In an announcement made Tuesday at the company HQ of Twitter by its
Co-Founder & CEO, Evan Williams (@ev), who bought one of the world's most
famous domains for just $7,500, Twitter unveiled a new "faster, better" look.
But first the co-founder and CEO Williams gave some background.
Twitter - especially mobile Tweeting - was "too difficult," Williams said.
Which is why Twitter developed its own mobile apps, so that now 16% of new
Twitter users start using Twitter via their mobile devices.
Twitter, in Williams' vision - shared by his co-founder Biz Stone (@biz) - is
an information network. Ever since he left Blogger eleven years ago he has
been trying to make information easier to share, Williams said.
In a somewhat meandering presentation, marred by slides that wouldn't work
and awkward silences, Williams initially spent a great deal of time
explaining, to people who alre... (more)
The next BriefingsDirect business innovation case study examines how Dell has
recognized the value of social media for more than improved interactions and
brand awareness. Dell has successfully learned from social media how to
meaningfully increase business sales and revenue.
The data, digital relationships, and resulting analysis inherent in social
media and social networks interactions provide a lasting resource for
businesses and their customers, says Dell. And this resource has a growing
and lasting impact on many aspects of business -- from research, to product
management, to CRM, to helpdesk, and, yes, to sales.
To learn more about how Dell has been making the most of social media for the
long haul, BriefingsDirect sat down with Shree Dandekar, Senior Director of
Business Intelligence and Analytics at Dell Software. The discussion is
moderated by me, Dana Gard... (more)
More than a thousand sites are using Facebook Connect, says Mike Vernal, a
member of the Facebook Platform engineering team, in this Exclusive Q&A with
SYS-CON's Web 2.0 Journal. Some prominent examples Vernal mentions include
Citysearch for local reviews, Joost and Vimeo for video sharing, and a number
of blogs, including TechCrunch and Gawker.
Web 2.0 Journal: You’ve been closely involved with developing and launching
Facebook Connect. How would you summarize the chief strategic benefit of this
service for Facebook’s 150M or so users?
Mike Vernal: I think the answer is twofold. First, Facebook Connect allows
users to take their Facebook profile and friends with them to any site on the
Web. This is pretty powerful, in that it saves users the hassle of creating
another username and password, filling out their profile information, and
running a contact importer on ev... (more)
Ever since I first published here my tentative list of Top Players in the
Cloud Computing Ecosystem - now expanded to a list of 250 and growing daily
thanks to community feedback via my Twitter account (@jg21) and a very kind
mention by ReadWriteWeb - there have been suggestions that another prism
through which to view cloud computing might be that of people rather than
Now Michael Sheehan has encouraged me to Just Do It, so let me get
started...as per the previous Top Cloud Players list, this list will a
work-in-progress and is totally porous, so don't hesitate to ping or tweet me
if there are folks I have missed. In particular if you are a journalist whose
"beat" is Cloud Computing, please let's be hearing from you, and we can maybe
widen this list from Cloud Bloggers to Cloud Commentators. For now though
let's get started. In alphabetical order - to av... (more)
Microsoft is throwing in the towel on its six-year-old blogging platform
Windows Live Spaces (née MSN Spaces). It's sending its bloggers over to
Wordpress.com, a competing platform, where Microsoft's current crop of
scribblers can get free space.
The two have worked out a migration scheme and Microsoft will redirect URLs.
Bloggers can use Microsoft's facilities until the end of the year but have to
be out by March.
Microsoft counts 30 million "active" users. In comparison WordPress, written
in PHP and hosted on Apache, for Pete's sake, powers over 8.5% of the web, is
used on over 26 million sites and is seen by over 250 million people a month.
This is the new practical "why-waste-the-money" Microsoft, which has decided
not to fight the social networking crowd with look-a-like services and simply
integrate with them instead.
Facebook has countered Yahoo's patent infringement claims with some patent
infringement claims of its own.
It's countersuing the stricken old Internet queen in federal court in Silicon
Valley, charging it with infringing 10 of its patents.
According to the New York Times it's enough to cover 80% of Yahoo's revenues
last year. Including display advertising, content personalization and photo
sharing, that adds up to $4 billion.
