It has been days since the inauguration of President Obama a week ago, with the close of change.gov and the new whitehose.gov. We can see how this old government will bring change to this old land under the leadership of a new president.
While that is yet to be seen, I still could recall the CNN + Facebook experience I had that day. It was wonderfully executed online. As long as you have logged into your facebook account, you have a tiny conversation box with your friends and everyone, here is a 1 minute screencast explaining what happened on the day:
It was indeed a powerful experience, though dated back to the days when we have no money to afford one TV per house. When the crowd gather to one place, watching the TV program, talking to each other on the programme, or some other randomly interesting topic. The desire inside people wanting to socialize is always there, and CNN facilitated this desire by creating this virtual platform for everyone. The “everyone-come-together-watch-tv-and-talk” experience.
It’s interesting that some people was wondering that who few people twitterred during the election. I did some research through compete.com, the result is quite shocking:
Facebook Twitter Plurk Comparision
Facebook has 60 million unique visitors per month, comparing with pathetic twitter or plurk. Guess the numbers say all.
I was listening to the one of the recent episodes of TWiT:
There is this site about prediction market called InTrade. It is totally cool site, because you can trade predictions using the market they have created, like David is going to be the next American Idol. Recently, the most traded predictions are the success of Barack Obama (His Twitter Page) of being president along with that of Hillary Clinton. Take a look at the web page, and realize you can even trade the predictions of the weather tomorrow!
To me, many things are related to gambling, but with different degree of risks. Insurance is gambling, trading stock is gambling, doing a PhD is gambling as well! I always feel like there are large part of us like to gamble with some ways of getting control.
Speaking of twitter, the machine through which people strip their social communication to the bare minimum – Typing out words and Hope someone will see those – I hope the following comics entertain you: