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Why is America so bad at information wars?
JULY 18, 2018 | Financial Times | Gillian Tett.

In his new book Messing With the Enemy, Clint Watts, a former FBI agent, describes this exchange as the first “international-terrorist-versus-counter-terrorist Twitter battle”......One way to make sense of today’s extraordinary cyber battles with the Russians is to look at how jihadi groups developed such campaigns years earlier — not least because this oft-ignored parallel shows how the US government has done a poor job fighting its enemies in cyberspace. “America sucks at information warfare,” Watts laments. “Absolutely sucks.”.....US officials attempted to fight back against Isis’s social media campaigns. Watts reveals that in 2013 while at the FBI — and later as a security consultant — he engaged in a long Twitter duel with American-born terrorist Omar Hammami. Other US intelligence groups tried to develop psychological-operations campaigns to fight the extremists. Some of the experimental techniques used to profile social media users were later deployed in the ad-tech industry by companies such as Cambridge Analytica.

However, the US military was simply too bureaucratic, slow moving and rule-laden to match its enemies. And the country that seemed to learn the most from the social media extremists was Russia: Watts describes how he inadvertently witnessed Russian-backed groups populating American social media from the autumn of 2015 onwards, copying some of the tactics of the Islamists....Watts’s proposed remedy is just as startling: he believes that US government agencies are now so ill-equipped to fight in these type of social media wars that it is time for non-government groups to take the lead instead.....many leading figures in Silicon Valley furtively express similar views. Indeed, some appear to be quietly funding civilian “volunteers” to do exactly what Watts suggests: namely, hunt for ways to counter Russian attacks by infiltrating enemy cyber groups.

Who knows whether this type of grass-roots action will work, or how widespread it might be — everything is deeply murky in the arena of cyberspace and information wars.
Gillian_Tett  information_warfare  U.S.  security_&_intelligence  Twitter  al-Shabab  books  cyber_warfare  Russians  hackers  Russia  disinformation  persuasion  trolls  politics  delegitimization  destabilization  deception  infiltration 
july 2018 by jerryking
Algos know more about us than we do about ourselves
NOVEMBER 24, 2017 | Financial Time | John Dizard.

When intelligence collectors and analysts take an interest in you, they usually start not by monitoring the content of your calls or messages, but by looking at the patterns of your communications. Who are you calling, how often and in what sequence? What topics do you comment on in social media?

This is called traffic analysis, and it can give a pretty good notion of what you and the people you know are thinking and what you are preparing to do. Traffic analysis started as a military intelligence methodology, and became systematic around the first world war. Without even knowing the content of encrypted messages, traffic analysts could map out an enemy “order of battle” or disposition of forces, and make inferences about commanders’ intentions.

Traffic analysis techniques can also cut through the petabytes of redundant babble and chatter in the financial and political worlds. Even with state secrecy and the forests of non-disclosure agreements around “proprietary” investment or trading algorithms, crowds can be remarkably revealing in their open-source posts on social media.

Predata, a three-year-old New York and Washington-based predictive data analytics provider, has a Princeton-intensive crew of engineers and international affairs graduates working on early “signals” of market and political events. Predata trawls the open metadata for users of Twitter, Wikipedia, YouTube, Reddit and other social media, and analyses it to find indicators of future price moves or official actions.

I have been following their signals for a while and find them to be useful indicators. Predata started by creating political risk indicators, such as Iran-Saudi antagonism, Italian or Chilean labour unrest, or the relative enthusiasm for French political parties. Since the beginning of this year, they have been developing signals for financial and commodities markets.

The 1-9-90 rule
1 per cent of internet users initiate discussions or content, 9 per cent transmit content or participate occasionally and 90 per cent are consumers or ‘lurkers’

Using the example of the company’s BoJ signal. For this, Predata collects the metadata from 300 sources, such as Twitter users, contested Wikipedia edits or YouTube items created by Japanese monetary policy geeks. Of those, at any time perhaps 100 are important, and 8 to 10 turn out to be predictive....This is where you need some domain knowledge [domain expertise = industry expertise]. It turns out that Twitter is pretty important for monetary policy, along with the Japanese-language Wiki page for the Bank of Japan, or, say, a YouTube video of [BoJ governor] Haruhiko Kuroda’s cross-examination before a Diet parliamentary committee.

“Then you build a network of candidate discussions [JK: training beds] and look for the pattern those took before historical moves. The machine-learning algorithm goes back and picks the leads and lags between traffic and monetary policy events.” [Jk: Large data sets with known correct answers serve as a training bed and then new data serves as a test bed]

Typically, Predata’s algos seem to be able to signal changes in policy or big price moves [jk: inflection points] somewhere between 2 days and 2 weeks in advance. Unlike some academic Twitter scholars, Predata does not do systematic sentiment analysis of tweets or Wikipedia edits. “We only look for how many people there are in the conversation and comments, and how many people disagreed with each other. We call the latter the coefficient of contestation,” Mr Shinn says.

