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This weekend was the first 48 hour Memphis Music Launch, presented by the Memphis Music Foundation, EmergeMemphis and the Launchpad – basically a whole bunch of nonprofits dedicated to improving Memphis.

The concept was that people could pitch any kind of music or business music idea to the other participants. Then, 8 pitches would be picked to have groups work on that idea for 48 hours, presenting at the end of the weekend. From there only four groups would move forward to a showcase show at the New Daisy in July, with the winner getting a record deal and other awesome prizes.

Laurel did a lot of the collateral design work for the project at Archer, and thought that it might be something fun for us to do. You know, do some design work, maybe build a website for a band that needed work.

Like all of our Bad Ideas, this ballooned into something much bigger than we expected.

We ended up working with a group of 8 musicians who were strangers on Friday, and by Sunday were making music that I really feel represents the modern diversity of Memphis and America as a whole. We named them The Delta Collective, and ended up taking over all of their marketing/legal/business research while they got to the business of writing and recording.

And my God did they knock that part of it out of the park.

At then end of the weekend, we presented the band, their music and all of the planning we’d done. I took over the business end of the presentation, and from the audience feedback, we were the best of the bunch.

I’ll never forget when the judges came back after their deliberations.

“Now, here are the winners in no particular order…
The Delta Collective…”

So, they’re moving on to the showcase in July, with L and I acting as publicists/shepherds/managers/enablers.

You can check out the final product at the website we built:

That’ll also lead you all of our social media stuff, too.

We’ve got 90 days to do as much as we can with these guys, who were, just 48 hours ago, total strangers.

No idea what’ll happen in that or beyond that, but at least for the weekend, those six people and the two of us had our lives changed for the better.

I just wish I could have a weekend after that weekend. Our yard needs to be cut badly, ha.

If you can’t make it out tonight to see me try to maintain sobriety before going on stage to give my talk, you can stream the whole thing here:

Here’s the skinny.

I’m the closer at the first Ignite Memphis this Tuesday, Oct 12th.

What’s Ignite, you’re asking? Honestly, I haven’t the foggiest. But here’s what the Ignite Memphis people are saying on their website.

Ignite is a fast-paced geek event started by Brady Forrest, Technology Evangelist for O’Reilly Media, and Bre Pettis of, formerly of MAKE Magazine. Speakers are given 20 slides, each shown for 15 seconds, giving each speaker 5 minutes of fame. The event has become an international phenomenon, with gatherings in Helsinki, Finland; Paris, France; New York, New York; and many other locations.

Yeah, I don’t know who or what any of those people are, either. I’m sure they are all very important and very skilled at making The Good.

What I do know is that some cool people here in Memphis have decided to do this cool thing, and they’ve foolishly generously decided to let me be apart of it.

My talk is going to be called “The Technological Singularity – Nerd Rapture”. And I’m basically going to take up 5 minutes of your life talking about what Nerd Rapture is, why people think it is going to happen, and then tell you why it probably isn’t but this is a good thing to think about.

I promise to do the whole thing with a twinkle in my eye, and mischief in my heart. (But still tell you what I aim to.)

The full list of people is as follows:

Ignite Speakers

1) Kerry Crawford — Mix Tape
2) Tyler White — Is Google Making Us Stupid
3) Gwyn Fisher — My Big Fat Failure
4) Cardell Orrin — Confessions of a Reformed Non-Voter
5) Michael Synk — The Three Most Important Pages in Business Literature from the Past 20 Years.
6) Brad Silver — Biomarkers and the Personalized Medicine Frontier
7) Dave Barger — Tribes
8) Mark Hakett — Crisis in Our Water


9) Matt Beickert — Can we talk?  The history of media and why it’s still so damn hard to communicate.
10) Joe Leibovich — Improv Comedy is Serious Business
11) Brian Stephens — Data on Consolidation in Other Cities
12) Rhonda Perciavalle — How your lifestyle can change your genetics.
13) Eric Robertson
14) Josh Bell
15) Jim Pohlman
16) Zachary Whitten- The Technology Singularity AKA The Nerd Rapture

I love how they put me last and Kerry first. It’s like they know everyone is going to come see her, and they’re crossing their fingers that everyone is gone before I get up there and start yelling about AI, nanotech and mutable future.

Anyway, time for full details.

Ignite Memphis
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
7pm – 9:30pm
Playhouse on the Square
Tickets are $15 and available online here, or at the door.

