2 Tools to Analyze You Blogging Style

Have you read Adam Cohen’s post, What Does Your Blog Say About You? If not, it’s a must read.  In his post Adam ponders over the somewhat interesting analysis he received from Gender Analyzer and Typealyzer. Gender Analyzer uses artificial intelligence to determine whether a blog is authored by a man or a woman.  After submitting my blog, the results concluded that there was a 77% chance it was written by a man.  Seriously – take a look at the screen shot.  To be fair, Gender Analyzer does have a disclaimer:

We created Gender Analyzer out of curiosity and fun. It uses Artificial Intelligence to determine if a homepage is written by a man or woman.GenderAnalyzer REsults

Phew..so Gender Analyzer was developed for entertainment purposes only?  I hope so, because the algorithm seems to have a few bugs in it.   Or it could mean that 77% of the time I write like a man – it’s possible.  I do have a tendency to blog about technology  more than any other topic, and historically technology and science have been dominated by men.  What do you think?

The next tool is Typealyzer, which analyzes your writing style based on your blog posts.  Typealyzer analyzes you blog to determine the type of writer that you are -somewhat of a Myers-Briggs test for bloggers.  Typealyzer’s blog states:

For a long period of time, we have been training our system to recognize texts that characterize the different types. The system, Typealyzer, can now by itself find features that distinguishes one type from another. When all features, words and sentences, are statistically analyzed, Typealyzer is able to guess which personality type the text represents.

Typealyzer concluded that I fit into the category: INTJ – The Scientists.  The people that fit into this type are individualistic, long-range thinkers.   They are intellectually curious and daring, but might be physically hesitant to try new things.  Frankly I am very, very curious about the world around me.  I consider myself a students of life, but contrary to what Typealyzer says, I’m not afraid to physically try anything new – not at all.   Ok, except for swimming with sharks – never.  Take a look at the screen shots.

I'm a Scientist

My question is, how would you use these tools to improve your blogs, writing style, or find out what makes you tick?  I’d love to hear you thoughts.

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Web 3.0 Roundtable With Sramana Mitra

I’m a big fan of Sramana Mitra, who is considered by many to be an expert on  Web 3.0.  On Oct 21st I had the pleasure of attending the Web 3.0 Roundtable given by Sramana.  The hour-long webinar was an online product strategy roundtable featuring Sramana Mitra and using Dimdim‘s open source web conferencing platform. During the session, entrepreneurs pitched Sramana their product ideas in a 3-minute presentation. She reviewed the material in real-time and provided 3-minutes of feedback on each plan.

Here is some background on Sramana.

As an entrepreneur CEO, Sramana founded three companies: Dais (Off-shore Software Services), Intarka (Sales Lead Generation and Qualification Software; VC: NEA) and Uuma (Online Personalized Store for selling clothes using Expert Systems software; VC: Redwood). As strategy consultant, Sramana has consulted with over 75 companies, spanning from large public companies and private startups. Her current focus, is primarily in the realms of Web 3.0 and Enterprise 3.0, and related infrastructure.

Sramana is also the author of Entrepreneur Journeys, Volume One (2008). This book presents an intimate glimpse into the world of technology start-ups through candid conversations with a dozen of the most innovative practitioners of our time. Offering readers an inside view of how to navigate an entrepreneurial path, Sramana synthesizes candid conversations with her own incisive analysis, to create a unique set of case studies.

Sramana displayed her vast knowledge of entrepreneurship and business during the roundtable.  She advised each participant with great feedback – sometimes good and sometimes bad.  Her two primary criticisms were:

  • to think about the customer/client and remember the product or service should focus on value-adding
  • what differntiates your product from other existing products/services

Here is a link to the video: http://tinyurl.com/5gasms

My students (in the business management course that I teach) and I attended the roundtable; and they throughly enjoyed it. I used the roundtable as a learning experince for myself, and for my students by  having each student pitch me their ideas for their final project, which is a business plan.

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