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Sep 10

The New Job Market

Recently a Stanford student created YouTube Instant. Not only was feedback for it instant and viral he got a job offer from the co-founder of YouTube.

The IT industry is known to set trends and tends to be ahead of the curb in certain areas. One of these is definitely the job market and working style in general. Lots of IT jobs are suited for flexible hours and telecommuting. What’s more the people understand the value of empowering smart individuals and not adhere to meaningless metrics.

To be young and talented in this age is to be given the chance to jump ahead to create your brand or launch a world-changing product before you even become an “adult”.

Stanford student creates YouTube Instant, gets job offer from YouTube CEO | VentureBeat


5
Sep 10

Twitter Ecosystem, Preserve or Plunder?

Twitter just posted a triumphant blog entry about the success of owning “official” applications on all mobile fronts. One interesting trivia from the graph is that Twitter’s iPhone client accounts for 8% of unique users. As a result mobile users “jumped 62 percent”.

This strategy has been quite successful. Total mobile users has jumped 62 percent since mid-April, and, remarkably, 16 percent of all new users to Twitter start on mobile now, as opposed to the five percent before we launched our first Twitter-branded mobile client. As we had hoped in April, these clients are bringing more people into Twitter, and, even better, they are attracting and retaining active users. Indeed, 46 percent of active users make mobile a regular part of their Twitter experience.

Twitter Blog: The Evolving Ecosystem


Twitter’s growth and evolution is really an interesting story. They take something really simple, sharing 140 characters of text with an asymmetric friend graph (you can friend but not be friended), open api for reading and writing, then let the community do the rest. Up until now, all the innovations outside of the scaling woes for the backend were all community-driven. The use of “@” for replies and “#” for topics was started by users, search was an external service that got bought out, Tweetie was acquired to become Twitter for iPhone, the twitter button was done by tweetmeme before they provided an official version, and url shortening (to conform to 140 characters) was outsourced to tinyurl then bit.ly though they’re rolling out their own. About the only thing they haven’t taken over yet is the sharing of pictures. I would not be surprised if they rolled something out before the end of the year.
The pro for Twitter is greater control over their brand image not to mention access to better data and ability to reach users. Their moves are already paying off in terms of accelerating their growth further. However, when you look at the innovation that came out of third-party solutions it becomes apparent that Twitter needs to start innovating in-house to keep their competitive edge rather than poaching their eco system for exciting ideas. The reason why Twitter’s eco system thrived so much is because they had one of the hottest services to emerge in years yet they left so much money on the table for features that users were hungry for.
One question for readers, are there any other areas Twitter can grow or the eco system can provide? It seems like the eco system is looking pretty solid right now.

Tweetmeme’s Button Impressions Collapsed 20% After Twitter’s Button Launched


4
Sep 10

Apple’s Ping Goes Bang with 1 Million Users in 2 Days

Apple’s Ping just got 1 million users in 2 days. Granted they already have your email and credit card number, it’s still a nice launch that even the most promising web startups can replicate. Although initially spurned by Facebook, the companies are still in discussion. What other social components could Apple be possibly developing next? Location maybe? Game Center will perhaps have a broader and direct impact on connecting users through competition and also require a significant investment in infrastructure. However, the success or failure of Ping will be something others at the intersection of web and music will be paying close attention to. As a sign of life, Ping is already getting spammers.

Apple’s Ping gains a million users in first two days — Engadget


2
Sep 10

Gmail Priority Inbox

Google Gmail’s priority inbox is rolling out gradually rolling out. In a nutshell it helps you find the needle of critical emails in the haystack of your inbox. If you’re like me or most other users, despite implementing a system of labels, starring, and archiving you still end up missing important messages.

Trying to keep your inbox down to zero is a futile attempt that only results in you frantically checking your emails regardless of where you are, be it your desk, on your phone, or even logging in at a random public computer in an internet cafe. You still can’t escape that sinking feeling when you boot your computer on Monday.

Gmail already does a great job with spam filters and a core part of their search technology is trying to keep ahead of marketers trying to grab your attention with lackluster content, so it was only a matter of time before they extended that technology to keep you one step ahead of your inbox.

The way it works is that you’re given another “priority” inbox that predicts which messages are likely to be important to you. As you go through these messages you vote these messages “+” or “-” depending on how accurate the priority inbox was. For messages that didn’t make the cut, you can vote them up for next time. Within the priority inbox, starred messages are shown in a split view so you can go back and process those.

I recently declared email bankruptcy right before I was invited into the beta, but it looks very promising so far. My inbox was getting quite unkempt and now I wont have to worry so much about scanning headers so diligently.

Despite being quite useful, I can’t help but wonder how much more dependent I can become on Google and their helpful algorithms before I let my own tastes be defined by machines.

The explosion of information coming in via social networks and media is making it more and more important to find ways to curate content. Another approach we’ve seen is social curation efforts such as Flipboard where you’re presented with a mix of news based on what your social network friends are sharing and semantic analysis. This space will probably grow more as we digest more information.