Or…here’s the thing…I can get you the hook up.

Leave me a comment on this post (using a valid email) saying that you’ll be at Ignite, and I’ll send you a coupon code for half off.

Even if you don’t give a shit about me or think that the Singularity is just another Internet craze (more or less correct), the rest of the presenters will rock out, too. Kerry, Joe and Dave are all awesome at what they do. I don’t know the rest, but I’m sure they are equally kick ass.

Hope to see you there.

This morning, like every morning at work, I ran my mouse over the icons in my dock, click the six that always get turned on every morning. Thunderbird, Chrome, Cyberduck, iTunes, Adium, and lastly, Twitterriffic.

Except this morning something went pear-shaped with Twitterriffic. It spit out some yellow 404 error message that I’d never seen before. I shrugged, shut it down and then opened it back up. Same yellow error message. I shrugged again and then downloaded the most recent version of the Twitterriffic client (I was 3 or 4 out of date). This time I didn’t even get the yellow error message. It would pop up, ask for my password, think for about 5 minutes then give me the finger and shit all over itself.

Which, I think you’ll agree, was a bit rude.

Fine, I thought, I’ll do this the hard way. Off to the website I go.

And this is what greeted me there:



Glad to know you rolled out that feature without, you know, telling anyone you were doing it.

But, who am I kidding? Twitter isn’t a business. It’s a grift that exists to con venture capitalists out of their money. We’re a few years into the thing, and they still don’t have a business plan or a network that’s more stable than a used Kleenex.

Ah well.

At least I can take solace in the fact that a recent market survey only showed that 2% of the current user base would pay for the service.

The hollow pock, pock, pock of impossibly large penises being slammed into distended, leathery vaginas. This is the sound of modern porn. about 1 hour ago


I won’t deny the usefulness of Facebook. It connects people from all over the world and gives them a heretofore unimagined level of inter-connectivity. Something that I am not entirely against. After all, the blurring of the edges of a person through constant group connection is one of the road signs on the way to the Singularity. And I, for one, welcome our gray goo future.

Ahem. Back to the point.

Facebook became a problem for me in that their service ceased to be a service and started to be a responsibility. I liked it unto the tax of the social networking. Ostensibly, taxes and Facebook are good things. You feed a bit into a system, and in return you’re given this bevy of stuff back. But, at some point a disconnect happens. Things start to complicate the simplicity of the process, and the obvious benefit gets lost. An evolution of perspective happens, and the thing becomes a chore.

That’s what happened with me.

As Facebook grew, both in number of users and visibility to the world, it grayed at an alarming rate. Not that is a bad thing. Everyone grows older, but not always up, you know? The problem was that Facebook became a constant chaperone. My family, co-workers, clients, everyone, really, was friending me. And to anyone who says you can just ignore them, I say this: you are out of your mind. Sure, tertiary people that you barely know are easy to leave in limbo. But try doing that with your mother. It. Isn’t. Fucking. Possible.

So I have to vet all the content that’s posted about me every day. I even added filtering to prevent people from seeing certain things, but I swear the filters were designed in such a way to make you so frustrated that you wouldn’t ever use them.

Ultimately, it just wasn’t worth the headache any more. There were too many eyes that I didn’t want peering at me, so I cut the whole thing off.

But, just in case those eyes find their way here – there wasn’t one single event that did it. It was just the culmination of many things and the growing ubiquity of it all.

I’m out, all of my content is gone, and it feels wonderfully freeing.

And no, I won’t be back.

Hypertext is a way of making two dimensional text into three dimensional worlds.

Social media should be used in the same way.

You are taking an unfamiliar, two-dimensional thing and turning it into a familiar, three-dimensional thing through communication and story telling.

If you are not adding to the width, depth and height of something with social media, you are using it incorrectly.

Gutenberg. Curie. Mendel. Newton. Franklin. Pasteur. da Vinci. Von Braun

These are the names of individuals who changed the face, the very notion, of invention and science by themselves.

But, I can’t think of anyone in the last twenty, thirty, even forty years, who deserves to be put in the same context as the people above.

Yet, we’re progressing faster than we ever have before. It seems counter-intuitive. We’re speeding up without any visionaries to accelerate us. Why? How? And ultimately, what does it mean for the future?

I think the answer to why we’re speeding up without the input of world changing minds like the list above is because we’re spreading the problems out of a much large number of minds. In computer science, they refer to this as distributed processing. You can’t afford one massive super-computer, but you’ve got an unused lab full of computers that are a generation or two old. So, you hook up all of those old machines and make each one of them work on a very small part of the problem. A dozen average machines doing the work of one powerful one. NASA and SETI have been using distributed networks to crunch the data from their telescopes for years. Instead of blowing their budget on a new Cray machine, they rely on the good will and spare computer cycles of a million nerds.

With the rapid growth of mass digital communication, social networking and wireless data transmission, the walls that exist between academic institutions across the planet have tumbled down. This giving researches previously impossible access to new people with new ideas and perspectives on their problems. Large problems are being broken down into smaller and smaller bits, and solved by teams and project groups instead of lone Renaissance men.

The shift away from individual thinkers to groups has widened the bottle neck on the creation of new ideas. But, not all of those new ideas are ultimately useful. The problem with using groups of people instead of individuals, is that groups inherently cost more. Which means they need more funding, which means that their research is probably going to have more commercial applications than not. You’ll be getting a new super iPhone before you get your flying car or jetpack, basically.

What I wonder about is what will happen if we lose this current inter-connectivity. Will the individual genius that is now dormant awaken again? Or has that part of us atrophied completely?

I was never a huge fan of Facebook. It started off as a closed community for students, which was good – it protected the community from the outside world long enough for it to become a solid foundation. A foundation upon which Facebook has built a social networking juggernaut. I joined up a few years back, partially out of curiosity, but mostly out of a sense of obligation. I was missing out on things by not being a part of this network, and I decided to change that. I can’t even remember what it looked like back then. Bits of blue and white in boxes or something. Staggeringly generic, but that was made up for by useful functionality – especially in the face of MySpace’s bloated pages.

The app system came shortly after, along with the Zombie/Werewolf/Vampire viral games that threatened to kill the system for me with pointless spam and requests. The graying of Facebook was the next event. Slowly at first, then quickening to a frightening pace, Facebook shifted its demographics from a primarily college student/20-something network to one where the largest group was the post-35 year old woman, which most of that group being older than 40. In the blink of a virtual eye, I watched Facebook go from a place where I’d leave creepy status messages to a place where my second cousin whom I’ve never met and boss were friending me. It was horrific.

No longer was this something I wanted to use, but something that I was getting used on. For the better half of the last year, I’ve been ignoring it. I’ll pop in and make events and occasionally RSVP to them, but that’s about it. One can’t really go on a swearing rant when one’s mother is reading everything you say. I’ve toyed with the idea of killing my Facebook account for a while, but there are problems with that. It leaves me in the same position as I was before I joined, that being cut off from the insular social world of Facebook. It has becomes so ubiquitous, that it is the sole form of promoting for social events in most cases. To remove yourself from that is to get lost in the great social dark space.

So, I’ve decided upon a compromise. Today I gutted my account. I split its belly wide, and pulled all the warm, meaty bits out. All Facebook has on me now is name, rank and serial number (and a link back here). I’m leaving it as a message marker out there in the wilds. Leave me a note on it, and when I pass by next, I’ll write a response and leave it for you. But, don’t plan on me being by any time soon. It is too noisy, too cluttered, too much like the rest of the world, for me to waste my time there anymore.

This is terribly rough, and not thought out very completely. But, I want to get it out of my head so I can move on to the finer details of Wave. There’s a lot here. And even more potential.

Here are my rough notes so far.

-Does everything, good at nothing.

There are faster and better ways to do the things Wave lets you do. Pictures? Picasa and Flickr. Email? Gmail or your own whatever mail. Chatting? Any mash-up program like Aduim or Trillian will work fine. But, these are all disparate programs. The real potential in Wave is the ability to mix everything together in one pot and see what comes out.

Plus, the Playback thing is just plain awesome.

-with:public broke my head.

I’m a huge fan of watching the Internet zeitgeist work its magic. The LiveJournal imagestream, things like PingWire and Twittervision are my go-to places when I need ideas, want to defrag, or just want to find out what’s hidden in the static. With:public is this. But, you know, times a billion. Imagine the world as one giant real-time bump sorted message board and you get what with:public is.

-I squee’d so hard I almost pee’d

I was playing around with Wave with a friend, and I saw a message block pop up beneath mine with her name next to a cursor. Then I watched the cursor start typing. Then I WATCHED IT BACKSPACE AS SHE REACTED TO MY REAL-TIME REPLY. I made a noise so loud it was heard across the office.

