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Four short links: 4 March 2014

By Nat Torkington
March 4, 2014

It’s Complicated — Danah Boyd’s new book on teens use of the online world is available for PDF download (but buy a copy anyway!). Building a Solid World — O’Reilly research paper about the “software-enhanced networked physical world”. Gonna be …

Talk Amongst Yourselves

By Simon St. Laurent
June 13, 2013

At the Fluent conference earlier this month, I asked the audience to talk to the rest of the crowd. It’s very easy to get caught up in which speaker to go see on which topic, but even the best presentations …

BookMachine: TOC Startup Showcase Finalist

By Kat Meyer
February 5, 2013

We’re giving our readers a chance to get to know our TOC Startup Showcase Finalists a little bit better before the big showdown in NYC. We’re featuring the startups with a personality profile here on our website. Our next profile …

ValoBox: TOC Startup Showcase Finalist

By Kat Meyer
January 29, 2013

We’re giving our readers a chance to get to know our TOC Startup Showcase Finalists a little bit better before the big showdown in NYC. We’re featuring the startups with a personality profile here on our website. Our next profile …

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 …

Publishing’s “open” future

By Joe Wikert
October 16, 2012

If I had to summarize the future of publishing in just one word, I’d say “open.” We’re living in a very closed publishing world today. Retailers use tools like digital rights management (DRM) to lock content, and DRM also tends …

Tutorial As a Startup Update

Tutorial As a Startup Update
By Kevin Shockey
June 27, 2012

All I can say at this point, is that it's hard to get people to engage over the Internet. Anyone claiming that it's easy to get an audience, a community, or project to respond and take action is, extremely lucky.

Privacy, contexts and Girls Around Me

By Mike Loukides
April 4, 2012

The application of user data is pushing at the edges of cultural norms. That can be a positive, but finding "the line" requires adherence to a few simple and clear guidelines.

The privacy arc

By Mike Loukides
February 28, 2012

We're at a point in privacy's evolution where sanitized tech solutions are clumsily attempting to introduce (or reintroduce) human connections into our experiences.

The privacy arc

The privacy arc
By Mike Loukides
February 28, 2012

We're at a point in privacy's evolution where sanitized tech solutions are clumsily attempting to introduce (or reintroduce) human connections into our experiences.

The end of social

The end of social
By Mike Loukides
December 5, 2011

If you want to tell me what you listen to, I care. But if sharing is nothing more than a social application feed that's constantly updated without your volition, then it's just another form of spam.

Four short links: 25 October 2011

By Nat Torkington
October 25, 2011

Nest Learning Thermostat -- learns how long it takes your house to adjust temperature, so can tell you not just "it's 55 now" but "it'll be 65 in 16 minutes". Looks gorgeous as well as being a good example of embedded intelligence. Data really does make everything better. lamernews (Github) -- an implementation of a Reddit / Hacker News...

Top Stories: August 1-5, 2011

By Mac Slocum
August 5, 2011

This week on O'Reilly: The fragility of our modern systems was made clear to Tim O'Reilly during a recent trip, Jonathan Reichental defined the G+ Effect, and we learned what can happen when the barriers to scientific exploration come down.

How online bookstores should get social

By Joe Wikert
August 3, 2011

What if you could take the social aspects of brick-and-mortar bookstores and blend them with the convenience of online sales? Joe Wikert explains how an online social layer would benefit everyone involved in the publishing chain.

How online bookstores should get social

How online bookstores should get social
By Joe Wikert
August 3, 2011

What if you could take the social aspects of brick-and-mortar bookstores and blend them with the convenience of online sales? Joe Wikert explains how an online social layer would benefit everyone involved in the publishing chain.

The future of technology and its impact on work

By Jonathan Reichental, Ph.D.
May 16, 2011

In this presentation, O'Reilly CIO Jonathan Reichental discusses a range of future technology trends and what it will mean for work and the workforce.

2011 Watchlist: 6 themes to track

2011 Watchlist: 6 themes to track
By Mike Loukides
January 3, 2011

Mike Loukides says Hadoop, real-time data, the rise of the GPU, the return of P2P, social ubiquity and a new definition for privacy will all play important roles in 2011.

Four short links: 31 December 2010

By Nat Torkington
December 31, 2010

The Joy of Stats -- Hans Rosling's BBC documentary on statistics, available to watch online. Best Tech Writing of 2010 -- I need a mass "add these to Instapaper" button. (via Hacker News) Google Shared Spaces: Why We Made It (Pamela Fox) -- came out of what people were trying to do with Google Wave. The Great Delicious Exodus...

Strata Gems: The emerging marketplace for social data

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.

Publishing needs a social strategy

By Joe Wikert
November 24, 2010

Up until now, ebooks have mostly been quick-and-dirty conversions of the print product. Joe Wikert looks forward to a future where social options, like recommendations and remixes, fully harness the ebook medium.

Publishing needs a social strategy

Publishing needs a social strategy
By Joe Wikert
November 24, 2010

Up until now, ebooks have mostly been quick-and-dirty conversions of the print product. Joe Wikert looks forward to a future where social options, like recommendations and remixes, fully harness the ebook medium.

