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Head in the Clouds

January 29th, 2009 by Moti Karmona | מוטי קרמונה · 2 Comments

La Condition Humaine | Rene Magritte, 1933It seems like everywhere I go these days, people are talking about cloud computing… Would it be accurate to say that almost everyone are “fairly optimistic” regarding Cloud Computing?

For your convenient, I have collected few cloud-buzz-quotes to  spice your cloud computing elevator pitch:

  • According to Gartner: “Cloud computing heralds an evolution of business that is no less influential than e-business”
  • IDC on Cloud Computing: “This is about the IT industry’s new model for the next 20 years“, Vernon Turner, head of enterprise infrastructure, consumer and telecoms research.

Cloud Computing The Latest Evolution of Hosting | Forrester Research

  • Merrill Lynch estimates that by 2012, the annual global market for cloud computing will surge to $95 billion and that 12% of the worldwide software market would go to the cloud in that period.
  • In January of 2008 Amazon announced that the Amazon Web Services now consume more bandwidth than do the entire global network of Amazon.com retail sites

Amazon Web Services Bandwidth

  • “… the new computing cloud age” Eric Schmidt (April, 2008)

Do you happen to have more???

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Social Search Model

January 9th, 2009 by Moti Karmona | מוטי קרמונה · 5 Comments

Mechanical TurkTwo months ago, Brynn M. Evans and Ed H. Chi have published a very interesting article – Towards a Model of Understanding Social Search.

They have ran a small survey using Amazon Mechanical Turk (which is a pretty cool concept for itself) asking ~150 users to describe their search experience.

IMHO, their data analysis resulted in a very intriguing social search model.

“As we outlined through the model, social inputs may help users throughout the search process. Before searching, social interactions may help establish the requirements for the actual search task. During search, especially for self-motivated informational searches, users may talk to others for advice, feedback, and brainstorming to improve their search schema and query keyword selections. After search, users may still wish to engage with others to collect additional feedback or to share knowledge gained during the search.”
(Brynn M. Evans and Ed H. Chi – Towards a Model of Understanding Social Search | 2008)

Social Search Model

P.S. It seems like we are on the right direction… :)


Quick (a.k.a. too late) Y.A.S.B.P. (a.k.a. Yet Another Shameless Blog Plagiarism) update: I had a strange (yet familiar) feeling that I have read about this research somewhere before but I didn’t remember where so after I submitted this post, I have found that Ofer had picked it up way before me and as always, wrote a much better post about it…

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