-Beta? Try late revision alpha.

Wave is busted as fuck, unoptimized as fuck, and desolate as fuck right now.

Lots of Google Wave doesn’t work at all right now. The to make a Wave public, you have to add the public contact. Except that public contact isn’t a real person, so you have to trick the system to add it. The spelling correction works…maybe…sometimes…if it feels like it. There are lots of things that should be button or menu based that just aren’t yet. Like the with:public thing. I’m sure the edges will get smoothed down, but right now it is sort of a pain to use.

This isn’t helped by the fact that Wave is a huge resource hog if you’ve got it open in a browser. I’m sure this will also get smoothed out. It also makes me kind of want a stand-alone app so I can tab over it from my web browser, instead of tabbing inside of another program.

Finally, Wave is pretty barren right now. And way penis heavy. Most of the users are male nerds. Things will get better as more people get involved, but right now the user base is still stumbling in the dark, trying to feel out the edges of the thing.

-Where this is all going to go

Besides the advertised collaborative, social networking and game bits, Wave will start to supplant other things. Here are a few I can think of off the top of my head:

-Craigslist. You’re dead once Wave gets regional tagging working.
-Message boards. Expect there to by massive, unwieldily Waves for place like 4Chan and Something Awful.
-Huge games. With the graphics engine that can be built into this, expect this to be like the re-birth of MUDs, crossed with the Mafia games, except have them look decent and probably have some kind of AI brain to play against.
-MP3 Waves. Imagine HypeClub as a Wave. With the songs in the Wave. I’ve just blown your mind.

I’ll have more as I play with it.

Kerry and I are giving a talk tomorrow at 10am. I have no idea where Social Camp is being held, she’s driving. I plan on being staggeringly drunk and horrifically beligirant.

You know, just a normal day for me.

Topic Title: Don’t Be a Social Media Douche Bag

Anyone that works in social media knows that guy. Yeah, that guy. That guy that follows 1400 people on Twitter, but only has 30 followers himself. That guy that claims he can get you 500 Facebook friends in a day. That guy that calls himself a social media expert with years of experience. That terrible, horrible social media douche bag guy.

This presentation will focus on ways to make an impact and reach your audience without being that guy. We’ll cover topics from pitfalls that might snare over-eager social media virgins to ways to ensure you don’t end up becoming a social media douche bag once you’re established.

Word on the street is that people are taking side bets to see how long it is before one of us cracks and says something “not safe for work”.

Its like they don’t have faith in us or something.

I have a friend who works as a social worker. She is a very kind and caring woman. But, that doesn’t stop her from being a normal, rational human being and freaking the fuck out when something like this rolls across her desk.

via her Twitter:

PLEASE STOP EVERYTHING in order to appreciate I have an 8-year-old client named “DIJONNAISE.” That is all. Thank you.

The Zeitgeist, the spirit of the times. The essence of what is happening right fucking now. Before, the zeitgeist was something slow that you could rough out before it was gone. Now it is lightning striking a lake of gasoline, all evidence blown away before you had any idea it was happening in the first place.

While the web has sped up the zeitgeist considerably, it has also given us new ways to track it. Here are a few of my favorite ways to let the zeitgeist wash over me.

My oldest, and still favorite way to track it is the LiveJournal Image Stream. The 50 most recent images posted to LiveJournal on a page you manually refresh. Most of LiveJournal belongs to the old Warsaw Bloc these days, but when something happens of world-wide importance you can watch all of the images line up. When Benazir Bhutto was shot, I knew before CNN lead with the story because of this.

Twitter is also really useful in keeping track of this sort of stuff, too. My two favorite bits are visualizers that show you what’s going on through Twitter.

Twittervision is a Google Maps/Twitter mashup that shows you where each tweet is coming from. I’ve shown this to a bunch of people and it never fails to impress.

Pingwire is a live stream of all the images being posted to the free Twitter image hosts. Leave it on for a few minutes and come back, you’ll be amazed at what people are taking pictures of. (You’ll also learn that if some one is going to take one naked/half-naked picture of themselves, they are going to take several.)

Lastly, we turn to the omnibeast Google. Google’s trending hot topics. The top 100 search strings for the US that day. It is both horrifying and enlightening at the same time.

