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Google Plus Communities: Analyzing The Impact On User Engagement

Monday, March 11th, 2013
Google Plus Engagement Pre Versus Post Communities; clicky to embiggen

Google Plus Engagement Pre Versus Post Communities; clicky to embiggen

I’ve suspected for awhile that since the launch of Google Plus Communities three months ago, I am not receiving the same level of engagement as I did in the past. My analysis does confirm my suspicions. I now have to work harder to receive the same overall level of engagement as in the past. More over, the quality of that engagement is declining.

Whereas these results reflect my experience, they might not necessarily be applicable to all users and may not be as meaningful when applied across the entire Google Plus ecosystem. There are some power users, or more accurately G+ attractors — people who attract massive followings — for whom the quantity and quality of engagement is most likely constant or even increasing. However I do believe that for the majority of Google Plus users, these results most likely apply. Read more »

It’s Time for Blogging to Evolve

Saturday, March 5th, 2011

The concept of blogging needs to evolve. Whereas Twitter and Facebook seem to have stolen some of the wind from blogging, I believe that netizens in general still desire to control their webspace and their webpresence. That is one reason that Diaspora–the upstart distributed social networking project–found initial funding success on Kickstarter. People want to have control over their content and privacy. They want to use their personal website as the anchor, as the foundation for their online communications. Read more »

The Web is Not (yet) Social

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

There is a common misunderstanding about the meaning of the phrase Social Web. I believe that most of the Web’s netizens think that the Web is social. But in fact the Web is not currently social.

Whereas Facebook, Twitter, FourSquare, and other ventures are social platforms, they are not the Web. These entities are only part of the Web—although it’s looking more and more “like” Facebook wants you to think that the Web equals Facebook. Read more »

I’ve Got a Clot in My Klout: Influence Across a Distributed Social Web.

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

I’ve been a fan of Klout since its inception. I was a relatively early adopter of its services and believer in its ideal to become the standard for influence measurement. I still use Klout and believe in their vision. Why else would I place a Klout widget on my About Me page?

But there are two issues that I wish to address. Read more »

Apple Unveils Ping and Enters Social-networking War with Facebook and Twitter

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

During Apple’s media event today, CEO Steve Jobs previewed iTunes 10 which will include Ping, a social network for music (Ping press release). I believe this is possibly a game-changing event for Facebook, Twitter, and the Social Web in general. Read more »

Easy Code to Show Your Most Recent Tweets in WordPress

Saturday, March 13th, 2010

Note: The code below will no longer work as it uses a now deprecated Twitter API. Unfortunately, to grab your tweets, or any tweets from the public timeline, you have to set up an OAuth connection. If you’re interested in doing that, see my last comment in this post and visit the link I’ve posted there. I will not be providing any more support on this post.

I’ve been reworking my website today and decided it was time to add a recent Twitter tweet to the front page. I checked out the Twitter widget and several (of the many) WordPress plugins that display your most recent tweets, but decided that they had a few issues. Read more »

Nosquare and Nowalla: Polluting the Stream

Saturday, March 13th, 2010

Location-based services are great. But please stop sending updates (check ins) to your Twitter and Facebook accounts. It is the perfect example of social-networking tie-in gone wrong.

Why do I say this? It’s simple. For those of us that are hundreds or thousands of miles away–which could be many of your followers–tweeting your current location provides zero value. Read more »

A Flock of Twitters: Decentralized Semantic Microblogging

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

In my last article, Flocking To the Stream, I ended with this thought about the growing issue of social-networking fatigue:

…as the number of streams continue to increase and as the flow rate of each stream picks up, people will grow tired of having to subscribe to, having to join yet-another-stream phenomenon (YASP). Does the Web truly need additional stream providers each with their own data silos? Is there a user-centric solution to this rapidly growing, overflowing-stream issue that puts YASP to rest once and for all?

This article answers these two questions in great detail but the succinct preview version is as follows: Read more »

Flocking To the Stream

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

I recently began to go through some article backlogs on the websites of various people whose thoughts and perspectives I want to understand better. One such person with whom I’m trying to play catch up is Nova Spivack. If you don’t follow Nova then I suggest taking the time to remedy that Read more »

Introducing Twitter-disclosure Slashtags

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

It’s official. On December 1, 2009, the FTC’s new disclosure guidelines went into effect. So what does this mean for Twitter users?

It means that you must disclose any financial relationship that you have with a product, service, company, or industry that you tweet about.

To make disclosure easy on Twitter, I’m proposing a set of Twitter-disclosure slashtags. Read more »