Oh really, Vero?

Randomly last night I was thinking about if anyone was still trying to create any new social networks (I had a go once, in case you didn’t know) and decided it was probably pointless.

Then today I read about something called ‘Vero‘ that apparently has 3m users (up from less than 150k three weeks ago – hmmm) and like others before them, hold up some ‘manifesto’ as to how they’re going to process and protect you and all your info etc. etc. ‘You’re the customer not the product’, etc. etc. Hmmm.

As long as they never, EVER **EVER** take venture capital and survive on a subscription model, it might work. Because otherwise, investors will push and push for ‘growth’ and ‘returns’ and suck the life out of everything. As they always do. (Update: I see the founder is a 39 year-old billionaire. So, no potentially dodgy and ruthless contacts there then? Ahem. Sorry, but people that rich have some extremely unscrupulous ‘friends’ around them.)

Also, I just had a look at their ‘team’ page. A page full of men from the top to the bottom. Apart from the very bottom that is, where the only female member of the team runs ‘customer service’.

Nope. They’re doomed.


via: https://www.theverge.com/2018/3/2/17067610/vero-social-media-ayman-hariri-downloads

Electronic ID is already here

While reading this article on creating a more tasteful MySpace page, it occurs to me that all these social networks online provide so much aggragate data on an individual and his or her habits and influences that it seems to me that electronic ID tagging and profiling of everyone (the kind that gets everyone all hot and sweaty when governments suggest their introduction) is already upon us. And it raises millions.

Interesting story here (CNN via AmyLoo) that shows a person's blog led the police to find a dead body in his bedroom cupboard.

The future is certainly going to be interesting with respect to our identities and profiles – and the multitude of ways that people can (already) feed, splice, dice, mix and mash that data through all sorts of interesting algorithms.