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Social Networking: Theory and Practice

I’ve been a student of social network theory for years, enjoying the work of Duncan Watts, Albert-László Barabási, Jon Kleinberg, and a number of other researchers investigating this field. It should be no surprise that a topic that is so core to our humanity has attracted attention from some of our best and brightest. And […]

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LinkedIn No Longer Allowing Invite Messages?

I noticed recently that, when I sent out an invitation to connect to someone on LinkedIn, there wasn’t the usual slot for including a free-text note with the invitation. I thought it might be a glitch–and I even considered the possibility that this was only happening to my account because I’m a bit of a […]

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An Apology to Vijay Gill

I don’t know if Google’s Vijay Gill reads this blog. But a post of his just caught my attention, and I feel I owe him an apology. A little over a month ago, I wrote a post entitled “Even Google Should Beware Of Hubris“. I stand by much of that post. But I specifically said: […]

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Off to SIGMOD

I hope you’ve been enjoying my recent posting frenzy, because the noise will be a bit think in the next couple of weeks. I’m about to head to Providence, where I’ll be attending SIGMOD 2009 and presenting an invited talk on “Design for Interaction“. Yes, database people care about HCIR too! I don’t know what […]

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Google Suggests…Ads

I haven’t seen this in my own browser yet, but MG Siegler at TechCrunch reports that Google Suggest has added advertising (see Google’s official post here). It also talks about personalization, but I’ve been seeing that for a while, so I don’t know that there’s anything new on that front. In any case, here’s an […]

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Too Connected, Or Not Connected Enough?

A bit off my usual selection of topics, but an article by Bruce Perens about a cyber-attack on Morgan Hill, a small city in northern California caught my attention: Just after midnight on Thursday, April 9, unidentified attackers climbed down four manholes serving the Northern California city of Morgan Hill and  cut eight fiber cables  […]

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Happy Birthday, Noisy Channel!

Actually, I’m a few days late: Monday, April 6th was the 1-year anniversary of The Noisy Channel. I was looking back at my first post and I’m happy to see that, while both the content and readership of this blog have broadened over the past year of growth, my focus has stayed true to my […]

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Something Jeff Jarvis and I Agree On

Recently I had a bit of a spat with Jeff Jarvis over how he characterizes Google’s transparency. Jarvis has positioned himself as the standard-bearer for all things Googley and I’ve taken on the un-Googley task of championing exploratory search, so it’s not surprise that we often find ourselves disagreeing. But, in the same Steve Rubel […]

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Wolfram Talks About Wolfram Alpha

I felt pretty lucky to get an early preview of Wolfram Alpha, but real insiders like Rudy Rucker get personal demos from Wolfram himself. Rucker not only published a post about his conversation but also posted a “slightly condensed” hour-long podcast of the interview. I listened to the whole hour. My biggest surprise is at […]

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Usability Begins At Home

As some of you may know, I have a muti-faceted identity: I have an awesome day job; I’m a prolific blogger (really?), I’m writing a book; and I have a wonderful family. Of course, it’s easy to forget that all of these facets co-exist, and that not everything stays put within its original context. Well, […]