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High Five for Week Ending 3-Jan

Weekly High Five lists the most interesting, compelling, and/or useful links of each week.

Weekly High Five lists the most interesting, compelling, and/or useful links of each week.

This week’s High Five is as close as I’m going to get to any sort of “best of,” “worst of,” or “top x” post for the new year.  Rather, it’s a look forward that may be best described as “The Times They Are A Changin’.”

#5: It Was a Facebook Christmas; Site Hits #1 in US For First Time

This is an important milestone that I think is going to largely be brushed aside as an interesting but not terribly surprising fact.  When Facebook is a more common destination than Google, it’s worth taking note.  Why?  We all know what Willie Sutton’s answer would be; “Go where the money is… and go there often.” (That’s right, apparently he never really said the quote that is most commonly attributed to him.)  Facebook is where the people are, which means the money and opportunity are both there (see “The Future of Software Is… Facebook?!?!“).

Link: Read Write Web

#4: Apple Tablet Will Launch in 2010 — This Time, For Sure

Last week’s High Five included a story about downloads for the Amazon Kindle eclipsing “real” book sales on Christmas day.  This is illustrative of the size and scope of the move away from printed materials to e-books and the rumored announcement of a new product from Apple is likely the next battle ground in the “Print v. Digital” war.

Link: PC World

#3: Adding Fees and Fences on Media Sites

The battle for paid versus free content will loom large over the next decade.  Though I have my own opinions about what may or may not happen, the truth is that the combination of technology developments and innovation are too complex and fickle to predict.  It will be fascinating to see how this turns out, but as Clay Shirky predicts, it may take as long as fifty years to fully play itself out.

Link: New York Times

#2: Twitter and Me! Why It’s The Only Social Media Tool I Use.

Explaining Twitter is hard.  This article is written by a self-described “tech entrepreneur trapped in academia” and is hands-down the best articulation of Twitter’s value proposition (for non-celebrities) I’ve ever read.  It’s a short article and I highly recommend it if you a) don’t “get” Twitter or b) have an opinion of it that ranges anywhere between negative and neutral.

Link: Tech Crunch

#1: My only prediction for 2010 and it ain’t pretty

Are our copyright laws under assault?  Is the entertainment industry on the brink of stealing the Internet from us?  I’m not sure because I don’t know enough about it right now, but I do know two things: 1) The entertainment industry is on my list of the slimiest, least trustworthy groups of people I know and they are teaming up with the supreme ruler of slimy organizations; the US Congress. 2) I will be paying attention to this story.

Link: The Inquisitr

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