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Four short links: 21 February 2014

By Nat Torkington
February 21, 2014

Mapping Twitter Topic Networks (Pew Internet) — Conversations on Twitter create networks with identifiable contours as people reply to and mention one another in their tweets. These conversational structures differ, depending on the subject and the people driving the conversation. …

Four short links: 18 February 2014

By Nat Torkington
February 18, 2014

Offensive Computer Security — 2014 class notes, lectures, etc. from FSU. All CC-licensed. Twitter I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down (Quinn Norton) — The net doesn’t make social problems. It amplifies them until they can’t be ignored. And …

pushState to the Future: Progressive Enhancement Using HTML5 pushState at Twitter

By Peter Cooper
January 23, 2014

Fluent is O’Reilly’s conference dedicated to the Web Platform and all that entails, with a focus on JavaScript and HTML5. In 2013, over 1000 attendees and speakers like Brendan Eich, the creator of JavaScript and CTO of Mozilla, Paul Irish …

Four short links: 20 January 2014

By Nat Torkington
January 20, 2014

idb (Github) — a tool to simplify some common tasks for iOS pentesting and research: screenshots, logs, plists/databases/caches, app binary decryption/download, etc. (via ShmooCon) Twitter Infrastructure — an interview with Raffi Krikorian, VP of Platform Engineering. Details on SOA, deployment …

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 …

The birdie and the shark

By Mike Loukides
December 13, 2013

While I’ve been skeptical of Twitter’s direction ever since they decided they no longer cared about the developer ecosystem they created, I have to admit that I was impressed by the speed at which they rolled back an unfortunate change to their …

Podcast: news that reaches beyond the screen

By Jon Bruner
December 10, 2013

Reporters, editors and designers are looking for new ways to interact with readers and with the physical world–drawing data in through sensors and expressing it through new immersive formats. In this episode of the Radar podcast, recorded at News Foo …

Twitter’s Most Fundamental Value

By Matthew Russell
November 12, 2013

We can now gather from Twitter’s IPO that it’s fundamentally postured as an advertising company, but its real value isn’t in advertising. Twitter’s most fundamental value rests squarely within data analytics. However, just because Twitter could make a lot of money in …

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 …

Four short links: 3 October 2013

By Nat Torkington
October 3, 2013

Hyundia Replacing Cigarette Lighters with USB Ports (Quartz) — sign of the times. (via Julie Starr) Freeseer — free, open source, cross-platform application that captures or streams your desktop—designed for capturing presentations. Would you like freedom with your screencast? Amazon …

Computing Twitter Influence, Part 1: Arriving at a Base Metric

By Matthew Russell
September 25, 2013

This post introduces a series that explores the problem of approximating a Twitter account’s influence. With the ubiquity of social media and its effects on everything from how we shop to how we vote at the polls, it’s critical that we …

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 …

Pattern-detection and Twitter’s Streaming API

By Ben Lorica
July 6, 2013

Researchers and companies who need social media data frequently turn to Twitter’s API to access a random sample of tweets. Those who can afford to pay (or have been granted access) use the more comprehensive feed (the firehose) available through …

Four short links: 31 May 2013

By Nat Torkington
May 31, 2013

Modeling Users’ Activity on Twitter Networks: Validation of Dunbar’s Number (PLoSone) — In this paper we analyze a dataset of Twitter conversations collected across six months involving 1.7 million individuals and test the theoretical cognitive limit on the number of …

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. …

Four short links: 28 May 2013

By Nat Torkington
May 28, 2013

My Little Geek — children’s primer with a geeky bent. A is for Android, B is for Binary, C is for Caffeine …. They have a Kickstarter for two sequels: numbers and shapes. Visible CSS Rules — Enter a url …

Cultural capital goes commercial

By Julia Errens
May 2, 2013

It wasn’t one of my proudest moments when, a week before Christmas last year, I was hunched over my smartphone towards the back of the famous Hamley’s Toy Store on London’s Regent Street, composure tethered to an elusive bar of …

