Archive for the 'Trends' Category

Social network research questions influencer role

Sunday, January 13th, 2008

How important a few exceptionally influential people are to spurring social epidemics and viral campaigns is the subject of recent research by social network theorists Duncan J. Watts of Columbia University and Peter Sheridan Dodds of the University of Vermont in Burlington. Published in the Journal of Consumer Research, the researchers’ findings question the notion […]

The law of information and the attention economy

Monday, April 9th, 2007

While higher ed institutions don’t compete for customers in the retail sense, they do compete for attention and are subject to the law of information. Alex Iskold discusses both concepts at Read/WriteWeb: …we no longer read – we skim. The news that used to last a day now lasts just a few hours, simply because […]

When everyone has the same toys

Tuesday, December 12th, 2006

During a recent presentation with a prospective web development client, we were talking about trends, web 2.0, etc., and I was asked: what’s next? What’s coming in the next five years? In the moment, I made some comment about technology, but then I read my latest copy of Fast Company magazine and discovered a better […]

Survey: small video no biggie for teens

Monday, August 14th, 2006

The results of a new Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg poll show that teens and young adults aren’t as keen on small screen video as some might think (or the entertainment industry hopes). Only 14 percent of teens (ages 12-17) said they wanted to watch a TV show on a cell phone, and 17 percent said they’d […]

Blog or be old

Friday, May 19th, 2006

Economist.com has posted an article on blogging exploring not only what the definition is — for example, Dave Winer’s purist definition: “the unedited voice of a single person” — but the social implications of where blogging is taking us. “At first, I saw it as about publishing; now I see it more as a revolutionary […]