Sunday, 27 February 2011
"The company had previously said that only a 'small number' of handsets were affected.
"Owners have reported a range of issues following the download, from phones crashing, to becoming completely unusable."
Saturday, 26 February 2011
"An update for its latest mobile operating system will see users' Facebook contacts disappear from the phone's address book.
"Google said it took the action as it was no longer willing to exempt Facebook from its data-sharing rules.
"The decision has been seen as indicative of growing tensions between the two internet giants."
Thursday, 24 February 2011
One of the main social networks in Russia, Odnoklassniki (Одноклассники) is reporting 30 million registered users. The site, which (as the name suggests) connects classmates is used in both Russia and the Ukraine and attracts 8 million visitors each day. VKontakte (В контакте) is Odnoklassniki’s biggest competitor with a reported 28 million registered users and 1.4 billion page views each day and 13.09 million visitors each month.
These statistics are impressive and firmly place Russia as the fourth biggest market in Europe for social networking. The total number of users of both of these sites is remarkable given that in 2008, Russia’s overall internet population was reported to be just 33 million people. It is true that internet access is increasing rapidly in Russia, and the growth of social networks is accompanying this. When people go online for the first time they appear to be joining and using social networks almost immediately."
2nd March 2009, 05:33 pm by Matt Rhodes
Tuesday, 22 February 2011
Monday, 21 February 2011
Base upon the start of geotweeting coming out of Benghazi, Libya we a confident that the telecommunication infrastructure in that region is no longer in the hands of the regime, and that Gaddafi must have lost most, if not all, control over much of Eastern Libya.
We have been monitoring Benghazi, Libya for a couple of weeks with out geo-tweeting tool. This tool allows us to follow the density of real time tweeting in Libya or anywhere in the world. Today we saw our first tweets with geotags coming out of Benghazi. We had been looking for this event as we have predicted that he start of geo-located tweeting coming out of Benghazi could only happen once the regime had lost control of the telecommunication infrastructure in the area. Last week we defined this as the event which would show Gaddafi's control in Benghazi had been destroyed.
So the emergence of these first geotagged tweets is a major even in the revolution in Libya.
Sunday, 20 February 2011
As the web3.0 lab can confirm that reporters are relying on user generated content. A long-time BBC correspondent from the region Jon Williams also confirms the story.
"The BBC and other news organisations are relying on those on the ground to tell us what's happening. Their phone accounts - often accompanied by the sound or gunfire and mortars - are vivid. However, inevitably, it means we cannot independently verify the accounts coming out of Libya. That's why we don't present such accounts as "fact" - they are "claims" or "allegations".
"Similarly, the flow of video - the so-called "user-generated-content" - has dwindled to a trickle as the authorities have periodically turned off the Internet. That means we have an additional responsibility - to be clear with our audiences not just what little we do know, but perhaps more significantly, what we don't."
Saturday, 19 February 2011
Track tweeting from around Lulu Pearl Roundabout in real time with this tool.
Friday, 18 February 2011
What can you say about the new partnership between Microsoft and WordPress?
It shows both the weakness and strength of Microsoft.
First the weakness. Microsoft can't make something as simple as a blogging tool. This is a bit odd since in 1999 I was able to kludge a some Pearl discussion code to form a basic Blog. Oh if I had thought to make that in to a product. It shows a profound weakness of Microsoft in the Web 2.0.
But Microsoft can make up for weaknesses by merging with strength. It has no Web 2.0 presence so it partners with Facebook. It can't do blogging so it partners with WordPress. It can't do mobile so it partners with Nokia.
Remember this is Microsoft. Its not so much as they make things, its that they bring to market things other people made. Innovation and Microsoft are two words you don't see together that much anymore. But Microsoft's role is not innovation, its bringing order to CTO and CIO lives. Its giving the Enterprise a one stop shop and selling XBOXs.
Wednesday, 16 February 2011
A facebook page that supports the regime in Bahrain. Unlike Egypt in Bahrain supporters of the regime are actively engaging social media.
