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Four short links: 20 December 2011 - Maximum MySQL, Digital News, Unbiased Mining, and Congressional Clue

By Nat Torkington
December 20, 2011

How Twitter Stores 250M Tweets a Day Using MySQL (High Scalability) -- notes from a talk at the MySQL conference on how Twitter built a high-volume MySQL store. How The Atlantic Got Profitable With Digital First (Mashable) -- Lauf says his team has focused on putting together premium advertising experiences that span print, digital, events and (increasingly) mobile. Data...

Top Stories: November 28-December 2, 2011 - Info overload vs. consumption, how big data is shaping business, and why we need the "paperless book."

Top Stories: November 28-December 2, 2011 - Info overload vs. consumption, how big data is shaping business, and why we need the
By Mac Slocum
December 2, 2011

This week on O'Reilly: Author Clay Johnson explained why information consumption, not overload, is what needs to be managed. Also, Alistair Croll looked at the relationship between business intelligence and big data, and Todd Sattersten made a case for the paperless book.

How Twitter helps a small bookstore thrive - Omnivore Books follows a simple Twitter rule: 1/3 personal, 2/3 professional.

How Twitter helps a small bookstore thrive - Omnivore Books follows a simple Twitter rule: 1/3 personal, 2/3 professional.
By Sarah Milstein
November 28, 2011

Learn how Omnivore Books, a cookbook store in San Francisco, uses Twitter to solidify relationships with customers and break through the publisher blockade.

Strata Week: Why ThinkUp matters - ThinkUp and data ownership, DataSift turns on its Twitter firehose, and Google cracks opens the door to BigQuery.

Strata Week: Why ThinkUp matters - ThinkUp and data ownership, DataSift turns on its Twitter firehose, and Google cracks opens the door to BigQuery.
By Audrey Watters
November 17, 2011

Data democratization gets an important new tool with the release of ThinkUp 1.0. Also, DataSift offers another way to get the Twitter firehose, and Google offers a little more access to its BigQuery data analytics service.

Data journalism and "Don Draper moments" - Alastair Dant on how tech, data and narrative come together at The Guardian.

Data journalism and
By Audrey Watters
October 18, 2011

The Guardian's Alastair Dant discusses the organization's interactive stories, including its World Cup Twitter replay, along with the steps his team takes when starting a new data project.

Strata Week: Crowdsourcing and gaming spur a scientific breakthrough - Fold.it users make a scientific breakthrough, Twitter open sources real-time processing tool, Google faces a senate hearing.

Strata Week: Crowdsourcing and gaming spur a scientific breakthrough - Fold.it users make a scientific breakthrough, Twitter open sources real-time processing tool, Google faces a senate hearing.
By Audrey Watters
September 22, 2011

In this week's data news: Fold.it gamers help with HIV research, Twitter eyes data analytics, and Google testifies before the Senate.

Four short links: 22 September 2011 - Feedback, Open Source Marketing, Programming in the Browser, and Twitter's Open Source Realtime Engine

By Nat Torkington
September 22, 2011

Implicit and Explicit Feedback -- for preferences and recommendations, implicit signals (what people clicked on and actually listened to) turn out to be strongly correlated with what they would say if you asked. (via Greg Linden) Pivoting to Monetize Mobile Hyperlocal Social Gamification by Going Viral -- Schuyler Erle's stellar talk at the open source geospatial tools conference. Video,...

Visualization of the Week: Social media and the UK riots - Did social media catalyze UK violence? The Guardian casts doubt on that conclusion.

Visualization of the Week: Social media and the UK riots - Did social media catalyze UK violence? The Guardian casts doubt on that conclusion.
By Audrey Watters
August 26, 2011

The Guardian has created an interactive visualization of some 2.5 million tweets to challenge the British government's contention that rioters used Twitter to organize the recent violence.

Four short links: 8 August 2011 - Graph ORM, Graphic Computation, Web Intents, and Async RPC

By Nat Torkington
August 8, 2011

Bulbflow -- a Python framework for graph databases: it's like an ORM for graphs. (via Joshua Schachter) Nomograms -- the lost art of graphical computing. (via John D Cook) Web Intents -- adding Android-style Intents to the web. Services register their intention to be able to handle an action on the user's behalf. Applications request to start an Action...

A story takes shape amidst tweets and pauses - Novelist Reif Larsen takes to Twitter to tell a short story.

By Peter Meyers
July 29, 2011

The novelist Reif Larsen did something on Twitter recently that showed how sometimes the best stories are those that arrive in small morsels, spaced generously.

