Scott Galloway on the break up of big tech – notes and video from DLD18

I’ve been mostly travelling since the DLD conference, so just catching up on my notes and reflections now. Scott Galloway was one of the people I was really keen to see speak in Munich. His recent book The Four was one of my best reads of 2017 – I bought several copies for our office…… Continue reading Scott Galloway on the break up of big tech – notes and video from DLD18

Taking back the future – DLD18 notes from Day One

I’ve already posted about Paul Daugherty of Accenture’s session on AI – the following are some themes and notes I picked up through the rest of Sunday at DLD 18 Munich.  Yesterday at DLD began with Facebook’s VP Communications and Public Policy, Elliot Schrage, defending the company’s critics. What is Facebook going to do about…… Continue reading Taking back the future – DLD18 notes from Day One

Google’s “Yay” vs. Twitter’s nuanced view

A Broadstuff post about the Summly acquisition by Yahoo! looks at the story as a test for how well Google works as a search engine vs. Twitter.  Now, Google works better than anything out there if you know what it is you want to find, but Twitter, Broadstuff asserts, is where you go to understand…… Continue reading Google’s “Yay” vs. Twitter’s nuanced view

Think clusters, not websites

Adam Tinworth thinks that Google Authorship’s evolution could be another major step in Google stepping away from the website as the core unit of the web, towards the page and its author – with authorship and author reputation a core part of how search works. This is something my friend James Byford drummed into me.…… Continue reading Think clusters, not websites

Long term trends: The Ngrams Viewer

“A database of intentions” is how John Battelle described Google. It is a thrilling concept, at times unsettling, that you can see into the searching soul of the connected populace by seeing the words they use t find things.Google Trends is one of those miraculous tools of the web that has quickly become commonplace. With…… Continue reading Long term trends: The Ngrams Viewer

Google’s Art Project

image: Detail from The Great Day of His Wrath, by John Martin If you haven’t seen it already, take some time to go and explore Art Project, a collaboration between Google and some of the world’s top galleries. Use the highest definition screen you can find… Going along on street view on Google Maps, you…… Continue reading Google’s Art Project

Causes and contexts: Arab Twitter revolutions and the origins of the First World War

Image: A troop train in the First World War (cc) drakegoodman @avschlieffen: Is anyone srsly suggesting trains caused the biggest war of all time? WTF!?! Get over it, you trainspotters. Rail isn’t everything. @billthekaiser: LOL It wasn’t me it was the 11.24 to Gdansk that made me do it. ;) Train timetables caused the biggest…… Continue reading Causes and contexts: Arab Twitter revolutions and the origins of the First World War

Blogs become mainstream media

In the hype-sphere the chatter is all about Foursquare and Facebook: blogging doesn’t get much of a mention. While I still prize blogging as a form of personal media and a networked productivity and knowledge tool, its clear to see that blogs as a media format are mature and in the mainstream. Two posts I…… Continue reading Blogs become mainstream media