Tag Archives: Google

Place is a Tag: How Our Phones Should Work

Get ready for the geo-tag - and a revolution in the way you use your phone to search the places around you!

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Google+ Hints at a Social Media Marketing Revolution

Google+ pushes better engagement with "permission marketing" principles.

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What If You Could Customize Klout to Match Your Definition of “Influence”?

Our new hamster wheel...

How come I can't decide for myself what influence on the web means to me? Who died and left Klout king? How about an influence tuner to let me decide what kind of influence matters most?

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Why Google Sparks Matters

Sparking our imaginations

Sparks is critical to protecting Google's golden egg - its search business - from Facebook. With Sparks, Google is trying to get you to share interesting content with people using Circles rather than Facebook. Facebook gets social, but Google really gets information - so here are a few speculations on where Google is likely to take Sparks:

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Social Enterprise and the Renaissance of Local News

All the news that's fit for mission

The old business model for local news is deep in debt and essentially running on fumes. The notion of a truly mission-driven news entity is quite compelling. We see examples of it running quite effectively in the nonprofit world in entities such as YES! Magazine, Grist, and High Country News. While these organizations have editorial voices and geographic territories that make them operationally quite different from a local newspaper, they do paint a picture of what could be possible on a municipal level.

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“Square” Pegs Mobile Payments – Round Hole Still Not Filled

Square Up!

The latest issue of Wired has an interview with Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey on his latest venture – Square. If you’re not familiar with Square, it’s a simple way for merchants to accept credit card payments through a little device that plugs into their phone. Square has now shipped a half million card readers and is already processing over $3 million a ...

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Robots Rising…

Small pieces, loosely joined....

We are sitting at the edge of the age of robots. Over the last year, a couple of interesting things happened that will greatly speed up the evolution of robots. Last year, hackers rather quickly figured out that they could reuse a Microsoft Xbox Kinect 3D sensor as a low-cost form of machine vision – that’s right, technology to help ...

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Smarter Search

The ever growing brain that is Google...

A couple quick things to point out on Google’s search capabilities these days, that are also some interesting hints at where search is going. The first is a new “sort by subject” feature, which lets you organize your results on image searches based on categories. Say, for example that you do an image search on dogs. If you click the ...

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Twitter is Not a Social Network

Twitter is not a social network. It's a "real-time information network" and once you see it that way, its competitive edges look a lot closer to Google than Facebook. Facebook is a social network utility, while Twitter is a social network application with real-time information as its end goal.

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De-censoring Censorship: Google & The Economist

An interesting coincidence. Google and The Economist each just decided to do something about the censorship they face in various countries. Though these companies are obviously quite different from each other, they both have an annoying habit of exposing embarrassing information that some rulers would prefer their people not see. Some of the reasons for the censorship may be legitimate ...

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