The advent of the real-time web

Saleforce.com founder Marc Benioff told the Structure 09 conference that technology was inevitably becoming real-time. “Any concept of batch or delay in development or execution, I think, will not be tolerated by customers anymore. Even in development, customers are demanding now that they want to be able to build in that sandbox and deploy immediately, […]

Iran reporting tests journalism

This morning’s piece in The Observer by Lindsey Hilsum, international editor of Channel 4 News, and Peter Beaumont illustrated perfectly the challenges and dangers of reporting in a user-generated world which Jeff Jarvis outlined so well yesterday. The story reads as if the writers had either personally witnessed much of what went on in Tehran […]

Building the new news archetype

Jeff Jarvis has an interesting post arguing what mainstream media needs to do to meet the challenges of the user-generated world. Using what is happening in Iran as the catalyst he argues that news organisations should concentrate on curation and on trying to verify the enormous amount of content coming out of the country on […]

Interesting thought….

Fred Wilson at 140 Conference Originally uploaded by jonny goldstein. From Fred Wilson at the 140 Conference as caught by Jonny goldstein’s brilliant “visual note”: conversion is much higher on links passed on through Facebook and Twitter. So, could either give Google’s AdWords a run for it’s money? Maybe….

Bezos on innovation

Om Malik blogged about Jeff Bezos’ talk at the Wired Business Conference in New York and it makes a thought-provoking read. He says the Amazon founder talked about a lot of things covered elsewhere so he chose to focus on what he said about innovation and entrepreneurship. The key lessons?Innovation is hard in big companies […]

Twitter’s 10 rules for radical innovators

I’ve been reading an interesting post by economist-of-the-moment Umair Haque in which he set out the ten rules which define Twitter. Ideals beat strategies Open beats closed Connection beats transaction Simplicity beats complexity Neighbourhoods beat networks Circuits beat channels Laziness beats business Public beats private Messy beats clean Good beats evil Read the post to […]

The opportunities of online data

Tom Coates at Webstock 09 from Webstock on Vimeo. The presentation given by Tom Coates, the product manager of Yahoo’s FireEagle, at Webstock 09 in New Zealand is now online. It’s well worth a look if you’ve got 50 minutes to spare as he has produced an excellent summary of the online data space and […]

BBC Jobs Tracker

The BBC’s Jobs Tracker is a nice example of taking news – in this case about job losses over time – and providing access to the information in various ways: on a map mash-up as an infographic with a time slider as stories and as analysis There have to be plenty of examples of running […]

Google adds people into the equation

Google has launched a tool set for aiding the mass translation of documents. Called Google Translator Kit (Techcrunch review here) it adds a human dimension to the already pretty awesome computerised translation available for free among other things through Gmail. In a nutshell the Translator Kit allow people to upload a document (or add a […]