Kerry and I were talking about what would happen to Twitter if Facebook ever got around to externalizing their status updates into something more Twitter-like the other day.

And, low and behold, I wake up this morning and the Social Media world has lost their shit because they’ve done just that.

Mashable’s got the main coverage of what’s happening. The break down goes something like this: a bunch of people (thousands at least, maybe hundreds of thousands) get email invitations to beta test something called Facebook LITE. Turns out the invites were a glitch in the system and weren’t supposed to go out. However, there actually is a Facebook LITE beta going on right now in India. It is pretty much what you think it would be. Status updates with a bit of threading in the responses. Again, Mashable’s got pictures.

Near as people can tell, it is a direct shot at Twitter, but it looks to be aimed at a knee cap and not the head. It is different enough from Twitter that Facebook people will be comfortable with it, but near enough to Twitter’s functionality to take over their real-time social media domination. My guess is that Facebook LITE will be an external service you can sign up for, but stay out of the crap that is regular Facebook. I’m sure they’ll roll regular Facebook users into Facebook LITE as soon as the system is up in this part of the world.

In the first pass at Facebook LITE, I can tell you flat out that Twitter waited too long to do something with their $3om in venture capital. Sure, they may own the brand space right now, but owned social networking a decade ago, and who the fuck knows who they are now? Twitter is filled with useless information, spammers and people who only tweet once and then leave. Facebook is the exact opposite. They’ve got some of the most stringent and active anti-spam policies of any social network on the web. A real-time Twitter-like service with real people giving out real information that ACTUALLY MAKES MONEY will be the first nail in Twitter’s coffin.

From Twitter, now-ish.

lofidelityI am drinking an iced mocha something or other with two extra shots of espresso. MY BRAIN WILL HUM LIKE A TESLA COIL COCK SOON.


lofidelity*BZZZTTTT* You like that don’t you! Say it! Don’t lie *BZZZTTTT* *BZZZTTTT* *BZZZTTTT* FEEL THE POWER. *BZZZTTTT*

lofidelityWhy, no, I don’t normally consume caffeine, why do you ask? *BZZZTTTT*

lofidelityOH LOOK! A picture of my TESLA COIL COCK. THIS IS WHERE THE LOVE COMES FROM (Safe For Work, you pansies).


lofidelityoh god something popped in my head what is that leaking out of my ear not again no get back in there brain fluid

From Twitter last night:

Very creative people get atemporal early on. Are relatively unimpressed by the “now” factor, by latest things. Access the whole continuum.

Less creative people believe in “originality” and “innovation”, two basically misleading but culturally very powerful concepts.

When I look for collaborators I look for atemporality, whatever relevant kinds of historical literacy, and fluency in recombinance.

Otherwise, result will be “now-bound”. Or, actually, for me, a non-starter.

Your bleeding-edge Now is always someone else’s past. Someone else’s ’70s bellbottoms. Grasp that and start to attain atemporality.

The most intelligent 21st-century fashion strives for a radical atemporality. Probably because the digital is radically atemporal.

That week’s new Mac obsoleting as you drove it home from the dealer. Like melting ice cream. Like any imagined future.

Tom Waits says he was never very interested in people his own age. Fascinated by his parents’ generation.

Not that there’s no now, but that it’s someone else’s future and someone else’s past. And on that, I lapse back into Exercise Dog territory.

I’m gonna make this a quick summation for those that are wondering what the fuck this #amazonfail tag is on Twitter.

The short and sweet, from the WSJ Inc. is facing criticism from authors of books with gay themes who say the e-commerce site deleted the sales rankings of their titles.

By midday Monday, the rankings of many books that had been missing in recent days, including titles by E. M. Forster and Gore Vidal, began to be restored.

Amazon didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment. The Associated Press on Sunday quoted a company spokeswoman blaming the problem on a technical “glitch” that it was fixing. But at least one author says Amazon told him the problem stemmed from a reclassification of the books as adult.

Amazon’s canned response to a writer wondering where the fuck his books went:

In consideration of our entire customer base, we exclude “adult” material from appearing in some searches and best seller lists. Since these lists are generated using sales ranks, adult materials must also be excluded from that feature.

Hence, if you have further questions, kindly write back to us.

Best regards,

Ashlyn D
Member Services Advantage

The author in question’s book was classified as “Young Adult” by Amazon until they pulled it down. (Ok, it was a gay romance novel, but one targeted at teens. It wasn’t porn.)

