It all begun when I entered university in 2002. At the time, it took me 9 or 10 hours by a mix of train, bus and sometimes a boat to get from my parents home to Coimbra, where I was studying.
In the beginning I traveled home every two weekends, and because it was so boring and tiring I had to figure out a way to do the travel faster.
And then I discovered teleportation. But I couldn’t teleport every time I traveled. In the beginning it was difficult because people around me would talk loud and make noises. But because I practiced a lot, traveling every 4-8 weeks for 6 years, I became better at it and now I can teleport every time I travel, even on bumpy roads.
Its amazing, I don’t need pills, earplugs or iPods. I just teleport and when I wake up, hopefully I haven’t missed my stop.
9 April 2012 – Facebook bought Instagram for $1,000,000,000
18 April 2012 – Audi bought Ducati for $1,100,000,000
I will try to put things in perspective here:
Instagram is a social network built around a free photo filter mobile app made by a team of 13 people. In the beginning of 2012, the team was 7 people, they had 15 million users and the app was iPhone only. They have recently released an Android app.
Ducati is a historical motorcycle manufacturer founded in 1926, with excellent design that competes in the MotoGP and Superbike championships among others, as of 2011 they had 1,135 employees and a net income of 93 million Euros.
To make a comparison I’m trying to overvalue the Instagram brand, its user base and relation to facebook and twitter and their social graph, while I try to undervalue the importance of 2 wheeled vehicles nowadays, picture the MotoGP and Superbike simply as advertisement and discard the brands know-how, expertise and name, and I still can’t believe how it is possible that they can be valued so closely.
They aren’t worth the same.
They can’t be, not even close.
I don’t know much about the dot com bubble because I was a teenager at the time but this feels wrong and smells bad.
I hope it doesn’t end badly too.
Preferably on the browser so you could tell websites who you are if you wanted.
Instead of logging in on facebook, gmail, youtube, tumblr etc. you would just log into your browser and if you wanted, let the websites know who you are.
Chrome and firefox are working on something like that, but what I’d want are not different solutions, but a universal one, where I could log in on Chrome, Firefox, IE or a mobile or any other device with my credentials and it would know who I am and log me into websites I let it.
The problem is: who would be the authority for this? I can think of 2 solutions:
- A monolithic solution that is the authority that says who you are.
- Shared solution that can be installable on servers or trusted to a 3rd party if you don’t want/don’t own server space.
The first solution would be sometghing like the domains and DNS are governed, if I understand how things work. You would login with your username and password to the browser and it would negotiate with this monolithic authority that would confirm to the websites that you are in fact you and not posing as someone else.
The second one would be something you could install on your server or elsewhere, so when you login with your browser, you also give the name of the authentication provider, something like openID but that only gives your user id to the website if you are authenticated and allow it to know who you are, and without all the name, email and other info.
Is this a too big of an effort to be achieved?