Fabulous launch of Techfluff.tv today. Hosted by Hermione Way of Newspepper.com. Sponsored by Sun Microsystems. Great format especially the 'Escalator Pitch' done facing backward on the tube. Loads of roving interviews + a useful bunch of upcoming events info.
Malcolm Gladwell speaks about The movement from the Search for Universals to the Understanding of Variability.
Using many examples from the food production business through the research of Howard Moskowitz, such as the importance of 'chunky tomato spaghetti sauce; the misguided desire for dark rich hearty roast coffee; and the non-hierachy of mustard' he discovers : in embracing the diversity of human beings you will find the true way to happiness.
Britney's attempt to enter the Twittosphere sadly fails as it is clearly just another PR stream from "her people" as Gary Vaynerchuk points out. The most important thing is authenticity. Either do it yourself or don't bother.
Two examples of famous people getting it right are Stephen Fry who began Tweeting 10 days ago on 9th October, and has gathered over 7,000 followers. What is impressive that despite his schedule, currently filming in Uganda, he manages to follow very nearly all his followers and even answers questions in real time, occasionally.
Scottish Tennis star, Andy Murray, currently ranked 4th in the world has been on Twitter since April 4th '08 and seems to be both authentic and mobile, tweeting from a 'Twitterberry' although he only follows just over 4 percent of his followers.
“Vote For Hope” was written to encourage and inspire the hip hop generation—and everyone—to get involved, and contribute their time, energy, creativity, and other resources to be the change they want to see in the world.
Google's development team explain their minimalist thinking and approach to creating their new browser, plus Walter S. Mossberg of The Wall Street Journal gives his thoughts on Google's chrome in a head-to-head with the latest version of Internet Explorer from Microsoft.
Pendulum Studios, have released a couple videos showing off their AlterEgo team's proprietary facial performance software. The program brings out some of the most realistic and precise 3D animated expressions available to the market today. See the company's hi-res demo videos as well.
One week after coming out of beta and going live, the BBC homepage (UK edition) continues to generate plenty of heated comments.
The longest comment thread is here with currently 277 passionate opinions, and there is more comment feedback in a similar vein here.
The focus of the majority of detractors is the fixed promo tabbed box.
While the rest of the site is customisable with selectable and dragable content, and various resizing, reskinning and location-based options, the main gripe is that the largest item, the promo box is locked in place and can't be minimised or deleted.
The tab selections below the box causes the entire page colour section headers to change upsetting people too, although the customisation option allows you to override this.
It will be interesting to see at the next stage of development to what degree the user comments will have an impact.
Having a major redesign trying to satisfy many clearly conflicting user views and internal requirements at the same time, is certainly a challenge.
Genevieve outlines typical behaviour in that we all tell between 6 and 200 lies a day ranging from low level social interaction to the more pathological and complex. The motivation for lies are examined and 'increasing popularity' accounts for about 10 percent. Women tell fewer but bigger lies then men.
Other topics also covered are:
Quoting Volker Sommer, 'Self deception is a part of survival. We actively repress things we can not handle.' In simple terms what we choose to withhold is about keeping our information safe.
Danah Boyd's research focuses on Facebook and MySpace users and has found out that "10 percent of MySpace users are over 100 years old" which stretches credibility somewhat.
'Twitter is about making art out of confabulation".
Korean kids apparently value their mobiles being tracked via GPS by their parents.
Cornell ran lie detection tests running on text messages and email. 'The bigger the lie the more words you use.
'Web 3.0 will be based on a bedrock of confabulation'.