The lead time for Twitter, Wiki or other social media signals varies from one market to another. Foreign exchange markets typically move within days, bond yields within a few days to a week, and commodities prices within a week to two weeks. “If nothing happens within 30 days,” says Mr Lee, “then we say we are wrong.”
algorithms  alternative_data  Bank_of_Japan  commodities  economics  economic_data  financial_markets  industry_expertise  inflection_points  intelligence_analysts  lead_time  machine_learning  massive_data_sets  metadata  non-traditional  Predata  predictive_analytics  political_risk  signals  social_media  spycraft  traffic_analysis  training_beds  Twitter  unconventional 
november 2017 by jerryking
Little Brother
Sep 11th 2014 | The Economist | Alexandra Suich.

In 1963 David Ogilvy, the father of Madison Avenue and author of a classic business book, “Confessions of an Advertising Man”, wrote: “An advertisement is like a radar sweep, constantly hunting new prospects as they come into the market. Get a good radar, and keep it sweeping.”.....Behavioural profiling has gone viral across the internet, enabling firms to reach users with specific messages based on their location, interests, browsing history and demographic group......Extreme personalisation in advertising has been slow to come... online advertising space is unlimited and prices are low, so making money is not as easy as it was in the offline world,.....Digital advertising is being buoyed by three important trends. The first is the rise of mobile devices, such as smartphones....The second, related trend is the rise of social networks such as Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest, which have become an important navigation system for people looking for content across the web. ......The third big development has been the rise of real-time bidding, or “programmatic buying”, a new system for targeting consumers precisely and swiftly with online adverts. Publishers, advertisers and intermediaries can now bid for digital ads electronically and direct them to specific consumers at lightning speed.....The lines between established media businesses are becoming blurred. Richard Edelman, the boss of Edelman, a public-relations firm, describes the media and advertising business as a “mosh pit”. .... clients’ biggest question is whether people will even notice their ads. ...This special report will show that technology is profoundly changing the dynamics of advertising. Building on the vast amount of data produced by consumers’ digital lives, it is giving more power to media companies that have a direct relationship with their customers and can track them across different devices. ....Consumers may gain from advertising tailored to their particular needs, and so far most of them seem content to accept the ensuing loss of privacy. But companies are sensitive to the potential costs of overstepping the mark. As the head of one British advertising firm puts it: “Once people realise what’s happening, I can’t imagine there won’t be pushback.”
Facebook  Twitter  Pinterest  Ogilvy_&_Mather  David_Ogilvy  behavioural_targeting  pushback  books  effectiveness  haystacks  privacy  native_advertising  ad-tech  Conversant  Kraft  personalization  trends  mobile_phones  smartphones  social_media  real-time  auctions  programmatic  advertising  online_advertising  Omnicom 
february 2017 by jerryking
Twitter’s Troubles and Snap’s Appeal: It’s All About the Mojo
OCT. 11, 2016 | - The New York Times| By STEVEN DAVIDOFF SOLOMON.

User growth is the secret sauce of internet valuations. Revenue and earnings are forgiven if you can show growth in users. Whether that makes sense, of course, is another matter.....Sharp leadership — whether that is from its chief executive, Jack Dorsey, or new blood — could certainly help Twitter exploit its huge user base.

But the problem is that in the eyes of the Valley, Twitter has lost its mojo.

Even as Twitter was deflating, another social media darling, Snapchat, now renamed Snap, was riding high as reports emerged that the start-up, known for its disappearing messages, was preparing for a public offering that could value it for as much as $25 billion.
Twitter  Snapchat  momentum  valuations  Silicon_Valley  social_media  youth  mojo  special_sauce  customer_growth  user_growth  user_bases 
october 2016 by jerryking
One unresponsive hour on Twitter could harm your brand - The Globe and Mail
MIA PEARSON
Special to The Globe and Mail
Published Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016
branding  brands  Twitter 
february 2016 by jerryking
Anatomy of a Hit: How Success Is Measured in Different Creative Fields - Speakeasy - WSJ
Dec 18, 2015 | WSJ | By JON KEEGAN. How do you define a hit podcast, Broadway show or typeface? Explore the nature of cultural hits.

when it comes to other cultural works, defining a hit is not as easy. We set out to explore how success is measured—what factors matter in assessing a hit in various creative categories ranging from books to tweets:

Audience – How many people viewed the work?
Sales – How much money was made?
Longevity – How long has the work been available?
Critical acclaim – What praise did the work receive?
art  creative_class  hits  measurements  music  paintings  blockbusters  entertainment  entertainment_industry  creative_economy  auctions  YouTube  Twitter 
december 2015 by jerryking
Baltimore live streams riots with Periscope app - The Globe and Mail
Apr. 30 2015|G&M| Shane Dingman.

live, unfiltered moments streamed for an audience in the millions. Citizens and journalists have spent the week capturing and sharing moments on Vine, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and a new breed of live-video apps like Periscope and Meerkat.

