From 25-27 January 2012 we held our fourth annual Winter School with the theme “Interfaces for the Cloud: Curating the Data.” The first day consisted of paper presentations and responses/feedback. The second day we collaboratively kicked off a workshop on API critique where I started with an introduction to APIs and API critiques, followed by… Read more Digital Methods Winterschool 2012: APIs as Interfaces to the Cloud
On the 23rd of January I had the honor to give a keynote lecture at the Bobcatsss 2012 conference. I talked about ‘The Like Economy and the Politics of Data in the Social Web’ based on a co-authored paper with Carolin Gerlitz titled ‘Hit, Link, Like and Share. Organizing the social and the fabric of the web… Read more Video Bobcatsss 2012: The Like Economy and the Politics of Data in the Social Web
I just happened to do the lazy people’s version of looking up a website by Googling for “Google Plus” in my browser’s (Chrome, obviously) address bar instead of directly typing in the URL plus.google.com. Hey, it’s a few characters less :) But what caught my eye was Google+ its tagline in the search snipped which I… Read more What does Google mean with its Google+ tagline?
I’m a big fan of True Blood, The Vampire Diaries and other vampire related shows and movies so I did a small exercise: Get all movies categorized with “Vampire” from IMDB and sort by release date: http://www.imdb.com/keyword/vampire/?title_type=feature&sort=release_date Copy paste all 758 titles to a spreadsheet Import spreadsheet in Google Refine Search for all dates and note down… Read more Number of “vampire” movies from 1916-2011
In my previous post I wondered if social sharing services are breaking the web with data-rich hyperlinks and today I would like to pose that social sharing services are breaking search. Let’s assume the following scenario: You search for Facebook “proprietary protocol” in Google Web (the “regular” Google) and are presented with the following results: While we… Read more Social buttons are breaking search
Social sharing services such as Summify allow users to subscribe to a daily digest of stories that have been shared by their Twitter and/or Facebook users in what they call a “summary of your social news feeds.” In the process of tracking shared links on social media platforms, these sharing services are renaming and transforming… Read more Are social sharing services breaking the web with data-rich hyperlinks?