Now comes Clay Shirky with the next revolution: “innovation can happen everywhere”, he said yesterday (1:39′ of his talk). OK, let’s buy few more copies of Shirky’s books and wait for the next Microsoft or Google coming from Tanzania. Meanwhile, let me tell you why I think speeches on web 2.0 revolutions are motivational infoporn.
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I recently attended the SIGIR ’09 IREVAL workshop on the future of IR evaluation, where I presented a poster on evaluating collaborative filtering over time. The workshop began with invited talks from (IR-research superstars) , , Chris Buckley (videolectures), and Georges Dupret, giving talks that drew on years of research experience. The workshop participants then broke into groups to discuss different proposals related to IR-evaluation, and the workshop closed with a group discussion about each proposal. As can be expected, this workshop brought up many more questions than it answered. Below I’ve transcribed some notes that I took during the day:
“After much confusion, it is becoming clear what works in online video …” Hulu (Hulu Who?) seems to be successful by any measure. Online video -sharing should:
- Be as simple as YouTube is cluttered
- Be Web-based; no additional software to be downloaded (Joost’s biggest flaw)
- (more importantly) Support advertising rather than charging for downloads. Hulu has only professional content, and advertisers love it. … Hulu now offers content from more than 110 partners. Plus, people watching tend to sit still, whereas people listening tend to move.
I attended a talk by David Sumpter on “How animal groups make decisions” (hosted by Max Reuter). David is a mathematician working on self-organisation and decision-making based on simple rules. His team looked at behavioral rules that explain, for example, how birds fly together.
My take-away from his talk: Group decision-making may be better than individual decision-making ONLY if each member of the group takes decision indepedently. Indeed, idependence is one of the four elements to form a wise crowd. Alas, I think that social prejudices make it impossible to reach independent decisions in our society. Does this suggest the end of the wisdom of crowds?
Few scribble notes:
A while back we wrote an article (pdf) in which we pointed out that, by retaining user data on their Internet servers, mobile web 2.0 companies are not making any profit. In the excerpt below “Unlocking the Tapestry“, we were purposely controversial – enjoy it ;-). Still, the question of how mobile web 2.0 companies will make money is open to debate. The conventional answer is that those companies may capitalize on electronic ads. How to spread ads in a distributed way? Companies such as HyperTag and BlueMedia are already offering proximity marketing solutions (delicious). Another good reason to decentralize web 2.0 services!
2.2 Unlocking the Tapestry … (from pdf)
A lot of interesting papers have been discussed during RecSys conference. Here are a few list of interesting ones.
[Cool video on the aka-aki website]
- aka-aki (Germany) – focuses on Proximity Networking, as in mobile social networking with Bluetooth-sensing capabilities.
- Dial2Do (Ireland) – Dial2Do lets you do common tasks by just calling a number and speaking.
- Nimbuzz (Netherlands) – Mobile IM and Text Message Service.
- Rummble (UK) – a location based discovery tool and social search platform.
- Seesmic (USA) – a video service mimicking and aggregating your favorite web products.
- Zipipop (Finland) – a start-up that is developing Zipiko, a mobile service for sorting your social life on the go.
- Wubud (UK) – Wubud allows you to take your social network in your back pocket everywhere you go.