From Social Networking to Swarm Intelligence

A new area of research called “complexity science” embraces the notion that an ant colony and the human brain, the stock market and Facebook all have something in common. All are complex systems, basically huge networks made up of individual components whose behavior is difficult to predict. Kathleen Ryan O’Connor reports on Bioteams and Research from Binghamton University NY.

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Outlook Express users: move to Windows Live Mail!

I have been a loyal Outlook Express user for many years but recently have started to encounter constant problems such as OE terminating, hanging and deleting my messages when it tried to compact them. And of course OE is a “functionally stabilized” product as IBM would say (i.e. no new releases or bug fixes)! So I started to look for alternatives……

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A Social Network Development Model

Way back in the social networking Dark Ages, OK – October 2005, I published a “A Virtual Community Development Model” with sports metaphors for each stage. Looking back today I think some of it still applies to the development of those social networks driven primarily by shared interests/knowledge (rather than by relationship building). But see what you think?

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