Thursday, 27 January 2011

Mobile Web Analytics: Tracking Campaign Results with 2D Barcodes


Mobile Web Analytics: Tracking Campaign Results with 2D Barcodes: "The use of 2D barcodes, also known as QR Codes, is becoming a common method for marketing on mobile phones. But how do they work and are they really proving useful to marketers?"

IBM CityOne Trailer: A Smarter Planet Game 9/24

Rober1236 Jua the Cyber Trekker of Second Life

Monday, 24 January 2011

Using Photosynth to create a virtual reality model from images.

My own experiments with Photosynth on a fairly small corpus of photos of Statue of Liberty crashed by desktop photosynth, but if you work for Microsoft you get to do some more impressive stuff.

Rober1236 Jua the Cyber Trekker of Second Life

Saturday, 22 January 2011

BBC News - Larry Page to become Google chief executive

Google's founders

BBC News - Larry Page to become Google chief executive

Google co-founder Larry Page is to become chief executive of the US internet search giant in April.

He will take over from Eric Schmidt, who has been in the job for a decade and will become executive chairman.

Google said Mr Schmidt would focus on "deals, partnerships, customers and broader business relationships".

The surprise news came as Google unveiled strong net profits in the last three months of $2.54bn (£1.6bn) on revenues of $8.44bn.

Mr Page, 37, is reclaiming the job he relinquished to Mr Schmidt, 55, when investors called for a more experienced business leade

BBC News - Facebook raises $1.5bn from investors

Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook has said it has raised $1.5bn (£900m) from investors, valuing the world's most popular social networking site at about $50bn.

Thursday, 13 January 2011

Android 3.0 and iPad 2: Tablets Reaching Maturity

Both Google's Android and Apple are targeting the business with their next iteration tablet devices. Executives and knowledge workers are seeing the light (in several senses) when it comes to not lugging heavy laptop bags around.

Android 3.0 and iPad 2: Tablets Reaching Maturity

Android 3.0 Honeycomb looks to give Android the same status on tablets that iPads now have.

Monday, 10 January 2011

Building virtual Rome in a day

"The project starts with a trip to the photo-sharing site Flickr to search for images of the real thing. Once pictures are identified, the computer starts the process of making 3-D objects from 2-D stills. Sameer Agarwal, a former postdoctoral scholar, at the university is mostly responsible for creating the algorithm that makes 3-D objects in virtual space from thousands of 2-D images."

Ray Kurzweil speaks at TED

Saturday, 8 January 2011

Ambient awareness - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

"Ambient awareness is a term used by social scientists to describe a new form of peripheral social awareness. This awareness is propagated from relatively constant contact with one's friends and colleagues via social networking platforms on the internet. Some examples of social networking websites are Facebook, Myspace, Twitter, Blogger,, etc. The term essentially defines the sort of omnipresent knowledge one experiences by being a regular user of these media outlets that allow a constant connection with one's social circle."

Data Analysis of Twitter at Events | Pathable Blog

The long tail, with the largest group is sending one tweet notice a single person sends and another sends 65. The top 4 senders send more tweets than the bottom 160. That is what we call Power Law.

Data Analysis of Twitter at Events | Pathable Blog

Twitter and Events, the life cycle

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Social Media Study Part 2: Twitter and the Event Lifecycle –

"One of the key questions we had before we started our research for the study was: How does the the actual Twitter activity related to an event evolve along the event lifecycle? Therefore we assessed the distribution of tweets over time in order to give valuable recommendations for event organizers. The results are really interesting and not exactly what I’ve expected before."
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Information Builders Mobile BI, BI for Web 3.0

The sales pitch from Information Builders sounds right, and BI tools for the mobile are a key area. People are going to want to know how performance is where they are when they are there. Using PC demand that managers and staff remember their questions.

Mobile Reporting Solution Center:

"Jumpstart Your Mobile BI Initiative
How organizations deliver and disseminate information is on the cusp of a new era. Converging to create a viral environment primed for the rapid adoption of mobile computing are several technological, sociological, and economic factors, including:

"Interchangeable browser interfaces on mobile devices and laptop computers

"Widespread adoption of multifunctional mobile devices, know as smartphones

"Demands from both management and line-of-business employees to improve productivity by making better use of workers' time"

We at Total Social Media see mobile Intelligence (not just BI but dials and graphs for a large set of information) as a key factor in the future of the web.

Thursday, 6 January 2011

Mobile and in-memory key trends for BI development: Gartner - Computer Business Review

"The first trend the analyst house predicts is in the mobile arena. By 2013 33% of BI functionality will be consumed via handheld devices. Initial mobile BI capabilities will focus on existing reports and dashboards ported to the mobile device, Gartner said, but by 2012 organisations and vendors will develop mobile analytic applications for specific tasks or domains. This should help take BI and analytics to a more mainstream audience, which in turn will mean more investment, according to Gartner."

