Archive for the ‘Web/Tech’ Category

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. The Semantic Web may have failed, but higher intelligence is coming to applications anyway, in another form: Cognition-as-a-Service (CaaS). And this may just be the next evolution of the operating system. CaaS will enable every app to become as […]

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 […]

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 http://sonar.bottlenose.com 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

I Get 13,000 Messages/Day via Different Streams – Here’s the Analysis

April 12th, 2012

Continuing with the theme I’ve been writing about lately, focused on the growth of the next phase of the Web, what I call “The Stream,” I’ve started to analyze the messages I get on a typical day. First of all, through all the different channels I use, I now receive approximately 13,000 messages a day. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Sharepocalypse Now

July 31st, 2011

The social media landscape is changing quickly, but this change won’t be immediate, or for that matter, efficient. And that’s going to be a big problem for all of us. I believe that Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and LinkedIn are fundamentally different, and thus, should not be in competition. However, I’m not sure the companies themselves […]

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 […]

Why Google+ Is Really For Sharing Knowledge, Not Social Networking

July 20th, 2011

Everyone, including possibly even the Google+ team, is currently thinking that Google+ is a Twitter and Facebook competitor. But I think in fact, Google+ is for something entirely different. Google+ is not really for socializing; it’s for sharing knowledge. That’s what makes it different from other social networks. It supports more flexible access permissions on […]