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Video Games Live: Facebook wins

November 29th, 2009 (11:23 pm)

I just came back from the Video Games Live Concert. Very good stuff if you're a smelly video games nerd and wonder what a real orchestra looks like and how it sounds when they play Mario theme. Also, I was surprised and impressed they simply said on stage that you just have to subscribe to their fan group on Facebook. No "if you would like to receive information about us, you can subscribe to our mailing list. So, you have to put 'subscribe' in the subject... no, wait... in the body of your message... and send your email to... er... complicatedemail@verylongdomainname.tld. I'll spell it: see oh emme pee..." People don't need to write anything down, they can easily remember it and they just know how to subscribe to something in Facebook. And, if they don't, they can easily find someone who does. I'm not sure how Facebook is going to make (enough) money -- in case they aren't already -- but they sure have achieved much so far.


Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: November 30th, 2009 08:30 am (UTC)

There's an article (http://factoryjoe.com/blog/2009/11/16/the-death-of-the-url/) that expands on that notion and shows the potential consequences.

Posted by: OB (ob_v)
Posted at: November 30th, 2009 08:59 am (UTC)

My main point is that it's interesting to see that you can now express things that are technically complex, using non-technical language, in a simple way that works across different cultures and that recipients of this information can remember without being freaks.

Also, the article misses a point: URLs can't really stop existing on the web. It's like saying that wheels will disappear on cars just because you don't have to keep their existence in mind while you're driving. Furthermore, there's a parallel move to make everything bookmarkable (Gmail or Google Reader allow that, for example: URLs are meaningful and reusable in a given context).

I just don't buy the argument according to which things were better when they were too complicated for non-nerds. This attitude doesn't lead to cheap Internet access and websites hosting something else than RFCs and porn.

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: November 30th, 2009 10:04 pm (UTC)

Wow... !

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: December 2nd, 2009 12:45 pm (UTC)

I think you're missing the point of the article: making access easier, in general, equates to potential loss of control. It's irrelevant whether you consider that a good or a bad thing, it just is.

"URLs can't really stop existing on the web": sure they can!

Of course that wouldn't really be the web we know (just like "the web" redefined "the internet"), but once you have hidden the URL, you can make it disappear "for ease of use". That's partly what Flash is about, which doesn't stop many people from calling Flash apps "web sites".

Posted by: OB (ob_v)
Posted at: December 2nd, 2009 01:22 pm (UTC)

As I said, I don't see it happening. URLs are the raw material. I'll change my mind if phone numbers disappear :)

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