First off, happy birthday to Facebook!

The social juggernaut turned six on Thursday, which makes them squarely middle-aged online. I started my own Facebook account in 2005, back when they were only open to colleges and you had to have a university email address to open an account. (In fact, I didn’t delete my “ou.edu” address from my Facebook account until late 2009, after said address had been defunct for about two and a half years.)

And while Facebook and I have had our differences over the years, I have to say “thank you.”

Thank you for letting me keep in touch with friends I haven’t seen since elementary school.
Thank you for giving me a place where my college roommates and I can reminisce over old pictures.
And thank you for allowing me to do in one status update what would have once required multiple phone calls.

It may not be the same as seeing somebody face-to-face, or talking to them on the phone. But thanks to Facebook, you don’t have to say, “Gee, I wonder what happened to so-and-so?” Just check their status updates.

And now, some other stuff that has made me think or made me smile this week:

Modern procrastination – This post by Seth Godin has a conversation in it that couldn’t ring any truer if it was the Liberty Bell:

“Honey, how was your day?”
“Oh, I was busy, incredibly busy.”
“I get that you were busy. But did you do anything important?”

Busy is deceptive. You can find ways to procrastinate that make you look terribly busy. But at the end of the day, what have you accomplished for your company or for your own personal goals?

Why RedBox New Release DVDs May Vanish from Kiosks – DVD sales of new releases have gone down, and in an effort to combat the problem, movie studios are cutting deals with distributors like Wal-Mart, Target, Netflix, and Blockbuster to delay the rental availability of new release titles for about a month. For some reason, movie studios think that this will force consumers to buy the DVDs. RedBox is the only one who’s standing up to the studios and suing them.

This story illustrates a growing problem in the entertainment sector: Major companies are trying desperately to keep things at the status quo when the reality is that the times, they are a-changing. It’s happened with music, with books and publishing, and now we’re seeing it with movies. And undoubtedly, it’s happening elsewhere.

Consumers have said, “This is what we want,” and instead of working with them, companies try to cling to their previous business model, which is likely only going to become more outdated as technology marches forward.

How to Use a Semicolon – What, you didn’t think I was going to get through a whole post without a grammar-related link, did you? The Oatmeal has a fantastic illustrated guide to the semicolon that sums it up better than I ever could.

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