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Kickstarter Stats Page - Project Failure Analysis

By Kevin Shockey
June 23, 2012

In nearly every famous example of project success, it is almost always due to prior preparation. Anyone considering launching a Kickstarter project, remember this: "Nearly every key business indicator of the past must be discarded." Social engagement over the Internet is the only metric that matters. Celebrity and "stardom" is earned, like trust.

MySQL in 2012: Report from Percona Live

By Andy Oram
April 14, 2012

Contrasting deployments at craigslit and Pinterest, trends, commercial offerings, and more

What the data can tell us about dating and other social congregation

By Andy Oram
February 15, 2012

As people go online, they leave a trail of data that could never be captured before.

What the data can tell us about dating and other social congregation

By Andy Oram
February 15, 2012

As people go online, they leave a trail of data that could never be captured before.

Demoting Halder: A wild look at social tracking and sentiment analysis

By Andy Oram
November 1, 2011

My short story, "Demoting Halder," was supposed to lay out an alternative reality where social tracking and sentiment analysis had taken over society. As the story evolved, I wondered if the reality in the story is something we're living right now.

Demoting Halder: A wild look at social tracking and sentiment analysis

By Andy Oram
November 1, 2011

My short story, "Demoting Halder," was supposed to lay out an alternative reality where social tracking and sentiment analysis had taken over society. As the story evolved, I wondered if the reality in the story is something we're living right now.

HealthTap explores how big a community you need to crowdsource health information

By Andy Oram
April 22, 2011

How a company addresses the challenges of trust, motivation, outreach, and accuracy while creating doctor/patient connections.

Open Media Boston forum examines revolution and Internet use in Middle East

By Andy Oram
April 1, 2011

I came away convinced that Internet sites — Facebook in particular — were crucial to the spread of the revolutions.

Media old and new are mobilized for effective causes

By Andy Oram
March 2, 2011

Sasha Costanza-Chock explains why both conventional media and social networks are critical resources, and why social causes have just as much trouble as corporations using the latter effectively.

Media old and new are mobilized for effective causes

By Andy Oram
March 2, 2011

Sasha Costanza-Chock explains why both conventional media and social networks are critical resources, and why social causes have just as much trouble as corporations using the latter effectively.

Active Facebook users by region: November, 2010

By Ben Lorica
November 16, 2010

With Facebook unveiling an integrated messaging system for its more than 500 million users, I decided to update a few charts that breakdown its users by region.

Four short links: 9 November 2010

By Nat Torkington
November 9, 2010

How to Prototype and Influence People (Aza Raskin) -- I'm fascinated lately by prototypes, mockups, tangible artifacts, and other design tools for conveying the essence and promise of something without having to build it all. This talk nails it. paper2ebook -- Utility to re-structure research papers published in US Letter or A4 format PDF files to remove the 2...

Which Social Gaming companies are Hiring

By Ben Lorica
July 29, 2010

Disney's announced purchase of Mountain View gaming startup Playdom, follows on the heels of EA's purchase of London-based Playfish last November. Based on active users Zynga remains by far the biggest online social gaming company, but what other independent companies are growing? To see which companies are expanding, I used our data warehouse of online job postings1 to detect recent...

Where Facebook's half a billion users reside

Where Facebook's half a billion users reside
By Ben Lorica
July 21, 2010

Facebook announced that they now reach 500 million active users (just five and half years after launching). But where do these half a billion users reside? Refreshing my post from February, the share of users from Asia continues to rise and now stands at 17% of all Facebook users. Over the past 12 weeks, Facebook added over a million active users in fourteen countries, including 5 in Asia and all three members of NAFTA.

The State of the Internet Operating System

By Tim O'Reilly
March 29, 2010

Ask yourself for a moment, what is the operating system of a Google or Bing search? What is the operating system of a mobile phone call? What is the operating system of maps and directions on your phone? What is the operating system of a tweet?

1 in 4 Facebook Users Come From Asia or the Middle East

By Ben Lorica
March 3, 2010

Asia's share of the more than 400 million active Facebook users recently surged past 15%: With a market penetration of 1.7% in Asia and Africa, the company has barely scratched the surface in both regions. While the company continued to add users in Southeast Asia, there were an additional 2.3 million users from South Asia over the past 12 weeks....

