As long as it’s a feeling of materialistic lust, that is. On the heels of enabling users to send and receive IRL gifts, Facebook has moved even deeper into e-commerce territory. The social network is working with brands, including Pottery Barn and Fab.com, to create something called “collections,” photos sets that’ll come with the options to “want,” “collect,” and “like,” as well as–but of course!–a link to buy. [Mashable]
The U.K. apparently takes terrible Facebook postings very, very seriously. A West Yorkshire man has been fined and ordered to complete 240 hours of community service after posting a status that said ”All soldiers should die and go to hell” after six British soliders were killed. [BBC]
Several big tech companies, including Facebook, Google and Apple, have joined forces with the Internet standards organization WC3 to create webplatform.org, a kind of authoritative wiki for open web development. [TheNextWeb]
There’s now an iPad app to teach your kids proper email habits. Because let’s face it, it’s never too soon to start learning manners. [Fast Company]
Backblaze’s habit of buying up every hard drive in Costco during a hard drive shortage got them banned from the store. [GigaOm]
Even if you’re not a Pinterest power user, only navigating to the site occasionally on Sunday nights when you feel like you’ve read the entire Internet, you’ve undoubtedly noticed. Pictures of gaudy, elaborate nail art, 18th century European castles and Olivia Palermo (Pinterest’s official spirit animal) are interspersed with inspirational quotes Photoshopped by tween designos. Quotes once uttered by intelligent and creative people like Albert Einstein and William Shakespeare are being adopted by the People of Braided Updos and Asparagus Dip, stay-at-home bloggers and young married girls bred in red states.
This is what the New York Times is calling “The Gospel According to Pinterest,” in reference to the way this fortune cookie wisdom spreads across the social network.
Oh You Fancy Huh?
The Fancy*, the New York City-based Pinterest competitor where users can browse and share products they love, has decided to enter the subscription box service. We thought you were too fancy for that, Fancy?
According to a press release sent to Betabeat, The Fancy has launched its first ever monthly subscription box that is curated entirely by the crowd. A $60 value for $30/month, users can pick from their favorite categories like “Art” or “Pets” and get a box filled with some of The Fancy users’ favorite products in that category.
Red Dawn II
Don’t be alarmed, but at this very moment, a Chinese man might be registering the Italian domain for your ultra-hot startup.
GigaOm reports that one dude is buying up “dozens” of URLs suspiciously like those of up-and-coming U.S. startups. Nor is Nanjing resident Qian Jin merely registering domains like Pinterests.com, Pinterest.it, and Pilnterest.com. (We assume that last one is part of a plan to launch a Pinterest clone devoted to the appreciation of pilsners.) He’s also applied for trademarks that might sound awfully familiar–think Foursquare and Instagram.
Both of those things could create major headaches for a company eyeing eventual global expansion.
The Digital Age
Uptime monitoring company Pingdom crunched the numbers behind the U.S. demographics of some of the internet’s most devoted communities in 2012, and unearthed some pretty interesting stats. Though the majority of the web’s infrastructure was built by people who have never played Pokemon or seen an episode of Boy Meets World, social media is largely touted as a young person’s game. But according to Pingdom, the majority of social networks are actually populated primarily by users over 35.
And Then He Pinned Me
Exciting news for avid crafters and single (but wedding-obsessed) twentysomethings: Pinterest, the virtual inspiration board, is out of invite only mode. Let’s all bake an elaborate cake in celebration and then scarf it down, feel terribly guilty and punish ourselves by looking at fitness boards.
Goooood Morning Silicon Alley!
This is a guest post from Gary Sharma (aka “The Guy with the Red Tie”), founder and CEO of GarysGuide and proud owner of a whole bunch of black suits, white shirts and, at last count, over 40 red ties. You can reach him at gary [at] garysguide.com.
“I’m safely on the surface of Mars. GALE CRATER I AM IN YOU!!!” That was NASA’s @MarsCuriosity rover tweeting after successfully landing on Mars after a nerve-wracking but thrilling journey. Here’s one of the pics that Curiosity sent back and here’s a video that vividly describes what Curiosity’s Seven Minutes of Terror probably were right before landing on Mars. As Hayden Planetarium director Neil deGrasse Tyson tweeted, it was a reminder of what it feels like “to boldly go”!
Oh You Fancy Huh?
Today, social e-commerce site The Fancy* announced that they would begin giving credit to users who curate and share products that lead to a purchase. That’s right, you can now get paid for those aspirational impulses.
A unique referral code will be appended to every item you share, and if someone purchases that product after clicking on your link, The Fancy will provide you with 2 percent of the price of the item sold 30 days after the purchase. All of your credits will be tracked and displayed on a comprehensive dashboard.
With this move, the company is basically providing a monetary incentive to become a power user. (We sense a lot of coltish, wavy-haired fashion bloggers squee-ing into their iPhones right now.)
We haven’t thought about the prolific For Dummies series since a college programming class when our professor had us buy Flash for Dummies (thanks for the vote of confidence). So imagine our surprise when this tweet popped up in our Twitter feed and we learned that there is an entire canon of For Dummies texts that go as niche as niche can go. Here are some of our favs, since it’s the evening before 4th of July and no one is reading the Internet anyway.
We tend to think of Pinterest as being pretty straightforward: See pretty picture/thing we want, pin it, repeat ad infinitum. Hence the free-and-clear path to monetization.
But the Daily Dot reports that a particularly aggressive “transmedia” publisher, BeActive, wants to use the platform as a storytelling medium. The company is taking Beat Girl, a novel, and turning it into: