People, not algorithms, are the best way to fight hacking. Here’s Why.
A few minutes ago, I learned that Yahoo! acquired WebJay, a site that allows for categorization, editing, listening, and sharing of playlists online (In a way, it can easily be compared to del.icio.us for multimedia.) WebJay was created in early 2004 as a way to create the internet equivalent of mix tapes. Lucas Gonze, the creator of WebJay agreed to taking a few minutes of his time to do a quick IM interview between meetings. Following is the transcript of that interview: TNL: so the rumors are true: Webjay acquired by Yahoo! You should post it on your blog. Lucas Gonze: That’s right. It turns out that when they sign up new people, y! makes them put on this pointy hat that sorts them into “houses”. This makes no sense to me, but it turns out that I am “hufflepuff” TNL: Hehe… stay away from Slitherins Lucas Gonze: They’re over in the DRM group. TNL: Tell me the reason for this acquisition. Lucas Gonze: The point of it is playlists. It’s a sign that Y! takes playlists seriously. The point of playlists is that they are to internet media what RSS is to weblogs and HTML is to browsing. Playlists…Read More
The recent rise of social software, weblogs, flashmobs, and online political campaigning may represent new opportunities for the technology-aware politician. Already, Governor Howard Dean, a democratic candidate in the 2004 presidential campaign is showing that good understanding of those new technologies can help increase the visibility of a candidate in an otherwise difficult field. At the current time, his site lists the fact that 255,173 people have signed up for his list. While the number may be small in terms of establishing a win in the long run, it is an interesting statistic. Witness, for example, the growth of social software networks like Ryze and Friendster, which both have over a million people with limited marketing being done. For example, my Friendster page tells me that, through only 11 people, I am connected to over 100 thousand people. Let’s assume that only one percent of those people are actually interested in chatting with me and I am still dealing with a thousand people. Accounting for overlaps, Dean could turn his base of hardcore supporters into a group that needs to convince about 52 million people in order to win the next election. In terms of doing so, each of his…Read More