Tag Archives: twitter

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 exporting the [...]

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 enterprises [...]

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 an [...]

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 [...]

Social Media is using us

Usually we think it’s this way: We are the users and we’re using social media like blogs, Wikipedia, Friendfeed or Twitter. But what if we put it exactly the other way round? Sometimes reversing the perspective gives a clearer view. So, I propose that in addition to us using social media, social media is using [...]

From social to mass media?

Niklas Luhmann, the famous German sociologist who popularized sociological systems theory, distinguished mass media from other media by the fact that there is no interaction among the participants. This interaction is more or less explicitely locked out by technical means. And in the few cases, where there really is this kind of interaction - think [...]

Is Twitter hot or cool?

Marshall McLuhan distinguished in his seminal work on Understanding Media between hot and cool media.
Hot media are high definition and have the propensity to lull the recipient. Their messages seem complete, so the recipient fells no need to fill in any blanks. Examples for hot media are the radio, print, photographs, movies and lectures.
Cool media [...]