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Robert Scoble

Rackspace's startup liaison officer helps small teams have a huge impact with cloud computing technology.
August 27, 2014 11 comments 5 shares 46 plus ones
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This is a video of a new hardware prototyping tool from Broadcom. Unfortunately takes a while to process videos here. So come back later to see it or see it at https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble

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August 20, 2014 16 comments 28 shares 113 plus ones
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If you hate it (yeah, Android is coming "within weeks") then you must at least watch this video because CEO Ankur Jain  and I take on all the privacy and other issues surrounding this app.

For iPhone users only at the moment: http://www.humin.com

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August 19, 2014 10 comments 10 shares 80 plus ones
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Sherpa, http://sher.pa/ , makes me jealous of Android users. A better Google Now? Sure looks like it.

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I'll be doing more interviews like this at Techcrunch Disrupt in San Francisco in the Rackspace Studio (we'll be right by the front door). As part of our arrangement, they are giving me a discount code which will save you $100: ScobledSF14 -- learn more and purchase your ticket at https://tcdisruptsf2014.eventbrite.com/?access=ScobledSF2014-extend (the early bird discounts ends today).

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August 17, 2014 55 comments 9 shares 161 plus ones
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My Google Glass survived the #icebucketchallenge  

How many people can say "the founder of Activsion and one of the guys who built the iPhone poured ice on my head?"

Donate to http://www.alsa.org

The original, with 500+ likes so far, is on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10152625923294655

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August 15, 2014 42 comments 5 shares 91 plus ones
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Blonde joke: if you can see this, go  here: https://twitter.com/Scobleizer/status/500173996873093121

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August 14, 2014 130 comments 20 shares 96 plus ones
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Mirror Mirror on the Wall, which social network is best to study breaking news on?

Over on Twitter we're having quite a debate. Started with this tweet by Lauren Lockliear: https://twitter.com/LaurenLockliear/status/499997133446328320

Which links to this article: https://medium.com/message/ferguson-is-also-a-net-neutrality-issue-6d2f3db51eb0 

Which then drew in Anthony De Rosa, who is editor in chief of Circa (a great news app). https://twitter.com/AntDeRosa

Then the debate went crazy. Which system is better than the other for breaking news. 

I say Facebook. He says Twitter. I get where he is coming from.

After all, if you have Twitter scrolling down the screen using either the Twitter app (I use the Mac one) or a good third-party app, like Hootsuite (which is what Anthony uses) then you'll see everything in real time, right? 

OK, let me take a deep breath and unpack several of the issues that came up here (see the original article linked to on this post over on Medium).

POINT ONE: Filters suck, they keep people from seeing the news over on Facebook.

That is both true and not true. On MY screen I'm seeing almost nothing BUT Ferguson discussed. Why? Because I have friended people who bring me great news. I have those people in lists. For instance, I have 534 tech journalists in this list on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lists/10150896044944655 I have a similar list over on Twitter, with 657 tech news folks: https://twitter.com/Scobleizer/lists/tech-news-people So I can compare both all day long.

I also have a list of Major News outlets on Twitter ( https://twitter.com/Scobleizer/lists/world-news-brands ) and I follow a similar news list on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lists/2363411216469

You will see news break just as fast on both. 

But the argument is that most news doesn't get through to the main feed. THAT is true, again, sort of. Most posts suck on Facebook (and on Twitter and on Google+ too). 

But lists show all, and in almost real time. Provably so, because I watch how fast things get posted all the time (it's my job to watch, especially in tech industry). 

This is why I did the video last week about why Facebook is running away with the game: https://plus.google.com/events/c54hhsqnoe29kvmbt6s64jbkl7c

But, let's dig in, because there are advantages to lots of different social networks for different reasons. 

TWITTER ADVANTAGES (clear wins):
1. You can search for news content. In real time. THIS IS A HUGE win for Twitter, and is one of the reasons I still keep it on my screen all day long.
2. You see all stuff that you follow (on Facebook you have to use lists to see all).
3. No news bias, because no filtering. (Facebook's filters are affected by a wide variety of things, including user behavior, which CAN induce bias).
4. Bias toward being public. On Twitter, the default is public. Yes, you can be private with your account, but most people aren't.


