Just how breathtakingly, heart-stoppingly awesome was Landon Donovan’s 91st-minute goal in today’s win-or-go-home U.S.-Algeria World Cup game? It was definitely significant enough to temporarily overwhelm Twitter. And it just might have been the single biggest driver of Internet traffic ever.
Very early this morning, Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff authorized the execution by firing squad of convicted murderer Ronnie Lee Gardner. Then he fired up the TwitBird app on his iPhone and announced the solemn news to the world.
You might recall the annual Web Trends info-map that imposes the most notable names on the Web onto the Tokyo Metro map. Information Architects, the data visualizers responsible have a new offering that focuses solely on one singular sliver of the Intertubes. The Cosmic 140 beautifully maps the 140 most influential people on Twitter, measured by metrics like number of followers and tweet frequency.
With vaccine supplies limited, social butterflies on Facebook could find themselves targeted for real-world injections. Stanford University researchers have created an algorithm that uses social networking data to identify the people who are "bridges" between different tight-knit circles of friends or communities, so that limited vaccine supplies can be used wisely.
By Gizmodo/John HerrmanPosted 04.02.2010 at 4:45 pm 8 Comments
Have an iPad coming and need to fill it up? The indefatigable John Herrman at Gizmodo has selected the apps to download first. We're re-printing his picks here. And what's that, Popular Science+? Nice. --Ed.
The iPad App Store is open! Here are the best of the apps so far—the ones you'll actually want when you finally get your iPad.
Tapping into the wisdom of the crowds to forecast future trends has served prediction markets well for years, but Twitter might be even more effective than even the biggest and most widely used market, the Hollywood Stock Exchange.
We're here at SXSW Interactive in Austin, where tech entrepreneurs and Internet mavens gather every year to talk up the future of the Web, show off their projects and, of course, eat barbecue. Follow along with @popsci.
In December, Soichi Noguchi promised to become the first sushi chef in space. But, though we've been avidly following his Twitter feed and impressive Twitpics from the ISS, there've been no sightings of the astronaut's culinary side.
Google loves nothing more than redefining vast tech industry sectors with a single stomp of its Godzilla paw. And in unveiling their latest creation today, a social networking and sharing platform for Gmail and mobile phones called Buzz, the Goog Monster has set its sights squarely on Facebook.
Give the National Weather Service some credit for some clever crowdsourcing experiments. It has just launched a Twitter-based program to monitor tweets about severe weather, and hopes to eventually transform cars into mobile weather stations, Discovery News reports.