So much fodder, so little time:

Ma.gnolia suffers catastrophic data loss
Further evidence that “cloud” computing may not be the best approach for storing your precious research data. Remember, if you’re keeping any information in an online repository, it’s not enough just knowing that you can get your information out, you actually have to regularly do so and back it up.

False Fact On Wikipedia Proves Itself
Slashdot thread on the circular nature of Wikipedia. Someone posts something, another source sees it on Wikipedia and repeats it, Wikipedia confirms the fact by citing that source.

Twitter? It’s What You Make It
David Pogue weighs in on Twitter. His basic point is that while yes, it often is “a teenage time-killer”, there are useful things you can do with it. His suggestions for what’s useful though, are:

“I pass on jokes. I share little thoughts that don’t merit a full blog or article post. I follow links and track buddies….And I query the multitudes. Last week, I was writing a script for a TV segment, and needed a great example of “an arty movie that a teenage baby sitter wouldn’t be caught dead watching.” My followers instantly shot back a huge assortment of hilarious responses. (“Gandhi.” “My Dinner with André.” “The Red Balloon.”). Other people plug their blogs, or commiserate, or break news…”

So, he’s basically using it as a teenage time-killer, as a “lazy-web” way to get others to do his work and thinking for him, and for self-promotion. I can see the second use here as being a time-saver. But the question is, can you get anyone to follow you and respond to you queries if you don’t engage in the teenage jibber-jabber types of activities? Do you have to do the time-wasters to build an audience who might help you save time?

Time Demonstrates Non-Understanding of Social Media
Speaking of the sometimes overwhelming self-promotion that goes on under the guise of Web 2.0, here’s an amusing blog posting with the typical defensiveness aimed at anyone who questions the incredible value of jibber-jabbering away all day on a social network. As a colleague pointed out upon reading this:

“I think what people fail to realize is that no-one reads anybody else’s lists – like most blogs. The popularity of this sort of thing is ‘the doing it’. There is of course a whole ‘nother discussion as to why one would want to do something like that.”

Which makes me ask, if everyone is using these sorts of tools to “promote their personal brand”, is anyone actually reading anyone else’s promotion? Is Web 2.0 a room full of people with megaphones, each shouting, “Look at me!”?

Time to Hang Up the Pajamas
Fake Steve Jobs (Real Dan Lyons) notes that no, you’re not going to get rich blogging.

who is on twitter
Very amusing, my favorites being:

people who are involved in “social networking” and optimizing the power of re-Tweeting and “computers”
people who are concerned about the collapse of the publishing industry

Why aren’t we on Facebook?
The Onion, as usual, nails it. Count me in as part of that 22%.