Twitter Comes to Roost on LinkedIn

Twitter continues to get its little claws firmly planted in the leading social networks. Following announcements with Bing and Google, and hooks out to Plaxo and Facebook via tools like TweetDeck, Twitter is successfully managing to diversify its reach across the social Web…now adding LinkedIn to its roster of interconnected communities.

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Personally, I think it’s a sound strategy as Twitter strives to remain relevant and grow its user base (and, hence, market value.) And despite my belief that Twitter’s ultimate fate is to be acquired by a larger, more robust force (say, Facebook?), I think this move is wise. It actually provides inroads to multiple communities and offers users who may not yet tweet a glimpse of what Twitter has to offer. In some respects, it’s like a bridge between social networks. Like carrier pigeons, in fact.

I look at the way I use Twitter. As the name was always meant to imply, microblogging is for content that is too small to warrant an entire, dedicated blog post. News tidbits. Interesting article references. Irreverent ramblings. And while many detractors think that these tweets live in the ether between communities and relevance, allowing them to perch in place like Facebook and LinkedIn makes great sense.

We deal primarily with B2B clientele who huddle inside the safe confines of LinkedIn. Affording them visibility into the tweetsphere (many for the first time) may encourage them to try their wings. In fact, it stands to offer a new vibrancy to the rather stoic LinkedIn community that it frankly lacks. We’ll see if LinkedIn users mount a backlash to the infusion of tweetchatter.

I think this move bodes well for a richer social networking fabric and for Twitter’s longevity.


Quests for Quantum

One technology quietly sliding from the realm of science fiction to science fact is quantum computing. This article from Singularity Hub speculates on the fields that stand to be most profoundly impacted by the rise of this powerful new way to process our world.

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Interstellar Travel by 2037?

Think about how dramatically different the world is today from 20 years ago. Consider the incredible pace of evolution of the technologies around us. Do that and you may realize that interstellar travel in the next 20 years may not be such a longshot. (It may just look different than you’re envisioning.)

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Video To Go

According to The Ooyala Global Video Index Report, more than 50% of all video plays were on mobile in 2016 for the first time; that number is expected to rise to 60% in 2017.

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