Category Archives: technology

twittercloud, a new ersatz startup!

Ok, I hate tag clouds. With a passion. Never again. But, since I was sorta happy with the term frequency normalization thing I was working on, I figured what the heck (the road to heck is paved with half-assed text analysis). And another thing, aren’t there like, 2,810,000 (and one) twitter clouds out there? But […]

the problem with having something to protect

Deep in the depths of the dot-com bust, when I was lucky enough to have work of any kind (in my case it was commuting 200 miles each day contracting for Cisco), the people I worked with were fatalistic about the future of the work we did. Many people thought the money had been drained […]

excessive competition, china, and social media glut

China is going through huge growth, about 10% a year. While there remains a huge part of the country to lift out of poverty, one would think that this amount of growth would result in plenty of opportunity for everyone to make a good deal of money with less competitive pressure than in ‘mature’ markets. […]

twitter for place: /

The great geek solution for adding a generic tag in twitter is “#word,” a “hashtag“, but some are using it to indicate place as well. Seems like a lost opportunity to integrate place into twitter in a first class way! The only reference I can find to an alternative is someone proposing “L:” — horsey. […]

twiphlo: another fake startup!

“Twiphlo” (yeah, twitter iphone location… can’t have a fake startup without a cutesy name) is my tiny contribution to making one particular activity easier: combining twitter with location updating, as an iPhone web app (yeah, I know web apps are dead on iPhone). The idea is that you can replicate some of the functions of […]

semantics, piles, and clusters

As I approach the singularity (doing the whole spectral clustering thing on my own, rather than relying on genius kids for the heavy lifting), this caught my eye as a great rationale for doing the semantics-free work: An interesting property of corpus-based theories of cognition (such as Latent Semantic Analysis) is that they cannot be […]

News Media vs. Web aggregators: what deal can stop the race to the bottom?

In a recent post on Hitwise by Heather Hopkins, “Content Aggregation is King?,” the bind that existing news media is in is highlighted again: “Aggregators are taking a larger piece of the pie but the size of the pie is growing with visits to content creators and all News and Media websites growing. The trouble […]

Time for a different solution for personal data on social networks

Many of the good ideas below came in talking about personal information with Doug Fritz, the bad parts are my own ideas. When Friendster and Flickr started getting traction (2002 and 2004 respectively), I wasn’t a huge fan of the functionality, but the social aspect was totally addictive. I got seriously into each (and even […]

a single-use tool

When I was a teenager I was lucky enough to own a Radio Shack TRS-80 Model 100, with a 300 baud modem. It allowed me to program in BASIC, compose documents in a Wordstar-compatible text editor, and even access CompuServe (sorry about those hourly rates Dad!). It started instantly exactly where I left off, no […]

clear thinking about social media

Given the petabytes (exabytes?) of words that have been expended on social media, user generated content, participatory media, etc. etc. etc., it is miraculous to read a book that lays out clearly and simply the why and how of the phenomenon. That book is Here Comes Everybody, by Clay Shirky. I like reading a lot […]