Marwa Al Dossary is an account of Twitter. "Her" picture is rather too attractive, and her posts too clearly pro-government and, frankly, full of distortions to not suspect that se is an account created by the Bahrain regime to try and combat the growing influence of social networks.
This includes, sadly, distortions of the truth, like "her" claim that no one was in Pearl Roundabout (something we know to be utterly false from looking at tweeting coming directly from that location) to posts from YouTube showing violence.
It is easy to dismiss these as government plants, but looking at YouTube and Facebook one can not escape the conclusion that a number of people in Bahrain support the current regime, and that they and the government have determied to fight it out in social media.
Today (16 Feb) there will be two protests in Bahrain, one pro and one anti government. Below you can find links to follow both.
Tuesday, 15 February 2011
Web 3.0 Lab: What now for tweeter, how ready is the social media tool to support the spreading Arab Revolt
What now for tweeter, how ready is the social media tool to support the spreading Arab Revolt
What we are finding is that there are great disparages between Twitter uptake and use in different nations of the Middle East facing political protest.
See Algiers, Algeria Real Time Tweet Levels
The story in Aden Yemen is a bit different. In most of Aden we are seeing no tweeting, but from the airport to the coast we have seen fairly high tweeting in what we suspect is an area organizing itself to protest.
Sell Aden Tweeting levels here
Manāma, Bahrain is also showing much higher levels of tweeting than usual with a score of 60 out of 100 when we last checked. Again we assume that protesters are using tweeting to organize themselves and communicate, and as showen to defiance which is becoming familiar a large number of them are posting their locations. We have also seen a significant rise in the score for Bahrain through the day, rising from a score of 30 out of a hundred to 60. Since our scale is logarithmic this is more than a 100% increase and constitutes a sudden and unusual spike in tweeting around the protests.
See Manāma, Bahrain here
Tehran protests in Azadi Square seem not to be geo-tweeting at all with scores of 0 out of 100. We suspect that given the recent memories of crack downs on protester in Iran in recent years Iranian tweeters and bloggers will go to greater lengths to hide there location. We also suspect the anti-western policy of the government has limited the penetration of social network technology.
See Tehran Azadi Square Tweeting levels here
- There is a disparate social network landscapes that the growing Arab revolt faces. In the Gulf states geo-located tweeting has be adopted and any future protests in Bahrain, Qatar, Lebanon and even Yemen will have Twitter available as a tool, but more isolated nations like Algeria, Lybia, and Iran are likely to have more limited use of Web 3.0 tools to support political protests.
- It has been an article of faith that giving ones geo-location in tweeting would be a violation of privacy which would only serve to increase the power of the state. What we may be seeing in the Arab world is a very different kind of future. It seems that many Arabs are openly geo-tagging their tweets as a sign of defiance to their governments. Also a young large motivated community of educated Arabs is more capable of taking advantage of the organizational advantages of geo-tagging than the older established power structures they oppose. At least in the face of the aging dictatorships which have ruled the Arab world since the end of colonialism technology is on the side of the protesters.
- There is a possibility that by this time next year we may actually have an entirely new kind of political organization and radicalism which can maturely use social networks and geo-tagging to create agile protests the established states of all but the most advanced nations will never be able to deal with.
- Twitter's minimal technology requirements and ease of use makes it an excellent communication tool for protesters in the developing world.
Web 3.0 usage, especially Twitter, has exploded in the Arab world.
If this is true, than they were a very load group of tweeters. On the night of January 11th and January 12th Total Social Media tweether report for Tehrar Square registered over 90% score, more in line with New York of London than Cairo. Even several days after the event tweets coming from Tahrir Square are ranging between 30% and 60%, which would be high for 15,000. On the night Mubarak fell we were seeing elevated level of tweeting through most of central Cairo and Giza more in line with a western city.
So what accounts for the fact that so few Twitter users could have made so much noise?
We have proposed the following explanation:
- A large percentage of active Twitter users in Cairo were concentrated in and around Tahrir Square on the nights of January 11th and January 12th. That they were tweeting at a very elevated rate, probably almost continually. Not the typical user firing off a few tweets on lunch or a movie, each tweeter in Tahrir Square was probably a mini-printing press.
