Cloud Agents Bring Personalization for the User

ReadWriteWeb’s Sarah Perez blogged about a new Twitter app called Twitchboard in her blog post, The Rise of Cloud Agents.   The uniqueness of Twitchboard stems from its ability to tie together different services on the social web and automates their interactions.

What’s so fascinating to me is not the application Twitchboard, as I haven’t even tried it, but the concept ad ideal of the cloud agent.  Which is term that is ahybrid of two terms – cloud computing and intelligent agent.

After reading Tom Carroll’s comment on the post:

This is just another step toward the cognative economy. The services we see to day are providing the foundation of integrated behaviors. Eventually these cloud agents will mature from simple integration services to complex filters and autonomous extensions of our public persona.

I began to see Twitchboard for more than what is was and more for what it represeneted.  Here is my comment:

I haven’t tried Twitchboard. But, I wanted to comment because I don’t believe the hype is actually for the application (Twitchboard), than it is for the concept of the application – and what the future holds for social network’s connectivity and relevancy. I believe that Twitchboard and similar applications are headed in the direction of personalized service for the user. Service that is centered around context and the user and not the application or the social network. Only time will tell….

What do you think?  I think cloud agents will be a part of web 3.0 in a big way.  Not to say cloud agents Are web 3.0, but only that they will play a part in its functionality and relevance to the user.

What are your thoughts?

The Rise of Cloud Agents – ReadWriteWeb.


State of the Twittersphere – Q4 2008 Report

Hubspot has released its first-ever State of the Twitterspere report for Q4 2008.  The report summarizes the trends of Twitter users based on real data pulled from hundreds of thousands of Twitter profiles accessed through the reports generated by Twitter Grader.

I found that the report accurately reflects my Twitter profile.  For example, I currently have a Twitter grade of a 91, which based on the report, Twitter users with a score between 90-100 have an average of over 100 followers.  As of today, I have 169 followers and I’m following 180 people.

Are you on Twitter?  If not join today and connect with me.

Here is a link to the report: State of the Twittersphere – Q4 2008 Report.

Concept-Dependent Social Phenomenon Journal Articles

Back in September I wrote a short post (you can read it here) based on Andrew Sayer’s book, Method in  Social Science a Realist Approach, Since then, I’ve had hundreds of readers directed to my blog.   I feel strongly about dissemination of information my philosophy is “knowledge is power,” I have researched several databases and found related journal articles which I hope will be of use to someone. In addition I have another article that I had difficulty uploading titled, Social Science Concepts: A User’s Guide by Gary Goertz).  If you are interested in reading this article just send me at, and I will gladly email it to you.
Feel free to provide feedback on the articles.  Thanks, and enjoy!

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Curious About Google? 10 Google Slideshows

Stan Shroder posted a great article of Mashable, “10 Great Google Slideshows.” I’m a big fan of Slideshare after downloading a presentation, “How to Use Twitter for Marketing and PR.”  Slideshare is a great resource for educators, marketers, and everyone in between.

Yesterday we dug out a cool slideshow which tries to tell us, in a mere 34 slides, everything there is to know about Google. It’s not the only Google-related slideshow out there, though; in fact, we’ve found dozens of them. Here’s a selection of ten we’ve found to be either very useful or interesting.

Google for Life Science ResearchAs you can see there is many presentations on varying aspects of search engine giant Google.  I especially liked the presentation “Google for Life Science Research: Searching Power and More,” since I’m constantly on the look out for research tools and resources to help me with my Doctoral work.  What resources for research do you use?

Here is a link to the article on Mashable: 10 Great Google Slideshows

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Tips and Techniques for Better Blogs

I found this fascinating quote today by Chris Brogan:

Your blog topics are getting weak. You had a nice run with passion for a while, but now, you’re looking for better blog topics, more interesting content, and you’re still trying to grow that elusive community. How are you going to succeed?

You should read the whole article.

Chris Brogan advises businesses, organizations and individuals on how to use social media and social networks to build relationships and deliver value.

User-Centered Innovation: New Business Model???

Trochim and Donnelly  authors of The Research Method Knowledge Base defines deductive and inductive reasoning as “reasoning that woks from the more general to the more specific (deductive), and “reasoning that works the other way, moving from specific observations to broader generalizations and theories.

When applied to the process of information systems development, inductive reasoning is utilized during a process of systems development called user-centered development.  User-centered development is a development process based on focusing on the needs of the users as opposed to the “thing” being developed.  Ongoing belief by researchers is that if the user-requirements or needs are identified and met, then the product or service is applicable to broader spectrum of user. User-centered development can be used during software development, information system development, or even product development.

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Threadless, a Web 2.0 company that was built upon the concept of user-centered design. This concept goes against the traditional business model where companies make the product and customers buy it. The basis of user-centered innovation is active participation of the user in the development of products and services. This active role of the user is one in which the user of products are able to develop what they need for themselves.  The platform for innovation is provided by a host, who then manufactures and distributes the product.

In the case of Threadless the users are the community of designers who submit their ideas for t-shrts and then vote on the one they like best.  Threadless owners Jake Nikell and Eric Von Hipple provide the platform (Threadless) for the development of the user’s ideas. (For more Threadless info read Inc. Magazine’s article on the company).

Another such company RYZ is a community driven high-end sneaker company based in Portland, Oregon. RYZ’s business model relies solely on the Internet for design, marketing, and sales of all or their sneakers.
RYZ lets you download the sneaker template and design everything from the inside and outside panels to the tongue, footbed, heel and outer sole. The designs are then posted online where designers may use social networks like MySpace and Facebook Viewers must then vote for their favorites design. The design with the highest amount of votes are produced by RYZ, and the designer will get $1,000 plus 1 percent royalties.

Companies such as Threadless and RYZ are honing in on user-centered innovation, by capitalizing on web 2.0 collaborative applications and making tons of money while doing so.  Is user-center design a new business model?   It will be interesting to watch this concept develop in the new future.

Check out this RYZ Video

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