Monthly Archives: July 2010

I Write Like …

I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!

Okay, these games can be fun. To see who I write like, I took the first three paragraphs of “Pre-nuptial last rites get fun, expensive,” which I wrote for Gadling, and fed it into the “I Write Like” tool. The results? Well, I apparently write like David Foster Wallace, but only when it comes to strippers at bachelor parties.

What Does a Blogger Look Like? Sysomos Knows!

Social media analytics company Sysomos has found the answer to one of life’s burning questions: what does a blogger “look” like? The company scoured more than 100 million blog posts to determine that the average blogger is male or female (duh, but it was roughly equal), age 21 to 35 (guess my days are numbered) and living in California, New York or Ontario. Seriously, Ontario.

So, why is blogging concentrated in the 21-to-35 space? It’s actually pretty intuitive:

Not surprisingly, the most active bloggers are younger people who have grown up during the blogging “revolution”, which started about seven years ago. Bloggers in the 21-to-35 year-old demographic group account for 53.3% of the total blogging population. This group is followed by the generation just behind them – people 20-years-old or under are 20.2% of the blogging landscape. This group is closely followed by 36-to-50 year-olds (19.4%), while bloggers who are 51-years-old and older only account for 7.1%.

So, where would you look for bloggers?

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Twitter: The World Cup Final Was Our Most Tweeted Event, Ever (via TechCrunch)

So, Twitter survived the World Cup. It wasn’t easy, given the record-setting action on the microblogging platform, and there was some downtime mixed in along the way (much to the frustration of those of us who use Twitter to earn a living). It’s a bit easier to have some sympathy for the company when you see the trends in usage, displayed in the infographic the company put together.

Twitter: The World Cup Final Was Our Most Tweeted Event, Ever The 2010 World Cup has come to a close, and you can bet that the team at Twitter is losing slightly less sleep than they have been over the last month. That’s because the global event drove record traffic to the service, resulting in some downtime and other quirks. But it also led to some pretty staggering stats: Twitter has just announced that The World Cup Final marked the largest period of sustained activity for an event in the service’s histo … Read More

via TechCrunch

Ex-Google News, Bing Engineers Set Out To Build ‘Newspaper Of The Future’ (via TechCrunch)

Okay, I can absolutely get on board this (well, if I were an iPad user). Personalized, digital news … this is what the newspaper industry should be thinking.

Ex-Google News, Bing Engineers Set Out To Build 'Newspaper Of The Future' Delivering news digitally in a personalized manner is a nut many a startup – as well as many established Internet companies and publishers – are desperately trying to crack. A newly-founded Palo Alto startup called Hawthorne Labs is one of them. Today, the company released their first application, dubbed APOLLO, for the iPad (iTunes link – screenshots and video below). Their lofty ambition is to become the number one daily destination of top pers … Read More

via TechCrunch