As we’re making OpenSky more social I’ve been spending a lot of time looking at social networks and recently realized that social interactions on social networking sites can be reduced to verb-noun-verb definitions that: Outline a share-object-consume chain Have simple, well-defined verbs Here are some examples of those definitions: Twitter Tweet links to click Facebook… Continue reading Models for defining a social network user experiences
Category: social media
How to game KickStarter
KickStarter‘s cool but I feel like I see too many projects hit their funding numbers at the last minute of the pledge window. Call me a cynic, but after thinking about this on the train one morning, I devised this scheme for getting “free” money for your project. Start your project the old-fashioned way: gather… Continue reading How to game KickStarter
The problems with tweets/micrcommunications
As tweets/txts/social feeds and other microcommunications take a larger share of the new media landscape, it’s hitting a utility wall. Some issues to solve: How do you make big decisions from microdata? Right now, everyone seems focused on real-time search with some component of qualitative measures on individual tweets. How do you tie microdata to… Continue reading The problems with tweets/micrcommunications
Figuring out social media optimization
This was initially an email, but I figured it’d be useful to repost it on my blog, in case I left anyone out of my mailing list who might like to reply. I’m sketching out a blog post on SMO (social media optimization) eclipsing SEO as a focus for online marketing. If you have brains… Continue reading Figuring out social media optimization
Notes from NYTimes “Ambient awareness” article
A recent NYTimes Magazine article on microblogging provides a great definition of the value of Facebook statuses, tweets, and other online “status” communication tools: Each little update — each individual bit of social information — is insignificant on its own, even supremely mundane. But taken together, over time, the little snippets coalesce into a surprisingly… Continue reading Notes from NYTimes “Ambient awareness” article
Nodes, connections, and context
For a user, the Internet is just a dynamic application. All of the websites and apps and everything else add up to the same abstract features that are present in any desktop app:
- Store/read data
- Query for data
- Write/edit data
That’s a useful conceptual framework for planning a successful startup in today’s internet.
Cat Le-Huy is free
Thanks to everyone who helped out, spread the word, dugg, petitioned, blogged, gave cash, etc. Cat’s free. More details here.
Why SEO matters for user-generated content
Lately I’ve been surprised to hear people say something to the effect of “when it comes to social networking and UGC, SEO doesn’t matter” in a number of different conversations. Nothing could be farther from the truth. In fact, SEO is more important to a successful social networking and user-generated content than for editorial content.
Free Cat Le-Huy
Update: Cat has been freed.
Hulu will go to audiences
A nice little summary of the forthcoming Hulu launch appeared on a PC World blog today. Simply offering editorial content isn’t necessarily enough to outdo YouTube, but I was very interested in this passage: