How to Solve Twitter’s Engagement Problem: Add Semantics

September 2nd, 2015

  The fundamental problem that Twitter has is engagement. If engagement can be corrected, the whole Twitter ecosystem (and their stock price) will improve. Improving Twitter engagement comes down to fixing the core consumption experience. First of all what’s wrong with the consumption experience? In a nutshell, two problems: The signal-to-noise ratio of Twitter has declined dramatically […]

Let’s Put the Wikipedia in Space: The Arch Project

September 2nd, 2015

In this article, I propose an achievable project to seed the solar system and eventually the universe with digital copies of humanity’s most important knowledge — stored in digital archives that I call “Archs.” There are many reasons to attempt a project like this – for one thing, it’s an inspirational idea if nothing else — but […]

How Bottlenose Analyzes 72 Billion Messages a Day to Find Trends

June 18th, 2015

I recently gave a Webinar with my co-founder, Dominiek ter Heide, of Bottlenose on our real-time big data analytics architecture for measuring trends in stream data. You can watch it here. Smart Data Webinar: How to analyze 72 billion messages a day to find trends from DATAVERSITY

Twitter’s Future is Actually Its Past – Where Twitter Went Wrong and How to Right It

June 13th, 2015

With the resignation of Twitter’s CEO, Dick Costolo, there has been a sudden burst in commentary on what is wrong with Twitter, and where they should focus next. There are suggestions that Twitter should focus on live real-time events. There are suggestions that Twitter should focus on algorithms to filter content so they are more like […]

Why Twitter’s Engagement Has Fallen

January 21st, 2015

I have been thinking about Twitter for many years. One of the interesting trends that many of us who share an interest in social networks have been tracking is the decline in engagement on Twitter. Indeed this decline is not only evident from Twitter’s own metrics and reporting, but also to anyone who has been […]

Venturebeat Article on the Venture Production Studio Model

January 19th, 2015

Interesting article in Venturebeat about the emerging Venture Production Studio model, which I wrote about in 2011 here on this blog.

Bottlenose Ranked as #13 in Top Startups in LA Listing

January 6th, 2015

I’m very pleased to see Bottlenose getting ranked at #13 in the Top 100 Startups in LA listing this year. We’re making progress!

2014: A Turning Point for the Semantic Web

December 23rd, 2014

Read my article in about the significance of 2014 in Semantic Web history.   Google is moving away from hand-made ontologies — they were never a fan of them. From the early days, Google’s philosophy has been biased towards big data over manually constructed knowledge. The end of Freebase, and the rise of Knowledge […]

I Have Joined the I-COM Data Creativity Awards Board

November 18th, 2014

I am pleased to announce that I have been added to the Board for the Data Creativity Awards, by I-COM, The Global Forum for Marketing Data and Measurement. Details here.

It’s Time for an Open Standard for Cards

November 9th, 2014

Cards are fast becoming the hot new design paradigm for mobile apps, but their importance goes far beyond mobile. Cards are modular, bite-sized content containers designed for easy consumption and interaction on small screens, but they are also a new metaphor for user-interaction that is spreading across all manner of other apps and content. The concept of cards emerged […]

The Next Step for Intelligent Virtual Assistants

September 2nd, 2014

When we talk about the future of artificial intelligence (AI), the discussion often focuses on the advancements and capabilities of the technology, or even the risks and opportunities inherent in the potential cultural implications. What we frequently overlook, however, is the future of AI as a business. IBM Watson’s recent acquisition and deployment of Cognea […]

Bottlenose Nerve Center 2.0 Released – Milestone for Real-Time Big Data Analytics

June 19th, 2014

I’m happy to announce the release of Bottlenose Nerve Center 2.0 today. Analyzing 3 billion messages an hour (72 billion messages a day), and doing real-time predictive analytics on nearly 300 million data points an hour, it’s a big step in real-time big data analytics.   Think about it for a moment: 3 billion messages is several […]

My Thoughts on the Future of Artificial Intelligence (Live Panel Discussion)

April 30th, 2014

I had the honor of participating in a panel on the future of AI with a group of industry luminaries, led by Kevin Kelly of WIRED Magazine. Watch the discussion here.

Bottlenose Announces Live Trend Intelligence for TV, Radio and Social

March 25th, 2014

My venture, Bottlenose, has a big announcement today. We’re unveiling the first live trend intelligence system to provide analytics against real-time broadcast TV and radio (and social media).  You can read more in the TechCrunch article here.

How Bitcoins Could Restructure the World

January 18th, 2014

Read my article in VentureBeat about how Bitcoins may restructure our civilization, and the need for advocacy to support this transition, if it is going to happen. Here’s an excerpt: Bitcoin is a trend with all the ingredients necessary for changing the world. It spreads virally, funds its own growth, and can’t be controlled from […]

Why Cognition-as-a-Service (CaaS) is the Next Operating System Battlefield

December 7th, 2013

Read my article in Gigaom on the coming cognition-as-a-service wars. The next thing after the Semantic Web.

