List me on Twitter

Earlier this month, Twitter introduced a new “List” feature. At first glance, it may seem that these are simply the official Twitter version of “groups” that different third party applications have been offering users for quite a while. But there are some key differentiating factors between groups and lists.

Intellectual Property and Public Disclosure

Before Facebook, my friends and I were all on LiveJournal. That was where we’d post updates or pose questions of each other. In 2002 (an eon ago in Web terms), a friend posted: remember.. when you and your friends were all talking about the future or whatever.. and everyone was trying to be all insightful..[…]

Bot or Not? Twitblock identifies potential twitter spam accounts

In late July, Tim Whitlock released a new application called “Twitblock“. Twitblock assigns twitter accounts a “spaminess” score based on a number of different factors. The service is still in alpha and Tim is still tweaking the weightings, but he has posted a block post explaining the twitblock spam ratings. The service allows users to[…]

In case of emergency, do not use Twitter

Over the past year, I’ve spoken at numerous conferences on how social media is impacting emergency preparedness and response. Often cited are the examples of where information was spread rapidly. One of the most frequently mentioned cases were the live updates about Terrorism in Mumbai spread through Twitter. Yet when I recount these stories, I[…]

Social Media is not Web 2.0. Or Web 3.0.

No one talks about Web 2.0 anymore. This may be because we now talk about social media, and at first blush, we may assume the terms are interchangeable. Sure, Web 2.0 was a great term to use to describe the evolution of Websites: from ‘Web 1.0’, when we went online to read, and ‘Web 2.0’[…]