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One Down Side of Locked Twitter Accounts

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

Illustration made on my tablet

Imagine there are four people in a conversation. Three of those people have a conversation history and one of those three people is invisible and muted to the fourth person. That describes a conversation that I was briefly a part of recently. You should try it as an experiment with your family. Discuss something that may be uncomfortable to that fourth person (you).

That means anything the first and second person say is out of context to the fourth person (as the third is invisible and muted). It means one person of the four is getting a partial view of the conversation in real time. I really don’t need to draw a Venn Diagram, it’s a simple description.

People choose to lock their Twitter accounts for any number of reasons. Privacy is the big one. Or simply to create a safe island. But that privacy comes at a high communication cost, especially when people lose the reality that the fourth person isn’t going to see the entire conversation. Only the people that a locked Twitterer has on that private cloistered follower list can see some content.

Which brings the question down hard on whether or not people on Twitter really think it’s worth their while locking down their account. That is, if one generally transgresses conversations outside their follower list.

Perception is a funny thing. Feelings are our Universe. We inhabit entirely different Universes when it comes to the emotional landscape surrounding us. If you use Twitter then maybe this is food for thought.

Australia, You Can’t have an Amazon

Saturday, July 5th, 2014

An interesting question appeared on my Twitter timeline yesterday – why can’t Australia have an Amazon? The speculation was about our lack of a superfast NBN broadband network and low population. But that’s worth fleshing out further.

It’s important to understand that behemoths like Amazon are born in a time and place (an environnment). They generally have others who tried similar ventures (primed the market) and failed. They almost never come out of nothing to become large successful corporations, as much as we romanticise the idea of disruption.

You need to look closely at what Amazon does and how it does this well.

No, Amazon doesn’t sell products. Amazon is an organization that sits in between sellers and buyers. Amazon is an incredibly large, sophisticated and well-placed distribution system. When you buy a book from Amazon, a robotic system more often than not retrieves the item from immense warehouse space and ships it off to you. Fast. Affordably. Internationally.

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My name is Steven Clark (aka nortypig) and I live in Southern Tasmania. I have an MBA (Specialisation) and a Bachelor of Computing from the University of Tasmania. I'm a photographer making pictures with film. A web developer for money. A business consultant for fun. A journalist on paper. Dreams of owning the World. Idea champion. Paradox. Life partner to Megan.

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