Google+ is the social backbone - There's a lot more to Google+ than a challenge to Facebook

Google+ is the social backbone - There's a lot more to Google+ than a challenge to Facebook
By Edd Dumbill
July 19, 2011

Google+ is the rapidly growing seed of a web-wide social backbone, and the catalyst for the ultimate uniting of the social graph.

Strata Week: There's money in data sifting - DataSift lands funding, popping the hood on Google Plus, data products for education

Strata Week: There's money in data sifting - DataSift lands funding, popping the hood on Google Plus, data products for education
By Audrey Watters
July 14, 2011

In the latest Strata Week: DataSift's access to the Twitter firehose proves compelling for investors, the inner workings of Google Plus are revealed, and contestants crank out apps for education.

Visualization of the Week: Twitter's Global Pulse - Visualizations show the flow of tweets after Japan's March 2011 earthquake.

Visualization of the Week: Twitter's Global Pulse - Visualizations show the flow of tweets after Japan's March 2011 earthquake.
By Audrey Watters
July 8, 2011

Our first Visualization of the Week displays the volume and speed with which Tweets emanated from Japan after the March 2011 earthquake.

The good, the bad, and the ugly of Google Plus - Of all the Google social efforts, Plus has the best chance of making something great.

The good, the bad, and the ugly of Google Plus - Of all the Google social efforts, Plus has the best chance of making something great.
By Nat Torkington
July 8, 2011

Google has been dinged for being engineer-driven and not having the design sense of Apple or the agility of Facebook. Plus represents a significant change in how they approach and release product, so it's worth stepping back to see how it stacks up.

The challenges of streaming real-time data - Jud Valeski on how Gnip handles the Twitter fire hose.

The challenges of streaming real-time data - Jud Valeski on how Gnip handles the Twitter fire hose.
By Audrey Watters
July 5, 2011

Gnip CEO Jud Valeski talks about managing Twitter's fire hose and how the Internet's architecture must adapt to real-time needs.

Four short links: 5 July 2011 - Organising Conferences, Moving to the JVM, Language Crowdsourcing, and Bayesian Computing

By Nat Torkington
July 5, 2011

Conference Organisers Handbook -- accurate guide to running a two-day 300-person conference. Compare Yet Another Perl Conference guidelines. Twitter Shifting More Code to JVM -- interesting how, at scale, there are some tools and techniques of the scorned Enterprise that the web cool kids must turn to. Some. Business Process Workflow XML Schemas will never find love. Louis von...

Four short links: 13 June 2011 - Remote Fingerprint Scans, Playdough Circuits, Update-Sync, and Tweet Failage

By Nat Torkington
June 13, 2011

AIRPrint -- prototype box scans a fingerprint from six feet away. (via Greg Linden) Squishy Circuits -- teaching electronic circuits with conductive and insulating playdough. (via Hacker News) GraphLab -- alternative take on Map-Reduce, called Update-Sync, where tasks run on connected sets of nodes rather than on one node at a time. Tower Bridge Closed -- the @towerbridge account...

Radar's top stories: May 30-June 3, 2011 - Inside the Library of Congress' Twitter archive, 10 ways to botch a mobile app, the story behind Velocity '11

Radar's top stories: May 30-June 3, 2011 - Inside the Library of Congress' Twitter archive, 10 ways to botch a mobile app, the story behind Velocity '11
By Mac Slocum
June 3, 2011

This week on Radar: We checked in on the Library of Congress' Twitter archive, Ken Yarmosh revealed 10 ways to screw up a mobile app, the story behind Velocity 2011 was told, Steve Souders discussed mobile optimization, and we wondered if readers would fund their favorite authors.

Publishing News: Rebooting online news presentation - Ben Huh has a fling with news, checking in on the Twitter archive, and readers can now fund authors directly.

Publishing News: Rebooting online news presentation - Ben Huh has a fling with news, checking in on the Twitter archive, and readers can now fund authors directly.
By Jenn Webb
June 3, 2011

In the latest Publishing News: Ben Huh dishes on news organizations moving in the right direction; one year later, the Library of Congress' Twitter Archive is still being built; and the Unbound.co.uk publishing platform launched with some big-name authors.

How the Library of Congress is building the Twitter archive - Checking in on the Library of Congress' Twitter archive, one year later.

How the Library of Congress is building the Twitter archive - Checking in on the Library of Congress' Twitter archive, one year later.
By Audrey Watters
June 2, 2011

One year after Twitter donated its archives, the Library of Congress is still building the infrastructure to make the data accessible to researchers.

