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Whalewatching – Fail whale sightings from June to October

After I saw the fail whale on Twitter again after a long whale-free period, I thought it was time to actualize my timeline of whale sightings. The first fail whale had been spotted last June. And after five months this meme is still going strong. Some users feared that they would not be able to […]

Twittering the Oktoberfest

No time to go to the Oktoberfest in Munich? Well, I just finished a small Twitter aggregator that allows to read what your fellow Twitterati are reporting from the world’s largest fair. And, this has been quite a surprise for me, there always is at least one person around twittering from the Wiesn. Prost!

Financial crisis still doesn’t pass the bacon test

What is it that is really interesting for the Google population? The financial crisis? No, that’s what the media is interested in. People searching Google really are looking for cupcakes, sex toys and wizards. At least, that’s what Jonathan Stein found out when he compared the different search terms with Google Trends. In the meanwhile […]

Top Internet sites in Germany are losing visitors

A while ago, I compared the numbers for some of the big German websites and portals as measured by Google’s AdPlanner with the results published by the AGOF or Arbeitsgemeinschaft Online Forschung (Study Group Online Research). Now it’s been one month and I did a short comparison of last month’s Google numbers with this month’s. […]

3.5-4.5 mio Twitter users worldwide?

When it comes to the total number of Twitter users, nobody I know had ever been able to get some information out of Biz & Co. So we are left with informed guesses. I fine method of guessing the total number compares different location based subgroups of Twitter users on TwitDir and Twitter. Because location […]

How old are German Facebook users?

O’Reilly just published a short research item on the age distribution of Facebook users and especially the relative changes between May and now. The message is: Among the major Facebook age segments, the fastest growing are teens (13-17) and young (26-34) to middle-age (35-44) professionals, with the growth in teens driven by non-U.S. markets. Also […]

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 […]