I apologise for being wrong on the Internet, but has the Great Vampire Squid?

If your facts are “wrong” on the internet, being retweeted by a celebrity tweeter like Graham Linehan (aka Glinner) thankfully helps widen the exposure to your error.

It’s a little known fact on the internet that “trading” involves buying something first before you can sell it at a profit. This surprised me because I’m pretty sure that not only is this a fundamental part of our capitalism, it was the basis of the sort of trading which helped expand economies in the first place.

In the modern day however the way to make your billions isn’t to drive your camel train across central Asia or sail your Galleon to the New World and return with spices and Gold. Instead it is to either convince a government to give you some of your country’s land for a pittance, dig it up and ship it to China or short on currencies. So when a trader breaks ranks to tell us all the ways capitalists can make money, it’s natural for there to be shocked reactions from both sides.

The world was therefore abuzz when Alessio Rastani made his claims on the BBC this week. Mixed with the shocked outrage from those who REALLY DIDN’T KNOW this is what happens at trading desks were articles from the British establishment questioning the bona fides of the messenger and others claiming he was part of the Yes Men – a group which spends its time trolling said establishment.

And then there was me. Following the lead of the UK Daily Telegraph, when I tweeted the story from the Yes Men denying he was part of their group, I used a mish mash of both angles in my tweet.

As I spend so much time calling out linkbait from the Media, it probably serves me right I was retweeted by Glinner. Because thankfully, as xkcd so famously drew, twitter was there to do it’s duty and smack me down.

It’s great that attention has been drawn to the great vampire squid and their fellows by Mr. Rastani. I can’t but wonder though if there are quite so many out there to help them fix their behaviour as there are for us when we are wrong on the Internet.



“…one can understand the intense fear Apple appears to be demonstrating towards Samsung. It doesn’t want a repeat of the Galaxy S smartphone saga. It doesn’t want to sit quietly by and watch as its customers are seduced away while its products are blatantly copied in front of its eyes.”

From: A little context, for our big Apple crybaby

I need to see evidence of this “seducing away”. As far as I can tell the only customers the Android platform is “seducing away” are from Nokia and the global dumbphone market.

Though I’m happy to be proved wrong.

As for the rest of the article: Lawyers exaggerate a threat to get a result, the blinkered see that as core product strategy.

A bit like pointing to the marketing as evidence of product success.


Data Commissioner to begin Facebook audit – RTÉ News

Who knew that, just with so many other international Software companies, Facebook’s European HQ in Dublin is responsible for data exchanged by all locales EXCEPT the USA and Canada?

I’m sure if the Irish Data Commissioner hands down an adverse notice, and it is a revenue impact to the company, they’ll soon be on their way to pastures new.


Just like their products it appears Apple are able to narrow their requirements for invitations down to the core requirements.

The clearest messages are simple ones.

The best Designs are clear and simple.

Unlike the rest of the techworld which gets into a tizzy about anything Apple and writes the obligatory minimum 600 words, I’ll let you enjoy the most recent Apple Invite for what it is:

On Tuesday 4th from 10am at this Location we’re going to give you a message about the iPhone.

All your Facebook’s belong to us

The whole world wants to tell us on Twitter and even on Facebook itself why they are leaving facebook and why the changes they made this week suck even worse than the last changes. But there are better reasons for leaving any service than that surely?

When I first used facebook, I kinda liked it. It was a handy way to keep in touch with people I knew back ‘home’ in Ireland or people I used to work with but didn’t see too often anymore. But when I discovered Twitter came along and the Zuck and his minions started to turn Facebook into a Westfield for “Social”.

I’ve previously written about Facebook’s Customer Experience failures  and the sentiments people express in criticisms of Facebook’s changes to its site or its permissions. I suppose by now I shouldn’t be surprised that every time they make changes, that there’ll be impassioned memories of why they should just return to when it was “better”.

These days I look on Facebook’s design changes and Privacy woes with the tired eyes of someone who neither cares about the changes nor worries about their privacy – that much.

I agree with Paul Ducklin’s criticism of the post which sparks the latest “privacy scare”, But I also caution him to remember WHY so many distrust Facebook’s care for their privacy.

So while the SMEG’s have been looking for ways to get a store in Zuck’s Online Mall and the Facebooker’s were clamouring to spend their personality like the currency Lowy’s tenants are after, I was locking down my account and moving elsewhere. I had realised that I didn’t want to be a tiny percentage of the overall Facebook product.

Thinking now, I could’ve written this post as a tweet. Oh I did:

But first I have to remind them they can get me somewhere else and there is still an online and real world where we can communicate which doesn’t involve selling yourself to a company like Facebook first.