Contrasting Thoughts

Are We Wu or Wei?


I just published this.

It must be a day of conflicting ideas … this one revealed two alternative views as to why Net Neutrality is (or is not) important to the individual. (BTW – this house believes Net Neutrality is rabidly important.) Now, this post is about satisfying your inner geek.

First up – Dave Winer (again) writing on Why I prefer blogging on the open web – totally with him

One of the reasons I prefer to blog here rather than on Facebook is that if I get an Aha! idea about a feature, over here I can implement it. On Facebook I’m just a user. That was/is one of the great things about the web. Anyone can develop features for it. On Facebook, just their employees can. No wonder it never moves

The iPhone killed my inner nerd is from The Verge, where Tom Warren looks back in the days where we had to work hard to make this computer stuff do what we wanted it to do. It never was my pleasure to do what I did back in those days – but I did – and I understand where he is coming from.
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@DaveWiner Blocked Me

As a reader of this blog – you might know that I follow and agree with Dave Winer (who I do not know) .. a lot. In fact, a quick search on Beyond Bridges posts reveals 12 separate posts mentioning his name alone.

A couple of weeks ago he posted this on his blog, where he was celebrating the return of Robert Scoble to the world of blogging and RSS.

I had already been looking at this when Robert first announced it, commenting to him through Twitter that since I don’t use Facebook, I couldn’t comment on his blog. A short flurry of exchanges ensued, including being followed by the man himself. Honored, though I suspect that I might need to work hard to have him be a regular listener !
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But back to that post by Dave. I popped over to Twitter to share this with Dave – and lo – I discovered he had blocked me. Blocked mind you. Not muted, but blocked.

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In light of another one of his posts, I was a little surprised. He concluded his post thus:

I’d of course add my favorite (that doesn’t actually exist) — mute-with-timeout, which would allow me to turn off messages from people who might have a reason right now to be angry, but who I’d like to automatically give another chance to communicate with me, after having a chance to cool down.

This suggests that I had obviously done something really really bad.

Sorry Dave. Maybe I ‘@ called you’ a little too much on Twitter, maybe I said something that upset you. My mistake. Apologies. And don’t worry, no need to unblock me, I have other accounts if I really want to see what you are saying on Twitter, but I don’t. Most of my interest in your work lies on Scripting.com anyway, which I still receive through my RSS feed in Feedly – I just won’t @ Call you anymore, because that is the only reason I can come up with as to why I am blocked.

Yours
A Confused Fan

 

Robert Scoble Should Pay Attention To Dave Winer

… and not just pay lip service.

On August 6th 2014, Robert Scoble wrote …

After giving it some thought I have completely moved to Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble

I am putting TONS of great content into there. If you aren’t on Facebook, I’m also on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/scobleizer or on Google+ at https://www.google.com/+Scobleizer

Someday I might come back to the blog, but the world has moved and it is on social media.

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