Are there Facebook apologists remaining? It’s very clear that Facebook’s top priority was and remains growth at all costs. The side effects of what they’ve enabled — allowing formerly fringe hate groups to gather, organize, and fuel each others’ hatred, forming effective like-minded communities — should have been obvious all along. No one forced them to scale their platform worldwide faster than they could police it. They chose to do so for profit. It’s clear they have almost no control over it.
Facebook is, in my opinion, the most dangerous company in the world, and ought to be broken up and then severely regulated. Again I say, Facebook is to privacy and civil discourse what Enron was to accounting.
I don’t understand why any publication, even a personal blog, would use Medium without a custom domain name. It’s not just about branding now, but about long-term sustainability. If you have your own domain name, you can keep old URLs working in perpetuity. I know many people love Medium’s editing interface, but I just can’t believe that so many writers and publications have turned toward a single centralized commercial entity as a proposed solution to what ails the publishing industry. There is tremendous strength in independence and decentralization.
Google: Hey, check out this cool tech I’ve created. It’s totally awesome. It does this and that and that.
Daring Fireball: Wow! Can I see it?
Google: Not yet. But soon. Then you’ll see how fantastic this is.
Daring Fireball: Just a peek. Something. Anything?
Google: Soon. Just you wait. Now let me tell you about some of the other features …
Daring Fireball: Er … I need to finish doing my laundry. Bye.