Entries from January 2009

Sell Your Integrity for $0.65

January 17th, 2009 · 7 Comments · Uncategorized

Everyone has their price, but who knew it was so low? First, we see Burger King persuading people to trade 10 Facebook friends for a Whopper (suggested retal price: $3.69). Then some are suggesting that Twitter might create a business model offer companies a sort of pay-per-click (PPC) approach to friendship where they might pay […]

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Is journalism screwed?

January 17th, 2009 · Comments Off on Is journalism screwed? · Uncategorized

Ethan Zuckerman wrote a thoughtful and provocative post entitled “Is ad-supported journalism viable in a pay-for-performance age?“.  He worries: If I’m right and print advertising costs are fundamentally irrational, then it’s possible that the way we’ve built media in the United States can’t survive a transition to a more rational market. The article justifies and […]

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Introducing The Noisy Community

January 17th, 2009 · 3 Comments · Uncategorized

The other day, I asked for feedback on ideas to build community at The Noisy Channel. Based on that feedback, I’ve gone ahead and created a directory of people whom I believe to be regular readers, largely because they are also contributors. There is a link to the directory on the front page, labeled “The […]

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Open Calais at the New York Semantic Web Meetup

January 16th, 2009 · 1 Comment · General

Tom Tague, who leads the Calais initiative at Thomson Reuters, delivered an excellent presentation this week at the New York Semantic Web Meetup. While the slides hardly do justice to this highly interactive session, they’re still worth a look. More importantly, Calais itself is worth a look if you are interested in semantic tagging. For […]

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The Influence Economy

January 16th, 2009 · 1 Comment · General

There’s an interesting convergence of two ideas in recent days. On one hand, there’s been a lot of attention to the problem of measuring Twitter authority / influence. On the other hand, there have been efforts, some more serious than others, to monetize the connections established on social networks like Twitter. Of course, these are […]

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The TunkRank Implementation Challenge

January 16th, 2009 · 13 Comments · Uncategorized

The other day, I proposed a sort of Twitter analog to PageRank that readers generously dubbed “TunkRank”. I know that some readers started looking into implementing it, so I wanted to put out an offer. If anyone implements this measure or one that preserves its fundamental principle of representing attention scarcity, I’ll promote it prominently […]

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Can’t Buy Me Friends

January 16th, 2009 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

The Beatles may have sung that you can’t buy love, but, as we learned last week, you can certainly sell friends. And now it seems that companies will be able to buy them. Marshall Kirkpatrick at ReadWriteWeb writes that “Twitter May Have Found Its Business Model“: Professional hustler turned CEO Jason Calacanis spelled it out […]

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The Noisy Community

January 15th, 2009 · 14 Comments · Uncategorized

One of the great things about blogging is that it’s given me the chance to assemble a community of people who interests overlap with my own. But so far that community only becomes interactive through the comment threads and, to a lesser extent, Twitter. I’ve wondered if it would be worthwhile to invest in cultivating […]

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Forums for Enterprise Search Practitioners

January 14th, 2009 · 4 Comments · Uncategorized

Since a substantial fraction of readers here are involved with enterprise search (in its broadest sense), I thought it might be helpful to share links to three online forums targeting this field. The search_dev Yahoo group,  “a technical and business discussion group for developers, consultants, IT people and managers who work with Enterprise Search engines”. […]

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A Twitter Analog to PageRank

January 13th, 2009 · 77 Comments · General

A few weeks ago, there was a flame war about Twitter authority, and I was all too eager to throw fuel on the pyre. But now that the blogosphere has calmed down a bit, I’d like to propose a ranking measure that I think might work. My apologies if it isn’t original. In fact, if […]

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