Friday Signal – The Links

I hear something is happening this weekend in the tech world, and I’m not talking about TitleTweets. It’s the fifteenth or so coming of Steve Jobs, of course. When it comes to the iPad, I think I’ve said all I have to say about it. But I’ll toss in a top link to Boing Boing’s Cory Doctorow, who sums it up quite nicely, I’d wager. Have a great weekend, and if you buy an iPad…well, enjoy it!

Why I won’t buy an iPad (and think you shouldn’t, either) (Boing Boing) Cory puts it well, and lays out pretty much everything that bothers me about the iPad. Not that I don’t think it’s cool, it is. But.

The Collapse of Complex Business Models (Clay Shirky) Take the time to read this. It’s long. But do it, it’s really worth it. It’s very much aligned with Cory’s piece above.

The Impact of the Internet on Institutions in the Future (Pew) I see a theme developing here in Friday Signal, as this study talks about the open web having a significant impact on new models for all businesses (not just media).

Brands Vie for Credibility on Social Networks (eMarketer) I quote this study in a piece I’ve drafted (part 2 of the series I started here). From that draft:  A recent study of social networks users asked who they felt was the most credible source of information about a Brand. The results are revealing: First and foremost was a peer on the site. But a close second was “The Brand itself.” A distant third was “Journalist” and even further back was “Marketer.” In other words, in the context of social media, consumers understand that Brands can have voices, and they give Brands permission to be part of their online interactions. So the question then becomes: Does your Brand have a voice? It’s hard to join the conversation without one.

How 5 Brands Are Mastering the Game of Foursquare (Mashable) Always love me some case studies, and you do too, right?! Here’s five of em in one handy place.

Twitter Quietly Rolls Out ‘Most Popular Tweets’ (SEL) Take note – this is the start of Twitter figuring out how to curate value from its service.

F.T.C. Is Said to Have Looked Into Amazon-Google Ties (NYT) Google versus Amazon looks a bit like Google versus Apple. And and and…

Globish: the worldwide dialect of the third millennium (Guardian) Because it’s Friday, and I love stuff like this.