Tag Archives: friendfeed

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

My social network on Friendfeed

How does my second order social network on Friendfeed look like? A network analytical exploration. As the six degrees of separation experiment by Stanley Milgram went through press and social media again, I thought it would be nice to visualize my Friendfeed connections. I wrote a quick php hack that downloaded all my connections and […]

5 things we may already know about the next big thing

What’s the next big thing after microblogging and lifestreaming? Here are five things that we may already know about it. Now that Twitter and Friendfeed are starting to be better and better known and even adapted by mainstream media – well, maybe excluding Germany, where a large computer magazine tried to convince David Weinberger in […]

Lifestreaming by numbers

Lifestreaming and microblogging – both tend to overlap as most lifestream services allow for short status messages and most microblogs or activity streams allow feeding RSS feeds into them – are becoming more and more common in the social web. Some argue that Twitter is increasingly being challenged by other services like Friendfeed, Plurk or […]

A short history of the fail whale

Yesterday evening, I was thinking about all those strange memes on Twitter and FriendFeed. From the fail whale to epic fail and bacon. I like the fail whale most because it’s such a perfect description and has spread very fast – the picture only has been introduced on May 30 (and posted to Flickr by […]