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Reflections

Unlikely Source

I was reading a paper today, about mashups. It’s fairly interesting, and you can find it here (you’ll need an ACM account, sadly). It explores how end users feel about mashups. What kind of value do they see in them and would they create them if they had the knowledge? I read something a long […]

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Social Networking

Deleting My Xing Profile

It’s hard sometimes to manage your social networking presence. I have three main ones that I use (aside from this blog) – Facebook (friends only), Twitter, and LinkedIn (professional). I just added a fourth – Brazen Careerist – mostly because I read Penelope Trunk’s blog avidly. Realistically though, I have way more – Wakoopa, LastFM, […]

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Reflections

Perseverance

On Wednesday I was getting on my bike, when my kneecap briefly rotated around the side of my knee. It was seriously painful, and I keeled over, bike with me, and my bike frame landed on my hurt knee. Ouch. I got picked up (literally, I was in the road) by some kind strangers and […]

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Presentation

Exciting News!

Back in August I submitted a proposal for the Holiday Science Lectures at the University of Ottawa. I blogged about it at the time here. I’m really excited, because it’s been accepted and I will be presenting it this December! 50 word (50 words! How am I supposed to sum it up in 50 words? […]

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Reflections Social Networking

Page Views vs. Engagement

There’s an interesting article here entitled Audience vs. Traffic. It’s about how engagement is more important that hits, and has an interesting point on the newspaper industry as well. I’ve said this before, but as we get more sophisticated ways to measure engagement things will change.

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Organization Usability

I <3 Google Docs

Check out the video from Google, below. I thought it was really cute. Google docs is a great, free alternative to MS Office, but that’s not where the real power of it lies. For collaboration, for any document that anyone else is going to use, it’s such a better alternative. During the summer, I was […]

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Business Models Facebook Social Networking Twitter

The Social Network Business Plan

So as I mentioned in an earlier post, I’ve been reading The Social Network Business Plan. The premise of which is that the next big thing will be Social Networks built around products or services, for which there are 18 revenue channels – including subscription, conferences or “get-togethers”, and finally chopping up what people are […]

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Presentation

A Different Way to Present

There’s a count down in my head for a presentation I need to give in early September. I’ve been thinking about how I want to do it – I need to show I’m serious about what I’m doing and can be trusted. I’d been thinking about a formal document along the same lines as a […]

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Search

iTunes Store Optimization?

MobileCrunch has an interesting article about the dodgy tactics of a PR firm promoting iPhone apps. The thrust of it is that this company (Reverb) has, as part of the strategy they advertise to customers, been having interns post reviews of apps submitted to the store and also around the web. These tactics have something […]

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Reflections

I Don’t Have Impostor Syndrome

I almost feel like I shouldn’t admit this – it’s something all grad students are supposed to have (as far as I can make out), I had a talk about it in my first week and it’s come up since then too. I’m not belittling it, and I know it’s something a lot of grad […]