“For a breaking news event, like a riot scenario, you can provide a raw, unedited and probably more intimate window into what it is like on the ground than a TV network could never provide,” said Mr. Lewis, who is still covering the Baltimore story. “Partly that is because journalists holding smartphones are less conspicuous than those with satellite TV trucks. But I think there is also something about the immediacy and intimacy of a snapped conversation on a smartphone that brings a very different perspective.”...One of the ways to measure Periscope’s impact is whether it was being talked about on Twitter, which owns the service and lets users seamlessly share it. Data from Twitter analytics site Topsy shows that so far the most widely seen Periscopes were by celebrities like Ellen DeGeneres and Mariah Carey, though Baltimore’s unrest was among the most watched news events thus far.
Periscope  livestreaming  Baltimore  riots  bite-sized  mobile_applications  Freddie_Gray  immediacy  intimacy  smartphones  Vine  Instagram  Twitter  Facebook  Meerkat 
may 2015 by jerryking
Sandy Pentland on the Social Data That Business Should Use - WSJ
Feb. 10, 2014 | Journal Report - CIO Netowrk| WSJ's Steve Rosenbush speaking with MIT's Sandy Pentland.

MR. ROSENBUSH: For most of us, social data is Twitter, it's Facebook. What do you mean by it?

MR. PENTLAND: Those sorts of things are people's public face. On the other hand, for instance, there's badge data. Every corporation has name badges. Many of these record where people come and go, door swipes and things like that. That's a different type of social media. Or if I look at cellphone data, I can tell when people get together, what they search for, who they talk to. You can look at connections between people in ways you never could before. The way most people approach this is incorrect, because they're asking questions about individuals. A better way to approach is asking questions about interactions between people.
social_data  interpretation  Twitter  Facebook  social_physics  Communicating_&_Connecting  informed_consent  location_based_services  data  massive_data_sets  contextual  LBMA  interactivity  traffic_analysis  mobile_phones 
february 2015 by jerryking
Lunch with the FT: Marc Andreessen
January 16, 2015 | - FT.com | Caroline Daniel.

As a child, Andreessen was fascinated by technology. “I have the complete series of Tom Swift from the 1910s to 1950s in my office. That was probably the single most important thing I read,” he says of the science-fiction and adventure books featuring a teenaged inventor hero (Tom Swift and his Photo Telephone was one 1912 title). “I liked all the stuff he’s inventing.”
Marc_Andreessen  Silicon_Valley  entrepreneurship  virtual_currencies  crypto-currencies  digital_currencies  currencies  metacurrencies  Andreessen_Horowitz  Twitter  the_single_most_important 
january 2015 by jerryking
Twitter’s Revenue Sharply Rises, but Its Usage Stalls
OCT. 27, 2014 | - NYTimes.com | By VINDU GOEL.

three very different audiences: the daily Twitter user, the casual visitor who comes to the site through a web search or the home page, and the person who simply views a tweet embedded in a news article or app....Twitter to become an essential tool supplier to mobile app makers everywhere. Last week, the company unveiled Fabric, a set of tools that developers can use to make it easier to build apps and incorporate Twitter content and advertising into them.
Twitter  Fabric  Wall_Street  tools 
october 2014 by jerryking
Twitter unveils slate of new development products - The Globe and Mail
OMAR EL AKKAD - TECHNOLOGY REPORTER
SAN FRANCISCO — The Globe and Mail
Published Wednesday, Oct. 22 201
Twitter  Omar_el_Akkad  tools  software_developers  mobile_applications 
october 2014 by jerryking
Wall Street a target for Twitter’s headhunters - The Globe and Mail
ROBERT CYRAN
Wall Street a target for Twitter’s headhunters Add to ...
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NEW YORK — Reuters
Published Tuesday, Jul. 01 2014
executive_search  executive_management  Wall_Street  Twitter 
july 2014 by jerryking
Twitter Canada's push to sway the skeptics
June 5, 2014
A year after the social media company set up its Toronto office, Kirstine Stewart is pressing traditional media to take up tweeting
JAMES BRADSHAW

Among the success stories so far is the fact that all of Canada's major broadcasters signed on to Twitter Amplify, a program that lets them embed videos and other content into tweets targeted at users with particular interests. Thanks to the power of algorithms, the corporate account for Hockey Night in Canada can now blast out clips of goals scored in the NHL playoffs within moments, reaching targeted hockey aficionados who are not yet among its 248,000 followers.