Four short links: 27 May 2011 - Twitter DB, Data Reliance, Open Source Architectures, and Short-Form Bullying

By Nat Torkington
May 27, 2011

flockdb (Github) -- Twitter's open source scalable fault-tolerant distributed key-value database. (via Twitter's open source projects page) How to Kill Innovation in Five Easy Steps (Tech Republic) -- point four is interesting, Rely too heavily on data and dashboards. It's good to be reminded of the contra side to the big-data-can-be-mined-for-all-truths attitudes flying around. Architecture of Open Source Applications...

Four short links: 26 May 2011 - Fibre Horse, Forced Gold Farming, Google Correlate, Internet GDP

By Nat Torkington
May 26, 2011

Draft Horses Bring Fibre to Remote Locations -- I love the conjunction of old and new, as draft horses prove the best way to lay fibre in remote Vermont. (via David Isenberg) Chinese Political Prisoners Gold-Farming (Guardian) -- "Prison bosses made more money forcing inmates to play games than they do forcing people to do manual labour," Liu told...

Legally speaking, think before you tweet - David Ardia on how libel laws apply to Twitter and new media.

Legally speaking, think before you tweet - David Ardia on how libel laws apply to Twitter and new media.
By Jenn Webb
May 2, 2011

Most of us are familiar with the libel lawsuits aimed at magazine and newspaper publishers, but how do libel laws apply to Twitter, Facebook, and blogs? David Ardia, fellow at the Berkman Center and the director of the Citizen Media Law Project, breaks it down.

Four short links: 28 March 2011 - Demo Talks, Twitter Analysis, Free Courseware, Open Source VoIP

By Nat Torkington
March 28, 2011

Anatomy of a Y Combinator Demo Day Pitch (Bryce Roberts) -- lovely deconstruction of the basic six slide show, demonstrating exactly how to give a talk with your audience in mind. Who Says What to Whom on Twitter (Yahoo! Research) -- we find a striking concentration of attention on Twitter---roughly 50% of tweets consumed are generated by just 20K...

Developer Week in Review - iPhone gets cracked, Twitter gets picky, and Internet connectivity gets disrupted.

Developer Week in Review - iPhone gets cracked, Twitter gets picky, and Internet connectivity gets disrupted.
By James Turner
March 16, 2011

In the latest Developer Week in Review: the iPhone fell to attackers, Twitter shunned their developers, and the Internet proved not to be as robust as one might hope.

What has Twitter become? - Commentary: Restricting developers undermines the ecology that made Twitter valuable.

What has Twitter become? - Commentary: Restricting developers undermines the ecology that made Twitter valuable.
By Mike Loukides
March 15, 2011

Twitter is missing a fundamental law of innovation: you can't tell people where (or how) to innovate, and where not to. Innovation just doesn't work that way.

Four short links: 15 March 2011 - Twitter Numbers, Online News, Emotional Complexity, and Making Described

By Nat Torkington
March 15, 2011

Twitter Numbers -- growing at half a million accounts a day (how many are spammers, d'ya think?), over 140M tweets sent each day. Online vs Newspaper News (Mashable) -- The Poynter Institute, a landmark of American journalism research, has determined that as of the end of 2010, more people get their news from the Internet than from newspapers —...

Who is the champion of SXSW? - Sentiment analysis reveals the "Champion of Champions" of SXSW.

Who is the champion of SXSW? -  Sentiment analysis reveals the
By Jodee Rich
March 10, 2011

Each year, PeopleBrowsr uses sentiment analysis to crown Twitter's top SXSW influencer. The latest champion — a guy who won't even be in attendance at this year's event — has tasted victory before.

Open question: How should you correct a bad tweet? - Twitter errors are inevitable, but a correction standard has yet to take hold.

Open question: How should you correct a bad tweet?	 - Twitter errors are inevitable, but a correction standard has yet to take hold.
By Mac Slocum
March 4, 2011

We've all tweeted bad links or made spelling errors, and many of us live with the horror of launching a private message into the public Twitter commons. But how do you correct those mistakes?

Empowering digital diplomacy at the edge of the network - The State Department launched new Twitter accounts in Arabic, Farsi, Russian, Spanish, Hindi and French.

Empowering digital diplomacy at the edge of the network - The State Department launched new Twitter accounts in Arabic, Farsi, Russian, Spanish, Hindi and French.
By Alex Howard
March 1, 2011

When the State Department launched new Twitter accounts in a number of languages, it provided an opportunity for digital diplomats to engage in a global conversation at the edges of the network.

