Teens and Twitter

Most teens have much smaller network of friends than adults do. They are also less interested in  knowing what's going on beyond their immediate surroundings. I think these and other differences like less self-confidence and higher sensitivity to privacy point to weaker demand among teens for microblogging services like Twitter in current form.
But same arguments could be made against MySpace yet it is supposedly popular among teens. Is it? Other than stats, it's difficult to really know. My son is aware of MySpace but he frequents Lego enthusiast forums and YouTube much more than MySpace pages. My son didn't know what Twitter was so I explained but he didn't find what Twitter does interesting.
While I don't have anything conclusive to say and am too lazy to chase down research grants, I think the effect of age (and sex) on social-whatever is an interesting as well as important research subject.

Swimming Parks

Tae-hwan Park won 2 more golds at FINA World Cup swimming meet today, bringing the total to 3. The kid is strong but what he pulled off today was really impressive. He swam 1500m freestyle then, just 10 minutes later, swam 200m, coming in first in both. He probably didn't even have time for ceremony in between. Wow.
An interesting tidbit for me: I read that there were three Parks in the pool for 1500m. Maybe I should start swimming again. ;-p
Update: Video of Tae-hwan swimming 400m. Mad sprinter strikes! Still looking for footage from the FINA meet.

Not Evil != Unselfish

While I am hoping that more companies open up their silos, I completely disagree that keeping walls around data, whether one owns it or not, is evil. In short, I disagree with efforts to tie moral implications to business attempting to protect themselves. Those who want walls around data silos torn down, including me, are not free from self-interest and I think it is only fair that people should fully disclose their interest before banging on the gates of silos.
IMHO, it's alright and, in the end, good for all to pursue self-interest regardless of which side of silo walls one stands. I think there are about as many reasons to reasons to keep as reasons to keep them up. Future say open but present say close. Near future say move carefully and, most importantly, don't let others dick you around.
It is very annoying to see people apply dime store morals to pursue their own interest, commerical or idealistic. There is no such thing as non-destructive change. Hell, even unasked for honesty like this post is destructive.

Note that lack of links in this post is intentional because I am only annoyed with the trend and not with the people involved.