facebook had it’s IPO last week and one big reason they are worth so much is because of you, not them. the demographics (dems) are what make facebook worth so much and those demographics are metrics about you!
what a way to seperate the human being from the dollar eh? you are an account, an account is a data point that makes up metrics and those metrics are grouped into demographics. but, as we know from being avatars in a real world, that formula does not represent the reality out there
as you know, my Ener Hax facebook account was disabled and i was told it would NEVER be reactivated. that’s harsh because for $80 and three minutes i can have a fully legal name change (someone near and dear to me did that a few years ago – total name change – first, middle, and last). and it’s harsh because all avatars have “some” value. i agree that it’s not as easy to pull together my credit card spending habits when i’m using a pseudonym online and i can see how that “dilutes” the value of each account in the demographics but i’d argue that you could squeeze some money out of even a pseudonym account. just add a flag that i can check off stating that i am a fake person! =)
anyway, i’m way off topic (i’m listening to the uncensored version of Cee Lo’s eff you song and am all wound up!) =p
back to demographics and the fail they are in our niche community. as you know, i’d love to see a Mac version of sim-on-a-stick and some smart people are tackling it as we speak! *waves to Kat & her efforts*
the demographics “say” that less than 20% of all internet users are on a Mac. does that small number mean there is no value to a Mac sim-on-a-stick?
not if you think about the students that might be reached with it
Bill Gates was a geeky teen who used to broke into his high school at night to mess around with computers. today he has donated 48% of his net worth through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (over $28 billion to global health and development). not bad for a kid who got excited about a technology introduced to him by a teacher
in the final analysis, what provides value and what matters is the interaction between two people - the person you are talking to right at that moment =)