Which is interesting, because that writer points out:

if they are really going to try and exclude so-called “adult” material, then how come this has an Amazon ranking?

The problem here is that Amazon used a blunderbuss method to try and fix their search engine, which as Neil Gaiman points out, is unpredictable at best:

I mean, a week ago, a search for “Girl Scout Cookie” on produced sexy costumes, speculums, wolf urine and a Morgan Freeman biography as a result. Now the speculums and Morgan Freeman biography have vanished (although the wolf urine is still there).

Amazon has gotten so big and diverse that they can’t help but stumble over themselves, and when they went to try to clean up their content, they probably used a half-ass search filter that chunked everything that had too many “adult” incoming links or content tags. The net was so huge that it drug a lot of stuff down with it like Brokeback Mountain, for example.

Of course, it didn’t help that they immediately dropped the “glitch” line on the bloggers with torches and pitchforks. That line didn’t ring true when they used it to describe what happened to bad reviews of Spore last year. And it rings less true now. This was just sheer negligence on their part.

Which in a way, I can forgive them for. If my future accident child is searching for My Little Pony, I don’t want the little fruit coming across The Filly. I mean, the kid needs to figure that it out on their own.

Plus, it was EASTER FUCKING SUNDAY. Half this country was getting drunk trying to ignore the other half that got dressed up, went to church and made weird noises in honor of some Jewish zombie.

I think we need to worry more about a nation where our fellow people are worshiping a circumcized zombie and not crucify Amazon for what is probably just a shit coding job.

(You see what I did there, right?)

You’ll get bizarre mental aberrations like this:

lofidelity You say, “Darling, let’s go dancing.” I say, “They kill people like you where I’m from.”

lofidelity You say, “Darling, let’s get a puppy.” I say, “You know I’ll just eat this one like I ate the last five, are you trying to make me fat?”

lofidelity You say, “Darling, I love you.” I say, “Don’t you come near me in the dark with that thing between your legs. I’ve seen what you do with it.”

lofidelity You say “Darling, I’m leaving you.” I say, “I promise to take off the giant rubber Katy Perry costume if you’ll stay. Wait, that’s a lie.”

And be able to join in interesting conversations about things like urethral sounding, testicular saline injections and people named “Shugahfree”.

They’re calling it an “unconference”. What ever the hell that means.

Basically, it’ll be a bunch of Memphis social networking nerds trying to talk to each other about how to work with the systems to get the results they want. I’m sure there will be a smattering of business and marketing people, too. And a few bloggers. But, who gives a shit about bloggers.

Anyway I’ve got 40 minutes, split between me talking and a Q&A. Here’s my topic and its corresponding blurb.

Alternate Reality Games – A new way of thinking about social media

Alternate Reality Games (ARGs) are social media narrative constructs built by the actions of those that participate in them. This talk will focus on the history of ARGs, give a brief lexicon of terms, examine a few case studies, and ultimately focus on how ARGs can be used in the Mid-South market.

Most of those 40 minutes I’m up there will probably consist of the following internal monologue:

Don’t say fuck. Don’t say fuck. Don’t say fuck. Don’t say fuck. Don’t say fuck.

Hopefully my talk will be a little more fun and out there than the rest of them. If you’ve got any interest in this stuff, you should come out. This first SocialCamp is pay what you can.

Registration is here.

Facebook rolled its TOS back to pre-freakout standards last night. Citing the fact that none of the changes were meant to be changes in the way that Facebook used content, but rather safeguards for the entire system, the CEO explained that they were now in the proccess of drafting an entirely new TOS that will reflect Facebook’s place as a “nation”.

From Zuckerberg-

Going forward, we’ve decided to take a new approach towards developing our terms. We concluded that returning to our previous terms was the right thing for now. As I said yesterday, we think that a lot of the language in our terms is overly formal and protective so we don’t plan to leave it there for long.

More than 175 million people use Facebook. If it were a country, it would be the sixth most populated country in the world. Our terms aren’t just a document that protect our rights; it’s the governing document for how the service is used by everyone across the world. Given its importance, we need to make sure the terms reflect the principles and values of the people using the service.

Our next version will be a substantial revision from where we are now. It will reflect the principles I described yesterday around how people share and control their information, and it will be written clearly in language everyone can understand. Since this will be the governing document that we’ll all live by, Facebook users will have a lot of input in crafting these terms.

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