cable companies, decided for his latest video to imagine what life would be like if run by Facebook. What would happen if our lives relied upon the latest update, and Facebook updates meant the entire layout of our homes shifting?
It’s pretty hilarious, and it’s embedded below. Check it out.