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“Per ogni Social Media esistente in Silicon Valley e in generale in Occidente, la Cina ha un paio – a volte una dozzina – di servizi web comparabili. E’ segno di un forte ecosistema tecnologico locale sposato con una forte “preferenza” [le virgolette sono mie, ndr] per i servizi fatti in Cina. Alcuni sono sostituzioni per i siti bloccati dal Grande Firewall. In ogni caso il panorama dei Social Media cinesi è difficile da navigare”. Altroché. Il SEO è tutto diverso, robe qui non si leggono lì e viceversa. Non si capisce niente. Non ti puoi neanche iscrivere a Weibo, se non hai un numero di telefono cinese. Per questo motivo quando l’altro giorno, agli esami NABA Media, ho avuto uno studente cinese gli ho chiesto uno screenshot (sopra). Quello che noi chiamiamo “Like” si dice “Zan”. Questo invece l’incasinatissimo scenario dei Social Media in Cina:   Continue Reading…

“Vediamo una rete complicata di somiglianze che si sovrappongono e si incrociano. Somiglianze in grande e in piccolo”, diceva il filosofo Ludwig Wittgenstein. Certo, lui indagava i misteri della Mente e non certo cose pratiche. Questa frase mi ha sempre colpito, perché aiuta a non preoccuparsi tanto delle definizioni, quanto del senso.

via Chi sono davvero i Makers? La risposta è una trottola con una monetina – Che Futuro!.

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Suzanne Moore, on The Guardian, makes a point about that not-so-slightly difference between freelance work and free work quoting Jaron Lanier, a mindful Internet critic:

Kodak used to have 140,000 really good middle-class employees. Instagram has 13 employees, period…

We can shrug and say it’s just another industrial revolution, a move from formal to informal work, the whole “portfolio” number. But where is the social contract, then…?

The implosion of the middle class produces instability. We cannot all be freelancers for ever. Freelance work, like interning, is fine if you have the funds to manage without a regular income. That is, if you are already wealthy. But the digital economy operates as a kind of sophisticated X Factor. Someone will make it, sure. For more than 15 seconds even, maybe. But most won’t.

We built the Internet on the promise of personal advancement, and as a land of opportunities for everybody. Instead, is now the creative worker doomed? Did we do some mistake on the way?

See In the digital economy, we’ll soon all be working for free – and I refuse | Suzanne Moore | The Guardian.

In The Digital Economy, We’ll Soon All Be Working for Free – And I Refuse

How much does a social network user value? Economically, in dollars. It depends from company’s evaluation. Here’s the secrets of LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and others.

LinkedIn LNKD is the heavyweight champ in this category. Based on its current market valuation and 202 million active accounts, investors are valuing it at $95 per user.

Instagram is at the bottom of the spectrum, despite the hysteria over its $1 billion sale to Facebook FB. At the time of the deal, it had 35 million users, meaning Facebook paid just $29 per Instagrammer.

Much of the social market, however, has settled neatly in between those two points. Facebook has a running value of $58 per user, while Pinterest and Twitter are right around $50 a head, based on recent financing rounds and network statistics. Working with that range, Goodreads’ 16 million users at $55 each would add up to a sticker price of $880 million.

via Amazon Likely Paid $1 Billion For Goodreads – Businessweek.

Social Network User? $55 Is Your Average Value – For Them