New York Times has an article on the differences of online behavior between teenage girls and boys. The article is based on an earlier PEW research report Teens and Social Media that found that girls are more creative than boys online. Girls blog more, are more active on social networking sites, post more photos and create more websites of their own. The only area where boys are more creative is shooting and posting videos.
YouNoodle is a new startup that tries to automate a significant part of venture capitalists’ decision-making process. It uses artificial intelligence to predict if a startup is going to succeed in the future. They focus on factors such as the social and business networks and previous work experience of the founders which with other non-disclosed factors create the base for their Startup-predictor.
I’ve compiled a list of search engines that will change the way search engines work. I’ve only listed general-purpose sites, not niche or vertical search engines focusing in a specific type of information. I’m not really claiming these services will replace Google as the number one search engine any time soon, but they will at least have an effect on the way Google and the other large search engines will develop their core function.
List of the search engines of the future:
Jonny Bentwood has witten a white paper that outlines views from several prominent individuals on the topic of measuring online influence. It’s called “Distributed influence: quantifying the impact of social media“.
Some interesting ideas presented in the paper:
Popularity is a meaningless measure when talking about influence in social media.
Today, it’s not the people with the money who are in control, it’s people with the content.
Forecasting the future is never easy, but the writers of Read/WriteWeb have looked into their crystal balls. It seems that this year will be hard for Google and Facebook. But what will be the biggest thing on the web in 2008? It seems that even they don’t know about it yet.
My predictions are summarized in the following sentence: Asian Open Mobile Twitter Widgets go mainstream.
Some interesting predictions in the original post’s comments as well. Virtual Knitting will be huge!
The Future Of TV Is Personal On-Demand P2P and Community-Created, Mobile Live HD Widget Aggregations For Free
The end of TV as we know it is near. The future of TV is online and ready to hit the mainstream and it will be better than YouTube. It will be more than just good old tv channels streamed to your computer through P2P technology.
The TV of the future will be a form of personal expression on the numerous video blogging platforms.
What a better way to start a blog about startups than discussing the future of web startups.
The cost of setting up a startup is clearly going down. But the need for a great idea is still the same. As Paul Graham points out you can start with an ok idea and then develop it according to user comments. I’m going to do the same with this site shoud I be receiving comments someday.