The key is Twitter's ability to mine data on hundreds of millions of users - some of whom have come to view the network as an indispensable tool - that is more specific than the broad age and gender categories that have shaped decision-making in conventional television. ....marketers often carve up their budgets between conventional and digital media, which can hamstring investments in Twitter. The solution, Ms. Stewart says, is education. She has brought on board new managers to work closely with particular industries, such as head of sports Christopher Doyle, who joined recently from CBC Sports. Their message is that businesses "have to think more in real time" about reaching users, and that Twitter can be the connector.
metrics  Twitter  digital_media  social_media  Communicating_&_Connecting 
july 2014 by jerryking
A 25-Question Twitter Quiz to Predict Retweets - NYTimes.com
JULY 1, 2014 | NYT | Sendhil Mullainathan.

how “smart” algorithms are created from big data: Large data sets with known correct answers serve as a training bed and then new data serves as a test bed — not too differently from how we might learn what our co-workers find funny....one of the miracles of big data: Algorithms find information in unexpected places, uncovering “signal” in places we thought contained only “noise.”... the Achilles’ heel of prediction algorithms--being good at prediction often does not mean being better at creation. (1) One barrier is the oldest of statistical problems: Correlation is not causation.(2) an inherent paradox lies in predicting what is interesting. Rarity and novelty often contribute to interestingness — or at the least to drawing attention. But once an algorithm finds those things that draw attention and starts exploiting them, their value erodes. (3) Finally, and perhaps most perversely, some of the most predictive variables are circular....The new big-data tools, amazing as they are, are not magic. Like every great invention before them — whether antibiotics, electricity or even the computer itself — they have boundaries in which they excel and beyond which they can do little.
predictive_analytics  massive_data_sets  limitations  algorithms  Twitter  analytics  data  data_driven  Albert_Gore  Achilles’_heel  boundary_conditions  noise  signals  paradoxes  correlations  causality  counterintuitive  training_beds  test_beds  rarity  novelty  interestingness  hard_to_find 
july 2014 by jerryking
Twitter Acquires Gnip, Bringing a Valuable Data Service In-House - NYTimes.com - NYTimes.com
April 15, 2014 | NYT | By ASHWIN SESHAGIRI.

In 2010, Gnip was the first company to work with Twitter to gain access to the social network’s so-called fire hose, which contains all publicly available tweets since 2006. Brands, advertisers and, recently, academics could use that stream of data to analyze and parse activity on the social network....Last year, Apple acquired Topsy Labs, a similar provider of data of Twitter activity. The terms of that deal were also not disclosed, though The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter, estimated the deal to be worth more than $200 million.

“We believe Gnip has only begun to scratch the surface,” Jana Messerschmidt, Twitter’s vice president of global business development and platform, wrote in a blog post announcing the deal. “Together we plan to offer more sophisticated data sets and better data enrichments, so that even more developers and businesses big and small around the world can drive innovation using the unique content that is shared on Twitter.”
Twitter  Gnip  massive_data_sets  mergers_&_acquisitions  data  data_mining  sentiment_analysis  social_media  social_data 
april 2014 by jerryking
Kabbage s Fresh Idea for Small Business Finance - American Banker Magazine Article
Glen Fest
JUN 1, 2013

For the past three years, Atlanta-based Kabbage has used social media analytics in part to quantify a borrower's propensity to repay. The underlying logic, says chairman and co-founder Marc Gorlin, is that a small business actively promoting itself or receiving customer attention through these channels is a better risk candidate than a less socially savvy merchant even with a similar credit score and product line....Whereas a bank would require extensive and audited financial data, says Scott Thompson, the former PayPal president and Yahoo! ex-CEO who was recently appointed to Kabbage's board, Kabbage "offers up this very simple signup flow," where the application and approval process can take less than seven minutes.

"What they've done is they've assembled a richer set of data, they have better technology, better science, better attributes, and are looking at better signals to try to attempt to get a current understanding of what your small business is," Thompson says.
massive_data_sets  data  data_driven  Kabbage  unstructured_data  social_media  social_data  online_banking  small_business  Facebook  Twitter 
february 2014 by jerryking
On Twitter, 'Being Black at the University of Michigan' - NYTimes.com
February 25, 2014, 1:21 am
On Twitter, ‘Being Black at the University of Michigan’
By JENNIFER PRESTON
Twitter  Colleges_&_Universities  racism  Michigan  African-Americans 
february 2014 by jerryking
Promoting Health With Enticing Photos of Fruits and Vegetables
FEB. 19, 2014 |NYT| By STEPHANIE STROM.

Bolthouse Farms, which produces juices, smoothies and other items, has developed an exceptionally playful website, FoodPornIndex.com, that calls attention to such food inequities. The company, owned by Campbell’s, wants to generate more clicks highlighting the plight of those unpopular beets and other less trendy but nutritious fruits and vegetables.

It has devised an algorithm to track hashtags on Twitter and elsewhere on the Internet and other mentions of 24 keywords for different vegetables, fruits and all those fatty, sugary favorites. Then, using alluring photographs, humor and music, the website lets visitors click on the Pomegranate Piñata, the Pizzabot or the Guac-a-Mole to get a sense of the numbers behind the item’s popularity on the web in real time....The Bolthouse algorithm checks for references to the keywords every 15 minutes. Of the 171 million posts picked up by the algorithm shortly before the site went live on Wednesday evening, 72 percent featured less healthy foods, while roughly 28 percent were accompanied by photos and posts of fruits or vegetables.