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 …

Four short links: 25 April 2013

By Nat Torkington
April 24, 2013

Alcatraz — package manager for iOS. (via Hacker News) Scarfolk Council — clever satire, the concept being a UK town stuck in 1979. Tupperware urns, “put old people down at birth”. The 1979 look is gorgeous. (via BoingBoing) Stop Designing …

Strata Week: Movers and shakers on the data journalism front

By Jenn Webb
April 19, 2013

Reuters launches Connected China, Pew instructs on downloading its data, and Twitter gets a data editor Yue Qiu and Wenxiong Zhang took a look this week at a data journalism effort by Reuters, the Connected China visualization application. Qiu and …

Finding and telling data-driven stories in billions of tweets

By Alex Howard
April 18, 2013

Twitter has hired its first data editor. Simon Rogers, one of the leading practitioners of data journalism in the world, will join Twitter. He will be moving his family from London to San Francisco and applying his skills to telling data-driven …

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 …

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 …

Commerce Weekly: You can now buy stuff with tweets

By Jenn Webb
February 14, 2013

American Express turns Twitter into an ecommerce platform American Express announced an enhancement this week to its Sync with Twitter feature — users can now buy things with a tweet. Tricia Duryee reports at All Things Digital that all users …

Commerce Weekly: You can now buy stuff with tweets

By Jenn Webb
February 14, 2013

American Express turns Twitter into an ecommerce platform American Express announced an enhancement this week to its Sync with Twitter feature — users can now buy things with a tweet. Tricia Duryee reports at All Things Digital that all users …

Exploring web standards for high data density visualizations

By Nicolas Garcia Belmonte
January 30, 2013

Strata Editor’s Note: Over the next few weeks, the Strata Community Site will be providing sneak peeks of upcoming sessions at the Strata Conference in Santa Clara. Nicolas’ sneak peek is the first in this series.  Last year was a …

Four short links: 11 January 2013

By Nat Torkington
January 11, 2013

How to Redesign Your App Without Pissing Everybody Off (Anil Dash) — the basic straightforward stuff that gets your users on-side. Anil’s making a career out of being an adult. Clockwork Raven (Twitter) — open source project to send data …

Four short links: 8 January 2013

By Nat Torkington
January 8, 2013

13 Design Trends for 2013 — many of these coalesced what I’ve seen in websites recently, but I was particularly intrigued by the observation that search’s growing importance to apps is being reflected in larger searchboxes. How Twitter Gets In …

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: 18 December 2012

By Nat Torkington
December 18, 2012

Credibility Ranking of Tweets During High Impact Events (PDF) — interesting research. Situational awareness information is information that leads to gain in the knowledge or update about details of the event, like the location, people aff ected, causes, etc. We found …

Sorry I was laughing during your funeral

By Jim Stogdill
October 31, 2012

Since the advent of Twitter I’ve often found myself laughing at funerals, crying at parties, and generally failing time and again to say the right thing. Twitter is so immediate, so of the moment, but it connects people across the …

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 …

Deconstructing a Twitter spam attack

By Peter Laflin
October 15, 2012

There has been a lot of discussion recently about the effect fake Twitter accounts have on brands trying to keep track of social media engagement. A recent tweet spam attack offers an instructive example. On the morning of October 1, …

Four short links: 20 August 2012

By Nat Torkington
August 20, 2012

Uncertain Rainbow — Chris McDowall’s artistic Twitter experiment. Just how important are people to your social software? Described in this blog post. 8 Weeks Until BitCoin Debit/Credit Card — with an option to hold the value in BitCoins until it’s …

Publishing News: Consequences and questions from the Twitter kerfuffle

Publishing News: Consequences and questions from the Twitter kerfuffle
By Jenn Webb
August 3, 2012

Here are a few stories that caught my attention in the publishing space this week. 20-20 hindsight On Sunday, Twitter suspended British journalist Guy Adams’ account after he tweeted NBC executive Gary Zenkel’s email address. Much kerfuffle ensued, Adams wrote …

