Posts Tagged ‘Google’

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Give me some sugar, WordPress

December 10, 2009

My taste for WordPress.com is starting to sour. It’s this issue of not being able to embed javascript. It is making it so I can’t use WordPress.com for certain increasingly important purposes.

WordPress says they don’t allow javascript because “Javascript can be used for malicious purposes. Your code and intentions may be perfectly harmless, but it does not mean all javascript will be okay. The security of all the blogs is a top priority and until we can guarantee scripting languages will not be harmful they will not be permitted”.

That makes sense. Except, there’s one problem with that. More and more of what makes Web 2.0 and social media great requires javascript. Because of WordPress’s position, I can’t run a liveblog an event using CoveritLive and Twitter, which is by far the most powerful way to liveblog an event that I am aware of. CoveritLive made this liveblogging event and this liveblogging event possible. What I especially like about CoveritLive is that it makes it possible to feed in contact from other users, turning a blog into a much more social tool than it tends to be. Nope. Can’t do that. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Is Google Eating Us?

May 29, 2009

2578779839_17bab41fc1_oI’m currently working with some Ukrainians to set up some trainings in June to teach New Media skills to NGOs and journalists in Ukraine. This is giving me a chance to take a stroll through New Media on a macro level, as I think through which tools make the most sense to teach, and what sorts of big picture things we should say about them.

I was talking to Rebekah Heacock the other day about Google-well, no, I should say I was having a conversation via Gmail about Google-when I began to wonder just how deeply enmeshed we should allow ourselves to become in this Google beast that is consuming the cyberworld. The conversation started with me saying that I’d finally, at long last, and after much ribbing and coercion from Rebekah, made the leap over to Gmail, giving Hotmail the boot. It would have happened sooner, except that I was in grad school at Columbia, where there is no time for midstream mass behavioral change like switching your entire email life over to a new platform. Now that I have finally made the switch, I feel like Mohinder being handed the keys to his very own multimillion dollar research facility (for the record, I don’t feel like Mohinder in any other way, because I am not a bad character on a not-very well-planned TV show). I had to tell someone about it.

Rebekah said something to the effect of her whole life being on Google, that everything she does is on some Google platform. Not really, of course, but very close.

This got me to thinking:  is it really such a good idea to use all these Google tools? Can we get too enmeshed in Google? I think so. Read the rest of this entry ?