Algorithmic Data and the Future of Social – Web Journal – April 17th – 27th 2013

There’s been so much happening that it’s impossible to keep up, but in the Algorithmic area I see huge potential in harnessing the Data donated by Facebook users to Stephen Wolfram’s project to have huge potential, especially if it can be applied in some more targeted situations.  I just charted my own data from Facebook using his Personal Analytics.  Perhaps, when history looks back at our times, Stephen Wolfram will stand out ahead of a lot of others getting far more press (and I won’t go into that today).

I signed up for the historical reporting (which doesn’t appear to be retroactive) but it claims to be able to show how a person changes over time, a direction I got very interested in charting while I was in London last month (and which I wrote about here).


Here’s a few charts that were generated from the Facebook report that Wolfram generates – I think a lot of it is not directed right now to anything I would particularly use, but I think it would be useful at times in the future.



As I post a lot to Facebook, often for my Social Media for The Arts page so as to keep track of material I might add to the #mgartr13 course shell at Rutgers, there’s few surprises in this map, above.  The rest of the maps would be more interesting if an additional added dimension was added (such as all my female friends – mapped against a keyword or issue) – something Wolfram Alpha’s reports just don’t do, today.

Web Journal

  • If those of us that don’t do a good job capturing the data in web forms, this is for you – Formisimo.  Seems like this is a useful function since capturing the form data is often something that isn’t tracked well, or at all.
  • Ever want to map your Foursquare check-ins all at one time?  Check out 4sqmap.  I came across this app tying to help a student with her art project for another class that involved mapping door nobs on her way to class.  I thought about it and wondered why not just use Foursquare for that – take pictures – and then generate the map.  Well, I don’t know if that’s the direction she went in, but if you had do something like that – I’d think using modern technology and tools like Foursquare/4sqmap would make a lot of sense.
  • Quincy Jones has invested in a start-up platform to teach us piano online – and it looks pretty cool.
  • It appear that the deeper your voice is, if your a male, that is, the more money you’ll  make as a CEO (ha!) Do you believe that?
  • In 5 years we’ll all have portable versions of this technology if we want it – it matches up real and virtual worlds.
  • I’m signing up for DataHero – what about you? Playing with Tableau Public which is great, and there’s always that Infographic or two I’d love to have the time and skill to put together (but the truth is getting a good visualization is pretty tricky and that not that easy to do – lets try to see if DataHero can help out there).
  • I was on the telecast earlier this week where unleashed the next integration of the Marketing Cloud.  I suppose if we think we’re confronted with too many  ads now, we’re in for a lot more ads.  “Customers who want to be able to pull in customer data from across Twitter and Facebook will need to put to work with Radian6, Salesforce’s social listening package. That way, those automated ads can include all the social data like hashtags and location, and they can be instantly updated based on a given set of rules. ”  I’ll not comment on this one.
  • Was impressed with this content creation career guide assessment and shared it with my students at Rutgers University.  I think that many of them will want to combine graphic design and writing – but having said that – what’s the future look like there?  The article answers that question.
  • I was surprised that of all the things I’ve shared on Facebook, this story about Patti Smith’s advice to Young Artist was the most viral of all, with 158 viral shares. I’m not exactly sure why, except that she is a popular figure.  I saw Patti Smith a long time ago in concert in NYC, maybe it was 1978, but haven’t been aware of much else about her, though she pops up from time to time in the news.  I thought her advice was important as I have a lot of students i work with in the Arts, many of them are also musicians.
  • Some are calling Google’s Search Dominance days that are numbered – certainly with keyword search ads enabled in Facebook and Twitter – with more granularity coming soon – the author points out that search ads aren’t just for search engines and Google might find itself challenged in search intent, further down the funnel of a targeted needs, from Social Media.  Perhaps that’s why Google is so into augmented reality with the Google Project Glass.   They won the search war a long time ago, but now, it’s being re-invented for Social Media, and perhaps the next war is about to begin in Search Dominance – this time Google on one side and Facebook / Twitter on the other.
  • LinkedIn came out with a contact manager - Finally! This is big news for people that actually need to maintain their business contacts, not just acquire them.
  • Twitter is about to enable Local Discovery features and it’s something I’ve wanted for a least the last 5  years.  Finally! Coupled with Twitter Music (which I have been enjoying and will add to #mgartr13 course shell) I think Twitter has finally figured out how to use it’s real time nature to it’s fullest advantage. Even the story of Twitter Music is interesting and unusual.  I am particularly intrigued with the potential for Twitter Music to disrupt the music industry by uncovering local emerging talent that usually has a lot harder time getting audience share.  With Twitter Music and the “emerging trend” music it’s possible to uncover music you’d almost certainly never hear otherwise.
  • A lot of my students are freaked out by Geo-Location and things like Geo-feedia and Foursquare – what would they say to this Facial Recognition technology?  Technology will always be dual – it can be used for good or ill, but i doubt there is any way to go back and throw our phones out the window and just live without this stuff.  I’m afraid we will have to make peace with it.

Well, that’s it for now.

Next week should be pretty exciting – speaking at NYU on Tuesday night with a friend, Barry Fleming, at a Web Analytics class and on Thursday night, there’s the Rutgers MFA show that I’m attending in New Brunswick.

More to come soon.

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