For years I have studied twitter, focusing on the mapping of tweets and working to create mathematical models that identify intensity of tweets, association with other social media like Wikipedia and Yelp, and tracking users and patters of tweeting.
A few years ago it was fun and there seemed to be promise that this could provide a tool for sociological research and even greater free expression.
That promise is over. Twitter is dead.
To be more precise, the open nature of Twitter, the ease of creating accounts, the wide usage, poor management by staff, and the short length of posts has lead to it being gamed by the worst elements in our society. Twitter is now pretty much a scene of hatred, verbal violence, and disturbing fantasy.
In the bigger picture I have returned right to where I was when I spent years studying Second Life: the dark fantasy nature of people. These dark, anxious and often hateful fantasy side of people is very real, and one when goes online and assumes another identity one still brings all the issues and hatreds one has in life.
Personally not only am I not tracking tweets on this blog, its a waste of time. I am actively trying to quite twitter, not carrying a smart-phone. I have also quite Quora and Facebook. Essentially I use almost no social media and my goal, for my own personal health, is not to use any by the end of the year.
Its not that I have given up on the web, far from it. My day job is working with Office 365, Azure and AWS. I use email as my main contact with everyone, I use Drive to store all my documents since graduate school and I download all the movies, TV shows and music I consume. I use Google a great deal.
But I am returning to constructing my web usage around lines of more traditional consumption: replacing TV, phone, file store and dictionary. But I think we can say with pretty great assurance that the idea that social would work online is a failure.
That is to say Web 2.0 is a bust, a waste of time and people are coming around to see it as such. Without Web 2.0 my research into geo-social web activity becomes a waste of time, and like my Second Life blog and my Flickr blog, its time to end this one.
Wednesday, 18 May 2016
I am an addictive user of Goodreads. I record every single book I read and I read serious stuff. I am a major book snob. Here are some of my most recent books:
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Saturday, 30 January 2016
Sunday, 5 July 2015
These readings were taken from the Wireless festival in London, Sunday July the 5th. Its interesting to see that not only are a many people tweeting, but they are almost all tweeting on message, post
The point here is that today the media message is no longer before the event, in ads, or media coverage of an event, which you might control, an events today is a major media publishing source. The event speaks to the media in real time via twitter, Facebook, snapchat, Instagram and what ever new thing comes along. In a case like Wireless this is an impressive show of a united message from a location, but there is also a danger of events losing control of their message via media users.
Again the big picture is well established, social media means you have to communicate your message to your consumer clearer, that you need to keep them happy, and you need to track what is being said about you in real time, and change your message or services as quickly as you can.
Monday, 29 June 2015
Saturday, 30 May 2015
Wednesday, 6 May 2015
staying up late to watch the #StrataHadoop stream @googlecloud #BigTable launch HBase-compatible, but faster, cheaper pic.twitter.com/fqUXNM93Ij— Lynn Langit (@lynnlangit) May 6, 2015
Big Table runs some of the largest big data features currently in Google
Big Table is a NoSQL to make huge data sets meaningful for the business. This is not going to be cheap, it requires 4 nodes and you are going to need to spend a great deal more than Azure DocumentDB or NoSQL Tables to get going.
Microsoft has a long way to catch up to Microsoft and AWS. But they certainly have the experience of Big Data behind them, Google was doing Big Data before we were all saying it.