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Yesterday I was on panel at Enterprise 2.0 Conference on business uses of Twitter , How Twitter Changes Everything . My panel co-participants include Jessica Lipnack , CEO, NetAge (our moderator) Isaac Garcia, CEO, Central Desktop , Clara Shih, author of The Facebook Era, and my fellow AppGap blogger, Patti Anklam . Here is what I planned to share at the session.
The Associated Press is adopting a stringent social-networking policy for its employees, informing them to police their Facebook profiles “to make sure material posted by others doesn’t violate AP standards.”
From building data centers in different parts of the world to designing highly efficient user interfaces, we at Google always strive to make our services faster. We focus on speed as a key requirement in product and infrastructure development, because our research indicates that people prefer faster, more responsive apps. Over the years, through continuous experimentation, we've identified some performance best practices that we'd like to share with the web community on code.google.com/speed , a new site for web developers, with tutorials, tips and performance tools. We are excited to discuss what we've learned about web performance with the Internet community. However, to optimize the speed of web applications and make browsing the web as fast as turning the pages of a magazine, we need to work together as a community, to tackle some larger challenges that keep the web slow and prevent it from delivering its full potential:
According to a new study from Nielsen , Internet users spend more time on social networks and blogs in May 2009 than ever before. The total number of minutes increased 82% year-over-year. Unsurprisingly, Twitter saw the largest gain in total new users among social networks, with a 1,448% increase in visitors from May 2008 to May 2009.
When I wake up and look outside, I still can't believe it's already summer. With the barrage of innovation, both on the technology and media sides, time seems to move past us faster and faster. One of the byproducts of this fast-paced environment of change is the excitement of uncertainty that each day brings. Just a couple of years ago, the speed of news was dependent on the rate at which someone could blog or a news outlet could publish a report online. Now, news is broadcast instantly via Twitter and the vast array of social networks. The only time I'm not inundated with the latest happenings is when I'm asleep.
If the growing number of games being played on it are any indication, then San Francisco-based micro-messaging service Twitter has the potential to become the next major casual gaming hub. The thought first came to me a few weeks ago, when I discovered Spymaster , a game that allows you to run your own spy ring. Every action in the game is tweeted to your followers. After an initial burst, the game activity has moderated somewhat, but in the meantime it got me thinking about Twitter-based games, of which there are many. Among them: Trivia on Twitter Terminator Salvation , aimed at promoting the latest “Terminator” movie.
Sounds insane? Well, that seems to be the advice a special committee is going to give the Dutch government today. The so called ‘Brinkman committee’ was recently assigned with the task of coming up with course of action for the Dutch newspaper industry. Today, they will present their report ( download it here, in Dutch). The most important advice will be to put a special tax on ALL internet access subscriptions.
I think when the history books are written that one of the Galileo’s of our time – a person who used scientific tools to see a new reality that changes our paradigm – will be Valdis Krebs. While commentators such as myself speculate, Valdis proves the theory with evidence.
Last week I wrote a post in which I opined a bit about Facebook search. In it I wrote: Facebook is way more than its newsfeed, and its search play is key to proving that value, and extending it….No doubt building Facebook search today is akin to building Google ten years ago – bigger, most likely, in terms of data, algorithmic, and platform challenges. If only I had waited a few days, I could have pointed to Fred’s piece in Wired, out this week . He profiles the ongoing feud between the King of Search, Google, and the upstart, Facebook. In his piece, he writes:
Posted by Suw Charman-Anderson I’ve been working on this section of my report for Carnegie Uk Trust pretty solidly for the last few weeks, and I finally have something to show for all of the brainstorming, mindmapping, matrices and post-it notes stuck to my office wall! The section is 7,500 words long, so quite a decent chunk of the final report (although also 1,500 words over its allocation!). You can, if you wish, read the section here and leave your comments as per usual at the bottom. I am, however, also putting it into BookOven for paragraph by paragraph annotation.
The web has proven to be a huge benefit for getting product and service messages to prospective buyers faster, easier, and more cost effectively than many traditional marketing vehicles. Google estimates that as of June 2008, there were 1 trillion unique URLs on the internet at once, and it's not stopping there. This expansion has given rise to even more marketing real estate in the form of banners, sponsored links, blogs, etc. To sum it up, there's quite a lot of marketing content out there.
We are now seeing conferences dedicated solely to Twitter—the latest was Jeff Pulver's 140Char held in NYC. Like many others who were not at the event, I was able to attend virtually through following tweets.
Heads up to anyone trying to communicate with Facebook users in Iran: although access to Facebook is apparently shut down, email notifications are still largely going through. So if you want to leave a Wall post on the profile of a friend in Iran that other Facebook users can see, the contents of your Wall post will still be delivered via email. The same goes for comments on Wall posts and Facebook messages too. Most Facebook users have email notifications turned on for these settings, and will get the full text of your message via email as well.
Perhaps Lewis Carroll was peering into the looking glass when he wrote “ Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There .” In it, we were introduced to Tweetle Dum and Tweetle Dee, a curious duo that always shared a fruitful, entertaining, and complementary conversational exchange even though they always agreed to battle each other. Some suggest that the significance of Alice’s encounter with the twins explores how curiosity leads to the unknown and therefore, may not be worthy of pursuit. It’s just not safe right?