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What happens to social profiles after you die?

For a while, the topic of what happens to your social media presence after you die has been something of a quandary, with graveyards of Facebook profiles and ceased Twitter accounts littering the web.

But in a particularly poignant recent example, one blogger prepared a short piece to be published posthumously, an extract of which follows below:

Here it is. I’m dead, and this is my last post to my blog. In advance, I asked that once my body finally shut down from the punishments of my cancer, then my family and friends publish this prepared message I wrote—the first part of the process of turning this from an active website to an archive.

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Playing Games in Business

Modern Warfare 2, probably the most successful game of all time, sold 7 million copies during its first day on sale.

That’s 7 million men, women and childr–

Ah… excuse me, as I was saying, 7 million men and children out there who are logging hours on the thing as we speak.  But it’s not the only game raking in such numbers with the likes of World of Warcraft and Team Fortress 2 similarly training players in the satisfying swing of character growth and rewards.

Alongside this, casual gaming has taken off like never before. At the frontier, we have the posse of eager iPhone gamers but many more are signed up to Facebook apps like Farmville or flash games for their regular fix.

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Knowledge and Power

This is as close to a ‘reblog’ as I’m likely to get- advice from a chap called Daniel Ellsberg to a young Henry Kissinger upon him receiving his first top secret clearances.

I think it’s one of the most important things you could ever remember when scrutinising the behaviours of Government and other large organisations.  Often if there’s a situation that you can’t make sense of or there appears to be a simple and satisfying explanation, the truth is much more complicated.

From Ellsberg’s book Secrets and found on the brilliant Kottke blog.

“Henry, there’s something I would like to tell you, for what it’s worth, something I wish I had been told years ago. You’ve been a consultant for a long time, and you’ve dealt a great deal with top secret information. But you’re about to receive a whole slew of special clearances, maybe fifteen or twenty of them, that are higher than top secret.

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IPad Thoughts – 4 days in

iPad hello

Time for a few early iPad thoughts (it arrived on Thursday, ahead of schedule!) Will try not to be too gushing and also to avoid topics I've seen discussed most frequently elsewhere. In no particular order:

  • Its not a big iPod Touch- the relationship is the other way round. That device acts as a satellite to this one, a little outpost for the concept and technology. At times it almost feels like a little cute imitation, a knitted memento of its bigger brother.
  • A pleasant unanticipated benefit has been that my iPhone battery lasts way longer. The time I used to spend fiddling with apps on the train has been displaced by eBooks and Wired magazine, leaving more juice in the most vital organ.

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Information is Beautiful but Ceremony is Special

Day in day out we’re bombarded with companies telling us how important it is to remove the barriers between us and our information.  The iPad, for instance, offers to put the web in the palm of your hands. No browser, no operating system, no hardware, just the web, flopping about in your control, an infinitely malleable quagmire of data cupped in your palm.

But is this really a good thing?

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Could You Have Effervescent Cola Tablets?

An unashamedly different kind of post today but I’m ill and I like the idea so up it goes.

Wouldn’t it be excellent if Coke/ Pepsi etc brought out a (probably limited edition) product where you dropped a tablet into the water and it reacted like this: