Quite self-explanatory, there’s no need of any further comment on this. While Twitter and Facebook show a almost linear increase (Myspace seems linear as well in its fall), Tumblr increase in number so fast to seems like exponential.
I don’t know if any of this will really happen, but in most cases it’s most than just gut feeling:
1 – Smartphones will finally overtake desktop pc in sales. It’s no news, this has been going on for a while, most smartphone can easily replace desktop for the most essential tasks. Moreover most telco sales pitch uses the phone itself as a driver to sell they’re plans, no wonder if we would see an increase in sales topping current desktop pc sales.
2 – Google to buy Twitter for 4billion dollars – This isn’t news either, rumors have been spreading in the past few months and is probably time for the guys at Twitter to settle down and seriously think about the future.
Moreover, with no idea about a solid and viable business model, they just look like a easy prey for Google.
3 – Android will grow stronger, Nokia in need of a new strategy, Apple will need to face new challanges – The rise of Android screwed up the centralized model of Apple with his iPhone and iTunes platform, Nokia certainly need to invest in innovation and new product or die. Mobile as we knew it are dead, long live to the mobile!
4 – Yahoo! will look for a new CEO – Yahoo! has to finally found is formula, if they already lost quite of a long time a go the search engine war, they need to find someone brave enough to push on innovation.
Quite of a interesting situation though, will see what happens, it’s gonna be fun for sure! And if you wondered how thing actually changed in the past 10 years, that a look at this infographic.
On the 21st september, at 2.54 PDT, Twitter has experienced a attack through a XSS (Cross-side scripting) vulnerability. Due to malicious code being executed, a massive retweet spread though all users,
Generally speaking XSS attacks exploit a lack of control on HTTP GET and POST requests. Malicious code is injected through a URL pointing to the affected website, allowing most kind of queries to be executed. Defacement should not be worst in case of less visited website but as the outcome can incredibly grow in magnitude if considered the amount of visitors.
This is the code used:
When you move your mouse pointer over a link and you are logged into your Twitter account, your account will post a new RT (ReTweet) that points to a link to the Twitter account of the user “Matsta”.
Back in the years you were like if you could score a shell on a *.ac.kr server, with a PHF or ftp-bounce attack. Script-kiddies nowadays can just hit the news with a smart URL… I’ve never though that web security would have grown according to the number of visitors and variety of services and protocols available, but is probably time to catch up more than ever.
On a side note, attacks like these may also show what the really security attitude of these companies, definitely in need of a real improvement.
Since Twitter went online, beside the early adopters enthusiasts, I always heard many people debating on its actual usefulness.
Still, it is one of the fastest growing platforms, despite its weaknesses, its extreme vulnerability to spam, or its 150 characters limit…
This very last point has been thoroughly debated: 150 characters are not enough to deliver any message and force people to limit the scope of the message they can send.
A few weeks ago, Johnathan Schwartz, former Sun Microsystem CEO, resigned via his his twitter account.
Within 150 characters he managed to say that we resigned from his position, and also gave an explanation for his resignation with a haiku:
Stalled to many customers
Ceo no more
This should be the right way people should use twitter, and haikus, because or their ability of defining a whole world within a few lines, just fit perfectly this media. Johnathan just seems to have understood this pretty well.
When resigning from a position we often send plenty of emails out, to co-workers, colleagues or acquaintances: Johnathan just exploited the speed and efficiency of Twitter, with no need to waste that much time on writing emails, also getting positive results for his personal brand, communicating directly with the right audience and successfully delivering the message.
Next time we twit, let’s just make sure it is for something meaningful..!
A few days aho I wrote a post about the rising importance of real-time search and Google and Bing crawling content from Twitter.
Now Microsoft has just released an interesting search tool called BingTweets: it’s a real time Twitter search engine with a pretty crowded front panel showing all cross references between standard and dynamic real-time search.
It’s definetely something Google should think about. It’s also interesting how the mixed the standard search results with the Twitter search results, giving a complete feedback over search on different sources.
What people has predicted since Twitter start hitting the news has become true: Twitter is not turning into a search engine but its content is considered valuable by search engines.
Despite all the Twitter-mania-hype (absolutely unnecessary but media needs something to blabber about right?) I guess Twitter is slowly finding out its real nature: a real-time updated source of “what’s going on” in the world, reflecting the current vibe of the net, an extremely dynamic and constantly updated source of useless content. That’s it. There’s nothing really valuable in most twitts: the thing is the reflect what’s going on in the world.
That’s why a real-time search is growing day by day. It’s the vibrating pulse of the net, and being able to rummage through all this garbage gives the advantage to know the present and the very next future of the net.