Techmeme’s Biggest Stories of 2011
Rather than focusing on some technical specifications or using some fancy algorithm to figure out the biggest stories from the past year, Techmeme decided to keep it real. They’ve compiled a list of the biggest stories, literally, as measured by height. I thought that was pretty clever, but even more interesting is that it’s actually a good list and tells an interesting story. In case you forgot, Techmeme provides the hottest must-read tech stories using a combination of computer algorithms and human editors. Threads are compiled of related posts from across the blogosphere with the “best” at the top. You can usually tell how popular a topic is (or how linkbait-worthy it is) by how long that thread gets. Check out the list on the Techmeme blog.
Murdoch Joins Twitter. Wendi Deng a Fake.
Over the holiday weekend, we saw two interesting accounts pop up on Twitter. The first was founder, Chairman, and CEO of News Corporation Rupert Murdoch. He’s made a few missteps so far and even mentioned his Twitter activities might be agitating those close to him, but nothing all that serious happened overall. The interesting twist comes with the Wendi Deng account, which many initially believed to be fake anyway. While Murdoch’s account sported Twitter’s verified badge, Wendi Deng did not. There was some interaction between the two accounts and the Deng account was eventually verified, but this badge was quickly removed after the account was revealed to be a fake.
This is pretty bad for Twitter. There is currently no way to verify if a Twitter account is real unless it has a Verified badge or you actually know the person. In this case, the Wendi Deng account was verified but actually run by some random British dude as a joke. He says Twitter never even contacted him to verify the account, they just did. To make matters worse, Twitter is dead silent on the issue and has never shared their method for verifying accounts. So this begs the question: Can we really trust the Verified badge?
more at GigaOm
Google Puts the Slap Down on…Chrome?
In an interesting twist of events, Google was forced to take action against their own web browser’s search engine rankings. In a statement to Search Engine Land, Google states:
We’ve investigated and are taking manual action to demote www.google.com/chrome and lower the site’s PageRank for a period of at least 60 days.
We strive to enforce Google’s webmaster guidelines consistently in order to provide better search results for users.
While Google did not authorize this campaign, and we can find no remaining violations of our webmaster guidelines, we believe Google should be held to a higher standard, so we have taken stricter action than we would against a typical site.
Searching for “browser” no longer returns the Google Chrome landing page on the first page of results. Apparently, Google hired someone to promote Chrome. This company hired yet another company to do some marketing, which led to a controversial paid post promotion for Chrome. While controversial, this paid posts promotion didn’t cause issue until one of the participants actually linked directly to the Chrome download page within text accompanying the video ad.
via Geeks Are Sexy
BitTorrent Goes at Dropbox
BitTorrent Inc. has launched a file sharing solution that is eventually going to attract negative attention simply because it’s so useful for users. Launched on Thursday, Share will allow you to transfer files of any size to other users. Both people do not need to be online at the same time as the files are cached in the cloud. Even with the plethora of cloud storage solutions out there, it’s still hard sometimes to share a large file. This is especially true if you create music and other media as these files are usually too large to “fit” on any of these cloud solutions. BitTorrent aims to pivot share into a “P2P-powered personal cloud storage system,” where users receive free storage for sharing a bit of hard drive space.