Mind-blowing, world-changing technology by the numbers - Facts and humor in this video illustrate the reach and impact of new technology.

Mind-blowing, world-changing technology by the numbers - Facts and humor in this video illustrate the reach and impact of new technology.
By Jonathan Reichental, Ph.D.
February 16, 2011

This is a golden age of technology. Almost anyone with modest technology such as an internet connection or a mobile phone can have an impact on the world. This video is just a small slice of the staggering numbers and impact of technology that we witness today.

Indexing the social signal - Charlene Li on the problems and possibilities of social search and realtime updates.

Indexing the social signal - Charlene Li on the problems and possibilities of social search and realtime updates.
By James Turner
February 15, 2011

Search engines used to leisurely index static results, but the rise of social media and real-time updates has changed the game. In this interview, Altimeter Group founder Charlene Li looks at how search will have to adapt to this new environment.

Data markets aren't coming. They're already here - Gnip's Jud Valeski on data resellers, end-user responsibility, and the threat of black markets.

By Julie Steele
January 26, 2011

Gnip cofounder and CEO Jud Valeski discusses data markets (and black markets), social media, and real-time data's impact on customer relations.

Four short links: 10 January 2011 - Online Collaboration, Reputable Twitterers, Old Computers, and Web Experiments

By Nat Torkington
January 10, 2011

Tools and Practices for Working Virtually -- a detailed explanation of how the RedMonk team works virtually. Twitter Accounts for All Stack Overflow Users by Reputation (Brian Bondy) -- superawesome list of clueful people. The Wonderful World of Early Computing -- from bones to the ENIAC, some surprising and interesting historical computation devices. (via John D. Cook) Overlapping Experiment...

The 2010 technology of the year is ... - A simple and disruptive service is Jonathan Reichental's most important technology of 2010.

The 2010 technology of the year is ... - A simple and disruptive service is Jonathan Reichental's most important technology of 2010.
By Jonathan Reichental, Ph.D.
December 21, 2010

Jonathan Reichental's 2010 technology of the year is notable not just for what accomplished in the previous year, but also because of its considerable potential.

Four short links: 14 December 2010 - Twitter Influence, Open Source Visualized, Arduino Autopilot, and Customer Respect

By Nat Torkington
December 14, 2010

The Million Follower Fallacy (PDF) -- We found that indegree represents a user’s popularity, but is not related to other important notions of influence such as engaging audience, i.e., retweets and mentions. Retweets are driven by the content value of a tweet, while mentions are driven by the name value of the user. Such subtle differences lead to dissimilar...

Strata Gems: The emerging marketplace for social data - The integration of social data with CRM systems is driving growth

By Edd Dumbill
December 12, 2010

If you want to analyze social media data in significant volumes, it can be inconvenient and costly to aggregate it yourself. Providers like Gnip are growing a market in social data.

Strata Gems: Let it snow - Simple crowdsourcing paints a Twitter map of UK snow

By Edd Dumbill
December 11, 2010

Snow in the UK is generally a source of delight. A simple idea to use Twitter as a way of gathering snow reports from around the country has proved remarkably popular.

Strata Gems: Usahidi enables crowdsourced journalism and intelligence - Built for emergencies, now available as open source and as a web service

By Edd Dumbill
December 10, 2010

Built for emergencies, Usahidi's mapping and social media monitoring tools also have commercial applications. Though open source, the tools are also available as for-pay hosted services.

Four short links: 25 November 2010 - Twitter Mapped, Bibliographic Data Released, Babies Engadgeted, and Nat's Christmas Present Sorted

By Nat Torkington
November 25, 2010

A Day in the Life of Twitter (Chris McDowall) -- all geo-tagged tweets from 24h of the Twitter firehose, displayed. Interesting things can be seen, such as Jakarta glowing as brightly as San Francisco. (via Chris's sciblogs post) British Library Release 3M Open Bibliographic Records) (OKFN) -- This dataset consists of the entire British National Bibliography, describing new books...

Strata Week: Keeping it clean - Great data tools for R and Clojure, identifying shady Twitter memes, distributed data in Zambia, and cleaning mashed-up datasets

By Julie Steele
November 18, 2010

Red-R provides a GUI for the powerful statistics of R while Webmine makes HTML handling a breeze in Clojure; the Truthy project looks at suspicious Twitter memes; CouchDB helps provide healthcare in rural Zambia; and Google Refine cleans and sanitizes your datasets with ease.

