Google Book Search: Wealth of Giants

Google Book Search initiative has met some resistance with publishers. Nevertheless, Google has been steadily scanning a significant portion of the world’s books and putting portions of them online to browse and purchase. The significance of this is astonishing. While, the Internet has grown at a rapid pace, much of the world’s collective knowledge lies … Continue reading “Google Book Search: Wealth of Giants”

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Google Book Search initiative has met some resistance with publishers. Nevertheless, Google has been steadily scanning a significant portion of the world’s books and putting portions of them online to browse and purchase. The significance of this is astonishing. While, the Internet has grown at a rapid pace, much of the world’s collective knowledge lies in print. Anything we accomplish now is by “standing on the shoulders of giants.” And much of what the “giants” have cataloged exist in books and periodicals. Continue reading “Google Book Search: Wealth of Giants”

Facebook Valuation

Facebook is a well-designed social network. However, it is a closed system. This makes it difficult to determine its true worth. Microsoft invested $240 Million for a 1.6% equity stake in Facebook, thus, according to some, it values Facebook at approximately $15 Billion. Is this number a good indication of Facebook’s market capitalization? Let’s look … Continue reading “Facebook Valuation”

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Facebook is a well-designed social network. However, it is a closed system. This makes it difficult to determine its true worth. Microsoft invested $240 Million for a 1.6% equity stake in Facebook, thus, according to some, it values Facebook at approximately $15 Billion. Is this number a good indication of Facebook’s market capitalization? Let’s look at some numbers and find out. Continue reading “Facebook Valuation”

OpenSocial – Social Unification

Google laid the hammer down by announcing OpenSocial. For those out there that thought that Facebook was the next big thing and would lead to Google’s eventual downfall, think again. Google has done it again by strategically abstracting themselves from the social network wars.

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Google laid the hammer down by announcing OpenSocial. For those out there that thought that Facebook was the next big thing and would lead to Google’s eventual downfall, think again. Google has done it again by strategically abstracting themselves from the social network wars. Continue reading “OpenSocial – Social Unification”

What Happens When a Social Graph is Compromised?

Credit: Visual Complexity. Ever had your MySpace or e-mail account hijacked? Recently, Gmail experienced a cross-scripting vulnerability. Luckily, Google was able to patch it quickly, and so far there are no reported cases of people losing information. Getting your e-mail hacked is becoming a major issue. Hackers do not usually care to just read your … Continue reading “What Happens When a Social Graph is Compromised?”

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Ever had your MySpace or e-mail account hijacked? Recently, Gmail experienced a cross-scripting vulnerability. Luckily, Google was able to patch it quickly, and so far there are no reported cases of people losing information. Getting your e-mail hacked is becoming a major issue. Hackers do not usually care to just read your latest gossip. Instead, as with most things, they “follow the money.” Often, your e-mails contain passwords to other accounts, such as your checking or savings account. So choose your e-mail provider carefully. (Think of e-mail as an entry point which provides access to all your other accounts). Continue reading “What Happens When a Social Graph is Compromised?”

What is a Social Graph?

by GustavoG Facebook is about to launch personal ads. Google already targets advertising to personal, search queries and a website’s content. Both approaches are in the early stages of utilizing a social graph. A social graph takes into account how people are interconnected. Similar in concept of how Google’s PageRank algorithm takes into account how … Continue reading “What is a Social Graph?”

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Facebook is about to launch personal ads. Google already targets advertising to personal, search queries and a website’s content. Both approaches are in the early stages of utilizing a social graph.

A social graph takes into account how people are interconnected. Similar in concept of how Google’s PageRank algorithm takes into account how websites are interconnected. This can also be used to predict a person’s tendencies, trends in culture, consumer wants, even the state of the economy. As always, this sort of knowledge is power. Continue reading “What is a Social Graph?”