A platimum triangle, maybe: ambient, smart and personal. Tech that’s there when you need it (mobile is only one part of this); that connects with people but knows who, when and where (social is only part of this); and that responds to all your needs and interests (real-time is only part of this).
Stephen Downes about the golden triangle of mobile, social and real-time. He is reformulating those three concepts in a clever way, which makes them larger yet more precise.
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No, this is a complete and utterly bogus claim. I guess you have never turned on voice and stood in the Second Life welcome areas and infohubs. You will leave with your ears charred. Griefing is very alive and well on voice.
Philip Linden used to wax poetic to us in town meetings about how people would grief less in SL, by contrast to video games online, because they’d have all these rich creative things to do. His sim would be crashing as he earnestly made this point, as the grief kiddies used all the rich creative aspects of SL to make rich creative griefing items and techniques like self-replicated physics-enabled glowing neo balls screeching obscenities.
Seesmic is really a very special little walled garden. You can only join it if you have another Seesmic member give you an invitation, like a posh club. A culture has been set there by the inner core that favours very mannered and in-group communications, not debate, so there is this echo-chamber effect make it appear as it it is all very civilized — something like NPR. A key reason that Seesmic seems so gentile is that people like me aren’t on there : ) Why? Because we can’t afford the set-up to have a high-end web-cam, etc. to operate with very fast computer.
Of course people can lie online in full voice and in full video, this is an era of such concocted online personas.
Maybe I am wrong, but it seems yet another example of the sympathetic but alas unrealistic complete trust by Linden Lab in the good and pure intentions of all residents