Apple Silently Becomes One Of The Most Influential Companies In The Smartwatch Industry

The Value of Action + Interaction Data

When Fitbit introduced its latest activity tracker, the Fitbit Force, it said the device would eventually gain a caller ID feature. On Wednesday the company confirmed to SlashGear that this feature will finally be making an appearance in February. The update will allow you to see who is calling via a scrolling update across the […]

Professor Dunbar talks about the Social Brain

  As part of the University of Oxford lecture series, Professor Robin Dunbar discusses the social brain, Dunbar's Number of ~150 and research on social interactions.   Some interesting points: – brain size related to complexity of social system – Rings of Relationships grow by 3x the previous ring – We have 5 true friends […]

Strong Tie Friends vs. Weak Tie Followers

We have another request to unlock the value of our strong ties currently buried in today's social network applications that are optimized for weak ties: "Facebook needs to adopt a friend/follower system. What I mean by this is that there needs to be a two-tier system for Facebook. On one level, you have the things you share […]

Twitter’s “Fast Follow” Feature

From Mashable's Adam Ostrow, we get an overview of Twitter's new "fast follow" feature. It is an interesting way of (1) bridging to passive users, (2) enabling advertisers and (3) following temporary ties: "Twitter has introduced a new feature called “Fast Follow” that makes it easy to follow anyone via SMS, even if you don’t […]

Influence and Strong Ties

Bernardo Huberman, Director of HPLabs, describes research on influence and passivity in social networks based on their analysis of Twitter.  Some key points:   – popular doesn't mean influential – average user only retweets 1 in 318 URLs – the number of people discussing important matters with another person outside of the family (think strong […]