Tim Berners-Lee, founder of the World Wide Web, has a great way of putting internet terminology into focus, from his unique vantage point. I reproduce some concepts here for simplification: The Net aka: The Internet (http, nntp, ftp, email), International Information Infrastructure Era: 1980s-1990s Realisation: It isn’t the cables, it is the computers which are interesting The Web aka: World […]
IBM announced today their version of cloud computing, Blue Cloud. This comes shortly after Amazon’s announcement of Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2). “As more Web 2.0-style applications, which include lots of content contributed by end users, come online, companies will need to have better tools to handle them”, said Dennis Quan, chief technology officer of high performance on demand solutions at […]
Hmmm: what if I wanted to reach women age 18 and older who are single or married in Liverpool, Leeds, Birmingham, and London who like Britney Spears. Oh no, metrics, focus groups, surveys or….. Facebook This is the end of the post, there are far more qualified people to talk about social advertising.
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Love it or hate it, Facebook and other social media are here and they’re changing the online habits of your employees and customers. It would be churlish to dismiss social media as a fad with no impact on your organisation other than being a tool for employees to squander their billable time; at the same time, Facebook is not going […]
I love the fact that MySpace has introduced millions to blogging. I love even more that FaceBook has introduced millions to microblogging. Spacers blog and respond by commenting all the time: isn’t that brilliant? Facers microblog all the time. Its the status update, right under your pic. They can also edit status by mobile, and you can subscribe to notifications […]
I thought the battle for search was done and dusted, but I guess that’s before I discovered tags and the semantic web. Still, I have my means of getting information in the way I want it and short of paying Google for the pleasure, am happy to hit their energy-sapping home page. Take a look at these other search engines, […]
A recent analysis by Bear Stearns (BS) recommends that Yahoo! adopt a social networking (hmm, sound familiar in the local context?) by buying Facebook. One of my favourite Web 2.0 characteristics is that comment to a feature is regularly more illuminating than the feature itself, and in this case its true again; roll the good comments please: BS has questionable […]
From the Guardian: “Facebook recorded international growth of 270% in the past year, according to the latest comScore data, which shows the site’s estimated unique user figure rising from 14.083m in June 2006 to 52.167m this June. Tagged, though still a far smaller site at 13.167m users this June, grew by 774% in a year and Bebo by 172% to […]
Disappointment with South African broadcaster Carte Blanche, choosing to focus on Wikipedia and Creative Commons through the lens of Old Media. Not Newer Media, Not even New Media. Old, offline Media. Follow the link and read about it. Bullard must be chortling into his claret.
It is held that MySpace and Facebook are inhabited by different classes, in America at least. America does not have a historic class legacy, so this paper is quite interesting as it allows one to point to the attributes of a phenomenon in order to describe it better. Facebook= college, university, white, networking professionals = hegemony MySpace = the Other […]
Facebook is sweeping the world with a sort of frenzy usually reserved for cute robotic toys offloaded onto the Japanese teen market. We all have fun on it, those with addictive personalities flirt with an obsession slightly less consumptive than meth. I was always perplexed about 2 questions in the profile: what is your religion, and what are your political […]
Facebook has opened up its platform for extensible development by the community, so expect custom widgets on par with MySpace, but I believe, with far, far more reach. We are seeing companies prefer open source solutions (Drupal, Joomla) over proprietary crap. Why? Rather have 300 000 developers behind your product than 5. Another thing is that prop software is so […]
Went to the launch of this auspicious organisation and its Southern African presence at the Meraka Institute, CSIR on Monday 14 May. The W3C have been credited with “inventing” the internet (along with William Gibson, Al Gore and Bill Gates) but actually their Director is Tim Berners-Lee, of “inventing the World Wide Web” fame. Essentially they’re saw what the browser […]