The Watering Hole - And You Thought the LHC Was Dangerous?

The Watering Hole - And You Thought the LHC Was Dangerous?
By James Turner
January 28, 2010

The world will end, not with a bang, but with a Tweet

The Watering Hole - Overly LinkedIn

The Watering Hole - Overly LinkedIn
By James Turner
January 27, 2010

Have you ever wondered where the increasing number of social media sites that can update each other might lead?

Pew Research asks questions about the Internet in 2020

By Andy Oram
January 7, 2010

Pew Research conducts a "future of the Internet" survey every few years in which they throw outrageously open-ended and provocative questions at a chosen collection of observers in the areas of technology and society.

Four short links: 25 December 2009

By Nat Torkington
December 25, 2009

One Billionth Spam Message Stats -- from the honeypot project comes a pile of stats about which countries spam, what they spam for, when they spam, etc. One intriguing insight our data provides is that bad guys take vacations too. For example, there is a 21% decrease in spam on Christmas Day and a 32% decrease on New Year's...

Is Facebook a Brand that You Can Trust?

By Mark Sigal
December 15, 2009

In light of the company's past consumer-unfriendly initiatives, Facebook's recent 'privacy' settings change should serve as a wake up call to its 350M users that they are entrusting a Fox to guard the Hen House; a truth that is destined to erupt into a crisis for the company.

More that sociologist Erving Goffman could tell us about social networking and Internet identity

By Andy Oram
November 23, 2009

Reactions to Frame Analysis, a wide-ranging interpretation of experience by leading sociologist Erving Goffman. Although the Internet tends to strip away the external meanings Goffman recorded, we still bring our real-life frameworks into online interactions.

Asia Continues to be Facebook's Strongest Growth Region

By Ben Lorica
November 20, 2009

With Facebook topping 330 million active users over the past week, the company's strongest growth region continues to be Asia. Over the last 12 weeks, Facebook added close to 17M active users in Asia alone. Since my previous post, the share of active users from Asia grew by 2% (to 13.5% of all users), and roughly 1 in 7 users...

How the Network is Helping Women Be 'Architects of Change'

By Sarah Sorensen
October 28, 2009

I attended the Womens Conference today and was inpired by the women and the change in the world today. It was not a surprise when Madeleine Albright pointed out that with all the new enabling technologies available to us today, the old paradigm of punching a time clock no longer need apply. The network is playing its role in supporting women as they evolve their roles...

Social Networking is the Means to Achieve Workplace Collaboration

By Mark Drapeau
October 15, 2009

Yesterday I live-blogged a bit from the terrific Government 2.0 event produced by FedScoop.com at the Newseum in Washington, DC. I wrote a post about how collaboration was not the means, but rather an end made possible by the means of social networking tools. You can read my original writing and some initial comments here. Below, I expand a bit...

There are Over a Million People Actively Using Facebook Right Now

By Ben Lorica
September 24, 2009

A little over a week ago Facebook reached a major milestone: 300 million active users. The fastest-growth region continues to be Asia, but growth in other overseas regions such as the Americas and Africa have also been strong. Currently reaching only 1% of potential users in Asia and Africa, Facebook has barely scratched the surface in both regions: Growth in...

RSS never blocks you or goes down: why social networks need to be decentralized

By Andy Oram
September 13, 2009

We may have been willing to build our virtual houses on shaky foundations might when they were temporary beach huts; but now we need to examine the ground on which many are proposing to build our virtual shopping malls and even our virtual federal offices. The next generation of social networking increasingly appears to require a decentralized, peer-to-peer infrastructure.

Dear DoD, the Web Itself is Social

By David Recordon
August 17, 2009

From infrastructure technologies like OpenID and OpenSocial, to widgets like ShareThis and Friend Connect, to The New York Times itself and your phone, features and interactions that you once only found on social networks are becoming ubiquitous. While it may be convenient for the DoD's IT department to think about social networking as a list of URLs that they can block from any network, the reality is that social networking is becoming a core piece of the web itself.

