Sunday, 5 July 2015

#Wireless shows the event is media

These readings were taken from the Wireless festival in London, Sunday July the 5th. Its interesting to see that not only are a many people tweeting, but they are almost all tweeting on message, post

The point here is that today the media message is no longer before the event, in ads, or media coverage of an event, which you might control, an events today is a major media publishing source.  The event speaks to the media in real time via twitter, Facebook, snapchat, Instagram and what ever new thing comes along.  In a case like Wireless this is an impressive show of a united message from a location, but there is also a danger of events losing control of their message via media users.

Again the big picture is well established, social media means you have to communicate your message to your consumer clearer, that you need to keep them happy, and you need to track what is being said about you in real time, and change your message or services as quickly as you can.

Monday, 29 June 2015

Mapping Tweets from Athens in #Greececrisis

Sadly too many people viewed my tool and it has been going down. Try later if its 0

Large body of tweets on Friday night before the vote near OXI happy

Saturday, 30 May 2015

Mapping tweets at FA cup

The tweets coming from around the Wembley stadium where the FA cup is being played.

Arsenal fans are collecting around Emirates Stadium

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Google to make BigTable technology public on the Cloud

Big Table runs some of the largest big data features currently in Google

Big Table is a NoSQL to make huge data sets meaningful for the business.   This is not going to be cheap, it requires 4 nodes and you are going to need to spend a great deal more than Azure DocumentDB or NoSQL Tables to get going.

Microsoft has a long way to catch up to Microsoft and AWS.  But they certainly have the experience of Big Data behind them, Google was doing Big Data before we were all saying it.

Saturday, 2 May 2015

Track tweets from the birth of the next British Royal baby in real time

St Mary's Hospital where today, May 2 2015, the Princes in in Labour (Labor for Americans)

Sunday, 26 April 2015

Mapping tweets from London Marathon

Tool tracks levels and tweets geo-tagged near key points.

Start Point

Middle Point

End Point

Saturday, 25 April 2015

Tracking Tweeting in Katmandu Earthquake

A lot of very sad tweets are coming from the tourist area of Katmandu, which was hit heavily by the Earthquake. Tourists are most likely to be tweeting. The mobile networks seems to be up and running though.

And here is a crowded area in Katmandu where locals are tweeting. Few tweets but lots and lots of RTs of tweets that there are.

Friday, 24 April 2015

Statue of Liberty Tweets

This app tracks tweets coming from around the Statue of Liberty, which at this time is being evacuated.
Oddly enough for such a disturbing story I am not seeing New York City talking bout it yet.
This app tracks tweets coming from around the Statue of Liberty, which at this time is being evacuated.

Monday, 13 April 2015

Holographic Protests

In response to recent changes in the law of Spain, widely seen restricting the rights to protest, an innovative group of opposition has started a way to use technology to try and avoid penalties imposed by law on protest. The group called Holograms for Freedom holographic images, collected from the web, to 'beam' a virtual protest to a site, allowing people to participate without breaking the law.

Though this seems like an innovative idea, it seems more troubling than promising. Firstly the law could be easily be revised to extent to holograph representations. Also, as we have seen all too often, it would probably be easier to the state to track virtual presence than real presence at an event. And as I have noted with 'troll bombing' it is now possible for the state to use technology to create its own counter virtual protests, and now that they can use holographs.

It remains my conviction that the best roll of technology in protest is to extend, not try to racially replace existing forms of communal engagement. The web can give everyone a printing press, but if democracy is going to enter the virtual world it gives the advantage to existing power structures.