Video: Founder of Odeo, Blogger and Twitter Evan Williams

Evan Williams is tied to the advent of Odeo, Blogger, and Twitter. The goal of all of these is for people to feel more connected and more in-touch with one another. These tools were designed as broadcast media.  Help people feel more connected and in touch. Using communication network to help each other out. Twitter was designer with API (application program interface) in mind so others could piggyback off the technology. The goal now is to move beyond keeping  up with family and friends to making it easier to share news and information. Mentions Summize, a twitter search engine, which they bought and have incorporated into the product. The product is always changing (as is facebook and google). Most of the change is transparent to the users.

Watch this video from TED.com: http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/evan_williams_on_listening_to_twitter_users.html

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Video: Meet Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg invented facebook in his college dorm room with a start-up cost of around $80. His roommate learned PERL over a weekend to get involved. Quickly they networked with colleges across the country. Now this social networking site boasts more than 110 million members.

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Video: Internet Censorship

Certainly there is some internet censorship in the U.S. Some parents choose to add filters to the web to keep their kids from being exposed to adult content. Some employers do  the same. Others have blocks during the day when they open up the internet for private use. Some colleges and universities block file sharing sites. Others turn down the wi-fi during class periods to cut down on students checking e-mail when they should be engaged in the classroom. In foreign countries the extremes of internet censorship can be greater.

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Video: All That Is Solid Melts Into Google (Peter Woodbridge)

I found Peter Woodbridges "All That Is Solid Melts Into Google" on AdBusters.com. While the video is a bit over-the-top with dramatics. It's hard not to spot Google in the headlines daily. Between all the hoopla over their desire to digitally distribute books. Or whether it is censorship issues with governments in Asia or Middle East. Google is everywhere, and one must ask, "Is it dangerous to put so much information in the hands of one company?"

Watch Video here: https://www.adbusters.org/category/tags/internet

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Should Courts Be Able To Subpoena Facebook Posts?

Continuing in my string of news posts. Recent headlines brought to light a case in Edwardsville, IL where a lawyer is fighting to have material from Facebook posts released as evidence.

Facebook representatives point to the "Stored Communications Act" which prohibits the release of information, even with a subpoena.

The lawyer for the defendant in this particular case feels that "Facebook friendships" may have impacted the investigation of an incident which involved several police offers.

Could get interesting if they push this one to a higher court system.

Here's a link to the Saint Louis Post-Dispatch article:

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When Headlines Sound Like a Die Hard Movie

This recent news blip caught my attention:

"... software downloaded through cell phones stole passwords, intercepted e-mails and created havoc. Soon 60 million cell phones were dead. The Internet crashed and commerce collapsed."

Realistic scenario?

Wait there's more:

"The U.S. isn't prepared to respond to an attack on its computer networks that could cripple communications and electrical power systems..."

This is where this newspaper article "Cyber Attack Would Strike the U.S. Hard" [STL Post-Dispatch, 2.17.2101] starts sounding eerily Hollywood. In fact this scenario specifically has already been adapted to the screen in the form of "Live Free or Die Hard."

© 2007 - 20th Century Fox

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What Are People Looking For Online? What Are They Willing to Pay For?

When you're thinking about launching a blog OR developing a web-based business. It doesn't hurt to check into what type of content and services people are actually looking for online.

Entertainment and media seem to be the biggies--whether thats music, movies, games, video OR online newspapers, magazines, radio or blogs. Here are the actual breakdowns from The Nielsen Company. The link below will get you to the full research findings.

Percent of global online consumers who have paid OR would consider paying for various types of content online – Fall 2009
Theatrical movies57%
Professional produced video (including current television shows)50%
Internet-only news sources36%
Radio (Music)32%
Social communities28%
Radio (News/Talk)26%
Consumer-generated video24%
Source: The Nielsen Company.  n=27,548

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