There are probably better ways to remember these things, but there you go – for 12+ years I have posted things in Facebook and it does a nice job reminding me. Given the privacy issues I’m beginning to pull these things out and publish them on a site that in the end I own. Even if, ironically, the content is public.
Robert Reich: Why Inequality is the Real Cause of Our Ongoing Terrible Economy
THE 5 percent of Americans with the highest incomes now account for 37 percent of all consumer purchases, according to the latest research from Moody’s Analytics. That should come as no surprise. Our society has become more and more unequal.
When so much income goes to the top, the middle class…
Why isn’t this causing outrage? Why do so many people who have it so bad in this country keep voting for this?
Part of this of course is the simple explanation (riffing on a quote from someone) that most Americans don’t believe they are poor, they are just temporarily not millionaires.
Jobs are a good start, well-paying jobs are the next.
Taking Zerply for a test drive
Zerply is a new professional network/connection service. In the wake of LinkedIn’s successful IPO (as defined as having an IPO, not necessarily making anyone buying the stock rich) you knew more companies would jump in, especially if they are trying to fill a niche that the big, vanilla-flavored LinkedIn doesn’t.
So what does Zerply do? For a start they make the “about me” more focused on the Twitter generation. The one liner is 60 characters, the bio is also very restricted. You get five tags which is tough. How does one distill oneself into five tags? I missed a few but still feel okay. The import of my professional data from LinkedIn was solid.
The only glitches to speak of were minor. First was adding a Tumblr account which bizarrely went from bricin.Tumblr.com to bricin.bricin.Tumblr.com which just isn’t going to work. The second is an overall clunkiness on the iPad. Yes, it worked. But c’mon guys, Zerply is aiming for the Twitterers of the world, the designers, the people who use Tumblr. And sipping my morning coffee, getting the link from Flipboard, I am not firing up my laptop for that. So nail the tablet experience please.
All that said, it seems like a pleasant app, I will spend a little time looking around to see what type of people are jumping off LinkedIn and onto Zerply. Moving forward I expect more niche networks to spring up as the signal/noise ratio on LinkedIn gets too difficult.