Social Network

Meglio Twitter o Friendstalker?

Twitterall

Nick Bilton, il giornalista del New York Times, che ha scritto Hatching Twitter, il libro sulla nascita di Twitter, ricorda che sul logo, ma  anche sul nome, a Odeo - la società che ha sviluppato la piattoforma - c'erano idee piuttosto diverse. 

As I wrote in the book, there were several different ideas for the name of the service, including “Twitch,” “Friendstalker” and “Smssy.” In the end, of course, it was called “Twitter” — though the company did spend a short amount of time as a vowelless “Twttr.”

nickbilton.com (anche l'immagine è tratta da lì)

 


The Vanishing Newspaper (e Facebook)

"What we're trying to do is give everyone in the world the best personalized newspaper we can," Zuckerberg said. "The best personalized newspaper should be intricate, rich, and engaging."

L'ha detto oggi Mark Zuckerberg parlando della nuova veste grafica di Facebook. Qui le considerazioni  di Jeff Sonderman (Poynter) che continua a pensare che per distribuire le notizie sia meglio Twitter.

By the sheer volume of users and time spent there, it  [cioè Facebook, ndr] does drive significant referrals to many news sites. But on the whole, the Facebook user experience is one of personal status updates and photos from people you know, mixed with a little bit of entertainment from celebrities, journalists, tastemakers or brands. Oh, and a lot of advertising. Twitter remains the far more optimized network for delivering news and other real-time information in an unfiltered stream. Facebook is better at capturing the interpersonal discussions and emotions that ripple out later.

CNet, Poynter

 


Sempre più veloce

Secondo le nuove linee guida dell'AP i giornalisti dell'agenzia potranno "twittare" una breaking news dopo aver avvertito il desk. Prima dovevano aspettare che la notizia andasse in rete. Non so se sia una buona notizia.

The Associated Press has updated its social media guidelines with a change which clarifies that its journalists are allowed to tweet breaking news even if a story is not yet on the wire. Under the updated guidelines AP journalists are told their "first obligation" in the case of a big breaking news event, "is to provide full details to the appropriate newsdesk for use in AP services if the desk isn’t tuned in already". But once they have informed the newsdesk and taken care of "any other immediate AP work" they are now "free to tweet or post information about the news development" on Twitter.

journalism.co.uk, Ap

 


Dimenticando Nichi

«Conosciamo ed apprezziamo da tempo la professionalità dei giornalisti della France Presse a Roma. Sappiamo che non dipende certo da loro, ma qualcuno informi a Parigi che dopo Grillo e Saviano l’esponente politico più seguito in Italia su twitter si chiama Nichi Vendola, presidente della Regione Puglia e leader di Sinistra Ecologia Libertà, con oltre 207 mila followers».

Comunicato stampa di SEL.

Ansa


Young Boys Network

Secondo il New York Times dietro il successo di Instagram c'è tutta la potenzialità di relazioni che si è sviluppata tra Stanford, San Francisco e la Silicon Valley.

The extraordinary success of Instagram is a tale about the culture of the Bay Area tech scene, driven by a tightly woven web of entrepreneurs and investors who nurture one another’s projects with money, advice and introductions to the right people. By and large, it is a network of young men, many who attended Stanford and had the attention of the world’s biggest venture capitalists before they even left campus. Among this set, risk-taking is regarded as a badge of honor. Ideas are disposable: if one doesn’t work, you quickly move on to another. Timing matters. You make your own luck.

New York Times

 


Zuckerberg e le quattro foto da 250 milioni di dollari

Nick Bilton ci informa che Mark Zuckerberg ha postato ben 4 foto su Instagram dall'ottobre del 2010. Ma chiaramente quello che gli interessa sono i dati degli utenti. I quali, però, non l'hanno presa benissimo, come nota Bilton e come dice Mashable: solo il 12% dei commenti sono positivi. 

Some Instagram users embraced Mr. Zuckerberg, congratulating him on the acquisition and welcoming him back to the service after he had not shared a photo in 43 weeks. Others took the opportunity to voice their dismay about the deal and share fears that Instagram will be destroyed by the social media giant.

Intanto CNet si chiede se lo scarso entusiasmo per l'acquisizione sia dovuto alla differenza d'età tra gli utilizzatori di Instagram (più giovani) e quelli di Facebook (più vecchi). Quello che è certo è che per gli sviluppatori di app che mescolano smartphone e fotografia è una bonanza: la prossima preda sarà Path?

New York Times, Mashable. CNet, New York Times

 

 


Check First, Tweet Later

Il New York Times oggi racconta la storia della diffusione di una falsa notizia: l'imminente indagine giudiziaria su Nikki Haley, la governatrice della South Carolina. 

It took only two minutes. An unfounded report on a little-known blog claiming that Gov. Nikki R. Haley was about to be indicted rocketed from South Carolina political circles into national circulation, along the way becoming the latest lesson in the perils of an instantaneous news culture.

Il problema non è Twitter, ma il nowism, cioè la fortissima pressione che spinge a pubblicare una notizia ancora prima di averla verificata, soprattutto se viene da una fonte non esattamente ufficiale e senza una grossa storia di credibilità alle spalle come Logan Smith, l'editor  di Palmetto Public Record, il blog che per primo ha dato la falsa notizia.

But journalists from news outlets that reposted Mr. Smith’s report on Twitter — including establishments old and venerable (The Washington Post, CBS News) as well as new and widely read (The Huffington Post and BuzzFeed) — had no way of knowing that in the minutes after it went online, and did not stop to check first.

New York Times

 

 


The Hacker Way

La lettera di Mark Zuckerberg  che accompagna i documenti inviati alla SEC per l'IPO di Facebook è piena di buoni propositi - e Nicholas Carr fa un po' di sarcasmo sulla natura filantropica dello zuckerberg-pensiero -, ma è anche (a mia conoscenza) il primo documento in cui una big corporation  (anche se atipica) da 75 miliardi di dollari di capitalizzazione (a stare stretti) abbraccia la cultura hacker come politica aziendale. (ecco la lettera commentata da Tim Carmody su Wired USA)

The Hacker Way is an approach to building that involves continuous improvement and iteration. Hackers believe that something can always be better, and that nothing is ever complete. They just have to go fix it — often in the face of people who say it’s impossible or are content with the status quo. Hackers try to build the best services over the long term by quickly releasing and learning from smaller iterations rather than trying to get everything right all at once. To support this, we have built a testing framework that at any given time can try out thousands of versions of Facebook. We have the words “Done is better than perfect” painted on our walls to remind ourselves to always keep shipping. Hacking is also an inherently hands-on and active discipline. Instead of debating for days whether a new idea is possible or what the best way to build something is, hackers would rather just prototype something and see what works. There’s a hacker mantra that you’ll hear a lot around Facebook offices: “Code wins arguments.” Hacker culture is also extremely open and meritocratic. Hackers believe that the best idea and implementation should always win — not the person who is best at lobbying for an idea or the person who manages the most people. To encourage this approach, every few months we have a hackathon, where everyone builds prototypes for new ideas they have. At the end, the whole team gets together and looks at everything that has been built. Many of our most successful products came out of hackathons, including Timeline, chat, video, our mobile development framework and some of our most important infrastructure like the HipHop compiler.

Rought Type, Epicenter (Wired USA)