- Egyptian political organizers were making good use of Twitter as the ultimate radio. Many of the available tweeter account and mobile smart- phone in anywhere in Egypt was probably being used by organizers to get their message out and to keep people on the ground informed. These tweeter accounts would be on continually, firing off messages almost around the clock.
- Re-tweeting carries the geo-tag of the original tweet with it, so the global network of supporters provided a amplification platform for the people in Egypt, multiplying almost each tweet many times if not many hundreds of times over.
- We have observed elevated tweeting rates in other parts of the Arab world since January 29th. We believe that a large number of Egyptians, and Arabs, have opened new Tweeter accounts in the past few weeks. We also believe that after the Cairo revolt tweeting is likely to become the social networking platform of choice for much of the developing world
We suspect that future intelligence reports will find a major increase in the use of tweet in the Arab world.
Track real time Twitter score for Tahrir Square Cairo
How Egyptians Used Twitter During the January Crisis
Microsoft is producing a full spectrum of Cloud services which will included productivity, collaboration, business and management as well as Azue platform and data services. Office 365 will be cloud services targeted towards three key areas:
Productivity: Office in the Cloud
Communication: Office Live and Office Exchange in the Cloud
Collaboration: Office Live Meeting and SharePoint in the Cloud
Office Live Meeting and Office Communication will become Microsoft Lync Online.
The four pieces of Office 365 will be Office, Sharepoint, Exchange, and Lync. Together these three will provide a Cloud solution to SMEs which will provide document creation, communication in real time and non-real time, meeting, and collaboration.
In more detail these services will provide all the key tools that most information workers need.
What Office 365 will not include is specific business tools such as CRM, BI or of LOB applications. Microsoft will provide other Cloud services for this, and in keeping with the Windows and .NET tradition you will be able to develop your own solutions and package them to be hosted in Windows Azure and to use SQL Azure for storage.
A happy surprise is that these packages are not limited to ASP.NET. You can develop applications in Ruby, PHP, or Java. I am a big fan of PHP because of its rapid development and like the idea that systems I may have developed in PHP can go to the Azure Cloud without migration to ASP.NET. PHP is not a strong typed language and would be difficult to migrate to ASP.NET.
Monday, 14 February 2011
The study, published in the journal Science, calculates the amount of data stored in the world by 2007 as 295 exabytes.
That is the equivalent of 1.2 billion average hard drives.
The researchers calculated the figure by estimating the amount of data held on 60 technologies from PCs and and DVDs to paper adverts and books.
'If we were to take all that information and store it in books, we could cover the entire area of the US or China in 13 layers of books,' Dr Martin Hilbert of the University of Southern California told the BBC's Science in Action.
By 2007, 94% of stored information was kept digitally
Computer storage has traditionally been measured in kilobytes, then megabytes, and now usually gigabytes. After that comes terabytes, petabytes, then exabytes. One exabyte is a billion gigabytes."
Business secretary Vince Cable and communications minister Ed Vaizey met with senior figures from IT suppliers at the roundtable meeting.
Speaking at the event, Vince Cable said: 'Strong and sustainable growth is the key to rebalancing our economy. That's why the growth review not only focuses on emerging sectors, but also those that are already strong, like the technology sector.'"
Web 3.0 Lab: Lesson from the Cairo Revolt for Twitter: its not the number of Tweeters but the network
- As the revolt went on there was likely a large number of people opening tweeter accounts and wanting to give their geo-position, or not knowing they were giving it.
- People who had been hiding their location stopped doing so as they became more confident that they would win.
- Geo-tagged tweeters were re-tweeting from the Square tweets posted by people without Geo-tags, so those political activists who were hiding their position were reposted in to the stream with a geo-tag.
- A large number of people around the world were retweeting geo-tagged tweets, which carried the original geo-tag from Tahrir greatly elevating the counts for Cairo.
- That journalist and other observers on the square with phones registered in other places were tweeting with geo-location turned on (wouldn't you?).
- That people at the Square were motivated to tweet at very high levels.
- That organizers were using Twitter as a kind of radio and were using many mobile devices and tweeter accounts constantly.
