"using available data".. available from where? The Facebook API?
This is a trifle but I think it's pretty neat - something that we've all seen happen many times in one way or another, but I've never had a chance to document like this.
I was browsing reddit Monday night and I saw two links on the front page that took you to a Twitter account called @shitmydadsays. I'm not going to attempt to improve on perfection so here's that account's profile description: "I'm 28. I live with my 73-year-old dad. He is awesome. I just write down shit that he says". An example:
"The dog is not bored, it's a fucking dog. It's not like he's waiting for me to give him a fucking rubix cube. He's a god damned dog."
I wasn't alone in finding this perfectly hilarious, because the account had around 25,000 followers when I first saw it around 9pm GMT on Monday. I was a fool then and neglected to take a screenshot, but I amended this on subsequent visits.
By the end of the night the account had been linked to from the front page of reddit and Buzzfeed. With at least two big aggregators linking and people like me passing it along to friends, the number of followers just exploded.
It's fun and weirdly gratifying to watch a literal overnight success in motion. And I'm genuinely looking forward to the next thing his dad says.
"Apple also raised concerns that Google Voice copied all of the information about a user’s contacts onto Google’s servers. 'We have yet to obtain any assurances from Google that this data will only be used in appropriate ways,' the letter said."
DVD distributors Criterion Collection have put top ten film lists curated by notables like Jonathan Lethem, Patton Oswalt, and a few dozen others. My favorite is Steve Buscemi's. I never realized he was such a serious film buff.
You have to wonder why Criterion didn't make a simple widget to let you create your own top 10 and then post it to your Facebook profile. Seems like a slam dunk.
Here's my 10 favorite Criterion movies, in no particular order.:
1. Hoop Dreams
9. The Killer
One movie in the superb Criterion Collection is not like the others. Wonder what the story with that inclusion is.
This essay originally appeared in a slightly different form on an internal Ketchum blog called The Alchemist. I'm re-posting it here mostly for convenience's sake, as I'll be using it in a seminar I'm giving next week.
For an earth-shaking phenomenon that is (by some measures) now in its fiftieth year, the Internet has so far eluded attempts at chronicling its history.