My name is Bill, I am a recent graduate in Information Sciences and Technology from Penn State University and this is a place for me to post or give my 2 cents on the fascinating world of technology. I am now working for a pretty big technology related company whose name I will leave out just to avoid any possible complications, however far-fetched them happening may be. Music gets included from time to time as well.

April 7, 2014 12:15 am December 30, 2013 1:42 pm
12 “it” social and content careers to watch for in 2014

Given the nature of tumblr I imagine this would interest a lot on this platform.  I know at least a couple it would specifically so I’ll try this hip new technique I see all the kids doing these days and tag their names to this post to make sure they see it.

August 21, 2013 6:29 pm
Tumblr Says Data Corruption, Not A Hack, Responsible For Strange Posts Appearing On Users’ Blogs | TechCrunch



They’re trying to say that this only lasted around 15 minutes, but that’s not true. My feed was fucked for at least 4 hours. It started around 9/10 for me, and I went to sleep around 3.
I lost maybe 2 posts. But I don’t post that much. I couldn’t reply to posts. I couldn’t reply to messages.

Basically, I got to look at Devin’s cherry cheesecake and Rune’s unicorn poop for hours as the top two posts on my dash (which is great because those things are great) but they were all being followed by posts from people I don’t follow. 
And, again, I don’t care about porn on my dash. I just care when it’s porn from people that I don’t follow. It just seems like bad new for Tumblr considering how far they’ve tried to distance themselves from the naughty side of Tumblr.

Seriously, Tumblr? It was at least three and a half hours. It ate at least one of my posts. At least the posts I didn’t make are finally gone from my blog, but still.

Get your shit together, Tumblr. Or at least admit that something was fucked up.

It’s interesting how user groups respond to issues in the same way. Social media sites give us the ability to create content and our reaction to losing it is very similar to losing television and forms of media solely for consuming. I suppose it would make more sense for social media to prompt even bigger of a reaction given that.

December 16, 2012 6:03 pm
The Web We Lost - Anil Dash

I have been seeing this article passed around a lot this past week, so I finally took the time to read through it.  While I certainly don’t disagree with the writer or his conclusions, I definitely have issues with it which is surprising considering how much it is being passed around.  Even though he alludes to it, I feel like Mr. Dash for the most part overlooks how necessary the techniques of the prominent social networks now were for them to garner the massive amount of users they have.  The open tools of the early 2000’s and late 90’s may have looked great to those that actively seeked them out, but before the rise of web 2.0’s popularity most users had no interest in such applications.  While these were not technically challenging tools the vast majority of users need an overtly simple, targeted product being pushed to them.  This required the investing and deals that, as he put, made a “very few very rich.”  I do agree that everything works in cycles and now that even the technologically illiterate are learning how to work these products fairly well we will see some of these services start to return.

September 1, 2012 11:02 am
Police embrace social media as crime-fighting tool -

I personally wouldn’t say anything in this is surprising, but it’s a good article to confirm how law enforcement is using social media. I don’t see anything wrong with how they have applied the policies of the bricks-and-mortar world to online but like the bricks-and-mortar one you should be aware of your rights and what you may be making available to whom.

August 16, 2012 11:26 pm
‘Friends’ can share your Facebook profile with the government, court rules


A federal judge has ruled that investigators can go through your Facebook profile if one of your friends gives them permission to do so. The decision, which is part of a New York City racketeering trial, comes as courts struggle to define privacy and civil liberties in the age of social media.

In an order issued on Friday, US District Judge William Pauley III ruled that accused gangster Melvin Colon can’t rely on the Fourth Amendment to suppress Facebook evidence that led to his indictment. Colon had argued that federal investigators violated his privacy by tapping into his profile through an informant who was one of this Facebook friends.

The informant’s Facebook friendship served to open an online window onto Colon’s alleged gangster life, revealing messages he posted about violent acts and threats to rival gang members. The government used this information to obtain a search warrant for the rest of Colon’s Facebook account. The Colon information is part of a larger investigation into crack-dealing and murder in the Bronx.

» via GigaOM

August 1, 2012 11:59 pm June 17, 2012 1:57 pm
Were Facebook Investors Fooling Themselves? Psychologists Say Yes

"Basically, investors were driven not by their economic judgments, but by the leading role Facebook plays in communicating the dramatic, and more often mundane, happenings in their lives."

June 16, 2012 7:17 pm
"advertisements should be engaging rather than distractions. But a large part of the problem has nothing to do with form, but instead function. Advertisers are still deploying uninspired digital ads on other platforms. Many bring that methodology to social media."

GM and Ford Highlight Facebook’s Challenges, Opportunities - Brian Solis - Harvard Business Review (via gerdfuturist)

It’s too bad any attempt to profit from viral marketing would run contradictory to the concept, that’s probably where Facebook is the most useful and engaging.

(Source: gerdfuturist, via emergentfutures)

June 13, 2012 8:54 pm
Why we need to blow the article up in order to save it

This reads kind of like a journalism-focused version of Tim Berners-Lee’s linked data TED talk.  The internet has definitely evolved how we are capable of telling and consuming stories.  It has gotten a little annoying rereading the background story on something you have been following from the beginning in every article about it.  This seems to fit with the technological cycle of fracturing and then centralizing, the question is what approach could centralize an article written in a fractured manner?  Have aggregation sites like TechMeme already answered this?