Getting closer to the Web 2.0 address book

By Terry Jones
October 28, 2010

Given that so much diverse and overlapping information about each of us is spread between applications, why are simple actions -- like automatically reacting to known friend requests -- still not possible? The answer, notes Terry Jones, lies not with a new application, but in a ball of data. (Part 2 of a 2-part series.)

Yammer: Will Viral Work in the Enterprise?

By Jim Stogdill
March 5, 2010

Yammer is getting viral adoption in the enterprise, but will it convert to sales?

Four short links: 31 December 2009

By Nat Torkington
December 31, 2009

Botnets and the Global Infection Rate (PDF) -- fascinating insights into botnets, control tools, and business models. Atlassian Uses OpenSocial for Internal Integration -- they use it inside their firewall to build a better dashboard. OpenSocial defines two concepts--an API for defining and working with social data (profiles, attributes, relationships) and specification for gadgets. OpenSocial's fundamental promise was interoperability--write...

Four short links: 23 December 2009

By Nat Torkington
December 23, 2009

Blippy -- Automatically share your favorite purchases from iTunes, Amazon, Zappos, Visa, MasterCard, and more. See what your friends are buying. Interesting premise, and interesting possibilities for buyers to influence each other. Thousands of lost Durham health records spark probe -- not remarkable in itself but rather indicative that the lost USB key is the new vector for data...

Open for Business - Designing Social Interfaces

By Christian Crumlish
November 19, 2009

This is an excerpt from Designing Social Interfaces. From the creators of Yahoo!'s Design Pattern Library, Designing Social Interfaces provides you with more than 100 patterns, principles, and best practices, along with salient advice for many of the common challenges you'll face when starting a social website. Christian Crumlish and Erin Malone share hard-won insights into what works, what doesn't, and why. You'll learn how to balance opposing factions and grow healthy online communities by co-creating them with your users.

Four short links: 2 November 2009

By Nat Torkington
November 2, 2009

Your Botnet is My Botnet (PDF) -- 2008 USENIX Security paper analysing >70G of data gathered when security researchers hijacked the Torpig botnet. A major limitation of analyzing a botnet from the inside is the limited view. Most current botnets use stripped-down IRC or HTTP servers as their command and control channels, and it is not possible to make...

Ignite Show: Andrew Hyde on The Posting Economy

By Brady Forrest
October 30, 2009

Andrew Hyde runs Ignite Boulder and works for Techstars. In this week's episode he shares his thoughts at Ignite ATL about the rapid economic shifts that can be caused by user-generated content. Andrew calls this the Posting Economy. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 United States License...

A Treatise on Social Networks

By Tom Barker
October 19, 2009

Maybe I'm just an aging curmudgeon, or a classic DiSC C-type personality but I'm not a fan of social networks. I've tried to get into them, I gave them a chance. Years ago I tried MySpace and Xanga and just...

Adobe Announces "Flash Platform Services"

By Andrew Trice
September 22, 2009

Today, Adobe made the announcement of "Flash Platform Services", a suite a services that enable developers to easily create, scale, and monetize their applications. This includes 3 components: Distribution, Collaboration, and Social.

Four short links: 15 September 2009

By Nat Torkington
September 15, 2009

Why You Shouldn't Do It All Yourself -- this resonated with where I am in a few projects. One of the hardest things to learn in management is how not to do it all yourself. People often call this a problem with "delegation". But the problem isn't with telling others what to do. The problem is learning how not...

Four short links: 26 August 2009

By Nat Torkington
August 26, 2009

Better BBQ Through Chemistry -- food is the perfect ground for geek training: there are measurements, there's science, it's easy to know whether you've succeeded, and you can eat all but the worst of your failures. (via BoingBoing) NoSQL (East) -- conference on East Coast for relationless databases. Human Brain Processing Speed -- clocked at 60bits/second, according to this...

Intruction to Adobe Flash Collaborative Services

0 June 30, 2009

AFCS (Adobe Flash Collaboration Service) previously known as 'Cocomo' is a Platform as a Service (PaaS) that that allows Flex developers to address a class of applications known as collaborative applications. Collaborative Applications have progressed from a nice cool thing into serious applications. Almost all of us would have participated in an online chat or a web meeting, which allows a group of users to chat, share files, do screen sharing, take polls, ask questions and receive answers, etc. AFCS aims to lower the barrier to entry for developers to bring such collaborative features into their applications.

FBML, YML, OSML oh my! HTML, meet Social

By David Recordon
June 5, 2009

Given how quickly the Social Web is coming together, I believe that HTML will need to support social elements someday soon. It's great to see this type of innovation by Facebook running in the wild, but the web itself ultimately evolves best when multiple competing approaches come together. Just as OAuth brought together the best practices from AOL, Flickr, Google, Yahoo! and others, there is a similar opportunity to bring together FBML, YML and OSML along with the client-side benefits of XFBML.

Day of the Twitter

By RJ Owen
May 14, 2008

Twitter is growing and evolving at a rapid pace. In this entry I'll look at some of the new ways people and businesses are using Twitter and discuss some new developments in the industry around Twitter that web application developers should consider.

Sneaking Around With Other People's Platforms ... and a Countdown to Graphing Social Patterns West

By Dave McClure
February 27, 2008

Multiple Platforms, One Geek. What's a man to do?


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