Category Archives: Twitter

My new mobile venture

[disclosure: this post is about my new mobile venture, so it may be a bit subjective here and there 😉 ] Its been really quiet over here lately. Entirely my fault, I have been extremely busy starting up a new … Continue reading

Posted in Android Mobile OS, API, Facebook, iPhone, Mobile, PinkelStar, Twitter | Tagged , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Calling BS on the Real-Time Web

The tech world is full of the real-time web. Google seems to have missed it, Twitter is on top of it but sucks at indexing it, Friendfeed is the aggregation king, and Facebook might get there by copying Twitter and … Continue reading

Posted in Facebook, Friendfeed, Google, interaction, real-time web, Twitter | Tagged , , , , , | 19 Comments

The real value of Twitter’s ‘Suggested users feature

Jason Calacanis has a long post up about the value of a Twitter suggested user. He explains that being a suggested user on Twitter is more valuable than buying a superbowl ad: Everyone loves a timely or fascinating question and, … Continue reading

Posted in advertisement, Friendfeed, Jason Calacanis, Robert Scoble, Twitter | Tagged , , , , | 3 Comments

Why the real-time web isn’t important

I have been thinking a bit about this notion of a real-time web. Having access to real-time information, as soon as it is published, seems to be a possible Achilles heel for Google according to some (here and here). People … Continue reading

Posted in Friendfeed, Google, Jonathan Harris, real-time web, Twitter | Tagged , , , , , | 12 Comments

The network effect in web 2.0 is also its biggest tragedy

Robert Scoble, nicely served by his friend Loic Le Meur, started a discussion on Friendfeed in which he states that Twitter is broken and that unfollowing everyone might be the only solution. You can find it right here. The story … Continue reading

Posted in business model, Robert Scoble, Twitter, web 2.0 | Tagged , , , , | 18 Comments

Friendfeed may be the early adopter RSS king, but Twitter is king of 140 characters

Already in 2006 Time Magazine voted the most important person on the planet to be YOU. They were dead wrong of course. In that year it wasn’t YOU that was important, it was THEM. Them meaning all of your friends … Continue reading

Posted in advertisement trap, free business model, Friendfeed, noise, RSS, Twitter | Tagged , , , , , , , | 11 Comments

How User Interfaces can make or break a new service

Small Update: Just saw that Joshua Porter wrote a nice post in which he states that design (not just UI) is becoming increasingly important. Ties in nicely with this post 😉 One of the most difficult things to get right … Continue reading

Posted in Beta releases, Flock, Friendfeed, iPhone, Minggl, Twitter, UI Design, User Interface as a success factor, web 2.0, Wixi | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 13 Comments

On Twitter and the missed opportunity to execute a social utility business model

Bernard Lunn has written a good post on the (lack of) a social media business model. He writes about the difficulties for social networks to monetize using advertisement. Although he builds his storyline a bit different from me, he is … Continue reading

Posted in advertisement trap, business model, Facebook, social interaction, Twitter, user centric web | Tagged , , , , , | 8 Comments

We don’t need more information or aggregation, we need inspiration

Being able to pass relevant information from one person to another has always been part of the evolution of mankind. When there was no technology we used storytelling. People would listen to the oldest, wisest, craziest people in their community … Continue reading

Posted in Friendfeed, information overload, inspiration, search, social networks, Twitter, web 2.0 | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 17 Comments

Friendfeed stats show its just Twitter with bookmarks

Yesterday I looked at the latest Friendfeed stats using the nice Friendfeedstats tool build by Benjamin Golub. I looked up which feeds are aggregated most in Friendfeed in the last 30 days. In 30 days approximately 1.3 Mln items were … Continue reading

Posted in content aggregation, Friendfeed, statistics, TechMeme, Twitter | Tagged , , , , | 37 Comments

The Tech elite creates its own web 2.0 bubble

Kara Swisher created a little storm on TechMeme with a post called “Twitter, where no one knows your name“. In it she noted that no one really nows what Twitter (she asked a few friends). This created the usual river … Continue reading

Posted in business model, Kara Swisher, on-line advertisement, Tech Elite, Twitter, web 2.0 | Tagged , , , , | 19 Comments

Our fear of not being there when it happens

Several posts drew my attention the past few days. Their scope entilily different, but the underlying social behavior seems to be the same. First there was Robert Scoble writing about “Not productive enough? Turn off the Internet”. He has been … Continue reading

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Posted in connected, Robert Scoble, social interaction, social network aggregator, Twitter | Tagged , , , , , | 11 Comments

Why I don’t like Friendfeed as much as I wanted, it lacks intention

Webware writes about Friendfeed this morning. A quote from the article that drew my attention: The vision FriendFeed is currently a “social-network aggregator.” It picks up the stuff you do online and tells your friends about it, saving them the … Continue reading

Posted in Bret Taylor, Facebook, Friendfeed, interaction, Paul Buchheit, social network aggregator, Twitter | Tagged , , , , , , | 24 Comments

Friendfeed a destination site, that is soooo web 2.0!

Michael Arrington writes this morning about the fast growing aggregator service called Friendfeed. After launch, just one month ago the ex-Google founders already see a steady climb of users. Most likely because a number of power users like Robert Scoble … Continue reading

Posted in destination service, Friendfeed, Jaiku, Michael Arrington, Robert Scoble, Twitter, user centric web, web 2.0, web 3.0 | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

With great power comes great responsibility

I read about the fuzz generated around an interview Sara Lacy held with pop star Mark Zuckerberg. Sara was slaughtered on-line with several blog posts and numerous tweets that called her all sorts of things. Michael Arrington called it right … Continue reading

Posted in conversation set free, Joseph Pine, Mark Zuckerberg, Responsibility, Sara Lacy, side effects, Technology, Twitter, web 2.0 | Tagged , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Big brother is watching me

A lot of different, seemingly unrelated, things are happening right now in the tech world. Looking through different feeds most of the discussions are about: The mash-up of content seems to be important right now. I see it everywhere. People … Continue reading

Posted in Big Brother is watching you, data mash up, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, privacy, Robert Scoble, Rolf Skyberg, Twitter, Yahoo, Zephoria | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

The problem with Twitter is its lack of a consumer to consumer appeal

Mark Evans starts a new Twitter discussion this morning in his post “Taking Twitter Seriously”. He notes that Twitter is gaining attraction from people communicating about serious stuff like politics. The question becomes whether or not Twitter can grow up … Continue reading

Posted in business model, communication tool, Mark Evans, Twitter, web 2.0 | Tagged , , , , | 4 Comments

Let’s start using Twitter for what it is

A lot of talk this morning about the downfall of Twitter servers during the Steve Jobs Keynote speech. Apparently the Twitter servers couldn’t handle the traffic that build up. Especially people who were depending on Twitter to live blog the … Continue reading

Posted in business model, Dave Winer, Google, Jaiku, scott karp, Steve Jobs, Twitter, web 2.0 | Tagged , , , , , , | 8 Comments

The usability of mobile phones could be so much better

A few days ago I realised (yet again) that the mobile phone could be made so much better. In such a way that the interface would start working for me as a user, instead of me having to work the … Continue reading

Posted in Android Mobile OS, Google, Mobile, Nokia N95, SMS, Twitter, UI Design | Tagged , , , , , | 4 Comments

Tweeterboard: Yet another useless leaderboard tool

What is this obsession techies have with leaderboards. Everything we do gets rated. Everyone needs to be reassured who is most influential, who gets the biggest audience, who has the largest (whatever). Come to think of it, it human nature … Continue reading

Posted in leaderboard, Newton's Universal Law of Blog Attraction, TechMeme, Tweeterboard, Twitter | Tagged , , , , | 7 Comments