Mobile and in-memory key trends for BI development: Gartner - Computer Business Review

Wednesday, 5 January 2011

Mobile Development: 5 Tips for Small Businesses

Mobile Development: 5 Tips for Small Businesses: "Savvy entrepreneurs, businesses and marketers know that they need a mobile presence –- either via a mobile site, mobile advertisement or mobile app –- in order to capture the ever expanding and on-the-go mobile audience."

Tuesday, 4 January 2011

API Documentation - WikiLocation - The Definitive API for Geo-Coded Wikipedia Articles

"As this API has just launched, it is highly advisable that you let me know if you build an application so I can contact you should any of the API details change - it's also great to see what people are building and take your feedback on board to improve the service! Alternatively, you can subscribe to the web log on my website or follow @WikiLocation on Twitter for all of the latest updates."

The WikiLocation Restful API is an amazing RESTFUL API for accessing the location of not only Wikipedia articles but also Foursquare and Gowalla. It also works with Yahoo WOEID. A WOEID from Yahoo is a unique identifier for Yahoo! GeoPlanet and as long as Yahoo! GeoPlanet sticks around it gives a nice clean unique 32 bit id for everything Yahoo! knows about space.

WOEID provides a hierarchy of objects, that gives developers a way to move up or down in location concepts from the venue level of foursquare all the way up to cities and nations. WOEIDs can give you information about the type of place a location is. A list of the types of WOEID comes from Yahoo!

Place Type Name Place Type Code Description
Continent 29 One of the major land masses on the earth. GeoPlanet is built on a seven-continent model: Asia (24865671), Africa (24865670),
North America (24865672), South America (24865673), Antarctica (28289421), Europe (24865675), and Pacific (Australia, New
Zealand, and the other islands in the Pacific Ocean -- 24865674).
Country 12 One of the countries and dependent territories defined by the ISO 3166-1 standard.
Admin 8 One of the primary administrative areas within a country. Place type names associated with this place type include: State,
Province, Prefecture, Country, Region, Federal District.
Admin2 9 One of the secondary administrative areas within a country. Place type names associated with this place type include: County,
Province, Parish, Department, District.
Admin3 10 One of the tertiary administrative areas within a country. Place type names associated with this place type include: Commune,
Municipality, District, Ward.
Town 7 One of the major populated places within a country. This category includes incorporated cities and towns, major unincorporated
towns and villages.
Suburb 22 One of the subdivisions within a town. This category includes suburbs, neighborhoods, wards.
Postal Code 11 One of the postal code areas within a country. This category includes both full postal codes (such as those in UK and CA)
and partial postal codes. Examples include: SW1A 0AA (UK), 90210 (US), 179-0074 (JP).
Supername 19 A place that refers to a region consisting of multiple countries or an historical country that has been dissolved into current
countries. Examples include Scandinavia, Latin America, USSR, Yugoslavia, Western Europe, and Central America.
Colloquial 24 Examples are New England, French Riviera, 関西地方(Kansai Region), South East England, Pacific States, and Chubu Region.
Time Zone 31 A place that refers to an area defined by the Olson standard. Examples include America/Los Angeles, Asia/Tokyo, Europe/Madrid.

I think you see where this is leading: an ability to link locations and semantics and using WikiLocation its all in one API.

Mathematical model shows how groups split into factions

How social groups split into factions
"'Structural balance theory applies in situations where there's a lot of social stress -- gossip disparaging to one person, countries feeling pressure, companies competing -- where we need to make alliances and find our friends and enemies,' said Cornell Ph.D. candidate Seth Marvel, lead author of a paper explaining the research published during the week of Jan. 3, 2011, in the online edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences with co-authors Jon Kleinberg, the Tisch University Professor of Computer Science, Robert Kleinberg, assistant professor of computer science, and Steven Strogatz, the Jacob Gould Schurman Professor of Applied Mathematics.

People may form alliances based on shared values, or may consider the social consequences of allying with a particular person, Marvel said. 'The model shows that the latter is sufficient to divide a group into two factions,' he said."

An interesting example of how social groups can break in to factions. It is hard though to see how this could be tracked in a real web based social network, though I have seen it happen.

Likely patterns of defriending Facebook or unfollowing on Twitter could indicate a process like this is happening. But this model assumes your social graph is the real relationships between people and not an artifact of using the social network.

For example in Second Life you could follow group memberships to see if this is happening. But a limitation on the number of groups any avatar can have could make it difficult to know if fractions are forming or not. In Second Life it would not be until two or mire united SIMs that form an Island break off in to islands that you can be sure a fraction split has happened.

BBC News - Earth project aims to 'simulate everything'

The Earth

"An international group of scientists are aiming to create a simulator that can replicate everything happening on Earth - from global weather patterns and the spread of diseases to international financial transactions or congestion on Milton Keynes' roads."