Sunday, 13 February 2011
Providing some context on twitter usage in Cairo compared to other major cities"
Saturday, 12 February 2011
Friday, 11 February 2011
Model B is a big step forward, and often the trigger for senior management interest when collaboration becomes part of the intranet. That often marks the arrival of business support as one of the intranet strategy drivers.
Model C has re-positioned the “ex-intranet” as part of the overall digital workplace. Here, the networked collaboration of discovering and discussing, along with the structured, project-driven collaboration live side by side with the managed content and applications of the “ex-intranet”.
Model D is the most future-oriented. It considers the digital workplace to encompass not just the internal world but parts of the external world as well. This makes the “new intranet” a blend of managed, collaborative and social content. The digital workplace itself has become a platform for the extended enterprise."
"The deal will see Nokia use the Windows phone operating system for its smartphones, the company said.
"It means that Nokia's existing operating systems will be sidelined."
BBC News - Nokia and Microsoft form partnership
Thursday, 10 February 2011
The is the life of the views of this blog. As you will see I have had a steady rise for over 2.5 years. This growth was coming from mostly Google. A steady flow from SEO. But two events happened. One was a post I made on
In 2009 I blogged on Linux and got a negative response from a Linux fan site. That is the one bump.
Recently I noticed the Facebook new photo UI, which was launched as a kind of surprise attack by Facebook. I blogged wondering if Facebook had finally killed Flickr, and tweeted it. The tweet went viral for a day. And that it the other spike.
Social Network spikes bring in a lot of views, but they are not necessarily favorable and they don't stay. Google is still the king of finabibility tools for most content and you are good to kept to that.
My Second Life blog has become more dependent on Tweets and Facebook. But it is hard to keep a steady flow of views when you are only broadcasting to your Social Graph of a massive global chat room, which is Facebook and Twitter. Google gives content access to the entire globe.
Okay now if you are an A-list blogger this does not apply to you. But if you are running a small site and you are thinking about promoting via Google SEO and Twitter I give the graph above of my blogs long term growth.
You can say a very long term growth pattern of per day views, following a weekly pattern, being driven by Google SEO. And then a Tweet I made about Facebook and Flickr went viral on Tweeter, and you can see the long term pattern is blown.
The thing about Social Networks for a smaller scale niche blogger, you will one in a while get a massive hit from a tweet, but the patterns of RT are mysterious. They seem to be utterly random and the impact does not last long.
Wednesday, 9 February 2011
Friday, 4 February 2011
Facebook has just reased the new photo interface. We are seeing it in London though it may be unavailable in some domains. Frankly you now pretty much have everything you got from Flickr. So the question is if this is a Flickr killer?
"Thus spinners become normal parts of all text systems. Spinners would check for the emotional level of a document, scoring it on hostility, friendliness, ambivalence, and hundreds of other emotional dimensions that could model the feeling communicated in a message.
"These could be set so that employees did not communicate an emotional tonE not accepted by the company. Spanners might recommend changes to the author, prevent sending unacceptable communications, or even change the message without the sender or even receiver knowing."
A working draft of my story Spinner is follows.
Thursday, 3 February 2011
More than 15 million iPads have been sold since Apple launched the gadget in 2010.
The latest version of Google's Android OS is called Honeycomb which has been specifically optimised for tablets."
Microsoft is still essentially out of this area. How long can they stand by the sidelines?
Wednesday, 2 February 2011
"For example, consider a search for torsoraphy, which causes Google to return this:
"In the example above, Google’s searched for the correct spelling — tarsorrhaphy — even though torsoraphy was entered. Notice the top listing for the corrected spelling is a page about the medical procedure at Wikipedia.
"Over at Bing, the misspelling is NOT corrected — but somehow, Bing manages to list the same Wikipedia page at the top of its results as Google does for its corrected spelling results:
Tuesday, 1 February 2011
If your government shuts down the Ineternet, shut down your government. A slogan that Americans debating a "Internet off switch" should consider.
In a security advisory, the company warned of a loophole that could be used by malicious hackers to steal private information or hijack computers.
The bug potentially affects every user of the Internet Explorer web browser - around 900 million people worldwide."