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December 16, 2011

Friday Recap: “I Had the Timeline of My Life” Edition

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It’s been a bit since we’ve done a Friday Recap. We know how much you all anticipate these things, so we hope it didn’t throw you off or cause confusion about whether or not Fridays actually happened in the past month. Well I’m here to tell you (not Rebecca Black), that it’s Friday, and here’s your Friday Recap!

Facebook rolled out its “Timeline” feature today, drastically changing the way Facebook looks and acts for those who choose to opt in. As USA Today explains, Timeline is a sort of scrapbook for all your activity over the years on Facebook that you can customize, deciding what you want featured and what you don’t.

Science fiction may not be so fiction anymore. The Washington Post dives into advances in synthetic biology that explore the concept of computer-designed viruses to cure disease.

And speaking of futuristic concepts, The New York Times gets personal with its platform Reveal, which explores a new way we can integrate information consumption into our daily routines. Reveal serves up tailor-made information to its users on their mirrors at home, and responds to things like voice, gesture and more.

Reveal Project – Personal Data Mirror from NYT R&D on Vimeo.

How about some 2011 recaps?

Speaking of Google, here’s a first-time look into the offices at Google New York, right in Manhattan. In this video, Google’s Eric Schmidt talks about why people are the greatest asset at Google, and some of the great engineers that are coming out of China and India.

And in more Google news, did you know you can get Google Doodles on demand? If you or someone you know has a fav Doodle, you can customize all sorts of merchandise with it for the holidays.

Google Doodles on Demand

Major brands including Coca Cola and Nike, to name a few, received the recently unveiled and enhanced Twitter pages, which have rich media capabilities. Twitter says more companies will receive access to the new interface in 2012.

While we’re on the topic of Twitter, KISSmetrics helps us understand the new Twitter activity stream, how recent images work and using RSS feeds with microbloggin platform.

Here’s a topic that’s near and dear to my heart: Buzzwords – can’t stand ‘em. This post on the LinkedIn blog reveals the top 10 overused buzzwords across LinkedIn profiles in the United States. And those are 10 words I will now be avoiding.

Talk about transparency. The magazine High Country News based out of Colorado issued a press release full of honesty about its shortcomings before announcing the new-and-improved digital approach to the publication. Now that type of communication is refreshing.

You’ve heard about the controversial SOPA and PIPA bills surrounding the Internet under consideration in the House and Senate? Well here’s an open letter to the U.S. Congress from a lofty handful of people who helped create and shape the Internet in opposition to the bills. And if you want, you can join the fight here.

All you Stars Wars fans will enjoy this (cute and cuddly?) AT-AT Walker. Makes picking up poop entertaining.

I have to agree – this really is the best Christmas lights display:

Have a great weekend y’all!

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