Monthly Archives: November 2012


Twitter CEO Dick Costolo has once again promised that Twitter users will, indeed, be able to download a full archive of their tweets in just a matter of weeks. This latest announcement was delivered in response to an audience question during a talk sponsored by the Ford School of Public Policy and School of Information at Costolo’s alma mater, the University of Michigan, where the CEO discussed Twitter’s role in the future of global communication and democratized access to information.

This isn’t the first time Costolo has made this promise, mind you. He said the same thing in September, according to reports from his talk at the Online News Association conference which Twitter later confirmed with TechCrunch. At the time, Costolo had said that he would like to see the feature before the end of the year, given engineers’ capacity.

From the sounds of this latest report, the hard deadline Costolo keeps promising…

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contro analisi

Alla fine di ottobre Marco Lodoli ha pubblicato sulla Repubblica un necrologio della cultura umanistica. Essa “sembra aver concluso il suo ciclo”, ci spiega; “ai ragazzi non arriva più niente di tutto quel mondo che ha ospitato e educato generazioni e generazioni”. E più avanti: “Per la stragrande maggioranza dei ragazzi di oggi tutto il patrimonio culturale del nostro Paese non significa più niente”. Mi domando dove Lodoli le avesse incontrate, in passato, delle maggioranze o ampie minoranze di ragazzi per i quali il nostro patrimonio significava kids reading on book benchqualcosa. Mi domando anche se la cultura umanistica di cui piange la scomparsa lui l’abbia davvero capita e apprezzata e soprattutto vissuta, o come tanti non l’abbia semplicemente usata per costruire un’identità, la sua identità, rapidamente sclerotizzatasi in nostalgia di un preciso momento storico, quello della sua giovinezza.
Perché in realtà fu solo per un decennio o poco più, a cavallo fra gli…

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Football: London Teams Walk

London has 14 (fourteen) professional football teams.

If you wanted to walk to each of these starting from White Hart Lane (Tottenham Hotspur) and finishing at Vicarage Road (Watford FC), this would be your itinerary.

The whole trip would be 76.6 miles long according to google maps.

London 24 professional teams

Click to get the itinerary to all the grounds

The itinerary and grounds covered:
White Hart Lane, Tottenham Hotspur

Brisbane Lane Leyton Orient Football Club

Boleyn Ground, West Ham United

The Den, Millwall

Selhurst Park, Crystal Palace

Kingsmeadow, AFC Wimbledon

Griffin Park, Brentford FC

Loftus Road, Queen’s Park Rangers

Craven Cottage, Fulham FC

Stamford Bridge, Chelsea FC

Emirates, Arsenal FC

Underhill Stadium, Barnet FC

Watford FC

Art: Battle of Adwa

Battle of Adwa, on 2 March 1896: British Museum.

This picture was drawn by an unknown artist and is exhibited in room 66 in the Ethiopia and Egypt section of the museum.

This painting, as most nationalistic painting, emphasises the values and heroism of the the painter’s own tradition.

On the right, you see the Italians, the colonial invaders and on the left, the Ethiopians led by Emperor Menelik II.

The Italian army is organised in three rows. While the two rows on the right can be recognised as composed of Italians, the first row, those in the heat of the action, seem to be non-Italian, a foreign legion, maybe Arabs, who are given the task of doing the dirty and dangerous work.

In the centre, the Ethiopians are seen to be valiantly charging against the bullets, underscoring their valour.

Furthermore, on the bottom left, is a peloton of female fighters led by Empress Taytu, probably to suggest that the whole of the Ethiopian population took-up arms against the enemy.

While both army possess rifles, the Italians have far more cannons than do the Ethiopians, again suggesting that the odds were in Italy’s favour.

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In the top corners, are the leaders of each army. On the top left we see Emperor Menelik II while on the top right is an Italian general. Between the two and overseeing the battle, we find Saint George, the patron saint of Ethiopia.

In this case, Saint George’s allegiance is pretty clear, he is charging from left to right and therefore is wholeheartedly in the Ethiopian camp. The halo which carries him and perhaps protects him, echoes the colours of the Ethiopian flag green for the land, yellow for peace and hope and red representing strength *.

Finally an anecdote; from my standpoint, the painter might have misrepresented the Italian flag. While it is true that they are in the right order from left to right (green, white, red) as they appear in the painting, the colour green should start at the mast.

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Editors note:This is a guest post by Robin Grant, Global Managing Director of We Are Social, a social-media agency with offices in New York, London, Paris, Milan, Munich, Singapore, Sydney and São Paulo.

Josh Constine wrote an insightful post last week, debunking the myth that Facebook has decreased page post reach to increase the sales of promoted posts. However, just because that wasn’t the reason, that doesn’t mean that Facebook hasn’t reduced page reach.

Since the end of August there has been a precipitous drop in reach across pages of all sizes, there have been first hand reports of Facebook telling agencies who manage large numbers of pages for clients that they were going to experience a large drop in reach, and data clearly showing this drop from at least three independent sources – Facebook page analytics provider EdgeRank Checker, the head of social measurement at…

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Chanel who? E-commerce has barely made a dent in the luxury goods market

Style over substance: Wired hires design guru as new editor-in-chief