Saturday, 19 May 2012

Study: Twitter Sentiment Mirrored Facebook’s Stock

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"To create this graph, DataSift recorded 95,019 interactions from 58,665 authors over a period of 6 hours. Most interactions, of course, took place right during the early hours after Facebook’s stock started trading (and took an immediate dive from $42 closer to $38). The company also saw a second and much smaller uptick in interactions toward the end of the day as well."
The Web 3.0 Lab is a bit under-impressed by the mirroring of this image.  It seems like nothing more than people tweeting about how badly the stock actually did relative to hopes. 
Study: Twitter Sentiment Mirrored Facebook’s Stock Price Today | TechCrunch

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Quit Facebook Or Be Expelled, Queensland Primary School Tells Students

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From the Huffington Post:
Students at a primary school have been told by teachers to quit social networking site Facebook or be expelled. 
In Harlaxton State School's newsletter, the principal said no student is to have a Facebook account as it violates the school's policy, the Brisbane Times reported. 
Principal Leonie Hultgren argued that as Facebook legally requires users to be at least 13 years old, pupils at the Queensland school were breaking the law if they registered with the site as they would be providing false information to do so. 
The school introduced the policy after a spate of cyberbullying. 
"A student who contravenes the law or rule in a digital scenario may need to meet the Principal to discuss this issue and their continued enrolment at Harlaxton," she added. 
"It may seem insignificant to lie about your age to gain access to a social media site but where does it stop? Will they then think it is okay to lie about their age to gain a licence?"
The same rules apply to Facebook in the UK but research conducted in 2011 revealed 43% of nine to 12 year-olds are registered to use the site.
Responding to the research, a spokesperson for Facebook said:
"Recent reports have highlighted just how difficult it is to implement age restrictions on the Internet and that there is no single solution to ensuring younger children don't circumvent a system or lie about their age.
"Just as parents are always teaching and reminding kids how to cross the road safely, talking about internet safety should be just as important a lesson to learn."
Should Facebook be banned in schools? Let us know.


Quit Facebook Or Be Expelled, Queensland Primary School Tells Students

The proper age for going on sites like Facebook and Flickr is an open debate in the Web 3.0 Lab.  Gail, who works with cyberbulling and teens thinks that children should not be allowed on sites until about 14 years of age.  I spend more time working with the technology and contact hackers and other dark hats who on social networks and tend to think 17 would be a good age, but its unlikely to be able to stop someone from using such sites by 15.

As long as children have free access to PC and mobile smart phones they will be able to join Facebook.  If schools and families put in policies preventing them from being on in their own name they will make up personalities to go online with.  We have found time and time again that negative behavior like trolling and bullying go up when people are online with other identities.

We guess the real question is why are communication devices and computers being given to children at such young ages.  In the early days of marketing computers the child audience was heavy targeted.  In 1989 it was hard to think of a reason to buy a computer, so firms came up with 'education' as key selling point, and the use of computers was presented as something that could benefit children.



But let us be very honest here: computers are not an educational tool.  In the past 20 years the computer has gone from a expensive geeky toy or business tool to a item in every teens pocket: skills of reading, writing, communication and collaboration have not gone up.  The real outcome of some many young people on the Internet has been less exercise, more cheating, more grooming, more bullying and more underage sexual conduct.

Computers are loaded devices when connected to the Internet.  The Internet has innate dangers and the rush to give every child a fully web enabled small computer really has no benefit.  Identity should be form out in the context of family, friends, school and community before it is on the cover of facebook.

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Twitter embraces UK's policymakers after eventful year

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 "Twitter has told the BBC it now wants to have a closer role with government and policymakers in the UK. 
"The site has revealed that there are over 10 million active tweeters across the nation. 
"The site's UK general manager Tony Wang said it is a priority to "protect and defend" the voice of those users. 
"It has been a year since Twitter opened its UK operations. It has faced tough questions over privacy and regulation."

BBC News - Twitter embraces UK's policymakers after eventful year

Thursday, 10 May 2012

What percentage of tweets are geotagged? Quora

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What percentage of tweets are geotagged?  What percentage of geotagged tweets are ascribed to a venue?

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In a sample that I took 3 months ago of 25,000 tweets, ~0.5% were geotagged and 16% of users had geo enabled on their account. I didn't measure venues at that time.
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A random sample of 1.5 million public tweets by 10k users over 18 months revealed the following:

1.0% of tweets are geotagged in some way

87% of geotagged tweets contain exact coordinates while...
13% of geotagged tweets represent regional polygons, such as cities

95% of users never geotag a single tweet but...
~1% of users geotag the majority of the tweets they post

Very passive users (< 50 tweets per year) and very active users (> 1000 tweets per year) geotag a smaller percentage of tweets than moderate users.

The prevalence of geotagging has increased linearly from 0.6% in late 2010 to ~1.4% today.
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Tuesday, 8 May 2012

London as a living web being

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London Twitter Map from CASA


A fairly typical week day in London: map showing tweets over a several hours in London 


Map of social media content for London.  Note most tweets geo-tagged information is not longitude and latitude, but for regions like Oxford Street or Westminster, or specific stores.  So we have created the Happ Meter, which gives the a count of all the kinds of geo-located tweets happening in an area, per hour.  Since estimates are that only about 2% of tweets have any kind of geo-tagged data, that means there are a lot of tweets happening we don't see.

Real time twitter density for: Covent Garden, City of Westminster, London WC2E, UK

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London is a circulation network, a blood system giving life to social structures.  It has points like Covent Garden from which the underground system of transit opens to the surface.  In Covent Garden the Tube opens on a rich cluster of shows, bars, and places to eat producing a lively hub.  But depending on when you look the twitter activity will ebb up and down.  Weather and time of the week or day causes the flow of people, and web activity to rise and fall.  Cyberspace is still governed by local geo-social conditions.

Real time twitter density for: Buckingham Palace City of Westminster, London SW1A 1AA, UK

People act differently at different places.  Buckingham Palace has become a major hub of tweets and foursquare.  Toursits want to share images of the Palace and the guards with the public, journalists who work in local government want to get stories to the public.


Real time twitter density for: Canary Wharf Station Bank St (Stop L), London Borough of Tower Hamlets, London E14, UK

Some areas have special use, during the week Canary Wharf will rise to high levels of tweeting, foursquare, and web traffic only to drop on the weekends and in the evening.

Real time twitter density for: Shoreditch High Street, London Borough of Hackney, London E1, UK 

Other spaces have more general use, Shoreditch is active during the day and at night, on weekends and during the week. Foursquare offers promise as a tool for tracking the movement of people, but again the keys are lots of people, good mobile access, and people engaged in something where they are sitting down.

City Lens, Nokia has lost the plot.

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This 'crisp clean' blonde spokesperson can not hide just how pathetic this app is.  Nokia is trying to present a Layar ripp off as new technology.  IPhone and Android users have had this kind of functionality, with far more features, for 5 years now.  This is such a basic part of the Google/Apple mobile web experience one can only wonder if Nokia is simply trying to sell to the utterly clueless about Web 3.0.

Some notes after years of testing this stuff.

Augmented reality views don't work because of a combination of the jerkiness of holding a screen up to the world combined with the social awkwardness of using it.  One time while testing augmented reality I was confronted by a teen male who wanted to know why I was filming him.  Saying 'I am just using augmented reality' really didn't seem like a good option.  Augmented reality just does not work and no one uses it.

The list view is vulnerable to gaming and inevitably becomes just a popularity contest.  In order to be ranked in lists your a venue needs to be popular, so sites like Google, Yelp and Foursquare inevitably tell you what you already know.  An idea geo-search tool will tell you what you don't know or can't find.

Map views are actually disturbing in how bad they are.  The problem is the feast or famine factor in social life.  Our world is generally made up of places packed full of so many venues or empty.  Thus the map shows either a crowded cluster of places or empty space.  Also the pins on maps UI really tells you nothing at all about the nature of the place.

There is still nothing like walking around to get a fell for an area.  After walking around the next best is talking to people who know an area.  After that search of reviews online for areas and places is very rich. These three modes of learning about place as yet are not captured in any geo-spatial tool that we have reviewed.

Sunday, 6 May 2012

Huge Twitter Traffic at Bastille on French Socialist Win

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Real time twitter density for: Bastille, Paris, France

Today Socialist Party won the French Presidency, and they are having a party right now at Bastille, where a massive cloud of tweets is forming there.

Shoreditch London, Deleuze and the web

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We are living in a society that sees it self more and more not via perceptions of objects but information.

Real time twitter density for: London Borough of Hackney, London N1 6BY, UK http://bit.ly/IvfKkD

Information is different from objects in that information is flow, information sitting by itself is nothing.  Information is also infinitely reproducible now.  Its not the static presence of industrial things but the emergent patterns coming out of data flows by which we think and construct society.


Real time twitter density for: Old Street, London Borough of Islington, London EC1Y, UK http://bit.ly/IQkVKe
Some places like Old Street peek in activity during the week, other like Brick Lane are stronger on the weekend. From an information flow perspective places change from week to weekend. Real time twitter density for: London Borough of Tower Hamlets, London E1 6HR, UK http://bit.ly/JMDHGu Real time twitter density for: Shoreditch High Street, London Borough of Hackney, London E1, UK http://bit.ly/JMEYxg

Wikipedia - Google data overview for Shoreditch and Hoxton London


Current trending foursquare venues, a measure of current state of flow in Shoreditch and Hoxton.

This shows patterns based on time.  For example every working morning London Liverpool Street Rail Station trends on Foursqaure.  Unlike Old Street which is mostly underground, dingy and small, Liverpool is a larger sunny space where people often have to wait to get trains to and from the suburbs.  As such it is an area where people who are bored have time and mobile web access.  The daily rise in Foursquare checkins to Liverpool Street Station reflects a combined presence of web access and an organised wasting of thousands of people's time waiting for longer distance train stations. Old Street is also very crowed but by the time people can use mobile phones they are already on the street where they have less opportunity to use their mobile phones.