November 4th, 2009
I have noticed an interesting and important trend of late. The Web is starting to spread outside of what we think of as “the Web” and into “the World.” This trend is exemplified by many data points. For example: The Web on mobile devices like the iPhone. Finally it’s really usable on a phone. Now […]
November 4th, 2009
(FIRST DRAFT — A Work in Progress. Comments Welcome) —— Print media publications of all kinds — newspapers and magazines –are dying out, as the Web and online advertising take their place. Increasing amounts of what used to be premium content (via paid wire services and databases for example) is now available for free on […]
October 13th, 2009
My friend Gil Elbaz is launching Factual today. It's a new service that aims to aggregate spreadsheet style data from around the Web to create a vast open database of facts. Interesting stuff. Check it out. Here's the TechCrunch coverage.
August 17th, 2009
The panel picker for SXSWi went live this morning, and Twine has propsed several submissions. Browsing through the huge list of proposals (over 2200), it’s clear that the Semantic Web will be popular topic at this year’s conference. With “Beyond Algorithms: Search and the Semantic Web,” we are planning to offer both an overview of […]
May 8th, 2009
May 8, 2009 Welcome to The Stream The Internet began evolving many decades before the Web emerged. And while today many people think of the Internet and the Web as one and the same, in fact they are different. The Web lives on top of the Internet’s infrastructure much like software and documents live on […]
April 18th, 2009
(DRAFT 2. A Work-In-Progress) The Problem: Our Communities are Failing I’ve been thinking about community lately. There is a great need for a new and better model for communities in the world today. Our present communites are not working and most are breaking down or stagnating. Cities are experiencing urbanization and a host of ensuing […]
March 27th, 2009
We’ve integrated Twine and Twitter so you can “tweet what you twine” — it’s surprisingly easy and cool. Try it!
March 15th, 2009
March 13th, 2009
The Web is 20 years old this month. The third decade of the Web has started. This means we are officially in Web 3.0 now. Web 2.0 is finished. Read more about this definition of Web 3.0 as the third-decade of the Web, here.
March 7th, 2009
Notes: – This article last updated on March 11, 2009. – For follow-up, connect with me about this on Twitter here. – See also: for more details, be sure to read the new review by Doug Lenat, creator of Cyc. He just saw the Wolfram Alpha demo and has added many useful insights. ——————————————————————– Introducing […]
February 17th, 2009
Challenges Twitter Will Face As I think about Twitter more deeply, one thing that jumps out to me is that in each wave of messaging technology, the old way is supplanted by a new way that is faster, more interactive, and has less noise. And then noise inevitably comes again and everyone moves to a […]
February 17th, 2009
The World is Getting Faster In the world of Twitter things happen in real-time, not Internet-time. It’s even faster than the world of the 1990’s and the early 2000’s. Here’s an interesting timeline: In the 1980’s the fax machine made snailmail almost obsolete. Faxing was faster. In the 1990’s email made faxing almost obsolete. Email […]
February 17th, 2009
Why Your Brand or Company Should be Watching Twitter Messages spread so virally and quickly in Twitter when they are “hot” that there is almost no time to react. It’s at once fascinating to watch, and be a part of, and terrifying. It’s almost too “live.” There is no time to even think. And this […]
February 17th, 2009
Please read this article which explains what Twine is, what makes it unique, and what it is for.
February 17th, 2009
Why is Twitter Different From What’s Come Before? I pride myself on being on top of the latest technologies but I think I unfairly judged Twitter a while back. I decided it wasn’t really useful or important; just another IM type tool. Chat-all-over-again. But I was wrong. Twitter is something new. It is both real-time […]
February 16th, 2009
Because we think Twitter is important, my company has been working on integrating Twine with Twitter. Last week we soft-launched the first features in this direction.
It turns out there is some room for improvement to our implementation of Twine-Twitter integration — which many Twitterers have pointed out. This has really opened my eyes to the power and importance of Twitter, and also to how different the Twitter-enabled world is going to be (or already is, in fact).
Before last week, I never really paid much attention to Twitter, relative to other forms of interaction. In order of time-spent-per-medium I did most of my communication via email, face-to-face, SMS, phone, or online chat. I had only used Twitter lightly and didn’t really know how to use it effectively, let alone what a “DM” was. Now I’m getting up to speed with it.
