Tags: Download, Papers, Science, Twitter, Vienna University
Though Twitter only went public in July 2006 (according to Wikipedia, though many papers such as Java et al 2007 cite October 2006 as the launch date) quite an amount of Twitter research has already been published. Here is an overview of downloadable papers – please let me know if you find anything else.
P.S: Some of these papers can only be downloaded from a (university) library. If you have access to the network of Vienna University, you need to establish a VPN connection through univpn.univie.ac.at/. Login, select AnyConnect, establish VPN trough the browser or download the VPN client if the browser connection doesn’t work smoothly.
Tags: France, Gesture, Lol
Angelika Storrer, a professor at Dortmund Technical University, gave a talk about chatspeak yesterday at the Web as Culture Conference in Gießen, presenting visual evidence that LOL has meanwhile evolved into a gesture in France:
Tags: Nielsen, Twitter
So we have all read the story about the so-called ‘Twitter quitters’, i.e. people who do not return the following month and the percentage of which, according to Nielsen, amounts to 60%. This single month is probably not enough to conclude that users “wind up abandoning the service” – or at least that is what my (very limited sample of 17 users) suggests.
Tags: Coriander, Ginger, Netvibes, New Release
Those Netvibes people like their spices…. Ginger, the successor to Coriander, has now been released, the new netvibes that allows users to create their own universe (an environment of widgets, feeds and websites) and publish it. Btw, one of their lead developers, Alexander Kirk, telecommutes from Vienna to Paris. He introduced Ginger at the last Barcamp in Vienna.
Tags: Live Video
… there comes another niche that has previously eluded me (or rather: that I deliberately ignored –> information overflow).
Godammit. How to keep track (or why)?
Tags: Cuteness, research, Ultra Kawaii
Sorry for the lame title. I’ve just experienced a rather dull moment of disillusionment..
For my PhD thesis I am currently doing research on web videos in collaborative environments – it’s the narrative and visual layer I am most interested in. One of the things I am currently doing to establish my own body of research is downloading and referencing the Top 10 movies in the Viral Video Chart twice a week; I plan to do this for at least half year. Of course I am aware that this covers only ONE aspect of the narrative strategies at work – there are so many micro-niches on the web 2.0 that it would be silly to assume that a chart of the most popular movies would take you to the heart of things…
Having said that… this morning I signed up for Bebo and felt a sudden pang of despair when I realized the dimensions of the Bebo video universe… it is going to be IMPOSSIBLE to cover each and everything that is going on at the moment, so many things will inevitably elude me. I’d literally have to have my own collaborative platform and invite other researchers to help map the field to do any web 2.0 phenomenon justice… One thing that I am really grateful for is the ROCKETBOOM – Know Your Meme Series – it’s more anecdotal than critical, but at least I don’t have to download each and everything myself now
Sigh… even though, I think I’ll be able to use to use some of the things I found this morning for my presentation in Weimar in (arf!) two weeks, which is going to focus on cuteness on the web, e.g. the Ultra Kawaii Channel on Bebo
Tags: Brockhaus, Comparison, encyclopedia, Encyclopedia Britannica, Wikipedia
That is to say: German Wikipedia is better than Brockhaus online, the latter being the German equivalent to the Encyclopedia Britannica, a comparison conducted by German magazine Stern has shown. They cross-checked 50 randomly selected entries (“Hartz IV”, “U2″, “Penicillin” or “Moses”) and gave marks for Accuracy, Currency and Ease of Understanding.
The results: 43 Wikipedia articles were “better” than Brockhaus’s, mainly for reasons of currency _and_ (surprise!) currency. Brockhaus, for instance, did neither know about Pararotti’s death nor about the Noble Prize for Doris Lessing.
Too bad the study didn’t give examples of accuracy, as it would have been interesting to know their notion of accuracy.
What I thought was surprising: Brockhaus, even though NOT written by laymen, was easier to understand. It seems as if Wikipedians like to impress with elaborate sentences and exclusive terminology:-)
Tags: Facebook, privacy, public, search engines, search listing
Everyone! If you enter Facebook now you’ll find an announcement that your Facebook profile is soon going to be searchable for search engines like Google, etc. – and that means: visible and searchable to the whole world!
To avoid that this happens (and once the information is out there, it is for sure going to end up in some cache or greedy mirror server from which you can NEVER delete it), do the following:
_log into Facebook
_click ‘privacy’ (second option from the right in the top right corner)
_choose ‘search’ (the second paragraph in the bluish list)
_edit your privacy setting by UNCHECKING the boxes below the question in blue font: “Who can find my public search listing outside of Facebook?”
You might also want to change the rest of the privacy settings to meet your privacy needs.
Tags: Content, Data, IT, Knowledge, Semantic Web, Technology, Tim Berners-Lee
I’m in the process of adding a Semantic Web paragraph to the paper I’m revising at the moment. Here are some basic definitions that are useful to everyone on the web (who cares just a little about the technology he is using):
The Semantic Web is a web of data. There is lots of data we all use every day, and its not part of the web. I can see my bank statements on the web, and my photographs, and I can see my appointments in a calendar. But can I see my photos in a calendar to see what I was doing when I took them? Can I see bank statement lines in a calendar?
Why not? Because we don’t have a web of data. Because data is controlled by applications, and each application keeps it to itself.
The Semantic Web is about two things. It is about common formats for integration and combination of data drawn from diverse sources, where on the original Web mainly concentrated on the interchange of documents. It is also about language for recording how the data relates to real world objects. That allows a person, or a machine, to start off in one database, and then move through an unending set of databases which are connected not by wires but by being about the same thing.
[Source: Semantic Web by Ivan Herman for the World Wide Web Consortium]
The Semantic Web will bring structure to the meaningful content of Web pages, creating an environment where software agents roaming from page to page can readily carry out sophisticated tasks for users. [..]
The Semantic Web is not a separate Web but an extension of the current one, in which information is given well-defined meaning, better enabling computers and people to work in cooperation. [..]
For the semantic web to function, computers must have access to structured collections of information and sets of inference rules that they can use to conduct automated reasoning. Artificial-intelligence researchers have studied such systems since long before the Web was developed. Knowledge representation, as this technology is often called, is currently in a state comparable to that of hypertext before the advent of the Web: it is clearly a good idea, and some very nice demonstrations exist, but it has not yet changed the world. It contains the seeds of important applications, but to realize its full potential it must be linked into a single global system. [..]
Adding logic to the Web—the means to use rules to make inferences, choose courses of action and answer questions—is the task before the Semantic Web community at the moment. A mixture of mathematical and engineering decisions complicate this task. The logic must be powerful enough to describe complex properties of objects but not so powerful that agents can be tricked by being asked to consider a paradox. Fortunately, a large majority of the information we want to express is along the lines of “a hex-head bolt is a type of machine bolt,” which is readily written in existing languages with a little extra vocabulary. [..]
The Semantic Web will enable machines to COMPREHEND semantic documents and data, not human speech and writings. [..]
The Semantic Web, in naming every concept simply by a URI, lets anyone express new concepts that they invent with minimal effort. Its unifying logical language will enable these concepts to be progressively linked into a universal Web. This structure will open up the knowledge and workings of humankind to meaningful analysis by software agents, providing a new class of tools by which we can live, work and learn together.
[Source: "The Semantic Web. A new form of Web content that is meaningful to computers will unleash a revolution of new possibilities".
By Tim Berners-Lee, James Hendler and Ora Lassila. Scientific American, May 2001.]