Articles by: steffon

What Made Google Great May Be Its Biggest Risk

What Made Google Great May Be Its Biggest Risk

The search giant humanized the Web. Now it needs to do it again. Google’s stated mission is to “organize the world’s information,” but when it launched its search engine, it wound up doing more than that. The ranking system offered the public a sense of which results were important, based […]

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Email Address Permutation Generator – Generate Email Addresses from a Name

Email Address Permutation Generator – Generate Email Addresses from a Name

A tried and true method for discovering someone’s email address is to take their first name and last name, such as “Luke Skywalker”, their domain, such as “disney.com”, and mix them in commonly used ways, such as “lskywalker@disney.com”. But doing this over and over again across all possible combinations is […]

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Herd Investors Spotted: Visualization of Hedge Fund Herd Mentality

Herd Investors Spotted: Visualization of Hedge Fund Herd Mentality

It’s no secret that many investors think alike. When they do, we say they have a “herd mentality”; when they don’t, we call them “contrarians”. And it’s usually speculation as to who’s which. At least it used to be. I decided to run hedge fund holdings data through Curalytics to create a […]

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The Curalytics Clique

The Curalytics Clique

The Curalytics Clique is an interdisciplinary, invitation-only community & “think-tank” that discusses subjective systems across the dimensions of machine learning, recommendation systems, marketing, anthropology, linguistics, psychology, sociology, semiotics, and design. Members include CTOs, entrepreneurs, academics, researchers, product managers, and engineers working at large tech companies, venture backed firms, start ups, universities, and research […]

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Monitor MySQL Processes on Amazon RDS Every Second

Monitor MySQL Processes on Amazon RDS Every Second

Do you run long MySQL queries? Do you want to know what your Amazon RDS database is really doing? With this one easy command, monitor processes on MySQL Amazon RDS (or any MySQL database) just like the “top” command for linux: mysqladmin –host=your.unique.address.rds.amazonaws.com –user=root –password=yourPassword -i 1 processlist –verbose –host – The host […]

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Songza has a Curation Scaling Problem, and now Google Does Too

Songza has a Curation Scaling Problem, and now Google Does Too

The Songza team will do great things for Google—but it won’t be because of curation. Google recently acquired Songza for what is widely believed to be their expertise with curation. But Songza doesn’t describe themselves as a curated music service, but rather, a “lifestyle enhancement company,” and it’s important to […]

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How to Curate a Winning Collection

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January 6, 2014

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How to Curate a Winning Collection

Square, the mobile payments company, has a new online marketplace for small businesses. This Holiday Season, they sponsored a competition for the most creative and diverse curated “wish list” of products. The prize: $1,000 worth of items from your list. Fortunately, mine was a top ten winner. I’m passionate about […]

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Visualizing Taste in Art with Big Data Curation Analysis – Curalytics and Curiator

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November 23, 2013

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Curalytics, Curation

Visualizing Taste in Art with Big Data Curation Analysis – Curalytics and Curiator

Big data and art don’t usually go together. Until now that is. Here at Curalytics, we’ve teamed up with Curiator, an art community, to provide big data analysis of their curation data. On Curiator, everyone is an art curator and creates their own collections of art in “rooms”. It is with […]

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Filter Overload – Curation Scales Differently

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September 5, 2013

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Curation

Filter Overload – Curation Scales Differently

Caption: The filter scalability diagram plots the four content filters across the dimensions of objectivity and subjectivity and simplicity and complexity. The curating filter, both complex and subjective, is at the highest risk of overload. The Content Filter Framework shows us that there are 4 fundamental content filters: sorting, categorizing, […]

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Customize Mass Emails with Gmail – Mail Merge Tutorial

Customize Mass Emails with Gmail – Mail Merge Tutorial

I day dream about a free, full-fledged Google CRM product native to Gmail. I’m closer now with the ability to send customized mass emails from Gmail. It’s not the “perfect mass email solution”, but it: Is Free Uses Gmail/Google Docs only Is Google Contacts friendly This tutorial is based off […]

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