Linus the HockeyDog™ getting ready for #Bruins regular season

Linus the HockeyDog™ getting ready for #Bruins regular season

My Two Cents on Ello…

I’m sure you’ve already read thishttps://aralbalkan.com/notes/ello-goodbye/ but to counter, read this:http://betabeat.com/…/ello-founder-says-vc-funding-is…/ . I don’t know the devs personally, but a few of them are friends of a very old and dear friend of mine - and knowing that dude’s moral compass, I give these guys the benefit of the doubt. If you read between the lines in both of these articles, what I see here that really sticks out is the idea of the long-game freemium model. And think about it this way: if someone were to offer you a Facebook social network model (one that all of your friends were already on, because it was hot and people were jumping all over it - again - think Facebook in the early days), and it was a social network which you could customize - ie: you controlled what other users could see your stuff, how they could see your stuff, whether companies on there (again, not advertisers, but companies, it’s a grey area I know) could see your stuff, what stuff you would have show up in your feed, think along those lines… now, would you pay $5 a month for that? Because I would. Facebook with the controls in YOUR lap. Subscription based, which means YOU pay their bills, not advertisers. You ever hear people bitch as much about Flickr as they do about Instagram? Nope. Because Flickr is something the users pay for, not advertisers. Control over what’s visible on Flickr is in the hands of the account user, not the platform. Think about it. It’s the social network flipped on it’s head, and a lot of the people you hear bitching about it are marketers… and if this works they are about to get their worlds rocked, because this hits them in the pocketbook. This could work. And that scares the fuck out of a lot of people.

Violet has been perched up here for two hours, waiting for @tonyafathead to return. She knows who her pack leader is. #misseshermommy

Violet has been perched up here for two hours, waiting for @tonyafathead to return. She knows who her pack leader is. #misseshermommy

@tonyafathead playing fetch with Linus. The house looks so beautiful in the morning light :)

Apparently THUG 4 LIFE now means the markdown rack at Forever 21.

Apparently THUG 4 LIFE now means the markdown rack at Forever 21.

Everybody has to get their pretty on in the morning.

Everybody has to get their pretty on in the morning.

Puppet Nudity? But… where do the puppeteers put their hands?

Puppet Nudity? But… where do the puppeteers put their hands?

Pastas at The Burger Boss!

Pastas at The Burger Boss!

Apparently Tonya thinks it’s “Dress Like Martha Raye from The Bugaloos” Day today.

Apparently Tonya thinks it’s “Dress Like Martha Raye from The Bugaloos” Day today.

Alert puppy.

Alert puppy.