Twitter, Live Mesh and Web 3.0 [Best of April '08 #4]

I'm changing the layout a little of my weekly link blogging. Twitter continues to be on everybody's mind (April 21-27 2008):

  • Louis Gray came up with some interesting number crunching on the "Twitter Noise Ratio", defined as the (total) number of updates for a user divided by the (current) number of followers. Listeners have a noise ratio less than one, "normal" people around one, and megaphones or fire hoses above 5. My ratio is 1, putting me in the normal group, but I will soon become a fire hose unless I get some more followers, which points to one weakness of the definition. Interesting attempt anyhow.
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  • Marshall Kirkpatrick on how RWW uses Twitter for Journalism: Breaking News, Interviews, Quality Assurance and Promotion.
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  • Josh Catone on the history and demise of Web 3.0, with links to my featured articles.
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  • Marshall at the Web 2.0 Expo concludes that APIs and platforms now are ubiquitous and asked around what will come next. Filtering for information overload and Standards and interoperability were a few answers.
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  • Josh on Microsoft's Live Mesh, a data synchronization platform, which launched in private beta to much fanfare, but the confusion around Microsoft's online services remains.
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  • Michael Arrington is now so dependent upon Twitter that despite the service's frequent downtimes, he foresees its dominance to continue.
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