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Apigee is thrilled to announce the public beta of Usergrid: the easy, API-based way to build out app capabilities. Usergrid starts with a simple REST API and OAuth layer, and adds elegant routes & resources to let you handle mainstay features for your app such as: User sign up & sign in Sign in with third-party services like Facebook Storage of arbitrary data: if you can write it up or serialize it in JSON, we can store it Social graph building & traversal, between users & objects (friendships, followships, likes, etc.)
Hosted or self-hosted? We want our users to be free to examine and run the code behind FiveFilters.org however they like. So rather than simply invite you to sign up for API access, we've gone to great effort to make the software easy to use and install on your own hosting account. Using our hosted service (Free, Premium) is the easiest option as we manage everything. You do not have to worry about staying up to date because we maintain the code and any changes we make will automatically be made available to you. If, however, you have your own hosting account or manage your own server, the self-hosted option gives you the freedom to run the code and manage things yourself.
The internet seems to have transformed all industries except one: scholarly communication. Jason Priem has studied academics’ use of Twitter and charts terrific interest among academics in the social media tool as an aid to discuss literature, for teaching and to enrich conferences among his results. In 1990, Tim Berners-Lee created the Web as a tool for scholarly communication at CERN. In the two decades since, his creation has gone on to transform practically every enterprise imaginable, except somehow, scholarly communication. Here, instead, we lurch ponderously through the time-sanctified dance of dissemination, 17th-century style. The article reigns.
To the average individual - definitions of Web2.0 aside - the truth is that "The Big Picture of Web 2.0 and The Conversation" encompasses a lot of layers as the aforepresented diagram deftly exhibits. Looking at the big picture lends clarity to the overall Web 2.0 landscape. Our participation in Web 1.0 that erupted in Web 2.0 and is seasoned by Web 3.0 is just plain old good business intelligence (BI) scheme for 2009 and beyond.
Following on from the lists of academic tweeters published earlier this month, we have put together a short guide to using Twitter in university research, teaching, and impact activities, available to download as a PDF or view on Issuu. How can Twitter, which limits users to 140 characters per tweet, have any relevance to universities and academia, where journal articles are 3,000 to 8,000 words long, and where books contain 80,000 words? Can anything of academic value ever be said in just 140 characters?
However, Twitter is still relatively small and its users need to remember that the vast majority of people aren't on it. What follows, then, is for those people who are sceptical of Twitter or who just don't understand the point of it. I asked my Twitter followers to suggest the most common areas of misunderstanding for new users on the site. Below are some pointers based on the feedback I received.
Ever wonder how companies are using social media profiles to screen their employees? We’ve found the answers. Read on to learn just how companies are finding out everything they need to know about you through social media, and how you can ensure that you never get hired. (click image to enlarge)
Most people don't have the social steam to power a presence on Google+ , Facebook , Twitter , LinkedIn and Tumblr . Sure, there are handy apps like Twitterfeed and Hootsuite that can help spread one post to all of your networks, but that ignores the individual strengths and weaknesses of each platform. When it comes time to pick and choose where you post, this chart can help you decide what's appropriate for you. Infographic design by Emily Caufield . <p style="text-align:right;color:#A8A8A8"></p>
By Marcel Gordon, Product Manager, Swiffy Some Google projects really do start from one person hacking around. Last summer, an engineering intern named Pieter Senster joined the mobile advertising team to explore how we could display Flash animations on devices that don’t support Adobe Flash player. Pieter made such great progress that Google hired him full time and formed a team to work on the project. Swiffy was born! Today we’re making the first version of Swiffy available on Google Labs .
March 31, 2011 | 26 Comments Curation has always been an underrated form of creation. The Getty Center in Los Angeles is one of the most frequently visited museums in America – and started as a private art collection from one man (J.
Twice a year (in June and in December), Vincenzo Cosenza creates a “world map of social networks” , showing the dominant social networks by country, based on traffic data gathered from Alexa and Google Trends for Websites. In June 2009, Facebook was already quite big , and at the end of that year its accelerating growth became even more apparent . By December 2010, the map colored bluer than ever . The trend shows no signs of stopping this year.
Over the past decade or so, the Internet has become a huge source of information and education, especially for those who might be short on time, money or other resources. And it's not just crowdsourced data collections like Wikipedia or single-topic blogs that encourage individual learning; huge corporations and nonprofits are making online education and virtual classrooms a very formal affair these days. From the first online classes (which were conducted by the University of Phoenix in 1989) to the present day, when online education is a $34 billion industry, more and more students are finding new life and career education opportunities online. Check out this infographic from OnlineEducation.net about how the world of online learning has changed and grown over the years.
Now, is it a happy chance that our lack of time has coincided with the mushrooming of productivity tools and apps; more likely its necessity that has been the mother of invention. This catchphrase is summed by the very useful Firefox experimental add-on called GrabMyBooks . GrabMyBooks is your browser based tool that can grab content from any webpage (or the entire webpage itself) and compile it in a very readable ePub format for your digital handhelds or eBook readers. The best thing about GrabMyBooks is that it works right from your browser.
If you think about it, Twitter actually serves as one of the most widely used and engaging Q&A apps. Around 3 million questions are asked on Twitter each month, and the questions range from tech support and product recommendation requests to job and relationship advice, as well as pleas for new music. And the more followers you have, the more likely you are to ask them questions publicly. People with fewer followers tend to send questions via direct messages. But around 20-30% of asked questions never get answered.
Friday (20th May) was our Open for Education event. There was a real buzz as over 100 delegates squeezed into the NeSC to absorb a packed programme of open and free stuff. Once we get the videos from the event up I should do a separate post to highlight some of the best bits. In the meantime below is video and workshop handout from my App, App and Away workshop. I’m already working on version 2 for e-Assessment Scotland Conference on the 26th August. Handout