What is Twitter: News Media or Social Network?

Twitter seems to have grown from a simple platform for exchanging 140-character messages, into a subject matter for case studies seeking to uncover human behavior!

A recent study called: “What is Twitter, a Social Network or a News Media?” by Haewoon Kwak, Changhyun Lee, Hosung Park, and Sue Moon – Department of Computer Science, Korea – tackles this matter in efforts to better understand the popularity of Twitter and the transformation of Twitter since its development up until the present day.

In other words, the main goal of the study is analyzing the topological characteristics of Twitter and its power as a new medium of information sharing.

In order to deduce accurate results, the researchers heading this study crawled 41.7 million user profiles, 1.47 billion social relations, 4,262 trending topics and 106 million tweets.

We begin with the network analysis and study the distributions of followers and followings, the relation between followers and tweets, reciprocity, degrees of separation, and homophily. Next we rank users by the number of followers, PageRank, and the number of retweets and present quantitative comparison among them“.

Conclusions… In Geeky English!

1. Among reciprocated users some level of homophily was observed. In order to identify influentials on Twitter, users were ranked by the number of followers and by PageRank. They found the two rankings to be similar.

From the study: Topics ranked by RT proportion (# of users > 50,000)

From the study: Topics ranked by RT proportion (# of users > 50,000)

Facebook New Privacy Settings… Better Now?!

Finally! Facebook has caved in and revamped their privacy system and settings in hopes of resolving some of its privacy woes. Hopefully, this new system will save some hapless chaps and gals  from losing their jobs because they can’t help themselves when it comes to over sharing.

So what are those new settings?

You can share yourself with ...

You can share yourself with ...

The new privacy option went live on Wednesday. Upon login the user will be forced (yes!) all 350 million of them, to set up his privacy settings and set up what he wants to share with whom. The new privacy settings will allow users more control and granularity over their content. Users will be able to define who sees information such as age, name, status updates, and photos based on three settings groups. You will be able to share your Facebook profile with either everyone, friends, or friends of friends. There is also a fourth setting that will allow you to create custom groups so you can keep that nosy boss of yours from seeing last Saturday’s rowdy party pics.

Also, Facebook has gotten rid of geographic networks, so you will no longer be part of the New York network or any other city, which I doubt anyone would miss. Those networks no longer have any significance since they have grown considerably and no longer provide the facility of connecting with others in your network since its almost like opening the yellow pages and trying to randomly dialing numbers.

Fact: Real-time Search Satisfies 40% of User Queries!

40% of users’ search queries across major search engines is best satisfied by real-time search results. That is a huge number that opened the door for many dedicated real-time search engines to emerge. OneRiot is leading the pack with an interesting strategy that aims to distinguish itself to be the search engine that gives best real-time search results.

Google Wave: Revolutionizing Collaboration but Will the Wave Crash?

Since Google Wave’s unveiling in May, it was quite interesting to try to figure out heads or tails of how the application will be received once it’s released. And now, we are inching closer and closer to when it opens for the general public. Closed Beta testing has been open for a few chosen developers who have been actively providing feedback on Google products. Will Wave be able to create a tsunami upon its release?

4 App Ideas to Expect When Location-Tweets Hit Mainstream

4 App Ideas to Expect When Location-Tweets Hit Mainstream

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Twitter will roll out a new feature that adds locations to tweets. That opens the door for developers to innovate and come up with new applications to take advantage of the new feature. We list some of the ideas we have in mind and look forward to the innovation of the developers.

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Startup advice: A Metropolitan 4-Layered View of the Web & Time Invested

Startup advice: A Metropolitan 4-Layered View of the Web & Time Invested

My 4-layers of Web Projects

If you're a startup or have a "Web 2.0" idea, this might interest you. Through extensive research and my humble experience, I was able to come up with an analogy of the Web's contribution levels comparing it with a city made up of 4 different layers: web users, social circles, tools & utilities and platforms.

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