Does what we say describe our time in history ?

Interesting – I hope there will be some sort of accurate filtering against white noise, otherwise our era will be remembered for Beiber and Gaga, is that really representative of this generation?

Digital History @ UW

According to Google’s new n-gram tool, when researching history, words count.


By analyzing over 500 billion words from 5.2 million books in Chinese, English, French, German, Russian, and Spanish, the n-gram tool allows users to track the usage of words from 1500AD onwards.

The implications of this tool in terms of historical and cultural research are just beginning to come to light. In the article  “Quantitative Analysis of Culture Using Millions of Digitized Books,” Jean-Baptiste Michel and his fellow researchers suggest that Google’s n-gram can be used to track the emergence of diseases, state censorship and the relative “celebrity” of a given person.

There is no doubt that the n-gram is, and will continue to be, an extremely useful tool in historical inquiry. However, there are some limitations that need to be addressed.

Firstly, the Google n-gram is limited in regards to language. Most of the collected works…

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Blogging – is it getting squeezed out by twitter ?

Blogging – is it getting squeezed out by twitter ?

I’ve commented on this because from my perspective I feel that my blog gets better traction than my twitter account. Perhaps I’m just too boring with my factual tweets.

Either way it is certainly something to consider, as we all try to get our personal brands exposed to build our trust with others.

Blogging, LinkedIn and why you should do more blogging

I must say, I’m having fun blogging and after the recent announcement from LinkedIn that they’re “retiring” Answers on LinkedIn, I’ll have more time to do it. It just goes to show you, even the social media sites are getting less social. Many LinkedIn users used Answers to get “help” on LinkedIn (sometimes they just received abuse from those that thought the forum was for their self promotion) and they typically got a response inside 20 minutes. Now they have to hunt down the “Help center”, I say hunt because it is hidden under “More” as was “answers”. The “Learning centre” has been placed under “Help” too. Since answers was hidden the numbers have dropped from around 250 a day to anywhere between 135 and 175 despite a growing user base. Did LinkedIn make the right decision? Time will tell, but I’m not hanging around, our site will be up and running by the end of the month for social media answers.

Enhance Your Site with Post Formats

Options on blogging. Worth a read if you like to vary the opinion of your posts.

The Blog

A simple way to add visual variety to your site’s front page is to publish your content using Post Formats. Over 50 of our themes support Post Formats, which means they can display various types of content — including images, videos, quotes, links, audio, and short snippets called “asides” — with different formatting, adding subtle but nice touches to your site.

The types of Post Formats you can choose from depends on your theme. To see what Post Formats your current theme supports, go to Posts » Add New in the dashboard and look for a Format module on the right, with various options like the one below:

Format Module

Using Post Formats is optional — if your theme supports them, you don’t have to use them, since the default (standard) format works well with any content you publish. Using Post Formats is also free: you don’t need to purchase the custom…

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