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. …

Four short links: 30 July 2012

By Nat Torkington
July 30, 2012

pathod — A pathological HTTP daemon for testing and torturing client software. (via Hacker News) A Walk Through Twitter’s Walled Garden (The Realtime Report) — nice breakdown of Twitter’s business model choice and consequences. Twitter wants you to be able …

Four short links: 27 July 2012

By Nat Torkington
July 27, 2012

Social Media in China (Fast Company) — fascinating interview with Tricia Wang. We often don’t think we have a lot to learn from tech companies outside of the U.S., but Twitter should look to Weibo for inspiration for what can …

The Web as Legacy Technology

By Tim O'Reilly
July 15, 2012

This tweet from @jamesrbuk (James Ball) caught my eye: “Average age of @guardian Facebook audience is 29. Website is 37, print paper 44. Amazing channel effect, really. #newsrw” I’ve been thinking for some time how the web is “legacy” software, …

You still need your own website

By Mac Slocum
July 3, 2012

Brett Slatkin's hope for a federated social web hasn't worked out as expected, so he's shifting perspective from infrastructure to user behavior. Here he explains why you shouldn't abandon your website for third-party platforms.

You still need your own website

You still need your own website
By Mac Slocum
July 3, 2012

Brett Slatkin's hope for a federated social web hasn't worked out as expected, so he's shifting perspective from infrastructure to user behavior. Here he explains why you shouldn't abandon your website for third-party platforms.

Four short links: 30 May 2012

By Nat Torkington
May 30, 2012

Wide Open Future of the Art Museum (TED) -- text of an interview with curator at the Walters Art Museum about CC-licensing content: reasons for it, value to society, value to the institution. What I say in a very abbreviated form in my talk is that people go to the Louvre because they’ve seen the Mona Lisa; the reason...

Four short links: 26 April 2012

By Nat Torkington
April 26, 2012

Apollo Software -- amazing collection of source code to the software behind the Apollo mission. And memos, and quick references, and operations plans, and .... Just another reminder that the software itself is generally dwarfed by its operation. flickrapi.js (Github) -- Aaron Straup Cope's Javascript library for Flickr. t (Github) -- command-line power-tool for Twitter. Habits of Mind (PDF)...

Commerce Weekly: PayPal's Here service takes on Square

Commerce Weekly: PayPal's Here service takes on Square
By David Sims
March 15, 2012

PayPal introduces its own credit card reader, AmEx asks you to tweet it out, and Asymco visualizes the smartphone market. (Commerce Weekly is produced as part of a partnership between O'Reilly and PayPal.)

Strata Week: Datasift lets you mine two years of Twitter data

By Audrey Watters
March 1, 2012

In this week's data news, Datasift will offer deeper access to old tweets, P2PU and the Open Knowledge Foundation announce a School of Data.

Strata Week: Datasift lets you mine two years of Twitter data

Strata Week: Datasift lets you mine two years of Twitter data
By Audrey Watters
March 1, 2012

In this week's data news, Datasift will offer deeper access to old tweets, P2PU and the Open Knowledge Foundation announce a School of Data.

HIMSS asks: Who is Biz Stone and what is Twitter?

By Fred Trotter
February 21, 2012

As patients and practitioners gather on Twitter, the service has evolved into a peer-to-peer healthcare marketplace. That's why Twitter co-founder Biz Stone's keynote at HIMSS is so fitting.

Strata Week: The data behind Yahoo's front page

By Audrey Watters
February 16, 2012

In this week's data news: Yahoo visualizes its front page traffic and demographics, why Tumblr is tougher to scale than Twitter, and a look at what you need to consider as you build visualizations.

Strata Week: The data behind Yahoo's front page

Strata Week: The data behind Yahoo's front page
By Audrey Watters
February 16, 2012

In this week's data news: Yahoo visualizes its front page traffic and demographics, why Tumblr is tougher to scale than Twitter, and a look at what you need to consider as you build visualizations.

Visualization of the Week: Visualizing SOPA tweets

By Audrey Watters
January 20, 2012

This week's visualization comes from Fred Benenson, who ranked and mapped tweets related to the SOPA protest.


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