Love in the Time of Algorithms
Whatever happened to make love, not war? Earlier today, Quartz’s Christopher Mims tweeted the chart above. It’s from the Google Ngram Viewer, which allows the curious and the data-devoted to track the occurrences of particular words or phrases in Google Books. And it seems to show that cybersex–once an Internet rite of passage–has taken a nosedive.
Remember Meebo, the online tool that allows you to chat via various services like AIM, Yahoo and IRC, all through your browser? As long as your high school’s IT guy wasn’t very hip, it was the perfect solution to the fact that they always managed to block AIM. Well today, Meebo announced that Google has agreed to acquire it.
Betabeat grabbed a coffee yesterday with a former AOL staffer who worked in the company’s corporate development arm. Naturally the conversation turned to Google+, which has been called the fastest growing social network in history. In one sense this is true, the service has registered more than 18 million members in its first few weeks. Read More
Earlier this month Craigslist shut down its adult classified section around the world. This followed a lengthy battle with attorneys general and advocacy groups who accused Craigslist of aiding and abetting child prositution.
A similar charge is being leveled against Backpage.com, the online classified section run by Village Voice Media which features an adult services Read More