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How Different Age Groups Interact Online!
July 28, 2011, 7:10 pm
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Taking ‘Stock’ of Social Media

A nice article  and explanation from Joe Stanganelli , where is it all about  on Empire Avenue

The socialmediarati have a new favorite toy — one that tells you how valuable your friends are. Empire Avenue is a virtual stock market of social media personalities. Think Klout or PeerIndex, but gamified with a Wall Street twist. Upon registering, you become both a “stock” (replete with personal ticker symbol) and a market participant. Your share value is determined by your social networking activity, your Empire Avenue activity, and the trading activity on your stock. Despite the hype, however, Empire Avenue doesn’t quite work as an influence metric for three reasons:

    1. Your “value” is mostly artificial.

Once you have connected your external social networks to your account and established yourself on the site, most of your value comes from what happens within the world of Empire Avenue itself. Like real stock, your share price is greatly affected by trading activity. Site participation is also important; if you become inactive on Empire Avenue, your stock price drops. You can even pay real cash for in-game advantages on the site, which can help boost your value. It’s all part of Empire Avenue’s gamification aspect, but that doesn’t change the fact that applying ANY internal activity to one’s metrics skews them artificially.

    1. Empire Avenue emphasizes quantity over quality.

The site seems to place an undue amount of value on social media activity; influence and amplification play a role, but how many “actions” one performs seems to be more important.

Case in point: Right after I deleted a superfluous Tweet, my Empire Avenue stock ((e)JSQ) price dropped about 0.20 “eaves” — Empire Avenue’s virtual currency (“E. Ave” — get it?). Meanwhile, a stock in my portfolio had a one-day gain of more than 15.00e simply because that person posted seven blog posts that day.

    1. Empire Avenue offers little in the way of analytics.

You can pay eaves to unlock analytics for your Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, and Flickr profiles. Unfortunately, these analytics are little more than what you can find out yourself just by looking at the profiles. If you’re posting so much content weekly that you can’t possibly keep track of it all, these analytics might offer some valuable insights — but otherwise, it’s not rocket science to figure out how many followers you have, or what your most “Liked” status update of the week is.



Digital Signal Compression & Video Encoding Research

Interesting everybody who was involved in a publicly funded and therefore “opensourceconferencing or de-encoding project during his university time in  the 90th , founded a comercial company and the sources are gone with the wind.

CU30/qVix  source  turns out to sightspeed

Tim Dorchey´s cuseeme turns into ivisit

Peter Parnes “mWeb Presentation Framework” turned into maratech, whitch was aquired from google. What did Jason Katz in the 90th except buying  HearMe and Firetalk and camfrog ? 😉

July 15, 2011, 2:41 am
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Interesting collection:

As you might have guessed, there are literally hundreds of crowdfunding platforms out there. I have spent some time looking at a number of platforms with a view to both understanding what is out there as well as to begin the process of reflecting on what the next generation of crowdfunding models might look like.

In keeping with the principles of crowdsourcing, rather than simply distributing a large document, it might make more sense to treat the entire exercise of examining the crowdsourcing/crowdfunding space using crowdsourcing principles.

To get things started, I have attached a table with a number of different sites/platforms that I have looked at, and have defined a few comparison points. I have also identified what I believe to be unique and interesting models that I will talk more about in subsequent emails to the group.

For now I present the data as is and invite you to engage by commenting, asking questions etc…

WebID in Use

The following video gives a quick overview of how WebID is used in a browser.


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July 1, 2011, 11:11 am
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