Entries from December 2008

The Macroeconomics of Information and Attention

December 16th, 2008 · 11 Comments · General

Note: this post is cross-posted at the Panjiva blog, which discusses issues affecting the global trade community. I’ve recently joined Panjiva’s advisory board (alongside Panjiva investor and reknowned economist Larry Summers), and I’m proud to be helping this new venture transform global trade by providing an unprecedented level of transparency about the strengths and weaknesses of companies […]

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What You Need To Know About Social Media

December 16th, 2008 · 3 Comments · General

Today I delivered an internal presentation at Endeca entitled “What You Need To Know About Social Media” with the goal of setting a baseline of what every technologist should know about this brave new world. As proof that I drink my own kool-aid / eat my own dog food, I’m offering it here for public […]

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Making Government Information More Accessible

December 16th, 2008 · 2 Comments · General

A co-worker tipped me off to a public, non-profit service that deserves all the publicity it can get. It’s called Public.Resource.Org, run by technologist and public domain advocate Carl Malamud, and devoted to “making [U.S.] government information more accessible”. Not sold on the value of this service yet? Consider this example of their good deeds. […]

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Common Sense 2.0

December 15th, 2008 · Comments Off on Common Sense 2.0 · Uncategorized

The Wall Street Journal, reeling from its controversial coverage about Google, Larry Lessig, and net neutrality, published an article about “The Secrets of Marketing in a Web 2.0 World“. Here are the “secrets” they enumerate: Don’t just talk at consumers — work with them throughout the marketing process. Give consumers a reason to participate. Listen […]

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Facebook More Trusted Than Google (!)

December 15th, 2008 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

According to a Ponemon Institute report on the 20 most trusted companies in the United States, Americans trust Facebook more than they trust Google. A look at Ponemon’s press release shows Facebook ranked at #15, while Google fell out of the top 20 from its rank of #10 in 2007. I don’t know enough about the study […]

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Is SOA Enabling Intelligent Agents?

December 14th, 2008 · 9 Comments · General

I recently blogged about sofware agents, mostly musing about how to reconcile their inherent rationality with our lack thereof as human beings. But today I noticed an article by John Markoff in the New York Times entitled “A Software Secretary That Takes Charge “, which considers some companies trying to build services based on such agents. […]

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Should We Donate Attention To Support Bloggers?

December 14th, 2008 · 4 Comments · General

In a post today entitled “The joke of advertising on social media“, Steve Hodson goes through some familiar territory in the challenges social media companies faces in coming up with a viable business model: Social media is built around the idyllic concept that content should be free. Social media companies insist to advertisers that they […]

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Micro Economies of Attention

December 14th, 2008 · Comments Off on Micro Economies of Attention · Uncategorized

Oscar Berg just alerted me to a nice post on the Connectbeam Social Computing Blog about “Micro Economies of Attention” that, in turn, discusses a work by researchers in Hewlett Packard’s Social Computing Lab evaluating the motivations of employees to participate in organizations’ social software applications. I’ve been preparing a series of posts about the macroeconomics of […]

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The Attention Arms Race

December 14th, 2008 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

I was just reading an article in the New York Time about how “Advertisers Face Hurdles on Social Networking Sites” and saw this brilliant quote from SocialMedia Networks co-founder Seth Goldstein: “Advertisers distract users; users ignore advertisers; advertisers distract better; users ignore better.” I think that sums up the problem of having advertising as the foundation for almost […]

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Transparency vs. Simplicity

December 12th, 2008 · 2 Comments · General

As regular readers know, I am strong advocate for transparency in any system where people interact with machines. In fact, such transparency is a core HCIR value, since communication depends on the clarity with which a message traverses the noisy channel of human-computer interaction. So I was a bit taken aback by a recent blog […]

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