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The hidden cost of facebook’s messaging system- The Inquirer

Asiajin » Hit List: Japan’s Top 20 Products In 2010 (And 2011) – interesting how environment | energy saving products will be most popular next year

Patentwiki – An Idea Incubator – really interesting ide, I wonder whether it would be hit by prior art legal claims?

BBC – World Tonight: Looking at the world from China – interesting post featuring the opinion of Chinese academics

Automated sentiment analysis? Yes, it is possible. And it’s here: Glide Intelligence « In Front Of Your Nose: An online PR blog – not so sure myself – where is the great leap forward in machine learning? The NLP aspect to it doesn’t inspire confidence. Even if it was based on a giant database of lexeme clusters a la the work of Professor David Crystal at AND and Crystal Semantics I would understand, but from what I’ve heard so far I am skeptical

Who the hell is Ayi Jihu? | China Music Radar – I remember seeing this get hyped a while ago on the Metro newspaper

Gopan Rice-to-Bread Machine: A Huge Hit | Japan Probe – interesting innovation this both flour mill and bakery all in one

Monocolumn – Branding Finland [Monocle] – interesting idea to brand Finland as a way of working out a path for the country in the future

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Revisiting Delicious

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Five years ago I worked on the launch of Yahoo! MyWeb, which was a social bookmarking service (it was moved into Yahoo! Bookmarks a a couple of years ago). MyWeb failed to go mainstream partly because it was a difficult concept for consumers to get their head around, God knows we tried.

By contrast, Delicious has been a success. It was never aimed at the mainstream, it never tried to over-extend itself in terms of its feature-set and has a brutally simple user experience.

Some five years later, many of Yahoo!‘s core constituent audience don’t really need a social bookmarking service because they are too business playing Farmville on Facebook to get out explore and remember. So where does that leave Delicious?

Well about the only numbers that Google Adplanner and Compete.com can agree on is that the site has over 500,000 unique users. Delicious seems to have hung on to its early-adopter audience; well that is what seems to be the case when you look at the audience interests that Google Adplanner:

  • Venture capital
  • Search Engine Optimization & Marketing
  • Writers resources
  • Public relations
  • Development tools
  • Graphic design
  • Home office
  • Web design & development
  • Content management
  • Advertising & Marketing

Also when you look at related sites, they are social bookmarking sites with only a tenth of the traffic that Delicious has. So Delicious sounds like it is holding its own and is a very targeted audience, but there is a big question about how this fits within Yahoo!’s portfolio:

  • It no longer has the excuse of keeping Delicious to help improve its search technology since that now comes from Microsoft
  • It certainly doesn’t fit into Yahoo!’s tech-backward, low income, late-boomer core audience
  • Whilst Delicious is a fantastically useful product, the ‘heat’ or buzz in the tech sector has moved on to mobile, social gaming and micro-blogs
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Jargon Watch: Metz Threshold | 行话 Metz Threshold

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I was listening to David Kilcullen on the C-SPAN After Words podcast, where he was interviewed about his book Counterinsurgency. One interesting concept struck me from the interview which Kilcullen called the Metz Threshold.  Kilcullen described it as the amount of time that a country’s population will tolerate their government prosecuting a war. It is based on research conducted by Dr. Steven Metz; hence the name Metz Threshold. Apparently the Metz Threshold for the US is about three years.