Monthly Archives: August 2008

Reading the Global Database of Wishes

Google’s new Insights for Search allows us to see what the world is looking for. A few months ago, I wrote a post for my German blog that described Google as a global database of people’s will to knowledge and of their wishes (this of course echoes John Batelle’s famous phrase). In that particular post […]

See you later, Regator

Here’s another competitor in the market for more or less intelligent blog aggregators: Regator. While Technorati has become nearly unusable in the last few months, this new startup not only looks very neatly design – well, we could argue about the crocodilealligator, because in Germany, we once had a very infamous hit by “Schnappi, das […]

Marshall McLuhan’s premonitions about the Internet

Every time I reread Marshall McLuhan, I am anew surprised how exact his forecasts from the 1960s were. Take for example the mind blowing “The Medium is the MASSAGE”, he published together with Quentin Fiore, a collage of short texts and images about the changing mediascape, which only had been fully materialized in the 21st […]

Map of connections between Web 2.0 companies and investors

Here are two new maps I created with Pajek (which unfortunately cannot display graphics as nodes) using the Crunchbase API. This time they are about the connections between a number of Web 2.0 startups by their common investors and between these investors. If, for example, the same financial organization or person is investing both in […]

Who’s investing in microblogging and lifestreaming?

Want to know which venture capitalist invested in which web 2.0-company? Take a look at Crunchbase. It’s all there. And the best thing is: it has a beautiful and responsive API. I couldn’t resist downloading a few entries from this database to visualize the network of investors and companies that’s evolving around the new microblogging […]

Portfolio: Codes, Projects and Hacks

Here’s a short list of the diverse hacks, mashups and projects that I realized within the last weeks (you never know who’s reading ;-): Friendfeed Friendfeed’s Six Degrees: FF6° displays some information about your network on Friendfeed. How many friends-of-friends do you have? What are the most influential nodes in your network? The program allows […]

Social media – bubble or real life?

There is some kind of a social media bubble. Not as much in a financial sense as in a conceptual sense. If you’re (over)using Friendfeed, Twitter, WordPress, Wikipedia etc. you slowly begin to believe that this is the world. Maybe a bit larger than Silicon Valley, but no more than a global village. Many Startup […]

Social Media is dead – long live Social Media!

Ben Parr is asking on Mashable: “Are social media jobs a fad or are they here to stay?” My answer would be: yes and no (that’s a quite common way for sociologists to answer complex questions like this). Why yes? Because social media managers, analysts etc. are on the right side of the current change […]

Friendfeed’s network magic

The crucial difference between old mass media and new social media lies in the network magic, services like Friendfeed are able to perform. One thing should immediately be evident if you’re using the FFSixDegree tool I coded yesterday: the real power of Friendfeed as a communication infrastructure is its network effect. Even if you are […]

FFSixDegrees – take a closer look at your Friendfeed network

Just finished (for the moment) a small application that can be used for social network analysis of Friendfeed data. See for example this visualization of my Friendfeed contact network. The application loads your contacts and your contacts’ contacts from Friendfeed and not only displays your number of friends and friends-of-friends but also the five most […]