#social web

Understanding how Facebook disappeared from the Internet

Sehr gute Erklärung, was beim gestrigen Ausfall von Facebook, Instagram und WhatsApp passiert ist. Bleibt nur noch die Frage nach dem Warum?.

Mark Zuckerberg hat in den paar Stunden Downtime rund 6 Milliarden US-Dollar verloren, was den armen Mark auf Platz 5 der reichsten Menschen der Welt zurückwirft – hinter Software-Oldie und Menschenchipper Bill Gates.

Update, 08:45 Uhr: Nach sechs Stunden war der Spuk vorbei. Facebook bestätigt die oben im Cloudflare-Artikel beschriebene technische Ursache:

Our engineering teams have learned that configuration changes on the backbone routers that coordinate network traffic between our data centers caused issues that interrupted this communication. This disruption to network traffic had a cascading effect on the way our data centers communicate, bringing our services to a halt.

Porsche by VW

Last week Volkswagen announced they are more closely linking the parent brand with the Porsche and Audi badges. The iconic sports and luxury brands would now be „Porsche by VW“ and „Audi by VW.“

Great essay by Scott Galloway about Facebook’s renaming of WhatsApp and Instagram, which he calls „one of the dumbest moves in the history of marketing“.

Free investment tips included:

People often ask me what stocks I own. Simple: the only investment strategy anybody needs is to own unregulated monopolies. I own Apple, Amazon, Facebook, and Nike. Ok, Nike isn’t a monopoly […].

Into the Personal-Website-Verse

If we would make the conscious decision to find better ways to connect our personal sites and to enable more social interaction again, and if we would then persistently work on this idea, then we could, bit by bit, influence the development of Web technologies into this direction. What we would end up with is not only a bunch of personal websites but a whole interconnected personal-website-verse.

Matthias hält ein lesenswertes Plädoyer für Personal Websites und Blogs, dem ich mich nur anschließen kann. (Und denjeningen von euch, die mit dem Web arbeiten, sei zudem Matthias‘ hervorragender Newsletter Prototyping.news, zu all things prototyping empfohlen.)

Lifefaker – Life isn’t perfect. Your profile should be.

Lifefaker is the world’s first online life faking service. Instead of going through the hassle of living a perfect life, now you can just get the photos.

Wundern würde es einen nicht, tatsächlich ist es aber nur ein genialer Fake, um auf die Probleme und den Druck hinzuweisen, die eine allzu perfekte Social-Media-Welt uns auferlegt:

With Lifefaker.com, our goal was to use parody to highlight some of those unhealthy behaviours we all know exist on social media.

(via @bindermichi)

“Blogging is most certainly not dead”

Really enjoyed the latest issue of Kottke’s “Noticing” newsletter. A great collection of reader recommended blogs and newsletters, ending with a great quote by Kari, about why she keeps on blogging:

I also keep it out of spite, because I refuse to let social media take everything. Those shapeless, formless platforms haven’t earned it and don’t deserve it. I’ve blogged about this many times, but I still believe it: When I log into Facebook, I see Facebook. When I visit your blog, I see you.