For example, the algorithm had spotted almost 13 million hashtags linked to posts with photos of pies by the time the website went live, compared to just 318,000 attached to posts featuring beets.... as more and more consumers make the connection between what they eat and how they feel and seek information about the ingredients n the foods they consume, food companies are increasingly trying to promote the healthiness and purity of the foods they sell.
fruits  vegetables  fresh_produce  diets  healthy_lifestyles  visualization  Bolthouse_Farms  social_media  algorithms  Twitter 
february 2014 by jerryking
What the hell have you been doing with your life?
February 4, 2014@ 8:55 AM EST

Eric Jackson ‏@ericjackson 40m

If you haven't been building a $150 billion platform company at scale in the last 10 yrs, what the hell have you been doing with yo...
Twitter  Eric_Jackson  quotes  economies_of_scale 
february 2014 by jerryking
Lunch with the FT: Peter Thiel - FT.com
December 20, 2013 4:06 pm
Lunch with the FT: Peter Thiel

By Richard Waters

Venture capital, where success depends on picking winners in the next hot tech markets and sticking with them, seems a long way from riding booms and busts as a hedge fund manager. In Thiel’s world, however, all things are connected, as he stitches ideas together into a grand unifying theory of our times.

The pieces fit together something like this. The historically anomalous bubbles of recent years – Japan’s stock market boom of the 1980s, the dotcom mania of the 1990s, the housing finance frenzy of the past decade and, now, the government bubble – all resulted from the fact that people retained outsized expectations for the future, even as reality came up short.
"Twitter may not be enough to take civilisation to the next level"

The reason for this expectation gap, Thiel argues, is that technological progress came to a halt at the end of the 1960s. As the website of Founders Fund declares: “We wanted flying cars, instead we got 140 characters.” Thiel is still making it up to Twitter for this jab: it’s a perfectly fine company, he says, and may even be worth the high valuation placed on it by Wall Street, though he adds with deadpan irony that “it may not be enough to take civilisation to the next level”
'60s  Peter_Thiel  Silicon_Valley  Founders_Fund  bubbles  Palantir  libertarians  expectations  anomalies  venture_capital  vc  Twitter  Richard_Waters  boom-to-bust  dotcom 
december 2013 by jerryking
Inside a Twitter Robot Factory - WSJ.com
By
Jeff Elder
Nov. 24, 2013

fake accounts remain a cloud over Twitter Inc. in the wake of its successful initial public offering. "Twitter is where many people get news," says Sherry Turkle, director of the MIT Initiative on Technology and Self. "If what is trending on Twitter is being faked by robots, people need to know that. This will and should undermine trust."

Fake accounts thrive on Twitter in part because, unlike Facebook, FB -0.37% Twitter doesn't limit users to a single account, or require them to use their real names.

Twitter's terms of service prohibit "mass account creation," and the buying or selling of accounts or followers. Last spring, Twitter helped a research team apply a filter that, for a time, blocked 95% of new fake accounts.

A Twitter spokesman wouldn't disclose whether the company has continued to use the researchers' technique to identify and block suspect accounts.

While conceding that fakes are "a difficult problem, the Twitter spokesman said, "We have a variety of automated and manual controls in place to detect, flag, and suspend accounts created solely for spam purposes."
Twitter  fraud  counterfeits  undermining_of_trust 
november 2013 by jerryking
Twitter's Lucrative Data Mining Business - WSJ.com
October 6, 2013 | WSJ | By ELIZABETH DWOSKIN.

Twitter's Data Business Proves Lucrative
Twitter Disclosed It Earned $47.5 Million From Selling Off Information It Gathers

Twitter's data business has rippled across the economy. The site's constant stream of experiences, opinions and sentiments has spawned a vast commercial ecosystem, serving up putative insights to product developers, Hollywood studios, major retailers and—potentially most profitably—hedge funds and other investors....Social-data firms spot trends that it would take a long time for humans to see on their own. The United Nations is using algorithms derived from Twitter to pinpoint hot spots of social unrest. DirecTV DTV +0.99% uses Twitter data as an early-warning system to spot power outages based on customer complaints. Human-resources departments analyze the data to evaluate job candidates....While estimates of the market value of the social-data industry are hard to come by, one research firm, IDC, estimates that the entire "big data" market has grown seven times as quickly as the information technology sector as a whole. It may be valued at $16.9 billion in two years....Each social-data firm boasts proprietary dating-mining tools that go beyond basic keyword searches. Some can zoom in on a subset of people—say, women in a certain ZIP Code—and monitor phrases that show emotion. Then they can create a heat map or a sentiment score that measures how that subset feels about a topic. They have trained natural language processing algorithms to look at slang and broken grammar and to highlight tweets that indicate urgency because of words like "BREAKING."

"We don't just count the volume of these trends. That's naïve," says Nova Spivak, CEO of the Los Angeles-based firm Bottlenose. Rather, his firm looks at the momentum of trends....Many smaller analytics startups are now turning to four companies that Twitter has dubbed "certified data resellers." These brokers, Gnip, Data Sift, Topsy and the Japanese firm NTT Data, 9613.TO -2.04% account for the bulk of Twitter's data revenue. Last year, they paid Twitter monthly fees of about $35.6 million.

