Last week Facebook announced its new Facebook Groups feature. New Groups will allow group chat, e-mail lists, document sharing and group photo-tagging: closed by default, they bring an element of privacy and exclusivity to group conversation that has been lacking in recent Facebook initiatives. Will this do for real time sharing and collaboration what Google Wave promised? Probably not. It’s an obvious improvement on the old Facebook Groups, but as many people have pointed out, it’s not really offering anything that FriendFeed doesn’t already provide. Also, any of your friends can invite you to a group, and you will appear as a member until you actively choose to leave that group, a mechanism clearly open to abuse. Evidently there will be some teething problems with forced invites, spam, blocking, banning and reapplying, but overall it looks like this is a step in the right direction: users wanted to be able to easily share content with limited groups, and now they can.
Use Your Local
This isn’t exactly social media, but I like it. Use Your Local allows you to collect parcels from your favourite local pub. Your local gets your custom, and you don’t have to lug your package through the underground or stay at home awaiting a delivery. Genius. Thanks to @esvoa for the tip.
Cory Doctorow on Free Content
Wonderful piece from Cory Doctorow in the Guardian, on the evils of digital rights management: “Copying isn’t going to get harder, ever… Those who say that they can control copies are wrong, and they will not profit by their strategy. They should be entitled to ruin their own lives, businesses and careers, but not if they’re going to take down the rest of society in the process.”
Gap Logo Fiasco
Gap unveiled a new logo. It was ugly. No one liked it. So they decided to crowdsource a new one, attracting over 1000 comments telling them to keep the old one. So they’re keeping the old one. Generate your own Gap logo here, or listen to the logo’s point of view @gaplogo.