Researchers at the Cornell University have found that depending on the time of the day, the tone of users post on Twitter becomes more negative. The sample size is truly mind boggling, they analyzed 509 million tweets. While the finding are some what to be expected, people are happier earlier in the day and on the weekends. I think that this research is fascinating because it is only possible, due to micro blogging via Twitter which lets a millions of people disclose publicly their mental state 140 characters at a time. Check out my source article at the CBC’s website.
This article in the New York Times really caught my eye this week. Here is a tangible manifestation of how the narrow interest of Internet culture can manifest itself politically. In Berlin, Pirates Win 8.9 Percent of Vote in Regional Races This is the Groundswell in action, disparate actors banding together politically via the internet to enact real change on the political system. It will be interesting to see if, they can get anywhere politically now that they are swimming with the big sharks. It might be tough given this climate of fiscal austerity.
Started playing with the Windows 8 Developer preview this weekend and I’s got me really excited about the direction Microsoft is taking the Windows environment. The new Metro user interface, is really intuitive and the ability to have a single user environment across the desktop, tablet and phone. Means that user will potentially be able to access the same data and tools no mater where they are. I can see this being a very attractive to businesses, as it would allow the deployment of CRM (Customer Relation Management) systems that could follow sales staff around no matter what type of device they have at that moment.
If you want a heads up on Windows 8 Microsoft has made the developer preview avaiable for download, for free. If you’re interested in the future of the Windows platform you should check it out.
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