Of circles, communities and serendipitous discovery.Comments

Social discovery is key for social growth.

DiscoverI have long said that saved searches are isolated events and treated as second class data when they should, in fact, be an incredibly valuable means of discovery. We have the ability to save searches on networks such as Twitter and Google+ but when you consider that Google a “search first” company it is surprising that this does not feature more prominently within its social network.

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Of circles, communities and serendipitous discovery.

It’s time for App.net to earn its stripes.

App.netAfter the initial anger at the news of Google Reader’s closing came the realisation that this could actually herald a new era for RSS based news consumption.

Feedly have advised they are developing “Project Normandy” a clone of the Reader API and will switch to it automatically and other services such as Digg have announced plans to build their own alternative.

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It’s time for App.net to earn its stripes.

Branching out – should Twitter acquire the Branch conversation platform?Comments

Branch builds on the Twitter experience by providing a framework for curated conversations but could it succeed as an integral part of the social network?

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BranchTwitter is due a shake-up and I maintain that the #discover tab could become the default view thus enabling the service to further engage the silent 40%. The site has been growing but whether this growth is sustainable with the status quo might be open to debate.

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Branching out – should Twitter acquire the Branch conversation platform?