Twitter's exponential growth has meant its influence extends well beyond marketing and crisis PR. Nonprofits, human-resource managers and politicians have found Twitter data useful, too.
data  data_mining  Twitter  massive_data_sets  sentiment_analysis  social_media  social_data  trend_spotting  Gnip  Data_Sift  Topsy  NTT_Data  Bottlenose  NLP  hotspots  UN  human_resources  insights  Hollywood  hedge_funds  momentum  product_development 
october 2013 by jerryking
For Twitter, Success Came After Founders' Exit - WSJ.com
October 3, 2013 | WSJ | By SHIRA OVIDE and YOREE KOH.

For Twitter, Success Came After Founders' Exit
Ailing Startup Finds Its Legs After Pushing Aside Those That Brought It to Life
Twitter  start_ups  CEOs  executive_management  exits 
october 2013 by jerryking
LeadSift | Social Media Lead Generation and Identification Platform
LeadSift specializes in automobile, consumer electronics, higher education, insurance, telecom, travel & tourism.
start_ups  Mesh  Twitter  lead_generation  information_overload  algorithms 
may 2013 by jerryking
Mining the TV-Twitter connection
Apr. 25 2013 | - The Globe and Mail | SUSAN KRASHINSKY - MARKETING REPORTER. The birth of 'social tv'
television  Twitter  Susan_Krashinsky 
april 2013 by jerryking
The New Résumé: It's 140 Characters - WSJ.com
April 9, 2013 | WSJ |By RACHEL EMMA SILVERMAN and LAUREN WEBER.

The New Résumé: It's 140 Characters
Some Recruiters, Job Seekers Turn to Twitter, but Format Is a Challenge; Six-Second Video Goes Viral
résumés  Twitter  recruiting 
april 2013 by jerryking
From Twitter to TV, McDonald’s offers answers - The Globe and Mail
SUSAN KRASHINSKY - MARKETING REPORTER

The Globe and Mail

Last updated Tuesday, Oct. 02 2012,
McDonald's  Susan_Krashinsky  Twitter  social_media 
october 2012 by jerryking
Jobs in Wireless Industry Evaporate - WSJ.com
July 18, 2011 | WSJ | By ANTON TROIANOVSKI.

The U.S. wireless industry is booming as more consumers and businesses snap up smartphones, tablet computers and billions of wireless applications. But for the industry's workers, the story is less rosy....The disconnect between employment and industry growth reflects the broader head winds lashing the U.S. job market, as consolidation, outsourcing and productivity gains from new technology and business methods combine to undermine job growth.

At wireless carriers, leaps forward in smartphone and network technology haven't generally required increases in the call-center workers and salespeople that make up much of the wireless-telecom work force.

Those advances do show up, however, in skyrocketing productivity statistics. In 2009, the latest data available, the output per hour of wireless-carrier workers jumped 24.3%, more than in nearly any other service industry, according to a Labor Department report in May. Since 2002, output per hour in the industry has nearly tripled....the wireless boom is creating jobs in other industries and occupations, such as software development, publishing and media. Search giant Google Inc. GOOG +2.79% has said it is generating $1 billion a year in mobile-related revenue and will hire more than 6,000 people this year, including many to work on mobile products. Start-ups such as Twitter Inc., Foursquare Labs Inc. and Flipboard Inc., meanwhile, continue to grow at a rapid clip.
wireless  layoffs  productivity  Foursquare  Twitter  Flipboard 
july 2012 by jerryking
Twitter sells your feed to Big Data - The Globe and Mail
Mar. 01, 2012 |Reuters| by Mitch Lipka.

Boulder, Colorado-based Gnip Inc. and DataSift Inc., based in the U.K. and San Francisco, are licensed by Twitter to analyze archived tweets and basic information about users, like geographic location. DataSift announced this week that it will release Twitter data in packages that will encompass the last two years of activity for its customers to mine, while Gnip can go back only 30 days.
Twitter  Gnip  massive_data_sets  data_scientists  commercialization  DataSift  social_data 
march 2012 by jerryking
How 3 Companies Built Their Twitter Strategies - WSJ.com
DECEMBER 9, 2011 | WSJ | By ELIZABETH HOLMES.
Tweeting Without Fear
How Three Companies Have Built Their Twitter Strategies
Twitter  strategies  Elizabeth_Holmes 
december 2011 by jerryking
Men like dogs: Technology is allowing us to act more like our canine friends
May 6, 2011 | The Economist |by Schumpeter.

David Crow presentation from a few years ago on smart glasses--augmented reality.