Facebook, whose users increased Yahoo's traffic by 300% in Q4, is ticked that
Yahoo would turn on it and bring suit just before it IPOs at a gargantuan
$100 billion valuation.
It wants the court to rule Yahoo's broad, if not sometimes vague, fundamental
patents invalid. (Unfortunately, perhaps, for Facebook they're not all
vague.) And of course it's demanding damages.
Yahoo allegedly treads on Facebook patents relating to the social network's ... (more)
Some tweeters use “Shock ‘n Awe” and others use humor (that’s humour
for my Canadian friends.)
OT: Should I call them “tweeters” or “twits”?
Never mind, let’s talk about some of the things you can do to make the most
Just like the subject line to an email, each tweet should get to the point
very quickly. In fact, many of us read email in the same way we read tweets
(only the first 140 characters.)
Lets face it, if you’re not Lady Gaga or Justin Bieber, getting a bunch of
people interested in what you have to say doesn’t come easy. But with a
little advice on the subtlety of tweeting, you can grow your followers with
fellow twits that are actually interested in what you have to say.
Here are 5 things you can do to get more followers that matter:
RTability: Limit your characters to 120 to make retweets (RTs) easier
Hashtags are themes: Have a theme or three... (more)
Users are making it too easy for hackers.
If we take a closer look at the 6.5 million hashed LinkedIn passwords that
leaked we find a large swath of the user population are ignoring warnings of
overly simplistic and obvious passwords. Would you believe the most common
word or phrase found in a 160K sampling of the list was “link”? And would
you further shake your head in disbelief that “1234” and “12345”
followed close behind. Rounding out the top 10 were “work,” “god,”
“job,” “angel,” “the,” “ilove,” and “sex.”
More so than Facebook, LinkedIn is the social media of choice for business.
So it is likely to be used by the users in your enterprise as part of their
SaaS profile. This makes their problem, your problem. If we learn anything
from this debacle, it is that password management should be a priority for
any organization that allows its users unfettered access t... (more)
The social media revolution, with Facebook at its vanguard, has led to
changes in behaviors not just for users, but for the sites and applications
that benefit from such platforms. It represents a new frontier for
developers, and new frontiers require fresh approaches to new challenges.
This is now a world of unprecedented traffic volume and operating speeds.
Anything but the fastest, most efficient operation of sites or applications
threatens online success. Consequently, the need to ensure that this
operation is as robust as possible is essential. Yet as progress develops
exponentially, so must the solutions to test and validate performance.
Facebook Apps vs. Standard Websites
Standard websites that don't run specific sales or promotions generally don't
have unexpected spikes in traffic. Instead, they experience a constant load
of traffic that varies within relativ... (more)
On Monday, Amazon Web Services — the leading provider of cloud services —
suffered an outage, and as a result, a long list of well-known and popular
websites went dark. According to Amazon’s Service Health Dashboard, the
outage started out as degraded performance of a small number of Elastic Bloc
Store (EBS) storage units in the US-EAST-1 Region, then evolved to include
problems with the Relational Database Service and Elastic Beanstalk as well.
WEBSITE DOWN: AWS outage takes down Reddit and other popular sites
The only surprising thing about this AWS outage was that anyone was surprised
by it. It wasn’t the first time AWS had a major outage or problems with
this data center. If you remember, back in June a line of powerful
thunderstorms knocked the power out at a major Amazon hosting center. The
backup generator failed, then the software failed, and, well, you know t... (more)
NetIQ has announced new appliances that help enable businesses and other
organizations to simply and securely access the power of two mega trends --
cloud and social media.
Cloud Access 1.1 provides a single sign-on virtual appliance that provides
access to cloud services without complex and risky controls. Users within the
company can access the permissioned cloud services without having to keep
track of numerous and often changing usernames and passwords.
The IT team retains control of which services users can access, while making
any changes in authentication for each individual site transparent to the end
user. Administrators can provision services for employees on an as-needed
basis, while easily de-provisioning those services when the employee leaves
the company, or no longer requires access to certain services because of a
role change or some other reason.