Skip to main content

Google+ could bring world peace

Google is the largest web application on the planet with over one billion unique visiters each month. This means that one in seven people on the entire planet used Google over the last 30 days. Having such a massive user base means that someone from pretty much every single geographical, political, and religious group is a user of Google. Once Google+ hits a billion our pals from Mountain View will be in the unique position of potentially bringing about world peace. And I don't mean bringing FarmVille to Google+.

How so, you might ask? Well Google is collecting so much personal information that they can create incredibly accurate profiles of personal beliefs and comfort zones. With these personas, the 900,000 machines, a few algorithms, and some time Google can connect people one follow at a time that are of similar interests but ever so slightly contrarian. Eventually even the most conservative views will become more open and accepting just through the everyday contact.

One of the most powerful tools at Google's disposal will be automatic translation. Breaking down the language barriers to allow easy communication between different cultures itself will go a long ways towards connecting people and we are less likely to pay taxes to wage war on our friends then a faceless country we can't pronounce.

This will have to be a conscious implementation decision on Google's part but it can be gradual enough that no one will even notice. We could just wake up in 200 years and there will be no war.

This would also subside any worries about online filter bubbles.

See what people are saying on Google+.

Popular posts from this blog

Sync is currently experiencing problems

Update: I now recommend you install Google Chrome and disable the built in Browser as it supports encrypting all synced data.

After picking up a gorgeous Galaxy Nexus yesterday I was running into an issue where my browser data wasn't syncing to the phone. After a little Googling I found this is commonly caused by having all of my synced Chrome data encrypted instead of the default of only encrypting the passwords. These are the steps I went through to get my dat syncing again without losing any of it. The exact error I was getting was "Sync is currently experiencing problems. It will be back shortly."




In Google Chrome open the personal stuff settings page by clicking this link or by opening the wrench menu, and click on "signed in with example@gmail.com".  Hit "disconnect your Google Account" to temporarily disable syncing from your browser.



Visit the Google Dashboard and "Stop sync and delete data from Google". I waited until the stored dat…

Little known @Twitter and @TwitterAPI tips and tricks

Be sure to comeback as new tips and tricks get added. If you know of anything I missed be sure to let me know.

Static URL for profile images based on screen_name:

https://api.twitter.com/1/users/profile_image/abraham

* This performs a http redirect to the actual profile image URL. Currently https redirects to http. You can also add "?size={mini | bigger | normal}" to get specific sizes.

Redirect to profile based on user_id:

https://twitter.com/account/redirect_by_id?id=9436992

In_reply_to_status_id mentions:

https://api.twitter.com/1/statuses/update.json?status=reply+to+@abraham&in_reply_to_status_id=12410413197

* In the web interface new mentions are only replies if they start with @screen_name. By pushing @screen_name further along in the string your followers who do not follow @screen_name will still see the status.

Profile image sizes:

http://a3.twimg.com/profile_images/54160223/chart-black-small.png

* By default you get the original image size you can add _mini, _normal, and …

Installing Storytlr the lifestreaming platform

"Storytlr is an open source lifestreaming and micro blogging platform. You can use it for a single user or it can act as a host for many people all from the same installation."

I've been looking for something like Storytlr for a few months now or at least trying to do it with Drupal. While I love Drupal and FeedAPI I did not want to spend all that time building a lifestream website. So I've been playing around with Storytlr instead and found it very easy. Here is how I got it up and running on a Ubuntu EC2 server. You can also check out the official Storytlr install instructions.

Assumptions:
LAMP stack installed and running.Domain setup for a directory.MySQL database and user ready to go.Lets get started!
Get the code: wget http://storytlr.googlecode.com/files/storytlr-0.9.2.tgz tar -xvzf storytlr-0.9.2.tgzYou can find out the latest stable release on Storytlr's downloads page.

Import the database:
Within protected/install is database.sql. Import this into your empt…