Of course Twitter is not representative of America

A new Pew study finds a gulf between the general population and Twitter users. This report is interesting because they interviewed actual people. There is one fundamental statement in it but it’s not mentioning a fundamental piece of context. The one interesting piece of data by Pew is that 10% of users create 80% of…

Be careful about how much efforts you put on Twitter

After many experiments to increase engagement with brands on Twitter, I have collected enough evidence that Twitter is not worth much. From now on, the main focus of my social media marketing efforts will be other channels like Reddit, Hacker News, LinkedIn and other well targeted forums. My Twitter efforts are now down to the…

Medium is “pivoting”

I’m glad to read Ev Williams finally admitting that: the broken system is ad-driven media on the internet. It simply doesn’t serve people. In fact, it’s not designed to. He’s a smart person, I’m sure the next iteration of Medium will be interesting, no matter what the outcome will be. Source: Renewing Medium’s focus

The cost of owning your social graph

With Facebook being that awful mess it is and always will be, Twitter becoming an awful mess, too, Google Plus being not really better than the previous two, App.net seems to be on the right track. A social network that is not basing its revenues on advertising but it’s selling subscriptions. Users pay $50 a…

The Incredible Run of Google+

Since an image is worth 1000 words, here is a graph done by Leon Håland analyzing the growth of Google+. It took only 24 days for Google+ to reach 20 million users, while it took over three years to reach that number for Facebook and Twitter. Considering that the service is still open only by…

The FreedomBox on CBSNews

Eben Moglen explains on CBSNews the FreedomBox project: software that keeps you in control of your private addressbook and your digital life online combined with plug-computer hardware. The ending quote “If that’s a revolution then we’re doing it” is pure Moglen style. Enjoy it. http://cnettv.cnet.com/av/video/cbsnews/atlantis2/cbsnews_player_embed.swf

Twitter turns five and gets a big present

When I first contacted Paolo Nespoli offering my help to him to use Twitter I never thought he could one day send this spectactular video from space. Follow @astro_paolo and vote for him at the Shorty Awards: his pictures and videos from space are breathaking. #grateful Discover your world on Twitter.

The future of Free Software

Eben Moglen is helping Free Software to keep the promise of a free society. In his keynote speech at FOSDEM Moglen has laid out the foundation for the future of the Free Software movement: make sure that digital communication between people remains free. Our freedom depends on reengineering the network to replace vulnerable, centralized services…

A path to design social apps that don’t suck

Existing social networking apps suck because human social interactions is simply more complex than adding a ‘friend’. This presentation shows quite clearly why Facebook sucks and the email/phone addressbooks suck, too. Take a full 40 minutes to read it carefully and then watch it again. The Real Life Social Network v2http://static.slidesharecdn.com/swf/doc_player.swf?doc=vtm2010-100701010846-phpapp01&stripped_title=the-real-life-social-network-v2View more documents from Paul…