"The New Google Maps Is a Social Network in Disguise" from ForbesA look at how Google Maps and Google+ are being integrated so that you will be provided personalized results. But with this comes risks of "filter bubbles" and astigmatisms and myopia.
Most interesting in the article is a comment about Google Glass: Instead of entering a search query in a box, you are now passively querying Google simply through your behavior. This is a brilliant insight.
"The Church and Building Community in the Digital Age" from Christian TodayThis article looks at how the Church of England is connecting with Internet users via social media like Facebook and Twitter. What I wonder is what parts of "the church" and "discipleship" does social media leave out? Are these parts essential? If our church habits and priorities are shaped by the biases of the Internet, what practices of church and discipleship will be overlooked or marginalized?
"The Prodigal with 128,000 Followers" from Christianity TodaySome interesting notes about the positive and negative practices that arise from using Twitter: the increased vulnerability permitted by a sense of anonymity, and a distant engagement that allows for followers to connect without entering in.
A good article looking at how maps reflect the priorities of the mapmaker, and how that shapes how users use and misuse them. He then applies this to the new personalized Google Maps, and overall, offers a positive analysis of what Google (as mapmakers) will offer, and how users will use and misuse it.