Did Apple Buy Topsy for Contextual Awareness?

December 5th, 2013

The stunning news that Apple bought social search engine, Topsy, for more than $200M has many scratching their heads. Why would Apple want social data, and why would they pay so much for it? There has been a lot of speculation about the reasons for this acquisition — ranging from making Siri better, to making the App […]

Can Humans Fall in Love With Bots?

November 20th, 2013

I was quoted in this New Yorker article about whether relationships between humans and bots are real, along with some other AI experts. Can bots experience love? Read it and find out.

Is Twitter’s Business Model Going to Work?

November 7th, 2013

Twitter could have been the exclusive seller of data to an industry of 3rd party apps that needed that data. But by decreeing last year that third-party consumer Twitter apps were against the rules, Twitter’s management choose not to take that route. Why did they do this? Twitter’s management believed that they could make more money in the […]

Bottlenose Announces Free Live Visualization of Global Social Trends

October 16th, 2013

Bottlenose has just launched something very very cool: A free version of it’s live visualization of trends in the Twitter firehose.  Check it out at and get your own embed for any topic. This is the future of real-time marketing. And by the way it’s also an awesome visualization of the global mind as […]

Consolidate This: Quantified Self Edition

October 14th, 2013

Read my article in Gigaom on the Quantified Self market and how it is developing. There are too many choices available for consumers when it comes to devices and apps that track your steps or daily activities. What needs to happen is consolidation across the industry and a focus on storytelling, not just activity.

The Future of Virtual Assistants

August 27th, 2013

Check out my article in Forbes on the future of Virtual Assistants. What’s after SIRI and IVR? All of the interesting stuff happens when data collides. A voice-based interface to a single data set is a thing of the past. A voice-based interface that talks to over 400 applications, representing over 10,000 unique units of […]

Bottlenose Series A to Bring “Trendfluence” to the Enterprise

July 30th, 2013

Bottlenose Secures $3.6 Million Series A Round of Financing to Bring Trendfluence™ to the Enterprise BusinessWire Enterprise Offering Discovers Real-Time, Influential Trends to Drive Marketing Campaigns, Manage Brand Reputation and Spotlight Attention in Social Communities LOS ANGELES, July 23, 2013 — Bottlenose, the first application for Trendfluence™ discovery in social streams, today announced that the […]

The Post-Privacy World

July 26th, 2013

Read my article in WIRED Insights about what the post-privacy world will be like. Here’s an excerpt: Edward Snowden’s recent allegations regarding what most of us already suspected the NSA was doing, have ignited a huge controversy around privacy and the role of the State versus the individual. And while it is tempting to have […]

The Present IS the Future: Real-Time Marketing In the Era of the Stream – Part Two

June 7th, 2013

In Part I of this article series, we looked at how the real-time Web has precipitated Nowism as a fundamental shift in how we understand and engage with information. Nowism is a cultural shift to a focus on the present, instead of the past or future. One example of Nowism in action is Nowcasting, which […]

The Present IS the Future: Real-Time Marketing In the Era of the Stream – Part One

June 7th, 2013

Introduction The pulse of the Net has gotten faster. It’s not a static Web of documents anymore, it’s a new real-time messaging medium we call the Stream. The Stream is unlike any form of live media before it: It is a completely real-time, globally distributed, two-way conversation. And it’s already changing everything we know about […]

Twitter is No Longer a Village

February 26th, 2013

I’ve noticed a distinct change in how people use Twitter in the last year: 1. People are increasingly not using Twitter for actual two-way conversations or interactions. Instead it’s being used more for one-way “fire and forget” posting. People just post into the aether, without knowing or even caring if anyone actually reads their posts. […]

Making Sense of Streams

October 24th, 2012

This is a talk I’ve been giving on how we filter the Stream at Bottlenose. You can view the slides below, or click here to replay the webinar with my talk. Note: I recommend the webinar if you have time, as I go into a lot more detail than is in the slides – in […]

The Twitter API Insanity – What Everyone Seems to Be Missing

August 16th, 2012

One thing I find quite ironic about the whole Twitter API crackdown is when people try to rationalize it because “Twitter needs to be a multibillion dollar business” or “Twitter must remain an independent company” etc. These kinds of statements just don’t hold water. Twitter CAN in fact make more money, and be more independent, by opening […]

Bottlenose Beat to the First Attention Engine – But It’s Going to Get Interesting

July 27th, 2012

Bottlenose (disclosure: my startup) just launched the first attention engine this week. But it appears that is launching one soon as well. It’s going to get interesting to watch this category develop. Clearly there is new interest in building a good real-time picture of what’s happening, and what’s trending, and providing search, discovery, and […]