What we read this week (14 Oct)

Every week, we filter a few of the most relevant articles about the digital business for you.

  • How Bit.ly Now Predicts the Future
    Link shortening and social web analytics provider Bit.ly announced the first Enterprise product built on top of its new search platform, a reputation tracking alert system. Unlike other social media monitoring services, Bit.ly says it will predict which brand-new pages online will receive a lot of traffic in the future. Thus what Bit.ly’s customers should pay attention to.

  • CMOs Struggle to Acclimate to Changing Landscape
    “78% expect more complexity over the next five years, but only 48% are prepared to deal with more complexity.” That’s what we’re here for …

  • what complexity are you mirroring?
    Bud Caddell about the need of agencies to stop adapting to their client’s structures to be able to solve their problems in the future.

  • Up and Down the Ladder of Abstraction
    A brilliant web essay for a systematic approach to interactive visualization by Bret Victor.

  • FAZ Blogs: Der Medienwandel hat sich nochmals beschleunigt
    A recent study provides some hard facts & figures about the internet as a news source in Germany. While the trend towards the web as main news source is obvious, it’s noteworthy how dramatically this differs depending on education levels.

  • A Unified Theory for Information Consumption
    The infamous CmdrTaco, founder of Slashdot, shares some deeper insights about how we consume information, and how tools could be better structured to allow for more human consumption of the amounts of info we dig through every day.

  • Google Wave, Reincarnated
    Two startups picked Google’s Wave technology and building new products on top of it. We actually developed the concept for Third Wave in Google Wave and were kinda sad when it got canceled.

  • Clive Thompson on Memory Engineering
    Clive Thompson on memory engineering: “Right now, of course, our digital lives are so bloated they’re basically imponderable. Many of us generate massive amounts of personal data every day — phonecam pictures, text messages, status updates, and so on. By default, all of us are becoming lifeloggers. But we almost never go back and look at this stuff, because it’s too hard to parse.”

  • UrbanTick: Trendsmap Paints Twitter Maps
    Trendsmap have produced visualisations for a number of cities from around the world plotting locations of georeferenced tweets. The series is called Paint a City by Numbers and so far covers only a doyen places, but is poised to grow with Trendsmap having access to a lot of Twitter data through their service.

  • Seoul on Display: How Global Screen Culture Will Affect Us
    Jan Chipchase, executive creative director at frog, offers a glimpse into a possible future of how we will interact with screens by showing how Seoul is already doing it. Fascinating.

Author: Johannes

Johannes is a strategist and consultant for digital communications. His work is informed by his experience of working with brands like Deutsche Telekom, MTV, Postbank, Maggi and Nike and by his insatiable appetite for finding the bigger patterns behind current developments in technology and science. Holding a diploma in Media System Design, Johannes is a regular speaker at web and marketing conferences like Republica and the Social Media Summit.

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