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Episode 53: Your stay-at-home Hurricane Sandy listening

Many of us on the East Coast are stranded and our work is closed.

As long as you have power (or your mobile phone does), we’ve got an hour of tech + liberal arts goodness to listen to.

We lead off by discussing the presidential debates and social media. The Twitter experience is better than the actual debates.

We also discuss the terrible, terrible U.S. patent system.

Stay warm. Stay dry. Stay safe.

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News.me discontinues iOS apps citing new Twitter rules

This is a bummer:

News.me, the social news service built on top of Twitter (and Facebook), todayannounced it is killing its curation apps for iPhone and iPad. The company is blaming Twitter for the move and says it wants to focus on its Digg efforts instead.

They claim this will not impact News.me’s great daily emails, but who knows how much data you’ll be able to get out of Twitter moving forward. News.me is the first thing I check in the morning to see what’s going on in my world. It always highlights interesting stories by seeing what my Twitter and Facebook friends are up to. I don’t use Digg and don’t plan to any time soon.

No more tweeting and Facebooking directly from XBOX 360

Well I’m shocked that people don’t want to tweet from their XBOX 360s:

Eagle-eyed gamers may have already noticed that the Xbox 360′s dedicated Twitter and Facebook apps have gone missing after the latest Dashboard update, and now Redmond has confirmed it’s put the applications out to pasture. According to a Microsoft representative that spoke to IGN, the firm is “retiring the Facebook and Twitter apps” as it works to streamline functionality. When asked if the pair of apps will ever make a comeback, Ballmer and Co. didn’t comment.

Updates from Tvs was a fad the last few years, and thankfully it’s going away. Why would someone want to check or update a social network from a TV? The XBOX 360 doesn’t even come with a keyboard, so I’m not exactly sure how this was supposed to ever work. All the data actually points to people using mobile devices to access social networks while they use their TVs. That makes sense.

Episode 52: The News Genome

Would you give up one of these to use a Twitter clone?

Jeremy and I discuss wildly reinventing the concept of the news site. Our idea is far from the typical news website that tries to mimic print in many ways.

We call our concept the News Genome, with the idea being that a news site should learn from what you like and don’t like in news and dynamically show you content.

But first we discuss App.Net. Would you forgo a few lattes a year to pay for it? And would you be happy doing that?

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Episode 48: There is an App.net for that

This week we discuss the new social networking dariling App.net.

It’s a Twitter competitor with a twist — you have to pay to use it and there are no ads.

Is this service worth it? Is it elitist? Will it ever have a big enough network?

We can’t escape any App.net discussion without discussing the recent Twitter API changes. They are the reason that App.net was funded, and why people are willing to pay $50 a year for a Twitter clone.

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Episode 40: iPhone comes to Cricket

talking on my banana piece

The iPhone has entered the prepaid world, and that’s big news.

We discuss the implications and our hopes that this can disrupt Verizon, AT&T and Sprint (maybe T Mobile?).

We also discuss some very interesting Twitter data from a new Pew report and AOL threatening a blogger for doing what AOL Huffington Post does.

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15% of online adults use Twitter, 8% use it daily

Pew has a new report on the state of Twitter that shows that the rate of adoption and usage of Twitter is remaining fairly steady. The real story, however, might be that Twitter finds itself popular with educated and wealthy people and people at the other end of the spectrum, but not in between.

Some key findings:

  • 15% of online adults use Twitter. A year ago that number was at 13%.
  • On a daily basis about 8% of online adults use Twitter.
  • Black American use Twitter at the highest rate with 28% of online black Internet users using the service. Compare that with 12% of online white Internet users.
  • Young people like Twitter more than older adults. 26% of internet users ages 18-29 use Twitter, nearly double the rate for those ages 30-49. And 31% of Internet users between 18-24 use Twitter.
  • The service is popular with poorer and wealthier citizens. 19% percent of Internet users with a household income below $30,000 use Twitter and 17% with a household income above $75,000 use Twitter. The people in between use it the least.
  • The same trend holds true with education. Those with no high school diploma use the service the most at 22% and on the other hand those with at least a college degree use it at 17%. Again, in between the numbers drop off.

Twitter is a big site, but it’s clearly not a tool that the majority of Americans use. Half of adults and three-fourths of teenagers use social networking, with Facebook as by far the dominate site.

Twitter is the darling social network of journalists and cultural elites, but Facebook is where the majority of Americans are hanging out.

Is Google’s latest Google+ search move anticompetitive?

Google announced Google+ integration into Google search today, which will bring users more personalized results based on friends’ usage of Google+. The social integration, however, will only be for Google’s in-house social network Google+. MG Siegler believes the feds and rival social networks won’t stand idle:

This is the type of case that Senators die for. Google wrapped it in a bow and placed it in one of their laps.

Most of the broader antitrust concerns against Google are bullshit in my opinion. You can argue that they have a monopoly on search, but it’s a natural one. They’ve earned it. They’re simply better at search than their competitors. This has always been true. It remains true.

But when they use that natural monopoly to start pushing into other verticals, things get gray. Travel, restaurant reviews, etc, etc. We see more of it each year.

But this, at first glance, seems decidedly worse. Google is using Search to propel their social network.

 

Ohio State football players banned from using Twitter by new coach Urban Meyer

Another day and another coach believes that banning something rather than educating is the way to go.

Cleveland.com reports on some of the reactions from Buckeyes players:

Junior tight end Jake Stoneburner Tweeted from his account,@STONEYEleven:

Twitter=Done. Me=back for senior year, leading this team, and shocking the world!! #gobucks #12-0

Tight end Reid Fragel, who is soon to be converted to offensive tackle, chimed in on his Twitter account, @Fragel88:

New staff new rules. No more twitter, not a big deal and probably for the better. Love our fans, love this place. Go Bucks #2012

I, of course, support education over banning when it comes to communication tools, especially when the institution in question is one of higher education. What was that whole thing about student-athletes?

The Twitter War

The U.S. military and the Taliban are waging a Twitter war:

U.S. military officials assigned to the International Security Assistance Force, or ISAF, as the coalition is known, took the first shot in what has become a near-daily battle waged with broadsides that must be kept to 140 characters.

“How much longer will terrorists put innocent Afghans in harm’s way,”@isafmedia demanded of the Taliban spokesman on the second day of theembassy attack, in which militants lobbed rockets and sprayed gunfire from a building under construction.

“I dnt knw. U hve bn pttng thm n ‘harm’s way’ fr da pst 10 yrs. Razd whole vilgs n mrkts. n stil hv da nrve to tlk bout ‘harm’s way,’ ” responded Abdulqahar Balkhi, one of the Taliban’s Twitter warriors, who uses the handle ­@ABalkhi.

Utterly fascinating. Social media matters.

Source: Washington Post.