I wonder if part of the drop off is live bloggers moving to platforms like Twitter? I can tell you it seemed like there were almost as many tweets for one SIG (#bosc2011) as for the whole of #ISMB / #ECCB2011, and I personally didn’t post anything to FriendFeed but posted lots on Twitter.
Well, there’s a problem with using Twitter for analysis of conference coverage. Let’s try searching for ISMB-related tweets using the twitteR package:
ismb <- searchTwitter("ismb", 1000)
#  30
If we can't archive, how can anyone else?
30? Are we using twitteR properly? Running the same search at the Twitter website gives roughly the same results, plus this unhelpful message.
I like Twitter – as a real-time communication tool. As a data archive? Forget it.
Twitter Friends FOAF view
I’m liking TwitterFriends
I agree. Finally, social network visualisation that tells you something useful; e.g. well-connected people = useful to know. All without asking for your password too.
The Twitter + FriendFeed combination is proving to be a very useful information stream; not just from other people but as a reminder of what I thought was worth sharing. Two links from there that I think deserve wider attention:
- One Big Lab proposes that we become, well, one big lab – and has some ideas as to how that might work.
- From the OWW wiki, an excellent article on python in computational biology. This has been presented at Pycon 2008 and is also a companion article to a paper in PLoS Computational Biology. Imagine if everyone described their methods in this detail.
Deepak has some commentary on what we’re now calling the “bio-twitterverse”.
My Tweet Cloud is probably trying to tell me something important. But what? Thanks to Attila for pointing to the resource.
Busy. No time for real posts. Brief updates:
- Attila is set to resume the great live thesis online experiment
- I have succumbed to Twitter, woe is me
- On a related note, Firefox extension Shareaholic is a nice idea, if a bit rough round the edges just now