Last week news became official that Microsoft acquired Mojang, the maker of the uber popular bricks game “Minecraft.” After the deal was made official, Notch came out with a blog post about him leaving.
Here are some of my own personal thoughts about Notch (Markus Persson, Founder of Mojang), Twitter opinions, and being corporate, and self censorship.
1. Congrats to Notch for the success of his game and selling it to one of the biggest tech companies in the world. 2.5 billion dollars ain’t too shabby at all.
2. I always thought Notch was rock and roll. Talking trash about big companies and not having to kiss ass. It’s even sweeter cause he sold to the company he used to talk trash about.
3. We are all individuals with so much to offer. But in the adult world, we get handed labels and titles. It sucks to just be a digital marketer. Or a game developer. Or a comedy writer. We can all do so much more. Other things that don’t fit into our current category. Notch leaving the company helps him focus on little projects he’s interested in. Bravo!
4. Im a big fan of 4chan and the whole anonymous culture. Some serious issues come out of hiding behind the internet, but overall, I feel that freedom of speech is the biggest freedom a human being has. Getting rich and famous kills this. You are not able to express anything. That’s why I hate corporate meet ups or meetings. Can’t be real in those settings.
5. Twitter is getting lame. It’s because it’s so big that it has to make money. It’s not Facebook, but it’s trying too hard to be Facebook. Even as an advertiser, Twitter is the worst. Most of the followers are spam. It’s all cluttered. The data is just noise. But Twitter breaks stories. It gives anyone a voice. It’s a revolutionary platform. Much more powerful than Facebook. It has a lot of potential, but here’s the thing. Celebrities, big brands, and regular users with a pretty large following have to self censor. Most of these accounts are run by advertising agencies or PR firms. If only it was possible that for the platform to be a true outlet for open communication…
6. The next Twitter will be a hybrid of snapchat/4chan/facebook. If a new startup can figure out how to balance out privacy, security, archiving of data, and user ID and authentication, It’ll be the next billion dollar company.
7. I first stated this blog to do some self branding. I wanted to make it more professional. More adult. I started to get corporate. I hated this blog. That’s why I never really updated it until recently. Now I’m on my own again. I don’t have to deal with the bullshit. And personal blogs are only interested when it gets personal. I don’t want your personal blog to be like your linkedin profile. Get dirty and controversial. Or else what’s the point. So, I’m gonna talk shit this blog. I’m going to pretend that I’m drunk or stoned and I’m sharing an awesome conversation with my college roommate.
8. 2.5 billion dollars. Man. I don’t know when it stated, but I read about this figure on a daily basis now. When did this happen. Was it after the Facebook movie, and that quote “A million dollars isn’t cool, you know what’s cool? A billion dollars.” This means that making a million dollars is a lot easier now. A billion dollars used to seem like a made up number. Like gazillion. Brazillion. Godzillian. But it’s real. And I don’t think it’s impossible now. So crazy.
9. A hit game, app, platform, website, or song. It’s like pop music. All you need is one hit. 1 hit. Just one 3 min song and you can live a life that isn’t so ordinary and mediocre. As long as you keep a level head, and are stupid with money, you can provide a shackle free life for you and your family. Don’t be chained to a salary job. Free from a boss and desk.
10. Wow I made it to 10! Why is 10 such a good number for lists?
Sean Lee out!