Author Jason Chan

What is your intention?

Not sure what to build? Here’s something to get you started.

Pay to Play

When social media became mainstream, it was because it was based around a simple tenet — that it was about establishing trusted relationships between people. People’s personal networks were based around friends, people you knew and their friends. Trust between peers was the bridge that powered sharing. For years, Facebook grew on the basis that influence was based on the strength of one’s closest relationships.

Fast forward to the present day where there are a billion users on Facebook and growing. Facebook is a public company with quarterly pressure to drive revenues.

Facebook recently made news for testing a new feature that lets anyone direct message another user for $1. While they’re only testing this feature, pay for access goes against the whole point of social media. Under that plan, people willing (or desperate enough) to pay to contact someone else not in their network are able to. While it defeats the purpose of social networks it also creates a whole slew of negative scenarios such as creepy old men contacting underage girls, verbal abusers, brands spamming consumers, etc. This can’t be a good thing.

For quite some time, Facebook has made controversial decisions that seem to go against the grain of what it stands for. At some point, the drive for additional revenue will clash with the fundamental premise of the social network.

Social Score

It used to be that the only score you needed to really worry about post-college was your credit score. Today, with social media becoming such a large part of everyday life, is there an equivalent for your online life? Amy Jo Martin suggests how a social score — the level of credibility and influence in social media — is just as if not more important than credit.

Apple Maps + Foursquare = win

I love Foursquare and how it helps you get more out of where you are. It has evolved nicely from a broadcasting device to one about discovery and where people are going. While it is still a relatively niche service, it has the potential to grow if it had the right partnership. Like Apple iOS Maps. The Verge proposes an interesting mashup of the two services, where the sum is potentially much greater than the individual parts. I like this thinking and have my fingers crossed for a future combination of the two.

Breaking Good

Some of the biggest news events break first on Twitter, but how do we separate legitimate news from rumors? It’s not always easy to separate the signal from the noise. This online panel helps break down citizen journalism in the context of Hurricane Sandy and how social media spread both news and rumors. I’m highly curious to see how it helps and hurts the spread the truth.