Twitter: A standard-issue tool for government leaders - Todd Park on how he integrates the real-time web into his communication suite.

Twitter: A standard-issue tool for government leaders - Todd Park on how he integrates the real-time web into his communication suite.
By Alex Howard
November 10, 2010

HHS CTO Todd Park uses the social web -- including Twitter -- to accomplish the core goals of his job: innovate, communicate, and iterate.

Four short links: 29 October 2010 - Tablet Magazines, Ubiquitous Urban Computing, Families and Work, and Twitter Query Language

By Nat Torkington
October 29, 2010

My iPad Magazine Stand (Khoi Vinh) -- My opinion about iPad-based magazines is that they run counter to how people use tablets today and, unless something changes, will remain at odds with the way people will use tablets as the medium matures. They’re bloated, user-unfriendly and map to a tired pattern of mass media brands trying vainly to establish...

Four short links: 7 October 2010 - Managing Mistakes, Paying for APIs, Gaming Gmail, and Classy Twitter Engineering

By Nat Torkington
October 7, 2010

How to Manage Employees When They Make Mistakes -- sound advice on how to deal with employees who failed to meet expectations. Yet again, good parenting can make you a good adult. It’s strange to me that in the technology sector we have such a reputation for yellers. Maybe it’s business in general and not just tech. [...] People...

Four short links: 30 September 2010 - Python Exercises, Maker Revolution, Dodgy Memes, and Government Licenses

By Nat Torkington
September 30, 2010

Learn Python The Hard Way -- Zed Shaw's book on programming Python, written as 52 exercises: Each exercise is one or two pages and follows the exact same format. You type each one in (no copy-paste!), make it run, do the extra credit, and then move on. If you get stuck, at least type it in and skip the...

Four short links: 14 September 2010 - Facebook Bank, New in NoSQL, Twitter Numbers, and Open Source EEG Driver

By Nat Torkington
September 14, 2010

ASB Bank's Facebook Virtual Branch -- the world's first Facebook branch of a bank, where you can live chat with tellers. (via Vaughn Davis) SciDB -- GPLv3 NoSQL database. In addition to being multi-dimensional and offering array based scaling from megabytes to petabytes and running on tens of thousands clustered nodes, SciDB's will be write once read many, allow...

Why Twitter's t.co is a game changer - Twitter's URL shortener could give marketers a key tool for off-site engagement.

Why Twitter's t.co is a game changer - Twitter's URL shortener could give marketers a key tool for off-site engagement.
By Alistair Croll
September 13, 2010

If Twitter is so inclined, the company could turn the new t.co shortening service into a powerful analytics tool that solves the marketing and tracking issues attached to off-site engagement.

Twitter kills the password anti-pattern, but at what cost? - Assertion and delegation of identity can now be easy or safe. But we need both.

Twitter kills the password anti-pattern, but at what cost? - Assertion and delegation of identity can now be easy or safe. But we need both.
By Jon Udell
September 10, 2010

It's good to see Twitter driving a stake into the heart of the password anti-pattern. But the Twitter ecosystem wouldn't exist if it hadn't been possible to sketch ideas, and to explore the unanticipated uses that can emerge from the soup of active ingredients that the web has become.

Four short links: 6 September 2010 - Game Engine, Enterprise Twitteralike, Open Microbiome, and Good Mental Habits

Four short links: 6 September 2010 - Game Engine, Enterprise Twitteralike, Open Microbiome, and Good Mental Habits
By Nat Torkington
September 6, 2010

Akihabara (Github) -- open source (GPL2 and MIT dual-licensed) HTML5/Javascript engine for classic arcade games. (via chadfowler on Twitter) Eureka Streams -- open sourced Java app for enterprise Twitter-like activity: build a profile, join groups, post updates, subscribe to updates from individuals or groups. (via dlpeters on Twitter) Open Microbiome -- hoping to build open tools, standard samples, data,...

Four short links: 31 August 2010 - Revolutionaries, Sentiment, UX, and Data Warehouses

By Nat Torkington
August 31, 2010

Rules for Revolutionaries -- Carl Malamud's talk to the WWW2010 Conference. Video, slides, and text available. Self-Improving Bayesian Sentiment Analysis for Twitter -- a how-I-did-it for a homegrown project to do sentiment analysis on Twitter. LUXR -- the Lean User Experience Residency program. LUXr brings user experience and design services to early stage teams in a lower cost, more...


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