Web 2.0

Google proves ‘loooool’ is funnier than boring old ‘lol’

More news from the Google-data-scientists-conduct-the-coolest-research desk: YouTube has created an algorithm for determining what videos are funniest based on the intensity of viewer comments. It sounds fairly unimportant, but YouTube’s work actually speaks volumes about the potential of social-media sentiment analysis.

To the BBC and others: Twitter is not your competition

The BBC has issued a new directive to its journalists telling them they must post updates to editors first rather than breaking news on Twitter, another example of how traditional media entities are struggling with their relationship to Twitter in an era of real-time, distributed news.

Super Bowl XLVI by the (Twitter) numbers

Twitter is fast becoming the focus group of the 21st century, a status solidified yet again during Sunday night’s Super Bowl. The platform saw 453 times the maximum tweets per second it saw during 2008’s game, and sentiment analysis of tweets might have predicted the upset.

Twitter CEO: Google has all the data they need

Twitter CEO Dick Costolo said Google has all the data it needs to present Twitter in its search results right alongside Google+. That’s the latest public word from Twitter after Google began pushing its own social network in search results while keeping out Facebook and Twitter.

Would you cut Facebook a privacy pass if it paid you?

Rightly or wrongly, Facebook catches a lot of flak for impeding on privacy by selling user information to advertisers and generally enabling too much sharing. But would users care so much if Facebook gave them a cut of the profits it generates by selling their data?

Hey ladies, does Google think you’re a guy?

Thanks to Google trumpeting its new privacy policy and inviting users to explore their profiles with the search giant, there have been a few giggles as my female friends check their Google ad preference manager to discover that Google thinks they are male.

Uberpaper aims to kill the echo chamber of social news

Personalized algorithms and social recommendations are great for a lot of things. But when it comes to getting news, these technologies can create an echo chamber, where our existing beliefs are reflected back to us. Uberpaper, a new site from Dmitry Shapiro, wants to combat that.

Forget the EU: How to really empower users on privacy

In the fight to determine who dictates web privacy, web users are like a a chew toy at risk of being torn asunder by two competing dogs — played this week by Google and the European Union. But the best option is empower consumers themselves.

Google delivers a unified platform via new privacy policy

Google announced a new privacy policy and new terms of service that eliminate some 60-odd disparate policies across its myriad services. But fewer separate policies also means less privacy for some as Google finally delivers on its vision of a unified platform.

Facebook starts converting all profiles to Timeline

Facebook said Tuesday it will convert all users’ profiles to the new Timeline interface over the next few weeks. Soon Timeline, which shows each user’s life over an expandable Timeline that dates all the way back to his or her birth, will be the only design available to all Facebook users.

News.me, Percolate vie for Summify users after Twitter buy

Summify’s sale to Twitter this week was good news for the startup, but bad news for many of its users, who expressed frustration that the news aggregation service would be mothballed post-deal. But startups News.me and Percolate are now vying to take on Summify’s users.

Problems at Posterous: Possible outage, private messages shared

UPDATED. Posterous encountered “server connectivity issues” that made the blogging site inaccessible to a number of users Wednesday. The apparent outage occurred after at least one Posterous user received a series of email posts from random Posterous groups, some of which were meant to be private.

LinkedIn open sources code from IndexTank acquisition

LinkedIn has announced that the technology behind IndexTank, the search engine startup it acquired back in October, has been released as open source software. It was pretty clear that IndexTank was bought largely for its talent, so it’s good news that its technology will live on.

It’s time to punish terrible viral marketing

Social startup Allthis found itself under fire this week for a viral marketing approach many people found spammy and invasive. But heinous though it is, its behavior is just part of a trend among new services to appropriate our online identities to power themselves.

In the eyes of the law, are we all public figures on Facebook?

Social media sites like Facebook have been criticized as catering to users’ own deluded senses of self-importance, but a current lawsuit against Facebook might prove social media users are important. Within circles of friends, in fact, users might be considered celebrities–which has big legal implications.

Blah, blah, blah … something about IPv6

The efforts to convert corporations to the next-generation Internet addressing scheme are falling on deaf ears. According to Ovum, a mere 3 percent of web traffic is IPv6-enabled and enterprises either aren’t convinced of the need to switch, or think they already have.

Whatever Happened to Web 2.0?

Google Trends says that search volume for “social media” surpassed “Web 2.0” right in the middle of January this year, though the new hotness has yet to reach the heights of “Web 2.0” hit circa 2007. But what key changes marked a change in eras?

Fey-Lin Effect: 30 Rock Has Best Night Ever

Tina Fey’s spot-on impersonation of V-P candidate Sarah Palin and near constant presence on “Saturday Night Live” over the past couple of months helped boost her show “30 Rock” to its highest ratings ever.

Web 2.0: Dangerous for your profits?!

Jakob Nielsen, the former Sun Microsystems engineer who became a pioneer of “User Advocacy” on the Web and an early guru of…

TiVo & The Pop-Up Ads, Why?

In the early days of digital video recorders when folks like Michael Lewis would write tomes in praise of TiVo and its…

Jobs is the new Frank Lloyd Wright

David Galbraith: Apple is a great vindication of ballsyness rather than MBAness. Jobs is our generation’s Frank Lloyd Wright. That Apple is…