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Sheep throwing on Twitter, redux

April 17, 2009
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UPDATE: Edited to reflect the fact that Luca is not the developer of buytter.com UPDATE 4/26/2009: Since posting this, it’s interesting to note that “how to block buytter” is among the top incoming Google searches sending users to Mr Blog – so apparently I’m not the only one considering these questions. Yesterday, I spoke briefly…

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Tweefight – the next way to throw shoes

April 16, 2009
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It’s gone way beyond snowballs and shoes. Not only are there at least three separate “shoe throwing” applications on Facebook, now you can throw just about anything at your friends, from watermelons to sheep. That’s fine. It’s not my cup of tea, but I know a lot of people enjoy such things. But, thankfully, Facebook…

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Twitter is a “Stupid Network” (the good kind)

April 16, 2009
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I’m sure I’m not the first to point out this analogy, but one of the things that makes Twitter interesting is how it parallels the “stupid network” model, as prescribed by David Isenberg in The Rise of the Stupid Network. Twitter embraces the end-to-end principle which is a central design principle of the Internet itself. …

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Tweefind another way to search using Twitter

April 8, 2009
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Friend Luca Filigheddu launched tweefind.com, a twitter search site that uses “twitter rank” to select results. Google had perhaps one of most amazing and simple ideas of the 20th century with Pagerank. Twitter, I think, represents one of the (few) real theats to Google. Google’s revenue requires “eyeballs” (exposure to their ads). Anything that steals…

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Twitter in the news

February 16, 2009
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With Twitter Inc’s recent raise of another $35 million, bringing their total to $55 million, with an estimated valuation of $200 million to $250 million the company has been making the rounds on the wire. This AP story today, Can all that Twitters turn to gold amid the gloom? says that “Twitter intends to start…

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Taglets.org API examples and sample code

January 22, 2009
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Taglets.org API examples and sample code

Taglets.org is founded on the idea that no matter how brilliant you and your coworkers are (or think you are), there are always going to be smarter people outside of your company. That’s why it’s an API and platform first, so that people smarter than we are can exploit the platform in ways we would…

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Introducing taglets.org

January 14, 2009
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Introducing taglets.org

A little over a month ago, my good friend and colleague, Mark Petrovic, had an idea for a project/service. That idea evolved into taglets.org, which we introduced today. At first, to be honest, it was not obvious to me how it would be used or by whom. But Mark is smart and I trust him.…

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Do “filters” mean Twitter has failed?

January 9, 2009
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This post is about flood control.  Not the kind happening up in Washington state, but information flooding. At one time email was a nice little tool, where we could wait with anticipation for the chance we might get an email, or two or three, today (for me that was the eighties).  But at some point…

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