What I’m Reading Today – April 1st, 2014

Here a list of links or worthwhile articles that caught my attention today, April 1st 2014.

The Culture of Reddit

I’m still trying to get a grasp of the Reddit community and how it works. The reason its taken me so long is mainly because of my lack of time on it which is tough when you’re already spending way too much time on other social networks. All I know is that it seems like every funny picture/video/meme gets found or shared on Reddit first.

Since its creation in 2005, Reddit has grown into one of the most influential communities on the internet. More than just a content aggregator, it generates information and new content, and has given birth to intriguing collaborative projects that reflect a particular group character and value system. The Reddit community has become so active that it has had an impact on recent political events like SOPA/CISPA. And like any real-world community, it also has its share of internal social issues, forcing it to grapple with its commitment to free speech and the lawlessness of the internet.

PBS’s Off Book just published this great piece in which they talk with Co-Founder Alexis Ohanian and other Reddit editors to give us a quick history lesson on how things started and how the community has grown and works.

Facebook Mobile App Center

So Facebook has announced its official mobile app center where we will be able to download both free and paid mobile apps through its  app store within its mobile app… for our mobile phones.

I don’t know about you but I’m already feeling overloaded with all these different app markets. Will this be the ultimate mobile eco-system? I’m not sure the mobile eco-system needed another layer of distribution.

I’m curious to know what’s will be the advantage for people to download a Pinterest/Spotify mobile app via the Facebook app market vs. Apple’s app store vs. Google Play’s app store vs. Samsung’s future app store (you know that’s coming!).
Will they be apps that will only work within the Facebook app? Will they be stand alone apps?

Finally, the screenshot above has become pretty common on my feed lately because I’m trying to keep garbage from appearing on my feed. This makes me weary that mobile newsfeeds will inherit these kinds of unwanted updates.

Lots of questions, looking very much forward to seeing how apps will work and how it will change Facebook and how they will eventually evolve.

Yes, I’m aware that I’m also sharing this garbage post on your Facebook feed.

KLM Meet & Seat Social Seating

KLM Meet & Seat is a service that the airline is offering to meet interesting passengers on your flight lets you sign in with Facebook or LinkedIn to see if any of your friends or professional connections are on the same flight.

There are some limitations to the service, only on certain KLM flights and the latest you can sign up to it is 48 hours prior to your flight. Another limitation that I find odd is that you can only use this on 1 passenger bookings. Meaning that if you’re travelling with colleagues or your significant other it’s not available to you. I find that this specific limitation makes it closer to a dating service and shouldn’t be there since a number of us travel with colleagues, friends or our girlfriend/boyfriend.

Other than that, I like the initiative but even I have to say that using the social web in this way feels like its taking something out. To me, there’s something to be said about a random encounter with a colleague or a friend while travelling, having this feature takes away that serendipity.

A lot of us web natives use social networks to connect with new people online prior to meeting them in real life. I for one can be shy when meeting people face to face for the first time but I still prefer meeting someone in that way and then follow-up with them via social networks, get to know them with their updates and then have something to talk about when I see them again.

Speaking for myself, I’m very much a web native and my social networks are open for all to follow and connect with. Looking at it from another perspective, lately at my new job I’ve been confronted with new work colleagues who just don’t use the social web like me. They use it in a very limited facet which has given me another perspective. There is still a high number of the population that use social networks like Facebook & LinkedIn as closed gardens.

From this point of view I can see why a lot of people will agree with FAILblog and feel that this is borderline creepy.

I’m not saying that there’s no place for services like this, the social web will be spilling into our real lives more and more as time goes. I can predict that the amount of passengers who will use this will be minimal at first but that with time it will grow and could become standard in the travel industry.

I for one will definitely try this service if I ever travel with KLM.