The “Elemental Web” was a connection of machines, then a connection of sites, now it is a complex amalgam awash with traditional links and millions of ‘inter-personal’ connections defined by the Social Graph. But what exactly is the Social Graph, is it open to manipulation and how might this affect experimentation in Social Search? How shall we seek to vanquish the Social Chimera? Continue reading “Social Search and the Integrity of the Social Graph”
Perusing articles on Facebook privacy control changes from a well-known security company, there is the revelation that “no private information should be on the Internet”. A wise statement for an information security purist, but what constitutes ‘private information’, to what degree is it fluid and are the controls within Social Networks sufficient to allow us to restrict access in the ways we demand / require? What are the ‘sociological norms’, and what of ‘super-social’ libertines who have exceeded Dunbar’s Number by a magnitude of 700%? Continue reading “The Problem with Privacy and Social Networks”
Burton Group’s Anne Thomas Manes recently proclaimed that ‘SOA is dead, long live services’. There was a rapid response from David Chappell at Oracle, spirited pro-SOA cheerleading from Sandy Carter at IBM, as well as excellent rebuttal from Joe McKendrick writing at ZDNet. Continue reading “SOA – The Architecture with 9 Lives”
LEGACY APPLICATIONS are often defined as those that work. But how do you address the issue of modernisation of large legacy COBOL programs many of which often contain key IPR, are difficult to maintain and lack documentation? Continue reading “COBOL Program Modernization Techniques”
There is an inherent complexity in understanding the relationship between what can appear to be seemingly unconnected events occurring in real or near-real time. I make the temporal distinction as there are sophisticated business intelligence and data mining solutions for pattern or trend discovery in previously captured business information. Continue reading “Business intelligence gold panning”
FROM INTERRUPTION TO INTERACTION, online advertising has progressed quickly in the last few years, says Steve Nimmons.
Article first published by the BCS in July 2008
Online advertising has been with us since the earliest days of the internet and where eyeballs meet content, advertisers will be close by. The first web portals were (almost uniformly and tastelessly) bedecked with every imaginable flashing widget that might attract a valuable click-through. I will spare the early designers’ blushes but some sites would today come with health warnings for photosensitive epilepsy. Quality had to, and did, improve. Continue reading “Trends in Online Advertising”
STEVE NIMMONS warns of the hidden threat to corporate privacy and online reputation lurking within Web 2.0.
Article originally published by Evaluation Centre / Conspectus in June 2008. Continue reading “Online Reputation Management: Understanding the Unseen Enemy”