When I started blogging, I told all my friends about my blog and I shared my posts on Facebook. But sadly my friends had zero interest in reading my innermost thoughts, feelings and desires. Not even my mother read my blog. Reader, I wept.
However, after a few posts I noticed something very interesting. Complete strangers were reading my blog posts and liking them. Some liked my blog so much that they even followed it. I was a celeb! Continue reading
The Consumer Electronics Show (CES2014) currently taking place in Las Vegas is packed full of smart glasses, like Google Glass.
Wearable tech is poised to transform the way we interact with technology. With a pair of smart glasses, you can begin to feel like superman, taking photos and recording videos of anything you see, and with the almost telepathic ability to interact directly with the internet and with your own automated personal assistant.
Don’t doubt that this will happen, just so long as the cost is affordable and the tech works in a convenient way. After all, just a few years ago, how many people would have imagined that we would be carrying smartphones everywhere and that email, Facebook and other social media would be just as important as face to face communication?
Smart glasses are just the latest in a long history of creeping augmentation of our abilities by technology. Observers of technology call this transition “Transhumanism” and predict an inevitable and exponential increase in how this impacts on our lives. Continue reading
Posted in Technology
Tagged Computers, Creativity, Facebook, Google, Health, Internet, Longevity, Prediction, Science, Technological Singularity, Technology, Twitter
So, you start a blog, learn all that WordPress stuff, write a few posts, get some likes (wow!), attract followers (how is that even possible?), get into your stride, and then suddenly after a year of blogging, something completely unexpected happens. You get Freshly Pressed, which means that a WordPress.com editor has selected your blog article to be showcased to the world.
Next thing you know your stats counter explodes and your email inbox goes into meltdown with all those likes, follows, comments and even reblogs.
Here are my stats after my last post got Freshly Pressed: Continue reading
There are lots of things you should never do when drunk – operate dangerous machinery, drive a car, phone your mother, text your friends to tell them that you really, really love them. And blog. Continue reading
Facebook knows me intimately. It knows where I live. It knows what I say. It knows what I like. It knows more about me than any other advertising agency in the history of the world.
And yet, this is Facebook’s data model of me: Continue reading
The internet is full of pithy facts, many of them incorrect or misleading. And if you present a fact as a cool infographic, it will go viral whether it’s true or not. Especially if it involves a cat. Continue reading
Posted in Life
Tagged Belief, Blogging, Computers, Democracy, Environment, Facebook, Health, Humour, Internet, Politics, Twitter, Words, Writing
Vietnam has just passed a new law banning blogs and social media from discussing news, politics and current affairs. Henceforth, Facebook and Twitter users in Vietnam can only publish mindless posts about what they ate for breakfast and photos of their cats. So not a huge impact perhaps.
Is it important? In China (another one party communist state), the economy is booming, so do human rights and free speech matter that much? Continue reading
Posted in Politics
Tagged Belief, Blogging, Democracy, Facebook, Freedom, Happiness, Human rights, Politics, Twitter, Words, Writing, YouTube
A contestant on the BBC’s reality show The Apprentice got into trouble recently for having photos of her boobs splashed all over the internet. Did she really get in trouble? Or did she generate a load of free publicity and jump start her career in media? Continue reading
Posted in Technology
Tagged Blogging, Computers, Democracy, Facebook, Feminism, Freedom, Google, Human rights, Internet, Sex, Technology, Twitter
You might think that in this world of blogs, tweets, texts and general information overload, pretty much everything that could be written has been already. Yet it’s astonishingly easy to write a sentence nobody else has ever written. Surprisingly, you’ve never read this before. Continue reading
Yeah, I’m on twitter and I’m tweeting. I’ve got 12 followers so far (well you have to start somewhere) and I’m following a couple of dozen people and organisations.
I like the idea of having followers. It makes me feel like a Demigod. On Facebook I only have friends, which is all too human.
But am I keeping up with an important trend or is twitter just turning me into a deranged megalomaniac? Either way, I have a confession to make: I don’t really get twitter. Continue reading