Best & Worst Social Networks of 2012
- This Is My Jam - Tumblr sans gifs/thinspo/softcore porn/tweens
- SoundCloud 2.0 - Twitter for music
- Quora - Wikipedia married an advice column
- Twitter - Twitter
- LinkedIn - The Fleetwood Mac/brussels sprouts of social networks
Runner Up: R2K
- Facebook - The WalMart of the Internet
- Instagram - The Internet version of some employees at Best Buy’s Geek Squad who make copies of your nudes that they find on your laptop and then blackmail you into giving them more or else they’ll send the originals to everyone you know
- Tumblr - The new MySpace 1.0
Runner Up: Google+
Does anything say so much about the times we live in as the fact that the word sharing has almost everything to do with personal information and almost nothing to do with personal wealth?
Of course, some will answer that we live in times when information is wealth. Generally these are people who have good teeth and drive nice cars. When they sit down to eat, which they do regularly and well, you can bet they’re not eating information.
To say the same thing in slightly different words: You and I belong to a society in which the gap between the rich and the poor is widening even as our personal privacy shrinks. It is the contention of this book that these two phenomena are connected, and connected in a number of ways.
To state just one of those ways: We tend to think of our right to privacy as a value that came about with the historical growth of the middle class. If, as current indices of income suggest, the middle class is vanishing, then it should come as no surprise if the privacy of all but a few people is vanishing with it.from Privacy, by Garret Keizer