Ten Commandments of Power Account Submitters

Ten Commandments of Power Account Submitters
By Sara Peyton
July 14, 2009

Social media expert Tamar Weinberg cuts through the hype and jargon to give you intelligent advice and strategies for positioning your business on the social web in her new book from O'Reilly, The New Community Rules: Marketing on the Social Web

Freemium Services and the Economics of Social Networking

By George Reese
July 5, 2009

Social networking sites face a unique economic challenge when it comes to monetizing the value they create. Any attempt to capture a piece of the value they create inevitably damages that value.

Facebook Adds Million of Users in Asia

By Ben Lorica
June 19, 2009

Since my previous post on Facebook users by country, the company has grown rapidly in Asia. Over the last 12 weeks, Facebook grew 90% in Asia going from 11.4 to 21.7 million active users. With a Market Penetration of only 0.6% in Asia, Facebook has barely scratched the surface in the region. The company also gained 11.3M users in Europe...

Sarah Milstein on Iranian Protests and Twitter

Sarah Milstein on Iranian Protests and Twitter
By Timothy M. O'Brien
June 18, 2009

In this 10 minute interview, Sarah Milstein, co-author of the Twitter Book, discusses Twitter's impact on the Iranian protests, the emerging relationship between Twitter and breaking news stories, and she addressed the fear of inadvertent transparency within immediate social messaging communications media.

Captivity of the Commons

By Joshua-Michele Ross
May 19, 2009

This post is part two of the series, “The Question Concerning Social Technology”. Part one is here. These posts will be opened to live discussion in an upcoming webcast on May 27. In January 2002 DARPA launched the Information Awareness Office. The mission was to, “ imagine, develop, apply, integrate, demonstrate and transition information technologies, components and prototype, closed-loop, information...

Four short links: 11 May 2009

By Nat Torkington
May 10, 2009

OSCAR Canada -- open source healthcare (EMR) software, akin to VistA. Se linuxmednews.com for more. Instaviz -- iPhone app for mindmapping/any other blob-and-line diagram. I'm hypnotised by the correction of a fuzzy hand-drawn circle into a clean crisp algorithmic circle. Buddypress -- open source software that turns a Wordpress installation into a social networking platform. Ok, so social networking...

Goodreads vs Twitter: The Benefits of Asymmetric Follow

By Tim O'Reilly
May 10, 2009

I am never more painfully reminded of the limits of symmetric “friend”-based social networks than I am when I post a book review on Goodreads. I love books, and I love spreading the word about ones I enjoy (as well as ones I expected to enjoy, but didn’t quite). Most of the time, my reviews go out quietly to a...

How Big Data Impacts Analytics

By Ben Lorica
April 28, 2009

Research for our just published report on Big Data management technologies, included conversations with teams who are at the forefront of analyzing massive data sets. We were particularly impressed with the work being produced by Linkedin's analytics team. [We have more details on Linkedin's analytics team, in an article in the upcoming issue of Release 2.0.] At the second Social...

Responding to Morozov on Twitter's "Power to Misinform"

By Timothy M. O'Brien
April 26, 2009

In Foreign Policy, Evgeny Morozov writes about Twitters power to misinform in the context of the emerging Swine Flu crisis. In his article he brings up concerns about the use of Twitter to spread misinformation and makes some broad generalizations about the motivations of the average Twitter. In this article, I response to some of the things Morozov has to say about the validity of analyzing Twitter trends.

Active Facebook Users By Country

By Ben Lorica
April 19, 2009

Since I last posted numbers on Facebook's user base six week ago, the company has added close to 20 million active users. I've had a few requests for detailed numbers by country so I quickly assembled an update for each of the regions shown above....

Character-length restrictions, RPC, and choosing FriendFeed over Twitter

Character-length restrictions, RPC, and choosing FriendFeed over Twitter
By Uche Ogbuji
April 19, 2009

Database field-length silliness has haunted me throughout my career as an data/information architect, and I've never liked it. "VARCHAR(255)? What? Because in the lifetime of that data, which by the way you'd better be planning to exceed the lifetime of this miserable application, you're never going to need more than 255 characters?" ... So here comes Twitter with it's damned 140 characters.

Hack in the Box (Dubai) 2009 / Psychotronic(a) / Hacking the Psyche

By Nitesh Dhanjani
March 30, 2009

I will be presenting Psychotronica: Exposure, Control, and Deceit at the Hack in the Box Conference in Dubai (20th - 23rd April 2009).

