Archives for June 2009
Culture in the digital age is being created from the ground up, and just about anyone with a computer or smartphone can become a content-producing superstar, according to Bill Wasik, a senior editor at Harper’s magazine and author of the new book And Then There’s This: How Stories Live and Die in Viral Culture.
Charity is not the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, blogs and other social media. Mashable.com, which covers the world of social media, is hoping to change that. Mashable’s Summer of Social Good project – which runs through August – is attempting to light a fire under social media users by encouraging them to donate money to four charities: The Humane Society, Oxfam America, Livestrong and the World Wildlife Federation.
Next week in Minneapolis Jammie Thomas, a single mother of two from Brainerd, Minnesota, is scheduled to on trial for copyright infringement for the second time.
A jury found her guilty in 2007, ordering her to pay $220,000 in damages for illegally distributing 24 songs by the likes of Aerosmith, Green Day and Guns N’ Roses over the KaZaA peer-to-peer network. But a judge subsequently threw out the conviction.
The average sentence length of a Twitter message is 1.40 sentences. Gerunds are more popular on Twitter than off. The second most popular word on Twitter is “I.”
These are a few of the things the Oxford English Dictionary has learned by studying millions of Twitter messages.
MP3 – iTunes Online social networks will become a major economic force over the next decade, with powerful groups dictating what products will be made, who will produce them, and what prices they’ll pay, according to a recent report by Forrester Research. Guest: Jeremiah Owyang, a senior analyst at Forrester
Future Tense news analyst Dwight Silverman has been putting Microsoft search engine Bing through its paces. He calls it “intriguing.”