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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 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 Bit.ly 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 Bit.ly 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 […]

How Bottlenose Could Improve the Media and Enable Smarter Collective Intelligence

July 23rd, 2012

How Bottlenose Could Improve the Media and Enable Smarter Collective Intelligence This article is part of a series of articles about the Bottlenose Public Beta launch. Bottlenose – The Now Engine – The Web’s Collective Consciousness Just Got Smarter How Bottlenose Could Improve the Media and Enable Smarter Collective Intelligence (you are here) A New Window […]

Bottlenose – The Now Engine – The Web’s Collective Consciousness Just Got Smarter

July 23rd, 2012

Recently, one of Twitter’s top search engineers tweeted that Twitter was set to “change search forever.” This proclamation sparked a hearty round of speculation and excitement about what was coming down the pipe for Twitter search. The actual announcement featured the introduction of autocomplete and the ability to search within the subset of people on […]

How I Got Into College (by Doing the Opposite of What I Should Have Done). An Essay.

April 12th, 2012

Today I had an interesting phone call with an alumnus of my alma mater, Oberlin College. He called me for an informational interview, asking for some career advice. It was a good conversation. At one point, on a tangent, he asked me why I went to Oberlin? It’s a funny story actually. In fact, I […]

Keeping Up With the Stream — New Problems and Solutions

April 10th, 2012

This is Part III of a series of articles on the new era of the Stream, a new phase of the Web. In Part I, The Message is the Medium, I explored the shift in focus on the Web from documents to messages. In Part II, Drowning in the Stream, we dove deep into some of […]

Drowning in the Stream — New Challenges for a New Web

April 10th, 2012

This is Part II of a three-part series of articles on how the Stream is changing the Web. In Part I of this series, The Message is the Medium, I wrote about some of the shifts that are taking place as the center of online attention shifts from documents to messages. Here in Part II, […]

The Message is the Medium – Attention is Shifting from the Web to the Stream

April 10th, 2012

Shift Happens A major shift has taken place on the Web. Web pages and Web search are no longer the center of online activity and attention. Instead, the new center of attention is messaging and streams. We have moved from the era of the Web to the era of the Stream. This changes everything. Back […]

Consciousness is Not a Computation

March 24th, 2012

In the previous article in this series, Is The Universe a Computer? New Evidence Emerges I wrote about some new evidence that appears to suggest that the universe may be like a computer, or least that it contains computer codes of a sort. But while this evidence is fascinating, I don’t believe that ultimately the […]

Is the Universe a Computer? New Evidence Emerges.

March 22nd, 2012

I haven’t posted in a while, but this is blog-worthy material. I’ve recently become familiar with the thinking of University of Maryland physicist, James Gates Jr. Dr. Gates is working on a branch of physics called supersymmetry. In the process of his work he’s discovered the presence of what appear to resemble a form of […]

Bottlenose Beta 2.0 Launched Today!

February 21st, 2012

Bottlenose Beta 2.0 launched today, and it’s pretty innovative. Three good articles came out covering it: ReadWriteWeb – Bottlenose is a 6th Sense for the Social Web SemanticWeb.com – Bottlenose Beta Two Features New Layout, Visuals TechCrunch – Bottlenose 2.0: Taming the “Share-pocalypse” Also Robert Scoble blogged about it on Google+ here. Bottlenose also blogged […]

StreamGlider Launches Today!

December 21st, 2011

Today I’m happy to announce the launch of StreamGlider, a new tablet app (initially on iPad) that provides the first live streaming dashboard for keeping up with your interests. TechCrunch just broke the story. The inspiration for StreamGlider was a product that launched in the early 1990′s called Pointcast. Pointcast streamed news, entertainment, ads and […]

The Problem with Stream 3.0

December 13th, 2011

After my former project, Twine.com, was sold, I began to turn my attention to the Next Big Challenge: How to make sense of the growing real-time Web, or what many call, “the Stream.” I could see the writing on the wall, and it was less than 140 characters: Social media’s own success was going to […]

Bottlenose has Launched!

December 12th, 2011

Today, after almost two years of work in stealth, I am proud to announce the launch of Bottlenose. While I have co-founded and serve on the boards of several other ventures (The Daily Dot, Live Matrix, StreamGlider, and others), Bottlenose is different from all my other projects in that I am also in a full-time […]

Announcing Common Crawl

November 7th, 2011

Several years ago my friend Gil Elbaz (CEO of Factual; forefather of Google AdWords) approached me with an ambitious vision – he wanted to create an open not-for-profit crawl of the Web to ensure that everyone would have equal access to a Web-scale search index to build on and experiment with. Search giants like Google […]

Creator of Delicious Wants to Meet Your Needs With Jig

August 26th, 2011

Joshua Schachter, the creator of Delicious, has launched his newest creation, Jig. At first glance the site seems a bit like Twitter, but it has a different focus. Instead of posting about what you are doing, you post about what you need. Then other people reply with suggestions, ideas, answers, help, or presumably commercial products […]

Check out the new visualization widget on my sidebar

August 23rd, 2011

The team at Icosystem invited me to try out their new Infomous cloud widget. You can see it on the top of the right column of this blog. It visualizes the concept graph in my blog posts. It has some cool features – click on any topic and explore the related posts. If you sign […]

The Daily Dot – Our Newest Venture Production – Launches Today!

August 22nd, 2011

Today I’m pleased to announce that, The Daily Dot, our newest “venture production,” has launched into public beta. The Daily Dot is the first of its kind – it’s the Web’s newspaper — the first community newspaper about the Web. We cover the Web like a town paper covers its community. Here’s a video overview […]

The Future of Facebook

August 2nd, 2011

I was interviewed in a number of video segments for a project called The Future of Facebook, part of the Open Foresight initiative by Venessa Miemis and Alvis Brigis. One of the videos was just on CNN. You can see my other segments on my Videos page.    

The New Social Media Landscape: A Roadmap

July 20th, 2011

It may look like Google+ is competing with Facebook and Twitter, but I don’t think that is what will happen in the end. I think Google+ is a very different kind of service and it’s not clear that it can or will, or should, replace these other services. In a series of articles here on […]

[Excerpt From My TechCrunch post] Why Twitter Should Adopt a Freemium API Model Immediately

April 22nd, 2011

TechCrunch kindly ran my most recent article today — the full version is available here. Here is an excerpt: I’ve been puzzling over Twitter’s recent tactical moves around their API, Ubermedia and Tweetdeck, for a few months now, and it just doesn’t add up. In fact I think Twitter’s current strategy may take them in […]

Bottlenose Begins to Unstealth

April 8th, 2011

It’s been a busy week for the team at bottlenose one of my coolest venture productions. Bottleno.se has developed a very powerful new personalization system that is optimized for making sense of Twitter and other real-time information streams. The product is in alpha and invite beta is planned for June. It began when TechCrunch broke […]