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Podcast: ratings, rankings, and the advantage of being born lucky

By Jon Bruner
August 8, 2013

Is popularity just a matter of simple luck–of some early advantage compounded by human preference for things that are already popular? A paper published today in Science offers some insight into the way that popularity emerges in online ratings. Lev Muchnik, Sinan …

Goodreads evolution from discovery platform to reader community

By Jenn Webb
March 6, 2013

Last week, O’Reilly GM and publisher Joe Wikert reviewed Goodreads’ CEO Otis Chandler’s TOC session, in which Chandler presented the results of a recent Goodreads readers survey. One of the interesting pieces from the survey covered the effectiveness of Goodreads …

The slippery slope of bogus reviews

By Joe Wikert
January 3, 2013

By now you undoubtedly read about Amazon’s decision to remove a large number of questionable book reviews. This is a problem that’s existed since the first day Amazon reviews. Most are probably from legitimate customers but quite a few are …

The 7 key features of an online community

By Travis Alber
December 18, 2012

Here’s something about the user experience of online communities that you’ve probably never considered: everyone in an online community is having a unique, individualized experience, even though they’re all doing it together. Think about that for a second. Your activity …

The hidden language and "wonderful experience" of product reviews

The hidden language and
By Ciara Byrne
January 9, 2012

How much is an Amazon review — good or bad — worth? Computer scientist and NYU professor Panagiotis Ipeirotis analyzed the text in thousands of Amazon reviews to find out.

The hidden language and "wonderful experience" of product reviews

By Ciara Byrne
January 9, 2012

How much is an Amazon review — good or bad — worth? Computer scientist and NYU professor Panagiotis Ipeirotis analyzed the text in thousands of Amazon reviews to find out.

Buy where you shop gets a little easier

Buy where you shop gets a little easier
By Jenn Webb
February 24, 2011

Search Reviews scans bar codes to bring up crowdsourced reviews, allowing consumers to compare products in-store and on-the-go.

Four short links: 9 June 2010

By Nat Torkington
June 9, 2010

Game Dev 101 lessons with WarioWare DIY -- Nintendo's long-running and (at its debut) groundbreaking WarioWare franchise has always been predicated on discrete games played for 5-10 seconds at a time, in rapid succession, and it's precisely that stripped-bare approach that makes it an ideal launchpad for re-wiring the way aspiring designers think about what makes games fun. With...

The Problem With The Linux Community

The Problem With The Linux Community
By Caitlyn Martin
November 20, 2009

While I'm very positive about the openSUSE team I must say that I am a lot less sanguine about some in their community. Some fans (or really fanatics) came out in force ready to attack the reviewer (me), to question my skills and even my sanity, to attack Ladislav Bodnar for posting the review, to blame the hardware, anything at all but the distro code which is, according to some, "the best release ever".

Three Paradoxes of the Internet Age - Part One

By Joshua-Michele Ross
November 4, 2009

In the circles that I travel the Internet is often breathlessly embraced as the herald of all things good; the bringer of increased choice, personal empowerment, social harmony...and the list goes on. And yet, as with any powerful technology, the truth of its consequences eludes such a singular and happy narrative. Here is the first of three paradoxes of the...

Using Bridge to View iDisk Contents

By Colleen Wheeler
March 13, 2008

I was pleased to actually find out I could get image previews of the contents of my iDisk folder via Adobe Bridge.


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