Saturday, January 26, 2008


Blame it on Vista to destroy the hard drive of a two month year old laptop. My baby (laptop) was fine until one day the whole thing crashes. The only conclusion I could find was that Vista’s weaknesses caused my lap top to self-destruct. Vista came out in 2007 which is after the book "Naked Conversations” was published by Scobel and Israel. The authors comment that consumers’s view of Microsoft has changed and improved. I have a hard time believing this.

The majority of people I speak to have expressed great annoyance with Microsoft. The company seems to find difficulty in creating a product that works.

The majority of consumers prefer Windows XP than the new Vista for obvious reasons. I bet the author is wishing he could kick himself in the head

When Microsoft came out with XP(many years ago) they had a couple of glitches and issues. It took them a couple years to create all the patches to fix then problems. The problem is, Microsoft is competing so they have to put out their product before it is fully developed. I believe consumers should wait a couple years and then buy Vista. Or . . . buy a Mac.

How many people have had these bad experiences
with Microsoft or any experiences? Have I gone mad in my belief that they have
lost sight of the consumer’s wants and needs?

Monday, January 21, 2008

Network Social Net

How many of us have gotten really sick of facebook? Even some of the other sites like MySpace? They may be great as "Graphing social patterns," discussed in an article from the Economist. Yet, it's just time before another site social networking site is discovered and favored above the rest. Once a social networking site is discovered and favored among the masses, it turns itself over to producing annoying ads. As the author says, "On Google, advertisements are valued; on Facebook they are an annoyance that users ignore." I can't remember the last time I saw an advertisement on Facebook that had an effect on me.

The next thing a social networking site does is form some type of constant news feed or source for people to be constantly connected.

Facebook's second masterstroke is its “mini-feed”, an event stream on user pages
that keeps users abreast of what their friends are doing—uploading photos,
adding a widget and so on. For many users, this is addictive and is the main
reason they log on so often. Jerry Michalski, a consultant, calls the mini-feed
a “data exhaust” that gives Facebook users “better peripheral vision” into the
lives of people they know only casually. This mini-feed is so far the clearest
example of using the social graph in a concrete way.
This feed is similar to the invention "Twitter" that constantly updates your friends and/or social network what you are doing every minute. You can share information as to whether you are out to coffee or what you are eating for lunch. This starts crossing the threshold of TMI (to much information).

In an interview with Robert Cross, he believed that having these networks and forms of network communications could be managed and used for productivity amongst company colleagues. I beg to differ in that, instant messaging and consistent communication via the Internet begins to demolish the effect of face to face conversations and can lead to less productivity. We have a tendency to be overloaded by everything online and it takes time to learn the new ways of communication. If we were to believe that social networks were the next way in forming daily communications, how many people would accept it?

Wednesday, January 16, 2008


The world of blogging has now entered the world of education! I am an undergraduate student at American University. I plan to graduate soon and enter the real world. or should I say Reality 2.0.

I am writing this blog for my Social Networking & Business course in which I will use what I learn to take over the world. Just kidding, I'm not a terrorist.

In this post I must state the academic integrity code that EVERY school has created: On my honor, all posts on this blog are my own.