Dogs, they say,
think in maps informed with their smell. They sniff &re-sniff a
location to find out what has been there & they sniff the air to
tell the future: to discover what will be here or where they'll go next.
Thus, dogs have a different sense of 'now'. Unlike our eyes, which take
in what is visible & apparent at this moment, their noses can sense
the past — who & what was here & what’s decaying underneath —
& the future of a place — what’s coming, just upwind. Dogs are
microprocessors & their noses feed their data bases. It strikes me
that the web— particularly the mobile web— is building a dog’s map of
the world. Via Foursquare, Facebook, Google, Twitter, Maps, Layar,
Goggles, etc.,we can look at a place & see who & what was here
before, what happened here, what people think of this place.Every place
will tell a story it could not before, without a nose to find the data
about it and a data base to store it and a mind to process it.
dogs  technology  Foursquare  Twitter  location  overlay_networks  location_based_services  smell  mapping  augmented_reality  metaphysical  sense-making  storytelling  wayfinding 
may 2011 by jerryking
Stanford's Entrepreneurship Corner: Jack Dorsey, Square - The Power of Curiosity and Inspiration
Lecture by Jack Dorsey, creator of twitter and square, as part
of Stanford U.'s Entrepreneurship corner.
"Instrument" your company from Day 1. The 1st thing he did in square
(and not in twitter) is write an admin control panel for their servers.
Be a story teller. Inspire your team & your customers with a
story, your idea.
In the company, act as the editor, composing the stories.
The team you build is not permanent, different players will need to
enter & exit according to their profiles, the current story &
the "required edition".
Internal comms.: Everyone in the company will have the same
priorities.
External comms: You communicate with the product, your product is
"your story for your customers".
$ in the bank: The company needs it, firstly from investors and
secondly, and more critical, from revenue.
Limit the # of details. Those that stay need to be perfect.
Finally,"expect the unexpected and, whenever possible, be the
unexpected".
Stanford  entrepreneurship  Jack_Dorsey  start_ups  turning_your_team  Twitter  lessons_learned  entrepreneur  Square  control_systems  storytelling  dashboards  unexpected  instrumentation_monitoring  curiosity  inquisitiveness 
february 2011 by jerryking
Doing Good for the World Versus Doing Good for the Bottom Line - NYTimes.com
By CHRYSTIA FREELAND | REUTERS
February 10, 2011

The uprising in Egypt has provoked the familiar
“realism-versus-idealism” foreign policy debate in many Western
capitals, as diplomats and politicians struggle to balance their
ideological sympathy for the protesters with fears of chaos and the
threat of a future anti-Western and anti-Israel policy from Cairo.

