Advertising moves to Weblogs. It had to happen eventually. Now that we’re on the subject, let me know if you want to advertise on this site.
Before you invest time, content, relationships or money in any desktop social software play, be forewarned, this idea is already “old hat” and there already several apps out there that combine social networking, chat, and community features. Note that here I am placing emphasis on “desktop” — my point is not to malign social networking in general, but rather to reveal the weaknesses of any business model that is focused around trying to make money from a desktop software tool for social networking.… Read More “Desktop Social Networking Apps Are not Defensible”
Every time I use technorati I get different results on queries for my blog. Yesterday it said there were 512 inbound links. Today it says 90. Last week it said 88. The number of inbound blogs keeps going up and down too.… Read More “"Ego-Surfing" Alert: What is Wrong with Technorati?”
I read today with disgust further testimonials of shocking atrocities from defectors from the Gulags in North Korea. If you aren’t aware of the situation, you should be. Perhaps more than any other nation today, North Korea is engaged in systematic, large-scale human rights abuses — in particular, as the above cited news report alleges — chemical weapons experiments on living prisoners, including experiments on entire families.… Read More “Warning: Graphic. Horrible News Coming out of North Korea…”
Dave Douglas has asked an interesting question about my article about Some Hypothetical Laws of Social Networks, which I am excerpting here because I think it is a worthwhile thread to follow-up on:
Monday, January 26, 2004
Just read Nova Spivack’s attempt at some Laws for Social Networking.
… Read More “Calculating the Maximum Effective Size of a Social Network?”
Dear Spammers, If you want to send me spam and have me actually look at it, please try to keep the following helpful hints in mind:
– Never send me a message with a blank subject line or only “Re:” or “(no subject),” “hi there” or “Free” + [anything] in the subject line.… Read More “Humor: How to Spam Me More Effectively”
Josh Kirschenbaum has some interesting ideas about a different way to constructing a social network.
Instead of a LinkedIn (or any other system) style of listing everyone I know, and everyone who knows who I know- it shows a list of other nodes that I am strongly connected to.
… Read More “Semantic Social Networks”
Hello all, I have been thinking about the general problems of social networks on the Internet. It occurs to me that these issues are closely related to digital physics. For more on digital physics see the work of Ed Fredkin, Stephen Wolfram, Norman Margolus, Tomasso Toffoli, and other pioneers of the field of cellular automata.… Read More “Graph Automata — What Can Social Networks Teach us About Underlying Physical Laws?”
Here’s an interesting follow-up thought on my suggestion of some Hypothetical Laws of Social Networks.
What if in fact there is an entirely new way to design social networks, based on the mathematics of tilings? A tiling is a method of filling a space with geometric shapes.… Read More “Optimization of Social Network Architectures Using Tiling Rules”
I blogged about this earlier, but here are some new thoughts about how it should work.
I would like my Weblog provider to auto-cache every URL I link to from my blog. When I put a URL into the content of a posting, my Weblog engine should strip it out and replace it with an intermediary URL.… Read More “More on Auto-Caching of URL's on Weblogs: Need for a New Service and API”
Thanks to the recent mushrooming of social networking systems, I am starting to experience a new problem that I call “social overload.” Now that I am connected to the world via LinkedIn, Ryze, Plaxo, Orkut, and Typepad, as well 6 different IM systems, and several email accounts, I am finding that an increasing amount of my time is spent on “relationship maintenance” tasks like approving or declining relationship and referral requests.… Read More “The Emerging Problem of "Social Overload"”
My friend Richard Soderberg has contacted me to provide more information about what Orkut actually is and who is behind it. According to Richard…
Orkut is the first name of a programmer at Google. Orkut, as part of the standard employee contract, must dedicate 20% of his at-work time to personal projects.
… Read More “More Info on Orkut”
Here’s an interesting thread on some shortcomings of RSS that’s making it’s way around the Metaweb at the moment. I would add a number of other weaknesses of RSS — chief among them is that RSS lacks formal semantics and is mainly suitable for describing very simple unstructured data such as Weblog postings.… Read More “10 Reasons Why RSS Isn't Ready for Primetime…”
Google has quietly launched a social networking site called Orkut. Currently it appears to be semi-stealth. Here is a detailed article about what is known about it so far. Looks like Google really did want Friendster.