October 28th, 2008 by Moti Karmona | מוטי קרמונה · 1 Comment
Yahoo have released the Y!OS (Yahoo Open Strategy) 1.0 platform.
This is a cool set of simple APIs that can give you access to everything you ever wanted in Y! but was afraid to ask for…
Yahoo! Social Platform (YSP)
// The Yahoo Social Platform is a set of RESTful APIs for Profiles, Connections, Updates, Contacts and Status.
Yahoo! Query Language (YQL)
// The Yahoo Query Language is a web service that functions much like SQL (see example below)
// OAuth is the authentication and authorization standard Yahoo has decided to use when giving third parties access to Yahoo user data.
Yahoo! Applications Platform (YAP)
// Currently very limited and in a restricted sandbox.
Example: How to use YQL APIs to access MyBlogLog profiles?
Simply ask for all the community members of MyBlogLog community with this YQL:
select * from mybloglog.members.find where community_id in (select id from mybloglog.community.find where name=”Karmona Pragmatic Blog”)
And once you have the IDs you can ask for my personal profile by:
select * from mybloglog.member where member_id =”2008070609482910″
Well… together with the existing BOSS API, this set of APIs is a powerful enablers to the Y! development network and I am sure some cool stuff are going to emerge from this innovative move…
* You can have more YQL experiments using the YQL Console
** Boss Hack Day is coming to Tel-Aviv | November 6, 2008 @ Feature (!!!)
Tags: Development · Disruptive Technology · Internet · Search · Software
October 2nd, 2008 by Moti Karmona | מוטי קרמונה · No Comments
With the recent Russian spam attack on my business inbox, I have found out three interesting facts:
First, I really “prefer” my spam in English / Hebrew.
Second, Mr. Gates didn’t keep his promise* (what???) to a world without spam…
Third, Spam isn’t personal, everybody have it and Symantec have some nice monthly statistics** about it so we could all feel normal back again.
Spam highlights from last two reports (8-9/2008)
– More than 80% of our emails are spam!
– Top spam “stories”
- Breaking News…McCain Chooses Paris Hilton as Running Mate
- Download IE7 … the Latest Version (I know someone who tried it :)
- Malware + Spam + Phishing = The Trifecta of Threats to Financial Institutions (I got a lot of these…)
- Olympic-Themed Spam Continued in August 2008
- Spammers’ Bullseye: Obama, McCain and the Olympic Games
- World War III Spam Hoax (I must admit, this one is really innovative :)
- Phishing Email Targets Microsoft POP3 User Data
- Bilingual Spam Messages Emerge
– Spam categories
- Internet 27% (was 18% in June)
- Products 20%
- Financial 17%
- Health 17%
- Scams 7%
- Leisure 4%
- Fraud 4%
- Adult 4%
* “Two years from now, spam will be solved” (Bill Gates, DAVOS – Switzerland; Jan. 2004)
** Each month Symantec publishes its State-of-the-Spam-Report highlighting major spam events or trends observed during the previous month.
Tags: Conspiracy · Internet
September 22nd, 2008 by Moti Karmona | מוטי קרמונה · No Comments
Technorati have finally started to release the “state of the blogosphere” report.
I must admit I was really waiting for this shitty report and I hate the fact that I need to see this reports in shards (will be released in five consecutive daily segments) but it was worth waiting until now.
2008 Blogosphere statistics includes:
- 133 million blogs (indexed by Technorati since 2002) was 70 million last year… (The State of the Live Web, April 2007)
- 7.4 million blogs posted in the last 120 days
- 1.5 million blogs posted in the last 7 days (did you? ;-)
- 900,000 Blog posts in 24 hours = ~10 Blog posts per sec. (!!!) – Technorati claims that spam filtering have reduced the numbers they published last year (1.4 million blog posts per day)
- 66% of bloggers are male…
- 63% are ages 25 to 44
- 79% personal blogs
- 59% have been blogging for more than two years.
- 44% are parents
- … and with the mean annual revenue of $6K blogs are also claimed to be profitable (a.k.a. not mine)
Tags: Blogging · Internet
July 15th, 2008 by Moti Karmona | מוטי קרמונה · No Comments
Tags: Delver · Internet
July 7th, 2008 by Moti Karmona | מוטי קרמונה · 1 Comment
Dunbar’s number is the supposed cognitive limit to the number of individuals with whom any one person can maintain stable social relationships.
In a 1992 article, Dunbar used the correlation observed for non-human primates* to predict a social group size for humans and using a “simple” regression equation on data for 38 primate genera, Dunbar predicted a human “mean group size” of 150 (with 95% confidence interval of 100 to 230).
Dunbar’s Friends is my definition (and trademark ;-) to those few “real”, trusted and known people in your huge** online social network***.
* Primatologists have noted that, due to their highly social nature, non-human primates have to maintain personal contact with the other members of their social group, usually through grooming (and not “poking” as you might be expecting :-). The number of social group members a primate can track appears to be limited by the volume of the neocortex region of their brain.
** Did you know that Robert Scoble is following 21,060 people in Twitter, 2,992 in FriendFeed and only 71 “lousy” friends in Flickr…
*** Social Network for Dummies – Lee and Sachi LeFever (a.k.a. the CommonCraft‘s family :) have created a wonderful video explaining social network in plain English.
Tags: Internet · People · Social Network