What we have paid less attention to is that the demonstrations have
forced some of the world’s hottest technology companies to engage in a
very similar debate.
Chrystia_Freeland  Google  Egypt  uprisings  Facebook  Twitter 
february 2011 by jerryking
Twitter's Suitors Talk in Billions - WSJ.com
* FEBRUARY 10, 2011 Twitter as Tech Bubble Barometer By SPENCER E. ANTE, AMIR EFRATI And ANUPREETA DAS
Twitter  valuations  IPOs  exits  Google  Facebook  Spencer_Ante  bubbles 
february 2011 by jerryking
Should You Buy Facebook at $30 per Share?
January 5, 2011 - SmartMoney.com by Sarah Morgan. With hot
tech companies like Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook still officially
off-limits to retail investors, sites like SharesPost and SecondMarket,
which match buyers with sellers of fast-growing firms, have found a
niche...Both sites match qualified investors with employees or
early-stage investors who have shares in private companies -- and need
the cash. Investing is restricted to "accredited" investors...On the
secondary markets, shareholders get an exit, and interested investors an
opportunity. But there are significant drawbacks, including a lack of
disclosure of financial information and the fact that shares don't trade
often, which means it can be hard to cash out when you want to, says
the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. Also, because many
early-stage companies fail, investment professionals consider pre-IPO
investing very risky.
secondary_markets  Goldman_Sachs  Facebook  Twitter  privately_held_companies  SharesPost  SecondMarket 
january 2011 by jerryking
Twitter Keynote Gets Thumbs-Down -- on Twitter - NYTimes.com
March 15, 2010 | New York Times | The common thread of the
two SXSW interviews mentioned above isn't a critique of the folks being
interviewed, it's with the moderators. In highly networked situations
like SXSW, moderators need to come prepared to ask fair but provocative
questions. This takes research -- including crowdsourcing *before* the
interview to solicit good questions -- and the ability to bring the
audience into the conversation when it's appropriate....Having attended
both this interview & the one the following day with the CEO of
Spotify, this was simply a matter of the interviewer not being prepared.
Haque thought he could get up there, wing it and be engaging. Williams
is not that dynamic so the interviewer needed to enliven the discussion.
Haque did not. He led the conversation and didn't probe. Its
interviewing 101. Haque is likely a smart guy but was out of his
element. And shame on him for not using the Twitter medium as part of
the interview. That's a no-brainer.
SXSW  Twitter  Evan_Williams  start_ups  silicon_valley  interview_preparation  umairhaque 
october 2010 by jerryking
Why Evan Williams of Twitter Demoted Himself - NYTimes.com
October 30, 2010 | New York Times | By CLAIRE CAIN MILLER.
Evan Williams may embody a classic Silicon Valley type: the entrepreneur
with good ideas, but not the leader to execute a sophisticated business
strategy.
Twitter  Claire_Cain_Miller  Evan_Williams  silicon_valley  self-awareness 
october 2010 by jerryking
Big Chains Try Food Trucks - WSJ.com
OCTOBER 28, 2010 | Wall Street Journal | By SARAH E. NEEDLEMAN
food_trucks  Sarah_E._Needleman  fast-food  Twitter  Facebook  franchising 
october 2010 by jerryking
Google's search for superiority
June 19, 2010 | The Globe and Mail | Omar El Akkad. "For the
first time since Google began eviscerating the competition in the search
market a decade ago, a new crop of sites are threatening its position.
Millions of users are turning to sites ranging from Twitter to Facebook,
Amazon to eBay, to look for breaking news, restaurant recommendations
or shoes for sale. Apple is starting to leverage its massive mobile
applications ecosystem to run an advertising business aimed squarely at
taking revenue away from Google’s search advertising. Suddenly, Google’s
list of potential competitors has exploded."
Google  search  Apple  Twitter  Facebook  Amazon  eBay  competitive_landscape  Omar_El_Akkad 
june 2010 by jerryking
Tweet to Lululemon: Smaller sizes, please
Jun. 11, 2010 | The Globe and Mail | by Marina Strauss
Retailing Reporter. Lululemon has wrestled with a problem that rivals
can only envy: not being able to keep up with heavy demand for its $100
hoodies and yoga pants. The immediate feedback of social media means the
company doesn't have to wait for customer data from the stores' cash
registers....Comments through social media about the chain running out
of women's size 4s and 6s, for example, are helping Lululemon CEO,
Christine Day, adjust her product purchasing to ensure she's in stock
of those sizes rather than forfeiting sales, as has happened in the
past. Identifying the high-demand products to carry for her “guests,” as
the company calls its customers, is crucial for the purveyor of premium
athletic wear...Still, part of Ms. Day's strategy is something she
calls a “scarcity model.” She doesn't want the stores to carry too many
size 4s and 6s, to keep customers coming back.
social_media  Lululemon  twitter  Marina_Strauss  high-demand  customer_feedback  apparel  speed  retailers  yoga  scarcity  customer_risk 
june 2010 by jerryking
Twitter engineer, former API lead Alex Payne departs to co-found BankSimple | VentureBeat
May 17, 2010 | Kim-Mai Cutler. Launching BankSimple, a "social
bank", because millions of people need a better bank. It’s a different
sort of problem than Twitter, and it’s going to be a very different sort
of company. But I feel ready to take on the challenge that BankSimple
presents.”
start_ups  twitter  banks  banking  BankSimple 
may 2010 by jerryking
Social-Media Sites Become War Front for Nestlé - WSJ.com
MARCH 29, 2010 | Wall Street Journal | By EMILY STEEL.
Nestlé Takes a Beating on Social-Media Sites & Greenpeace
Coordinates Protests Over Food Giant's Palm-Oil Purchases.
Greenpeace  Nestlé  palm_oil  social_media  public_relations  Facebook  twitter 
march 2010 by jerryking
The End of the Email Era - WSJ.com
OCTOBER 12, 2009 | Wall Street Journal | by JESSICA E.
VASCELLARO. A new generation of services like Twitter and Facebook and
countless others are gaining traction, with the potential to surpass
e-mail in their ubiquity. These new services are likely to change the
way we communicate: by making our interactions that much faster, by
existing in a constant stream; by requiring more sophisticated
filtering; and by making it easier for users to maintain a higher
personal profile.
accelerated_lifecycles  Communicating_&_Connecting  e-mail  Facebook  filtering  Jessica_E._Vascellaro  personal_branding  social_media  twitter 
october 2009 by jerryking
How Twitter Will Change the Way We Live
Friday, Jun. 05, 2009 | TIME Magazine | By Steven Johnson
twitter  twittertools  social_media  Steven_Johnson 
august 2009 by jerryking
Software applications improve Twitter service - WSJ.com
JULY 15, 2009 | Wall street Journal | by KATHERINE BOEHRET
twitter  twittertools 
july 2009 by jerryking
Williams and Stone: The Twitter Revolution - WSJ.com
APRIL 17, 2009 | Wall Street Journal | by MICHAEL S. MALONE
twitter  profile  social_media 
april 2009 by jerryking
Finding Utility in the Jumble of Tweeted Thoughts - NYTimes.com
April 13, 2009 | New York Times | By CLAIRE CAIN MILLER. Article details useful, emerging, real-world Twitter applications.
twitter  applications 
april 2009 by jerryking
Twitter: A Marketer's Duct Tape
Thursday April 9, 2009 | Harvard Business Review | by John
Sviokla. Attibutes Twitter's popularity to its design, open
architecture, and ease of joining and self-organizing. Sviokla urges
marketers to consider what people are saying about your brand, your
industry, your target market. Also, how to connect and build a
communications channel between company and its followers.
twitter  marketing 
april 2009 by jerryking
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