Crabgrass: free software collaboration for distributed groups

Crabgrass: free software collaboration for distributed groups
By Andy Oram
March 6, 2009

I've been waiting for Crabgrass for years. I want to set up tasks and keep track of what my mates are doing without struggling with Gantt charts and all those tools for MBAs; looking at the grid of lines on a spreadsheet makes me think of jail. Crabgrass offers all the elements of social networking that are actually useful.

Facebook is Growing Fast in Asia, Europe, and the Middle East

By Ben Lorica
March 5, 2009

With Facebook recently passing 175 million users, I decided to update my analysis of its user base. The weekly growth in number of users has remained steady, with the last 5 weeks being exceptionally strong: Facebook added over 25 million users since early February. The share of U.S. users inched up slightly from 30% to 31%. The company added users...

As the Internet Rewires Our Brains

By Kurt Cagle
March 1, 2009

The Internet, ironically, has been abuzz this week with dire news about how the Social Media and the Internet itself is stunting our mental growth, is turning us into idiot savants, Aspergers and reverting our brains to a more primitive state. The first such statement came from Lady Greenfield, an Oxford University neurologist, baroness, and director of the Royal Institution in England, who warned that sites such as Facebook and Twitter were contributing to the decline of critical skills in children who used them heavily, claiming that repeated exposure could effectively rewire the brain.

eGov Watch: OpenCongress.org

eGov Watch: OpenCongress.org
By Kurt Cagle
February 23, 2009

The political process has long been a realm associated as much with back rooms and cigars as it has with helping the people within a country. Otto Bismark, the first chancellor of a unified Germany in the 19th century, famously remarked "Laws are like sausages, it is better not to see them being made.", and this cynicism about the process by which laws are created has arguably become endemic within most governments today.

Why Facebook's Terms of Service Change is Much Ado About Nothing

By Mark Sigal
February 18, 2009

While perception is reality, and the emotional response suggests that Facebook needs to do a better job of being consultative with its community versus delivering material edicts from on high, the truth is that the hullabaloo about Facebook's change in Terms of Service is much ado about nothing.

Anatomy of "Connect"

By David Recordon
February 18, 2009

I'm here at Webstock in New Zealand working on my talk for tomorrow (Open, Social Web) and one of the things I've been thinking about is all of the different "Connect" applications and products that have recently sprung into existence. I mean, we have Facebook Connect, Google Friend Connect, MySpace (thankfully not "Connect") ID, TypePad Connect and I'm sure the...

The Twitter Value Paradox

By George Reese
January 18, 2009

Twitter is the only social media tool that has proven itself in the business arena. While some tools have serviced niche uses for specific industries, Twitter's global appeal to business and the amount of value it adds are unmatched. The irony of this situation is that any attempt to recapture that value necessarily destroys it.

W3C Hosts Workshop on Social Networking

By Kurt Cagle
January 12, 2009

Social Networking and Community 2.0 have both become critical parts of the web infrastructure, so it is perhaps not surprising that the W3C, keeper of all things web, is now weighing in on the topic. On January 15-16, 2009, the W3C will host the Workshop on the Future of Social Networking in Barcelona, Spain, where it will pull together vendors, project leaders, and social networking experts to explore the ramifications that social networking has for the web, and whether the W3C should establish a formal working group dealing with Social Networking related issues.

The Price of Fame? About $750

By Kurt Cagle
January 8, 2009

I spent about an hour yesterday morning on the phone (at Canada's rather obscene cell phone rates) speaking with an "editor" for Continental Who's Who. The pitch is pretty typical (and I had an idea what was going on, so I decided to follow through with it) - you get an email congratulating you on being selected for inclusion in the Who's Who directory of "famous people", please send in the email in order to confirm your selection.

Four short links: 6 Jan 2009

By Nat Torkington
January 5, 2009

Four thought-provoking links from the worlds of disaster tech, multicore, bioengineering, and 17th century French nobility. Techies: Volunteering to Save the World - article on NGO work being the new black for technology. In particular, this caught my eye: "Earlier this year, IBM launched a program called Corporate Service Corps to send 100 employees to Romania, Turkey, Vietnam, the Philippines,...


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