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Tweets loud and quiet

By Jon Bruner
December 18, 2013

Writers who cover Twitter find the grandiose irresistible: nearly every article about the service’s IPO this fall mentioned the heroes of the Arab Spring who toppled dictators with 140-character stabs, or the size of Lady Gaga’s readership, which is larger …

Investigating the Twitter Interest Graph

By Matthew Russell
October 14, 2013

Tomorrow, I’ll be presenting a short webcast entitled Why Twitter Is All the Rage: A Data Miner’s Perspective that is loosely adapted from material that appears early in Mining the Social Web (2nd Ed). Given that the webcast is almost here, I wanted …

Mining One Million Tweets About #Syria

By Matthew Russell
September 11, 2013

I’ve been filtering Twitter’s firehose for tweets about “#Syria” for about the past week in order to accumulate a sizable volume of data about an important current event. As of Friday, I noticed that the tally has surpassed one million …

Passionate Programmers, Bitcoin APIs, WebOps Risk Management, and @WarrenBuffet

By Adam Flaherty
May 31, 2013

A Commencement Speech for 2013 CS Majors: Being passionate about software is critical to success. Bitcoin as a money platform: Andreas Antonopoulos outlines Bitcoin network’s three distinct APIs. What Is the Risk That Amazon Will Go Down (Again)?: Johan Bergström …

These are the top 20 investors to follow on Twitter? Really?

By Tim O'Reilly
May 30, 2013

Business Insider really jumped the shark with their recent post entitled These Are The Top 20 Tech Investors You Should Follow On Twitter. It was clearly linkbait for social media rather than real advice for those looking for investment wisdom. …

Numbers never lie…unless you’re talking social media

By Rob Eagar
April 30, 2013

Back in college, I took a class on statistics and never forgot the first lesson my professor taught us, which was, “Anyone can manipulate numbers to make them mean whatever they want.” I see this point magnified today by the …

Social media’s 2.0 moment: Responsiveness beats planning

By Joshua-Michéle Ross
April 24, 2013

In 2004, O’Reilly Media delivered a counter-cultural (at the time) message: The dot-com bubble had burst, but the web was here to stay as an economic and social force. The meme they coined was Web 2.0, and their manifesto was …

Privacy vs. speech

By Jim Stogdill
April 9, 2013

A week or so ago this link made its way through my tweet stream: “Privacy and the right to be forgotten.” Honestly I didn’t really even read it. I just retweeted it with a +1 or some other sign of …

If followers can sponsor updates on Facebook, social advertising has a new horizon

By Alex Howard
March 7, 2013

This week, I found that one of my Facebook updates received significantly more attention that others I’ve posted. On the one hand, it was a share of an important New York Times story focusing on the first time a baby …

Four short links: 22 February 2013

By Nat Torkington
February 22, 2013

Indiepocalypse: Harlem Shake Edition (Andy Baio) — After four weeks topping the Billboard Hot 100, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’s “Thrift Shop” was replaced this week by Baauer’s “Harlem Shake,” the song that inspired the Internet meme. SplinterNet — an Android …

Fruit or mobile device: learning concepts through connections

By Anna Smith
February 20, 2013

Social media gives us the power to share content and engage with a wide range of internet users. As a person or brand, we are often concerned with who we are talking to and how we can better serve our viewers. …

Author platforms and the Black Box Effect

By Anne Hill
February 20, 2013

If you’ve spent as much time reading author blogs as I have, you may have noticed a disturbing pattern. In nearly every “here’s how I did it” post in which the author explains her route to greater visibility and sales, …

Money matters most in book marketing

By Rob Eagar
February 19, 2013

A recent Reuters/Ipsos poll revealed that four out of five Facebook users have never bought a product or service as a result of advertising or comments on the social network site. In addition, researchers at the Ehrenberg-Bass Institute found that …

Four short links: 18 February 2013

By Nat Torkington
February 18, 2013

crowy — open source social media aggregator. Raytheon makes Social Media Tracking Software (Guardian) — the technology was shared with US government and industry as part of a joint research and development effort, in 2010, to help build a national …

Public health case study: Tracking zombies and vampires using social media

By John Feland
February 12, 2013

Towards the end of 2012, a battle that the pitted state versus state, father versus son, wife versus Bunco group, dog versus cat, finally reached a truce spawned by the treaty we all sign every fours years known as the …

Four short links: 10 January 2013

By Nat Torkington
January 10, 2013

How To Make That One Thing Go Viral (Slideshare) — excellent points about headline writing (takes 25 to find the one that works), shareability (your audience has to click and share, then it’s whether THEIR audience clicks on it), and …

Four short links: 3 January 2013

By Nat Torkington
January 3, 2013

Community Memory (Wired) — In the early 1970s, Efrem Lipkin, Mark Szpakowski and Lee Felsenstein set up a series of these terminals around San Francisco and Berkeley, providing access to an electronic bulletin board housed by a XDS-940 mainframe computer. …

Big, open and more networked than ever: 10 trends from 2012

By Alex Howard
December 22, 2012

In 2012, technology-accelerated change around the world was driven by the wave of social media, data and mobile devices. In this year in review, we look back at some of the stories that mattered here at Radar and look ahead …

Why isn’t social media more like real life?

By Jim Stogdill
December 19, 2012

I finally got around to looking at my personal network graph on Linkedin Labs the other day. It was a fun exercise and I got at least one interesting insight from it. Take a look at these two well defined …

Four short links: 8 November 2012

By Nat Torkington
November 8, 2012

Closely — new startup by Perry Evans (founder of MapQuest), giving businesses a simple app to track competitors’ online deals and social media activity. Seems a genius move to me: so many businesses flounder online, “I don’t know what to …

Four short links: 29 October 2012

By Nat Torkington
October 29, 2012

Inside BJ Fogg’s Behavior Design Bootcamp — see also Day 2 and Day 3. Recollect — archive your social media existence. Very easy to use and I wish I’d been using it longer. (via Tom Cotes) Duplicating House Keys on …

What I learned about #debates, social media and being a pundit on Al Jazeera English

By Alex Howard
October 22, 2012

Earlier this month, when I was asked by Al Jazeera English if I’d like to be go on live television to analyze the online side of the presidential debates, I didn’t immediately accept. I’d be facing a live international audience …

President Obama participates in first Presidential AMA on Reddit

By Alex Howard
August 29, 2012

Starting around 4:30 PM ET today, President Barack Obama made history by going onto Reddit to answer questions about anything for an hour. Reddit, one of the most popular social news sites on the Internet, has been hosting “Ask Me …

On email privacy, Twitter’s ToS and owning your own platform

By Alex Howard
July 31, 2012

If you missed the news, Guy Adams, a journalist at the Independent newspaper in England, was suspended by Twitter after he tweeted the corporate email address of a NBC executive, Gary Zenkel. Zenkel is in charge of NBC’s Olympics coverage. …


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