TWITTER/FACEBOOK TIES (not clear wins)
1. Scrolling content. Twitter scrolls, but not on mobile phone. In reality, I just keep a browser window open to Facebook (and another to Google+) and it auto refreshes. Yeah, you could say Twitter is seconds faster, but in reality that doesn't matter unless you are a news hound. Even there, Facebook, on my browsers, has a window over to the right where my friends' content scrolls in real time and that is NOT filtered.
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FACEBOOK ADVANTAGES (clear wins)
1. Far less noise than Twitter, which makes it more likely to see news that will affect you.
2. Contextual news (I see news about where I live, because Facebook knows where I am. Twitter doesn't try to show me news about where I am.
3. More news for average users. Facebook will bring you news your friends are commenting on, sharing, or liking. So, even if you have five friends (who are active) chances are you'll see the big story of the day (when Robin Williams died I saw the news within seconds on both services, my wife actually saw it on Facebook before I even saw it on Twitter).
4. Better photos and easier to see what articles really have a lot of engagement. Facebook shows numbers of comments. I don't see numbers of replies on Twitter. (Compare how both lists look, that I gave above).

Anyway, let this kick off the great debate. I wrote this post very quickly, so probably missed a whole lot. I'll link to this from both Twitter and Facebook. 

Let the debate begin!

UPDATE: you all know where I stand. I like Facebook better.

What Happens to #Ferguson Affects Ferguson:

Net Neutrality, Algorithmic Filtering and Ferguson

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August 12, 2014 34 comments 7 shares 80 plus ones
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I've kept this off of Google+, because I tried to deal with +United Airlines over on Twitter. But damn, having 700,000 lifetime miles, along with two VIP travelers who run a PR firm, and a social media loudmouth with millions of followers still isn't enough to get United to take care of a customer and a friend. https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10152617677939655 Sorry, you gotta be on Facebook to see the sordid tale.

I won't fly United if I have a choice. What did that cost them? Well, let's see, my son flies from NYC to SFO every few months. Ayelet and Motti fly from Israel to US every few weeks. I fly around the world. 

All pissed off because of rules. For a flight that won't happen until January. 

Proves that even being a VIP customer (I have 1K status right now) and having millions of followers doesn't matter: United doesn't care. What's amazing is that even the investors aren't winning here: http://www.marketwatch.com/investing/stock/ual

Turns out that pissing off customers is bad for business. Which is why I try not to do it in my job. Sometimes I fail, but I remember that everytime I do fail it hurts everyone involved.

United Continental Holdings Inc.

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August 11, 2014 8 comments 13 shares 69 plus ones
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A new OS for datacenter and cloud: +CoreOS A new very efficient Linux for cloud computing infrastructure from the guy who started CloudKick (which Rackspace later purchased).

Hear why it's such a big deal for the industry I'm in (I work at +Rackspace where we use tons of tech like this).

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For more interviews like this come to Techcrunch Disrupt. 

(I want to interview Julia Hartz, co-founder of Eventbrite, who is speaking there) Rackspace and I will have a studio at the front door of the big Techcrunch Disrupt event in September in San Francisco again. As part of our arrangement, they are giving me a discount code which will save you $100: ScobledSF14 --  learn more and purchase your ticket at https://tcdisruptsf2014.eventbrite.com/?access=ScobledSF2014-extend (the early bird discounts end soon).

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August 11, 2014 43 comments 20 shares 81 plus ones
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Get it at http://sher.pa/ or watch the video with its CEO to see why it is better.

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August 07, 2014 4 comments 3 shares 54 plus ones
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Here one of the main guys behind Hadoop (big data system) talks to me about his new company, Datameer, http://www.datameer.com and how companies should approach big data. 

Separately, I just learned +Rackspace and I will have a studio at the front door of the big Techcrunch Disrupt event in September in San Francisco again. As part of our arrangement, they are giving me a discount code which will save you $100: ScobledSF14 --  learn more and purchase your ticket at http://techcrunch.com/events/disrupt-sf-2014/

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