Study Shows Twitter Used Mostly By Urban Adults, And We’re Surprised at This?

Eweek reports that a study conducted by the Pew research center has found that Twitter is used mostly by people who :

1. USE the internet
2. Live in cities
3. Are YOUNG

Uh… why is this “news”? Obviously you need the internet to use Twitter. Obviously urban people use it the most.


Because they have social lives.


Just kidding. No, but seriously. Why would anyone care what someone living in the middle of a farm in Kansas is doing on Twitter? Suburban life seems like it would get boring real fast and pointless to announce to your street who’s house you’re going over after school or what cow you’re going to milk.



Memory Bank Monday (11.30-12.6)

*A weekly roundup of mom’s homemade lasagna. Check ’em out!

1. Google unveils its new ebook store
2. Track Santa on Christmas as he delivers gifts around the world! How’s that for a mashup?
3. Crowdsouring Science! Scientists at McGill university have developed a game that is designed to harvest information from people who choose to play a bejeweled-like game called Phylo.
4. Cathleen Black says “We’re all human beings,” when asked about her qualifications for School chancellor.
5. GigaOm explains the importance of our society’s shift to cloud computing and why it’s important through this infographic:

I Interrupt Your Regularly Scheduled Post

with this powerful notice:

(image via designyoutrust)

Memory Bank Monday (11.23-11.29)

*A weekly roundup of things I think are interesting but am too lazy to write a full post about. This week’s MBM is posted late because, well, it was Thanksgiving break and I had other things to do. Like eat.*

1. What would newspapers look like if they were invented today? Bonnier’s News+ concept for a daily newspaper explores this question with a demonstration:

I think the part I like the most is the social networking integration–reader will be able to interact with writers directly, breaking down the barrier between author and reader that print newspapers have.

2. How Investigative Journalism Is Prospering in the Age of Social Media An informative read for those who are saddened by the demise of investigative journalism in print and on tv. There’s a hope!

3. The NYT reports that Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, a division of the Department of Homeland Security, has already shut down some piracy sites.

4. Confused about net neutrality? Huffington Post’s Gigi Sohn summarizes what the FCC is beginning to do regarding internet regulation.

5. Netflix is booming. The company is willing to pay $75,000-$100,000 for a single episode in order to get new content.

Is “Private Life” Becoming an Antiquated Phrase?

I just saw this slide on the Huffington Post’s top ten overrated things of 2010:

Tiger Woods’ Private Life

Har har. But this may not be far from the truth for the rest of us as well!

Researchers at the University of California San Diego have discovered that many sites are using the same bug to collect netizen browsing information.

“Our study shows that popular Web 2.0 applications like mashups, aggregators, and sophisticated ad targeting are rife with different kinds of privacy-violating flows.”

Not to worry, though. Apparently web browsers like Chrome and Safari automatically block the bug, but this issue begs the question:

Can we expect privacy in an internet age?

I think the definition of privacy is changing very quickly as we move away from old models and into a mobile, computer-based society, and this will warrant even more regulation.


Youtube’s Skippable Ads (An Example of On-Demand Consumership)

Oh, Google. The world is waiting for you to be the architect of peace, at this point.

This seems like a promising model that is less aggressive for the viewer and workable (in theory, so far) for advertisers. Google has announced TrueView Video Ads that will give the viewer the option to skip or watch an ad. Advertisers get charged only if someone watches their ad, which makes sense.

“We believe offering a cost-per-view video ad model is good for everyone: consumers choose ads that are more relevant to them; you more precisely find the audiences you want; and content creators continue to fund great content with an ad experience that is less intrusive. OurĀ experience with Promoted Videos, which you buy on a cost-per-click basis, shows that viewers will choose to watch ads that are relevant and engaging.”

Viewers are forced to watch the first 5 seconds of any ad before they can opt out of it, and if the full 30secs are watched Google will charge.

This just another example of the media’s secular shift to customization. This model will help advertisers tailor their ads to viewership (like the way Facebook always seems to know that you’re secretly interested in Ugg boots or something).