Thousands of third party apps were designed solely to obtain and sell your data. It’s no surprise that the data ended up being used again on Facebook, one of the biggest advertising platforms on Earth.
Jason Koebler on the pages of Vice’s Motherboard is making one of the best analysis – in my opinion – of the Cambridge Analytica / Facebook scandal roaring up in these days.
My point is: We don’t read anymore, which also means we don’t dive into topics, or do our research to form our own opinion. Yet, at the same time we still comment, scream & share. As you can imagine, as a result our online platforms are full of uninformed people sharing or commenting on things they have no idea about. If you would know that more than 60% of all content shared by your friends wasn’t even read by them, would you even bother to click or engage with it? I don’t think so, because it’s nothing more but garbage.
Tobias van Schneider
A quote from ‘The Desk’, issue n°109 of Tobias’ newsletter.
… and I’m a little sadder today. I’ve enjoyed using it – even if on a free tier – and the quality of overall discussion and the education and kindness of the people I found there.
Thanks to all those involved. It’s been a pleasure for me.
Ultimately, we failed to overcome the chicken-and-egg issue between application developers and user adoption of those applications. We envisioned a pool of differentiated, fast-growing third-party applications would sustain the numbers needed to make the business work. Our initial developer adoption exceeded expectations, but that initial excitement didn’t ultimately translate into a big enough pool of customers for those developers. This was a foreseeable risk, but one we felt was worth taking.
A sincere thanks to the folks that supported and built App.net.
— Dalton & Bryan