How farmers in Myanmar shape the future of the web

The Atlantic pub­lished The Face­­book-Lov­ing Farm­ers of Myan­mar this week. It’s a fan­tas­ti­cal­ly inter­est­ing write-up by Craig Mod of ethno­graph­ic research he under­took in the South­east-Asian coun­try. What makes that mar­ket so par­tic­u­lar­ly inter­est­ing is that Myanmar’s net­work was until recent­ly arti­fi­cial­ly capped and con­trolled by the rul­ing mil­i­tary jun­ta, but a vast num­ber of peo­ple have […]

Werner Herzog, Virtual Reality and Telling Stories

I’d say that Wern­er Her­zog is one of the most cre­ative thinkers alive today, and I love to hear his con­sid­ered opin­ions on pret­ty much any sub­ject. For exam­ple, chick­ens. True to form, this inter­view on the sub­ject of vir­tu­al real­i­ty is fas­ci­nat­ing. I am con­vinced that this is not going to be an exten­sion of […]

Twitter, Good Faith, Skepticism, and Open-Mindedness

Yes, this is anoth­er piece about Twit­ter. But it’s also not real­ly about Twit­ter. Jack Dorsey all but con­firmed a report that Twit­ter are going to allow up to 10,000 char­ac­ters in tweets (like­ly as a kind of media item attach­ment): We’ve spent a lot of time observ­ing what peo­ple are doing on Twit­ter, and we see them […]

Twitter Beyond 140 Characters

re/code today report­ed that Twit­ter is plan­ning to extend its char­ac­ter lim­it from the (in)famous 140, to a pos­si­ble 10,000. Quite a few peo­ple have react­ed neg­a­tive­ly to this but I think that, as long as the imple­men­ta­tion is well han­dled, extend­ing the lim­it is a good idea—because Twit­ter is about more than 140 char­ac­ters. Peo­ple con­fuse arbi­trary lim­its […]