I have had an interesting experience this week really immersing myself in Twitter for the first time. It hasn’t been easy though. In fact it has been a real learning-experience, even for a veteran social media tools builder like myself!
You can see a bit of what I’m referring to by following me @novaspivack on Twitter and/or searching for the keyword “twine” or the hashtag #twine on Twitter, and by viewing a recent conversation on Twitter between myself and the popular Twitterer, Chris Brogan @chrisbrogan.
Twitter changes everything. My world, and in fact The World, have just changed because of it. And I’m not sure any of us are prepared for what this is going to mean for our lives. For how we communicate. For how we do business. The world just got faster. But most people haven’t realized this yet. They soon will.
In this article I will discuss some observations about Twitter, and why Twitter is going to be so important to your brand, your business, and probably your life.
February 15th, 2009
Erick Shonfeld at TechCrunch has written an article that totally blew my mind about how Twitter and "real-time search" could challenge Google, and just might be the new frontier in the search war.
January 30th, 2009
Kevin Kelly wrote an interesting post today, which cites one of my earlier diagrams on the future of the Web. His diagram is a map of two types of collective intelligence — collective human intelligence and collective machine intelligence. It's a helpful view of where the Web is headed. I am of the opinion that […]
October 27th, 2008
Kevin Kelly recently wrote another fascinating article about evidence of a global superorganism. It’s another useful contribution to the ongoing evolution of this meme. I tend to agree that we are at what Kevin calls, Stage III. However, an important distinction in my own thinking is that the superorganism is not comprised just of machines, […]
October 21st, 2008
I've blogged about some interesting Twine stats that show positive user engagement trends, that beat several leading sites — here on my Public Twine (which is where I actually do most of my blogging these days).
August 14th, 2008
I’m moderating a panel at the upcoming DEMOfall 2008 conference this year on Where the Web is Going. I’ve assembled an all-star cast of panelists, including: Howard Bloom, Author, The Evolution of Mass Mind from the Big Bang to the 21st Century Peter Norvig, Director of Research, Google Inc. Jon Udell, Evangelist, Microsoft Corporation Prabhakar […]
August 11th, 2008
Great news. Twine is a finalist in the Industry Standard’s Innovation 100 Awards. Twine / Radar Networks was chosen as a finalist in the community category. There will be one “winner” in each category depending on which companies and products receive the most community votes in each category. You may vote for one company/product in […]
August 7th, 2008
As well as Twine, I am also enjoying Friendfeed. They are complementary services. Twine is about sharing and discovering information about your interests, and Friendfeed is about keeping up with your friends and what they are up to on the Web. If you want to track me on Friendfeed, you can follow me here.
May 28th, 2008
For decades the world has struggled with what to do about unexploded land mines and cluster bombs killing innocent civilians, even years after a conflict has ended. The problem is that a significant percentage (10% – 40% in the case of cluster bombs) of these weapons do not explode when they are deployed, and instead […]
April 1st, 2008
This article sheds some light on the history of attempts to find a resolution between the Dalai Lama and the Chinese government. I found it to be quite educational. There have in fact been numerous attempts to find a solution, but the process has been frozen in a deadlock for 50 years. The Chinese government […]
February 12th, 2008
To all my readers — and especially to those of you who have commented or sent me emails — I just wanted to say thanks! I don’t always have time to reply, but I always read everything, and I do try to reply to the messages that are most relevant. As you probably understand, I […]
December 6th, 2007
The Crunchies awards are coming and I hope you will cast your vote for Twine.com! There are several categories where Twine qualifies and I hope you will vote for Twine. You can cast your votes here: http://crunchies.techcrunch.com/
July 3rd, 2007
I just heard some good news from a friend in the investment business about Dice.com, a company that we acquired and helped to grow when I was running EarthWeb with my co-founers Jack and Murray Hidary. It turns out they are raising more than I thought, and at a higher valuation in their IPO. Looks […]
June 27th, 2007
Well I took the plunge today and finally joined Twitter. I’ve been resisting it for months because the thought of having yet another stream of messages to keep up with was a bit daunting (I already get over 100 emails a day, not to mention the thousands of RSS posts I read). But anyway, too […]
June 5th, 2007
John Markoff published an interesting article today in the New York Times about the shift in software and operating systems from the desktop to the Web, in which I am quoted. The article focuses on the rivalry and different styles between Microsoft and Apple’s next-generation projects that attempt to tie desktop operating systems and the […]