Attended the Nokia Social Summit. The best set of notes I’ve seen were taken by Jussi Wacklin, and the links you can find below:
Chances are if you were born after1980 like countless others (including yours truly) you are marveled, intrigued and annoyed by the way older people see you, your habits and your value systems. You understand (but don’t always sympathize with) the way your elders understand technology and the web… or don’t. You are used to have the TV on at the same time as your music player while you read a book, browse the web and have friends coming over. For you video games are as much a social experience as a way to relax and pass away time, and there is no way you would look at them as “The Big Satan”. If you’re already working, you might have a hard time adjusting to hierarchies, but are a diligent team worker and require honesty from the company that employs you.
If you want to get a broader perspective of why these characteristics set you apart from your elder peers, or if on the other hand you are looking inside these brats’ fenced garden see how it all came to this 😉 this is the book you want to read.
The video above (via alt1040) explains Chatroulette better than I would. My experience with it has been mixed, but it reminds me a lot of the old BBS/ICQ free-for-all 10 years ago. I’ve read metaphors comparing it to TV zapping with people, but I think it’s more akin a people player in shuffle mode. Some of the nice people I’ve found (after nexting all the flying male body parts) included:
- A bored Filipina (at 3 a.m. her time) asking what music was I playing (Nortec Collective, of course).
- A Dutch law student with a great sense of humour.
- A German dude interested in banking for development (we were chatting about Muhammad Yunus)
- Random male stranger asking questions on existential philosophy (my conclusion is he had watched The Matrix too many times).
- A Texan in his 50’s very interested to know my views on the Mexican drug violence situation.
- A French literature student just interested in a chat, also with a really nice sense of humour.
- A young Indian female doctor waiting for her night shift to start who gave me a couple of nice suggestions of Indian indie after I mentioned I collect “local rock” from all over the place.
Serendipituous, yes. Extreme, sometimes (but you can also next them or even better report them, jerks!). An interesting study of the human condition, absolutely.
Mexican public finances are not in the best of shapes given the economic crisis and the extremely difficult year so far for the country, so in their budget proposal for the next year Congress has proposed to raise taxes on pretty much everything instead of trimming down public spending further and closing useless ministries and bureaucratic institutions.
One “small detail” that has gotten pretty much every Mexican netizen riled up is a raise of 3% on telecommunications, including the use of internet, as Congress considers it a “luxury good”. Great way of stifle the development of the nation even further, especially when comparing it to what is going in in places like Finland where brodband access is a right (which doesn’t mean it’s subsidised by the state). Here in Finland it is understood that connectivity brings economic advantages and growth, unlike our prehistoric Mexican politicians.
Currently on my N85:
- Mail for Exchange
- Share Online 4.0 with Ovi Share & Flickr
- Maps 3.0 with Ovi Maps
- Nokia Messaging for Ovi Mail, Gmail & private inbox.
- Ovi Files widget
- Sports Tracker
- Windows Live Messenger
- Ovi Contacts
- Mobbler for Last.fm
- Ovi Sync
- 118 Mobile
Plus bookmarks for:
- El Universal
- BBC News
- Helsingin Sanomat
- Google Reader
- Ilmatieteen laitos
Thankfully I have a flat rate data plan, and WLAN hotspots at work and at home.
Funny how certain topics tend to resurface every once in a while. A year ago we were discussing the advantages of treating your internet presence as a branding exercise, and yesterday marketing guru Seth Godin gave a great example of why you should do so.
Be yourself but remember: you’re in candid camera.