Angela Mari
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“Like” culture is antithetical to the concept of self-esteem, which a healthy individual should be developing from the inside out rather than from the outside in. Instead, we are shaped by our stats, which include not just “likes” but the number of comments generated in response to what we write and the number of friends or followers we have. I’ve seen rock stars agonize over the fact that another artist has far more Facebook “likes” and Twitter followers than they do.

I wish that the “Like” culture served to curate better content. Then maybe I could see it’s advent as useful. Who will figure that out first, Google or Facebook? Don’t follow? What television networks are considered to have the best shows? AMC, HBO and others make their own content and avoid a bit of the advertising or money still drives our media. [This reminds me of my paper on indie flicks and the masquerading indies. Have I published that one yet?]

As “Like” went from vote-to-promote Digg style, to Facebook, to now Google, I’ve gone in search for European sites abandoning even Netflix for Mubi

And can anyone tell me what “Poke” is about? I always feel like I’m the one not in on the game.

Neil Strauss on the Obsession With Being ‘Liked’ – The Wall Street


Sync Facebook Events with Google Calendar & iCal

I live and die by my calendar, so when Facebook Events weren’t showing up in my calendar I wasn’t showing up at Facebook Events… Here’s how to get Facebook Events to sync with your Google Calendar. Be sure to also check out how to sync your Google Calendar, iCal, and iPhone. Continue reading

Select the Google services (Mail, Calendar, and Contacts) you want to sync.

How to Keep your iPhone, Mac Address Book, iCal & Google in Sync

Are you a PC?

Sorry hon, but this post isn’t for you, but go check out O2g to sync Microsoft Outlook or Palm to Google and Google Sync to sync to your phone.

Google Sync for your iPhone

If you haven’t already, be sure to read Google Sync for your iPhone.

Select the Google services (Mail, Calendar, and Contacts) you want to sync.

Mac Address Book & Google Contacts Sync

You can sync contacts in your Mac Address Book with your Google Contacts.

If you sync your address book with multiple Mac computers, use just one of those computers to sync with Google Contacts. You can’t sync contacts from an Exchange 2007 or Mac OS X Server account with Google Contacts.

  1. Choose Address Book > Preferences, click Accounts, choose On My Mac in your list of accounts, and then click Account Information.
  2. Select the “Synchronize with Google” checkbox.
  3. Read the advisory information and then click Agree to continue.
  4. Enter your Google Account information (such as or, for Google Apps customers, and password, and then click OK.
    • You can sync only one Google account.
    • When the account name and password you entered are confirmed, the dialog disappears. You can close Address Book preferences now if you want.
  5. To do a manual sync, click the Sync menu in the menu bar and choose Sync Now.
    • To add the Sync menu to the menu bar, open iSync, choose iSync > Preferences, and then select “Show status in menu bar.”

If you change your Google account name or password, click the Configure button to use the new account name or password to sync your contact information.

If lots of changes are detected during syncing, an alert is displayed and you can choose to continue or cancel the sync.

Read more information on Google Sync for Contacts.

iCal & Google Calendar Sync

You can set up your Google calendar as a calendar account in iCal. Then you can use iCal to access and manage your Google Calendar.

To set up a Google Account in iCal:

  1. Choose iCal > Preferences and click Accounts.
  2. To add a new account, click the Add (+) button in the lower-left corner.
  3. Enter your Google email address and password, and then click Create.

How to Sync Multiple Calendars

  • If you’d like to enable multiple calendars to sync from your Google Account, follow these steps:
    1. Open Safari on your iPhone and go to
    2. Sign in with your account and select your iPhone to configure Calendars.
  • If you use Google Apps, follow these steps:
    1. Open Safari on your iPhone and go to
    2. Click on Google Apps user? at the bottom of the screen.
    3. Enter your domain name (e.g.,
    4. Click the Sync icon in your domain area (this section has a green background). Sign in if required.
    5. Select your iPhone to configure Calendars.