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Posted by on March 9th, 2010

This post is bit of a diversion for this blog, which is usually me babbling on about tech. SXSW starts this Thursday, and I’ll be attending. You can catch me speaking on a funny panel called “How not to be a Douchebag at SXSW”, which Ed Huntsinger is hosting. But hey, it won’t be about […]

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Speaking Engagements for 2010

Posted by on January 25th, 2010

Hello! It’s 2010, a new year and I’ve got some speaking engagements coming up, where I’ll discuss Twitter operations and scaling. Web 2.0 Expo 2010, San Francisco, CA May 3rd-6th In the Belly of the Whale: Operations at Twitter Chirp (Twitter’s Official Developer Conference) San Francisco, CA April 15th, 2010, 4:30PM (Hack Day) Scaling Twitter: […]

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Two great talks for Wednesday

Posted by on July 8th, 2009

Two great presentations I’ve recently read and want to share with you: Tim O’Reilly and John Battelle‘s “Web Squared: Web 2.0 Five Years On“. Read that, perhaps while watching/listening toKevin Kelly‘s riveting talk (from the TED EG conference) on the next 5000 days of the web (that’s right, we’re only 5000 days old) and the […]

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Velocity 2009

Posted by on June 28th, 2009

Last Tuesday, I was part of the Velocity 2009 Keynote, where I gave a talk entitled, “Fixing Twitter”. I covered the last year or so of work in improving Twitter to deal with the massive traffic and user loads we’ve been under and how we use metrics to destroy the fail-whale. Details of the talk […]

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Velocity Preview

Posted by on May 7th, 2009

There’s a small interview with me in today’s O’Reilly radar, where I talk about some of the things that I’ll be presenting as part of my Velocity 2009 talk. You can listen to, and read the transcript here:

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Using GPS to enhance social networking

Posted by on February 13th, 2009

A bit of last-minute news, but I’ll be on a panel at SXSW Interactive: “Using GPS & Location to Enhance Social Networking”. First there were social networks, and then there were location-based social networks, and now GPS and navigation-enhanced mobile social networks. This panel will explore how these emerging platforms integrate with existing social networks […]

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MacWorld 2009 is Upon Us

Posted by on January 5th, 2009

Image by Getty Images via Daylife Macworld 2009 is this week in my home town of San Francisco, and while we won’t have Jobs’ famous Keynote speech nor the participation of Apple this year, we will have the usual barrage of Macworld Parties. A great list of events and parties is right here. My week […]

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Got lolz? Web2.0 Expo Berlin does.

Posted by on October 24th, 2008

Brady just posted links to numerous presentations from Web 2.0 Expo Europe. The LolCats have taken over presentations at most major web conferences these days. Nearly every presentation I looked at had a LOLCat on one of their slides.  Those that were lacking in an actual LOLCat slide featured lots of LOLSpeak. I know we’re […]

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random media mention…

Posted by on August 19th, 2008

My discoveries with the Wall of Sheep at Defcon 16 and it’s application to Twitter security were mentioned on the August 12, 2008 Data Security Podcast. They called me one of the “good guys”. Heh! You can listen to it here: http://datasecurityblog.wordpress.com/2008/08/11/data-security-podcast-episode-13-aug-11-2008/

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Defcon 16 Schedule in iCal Format

Posted by on August 4th, 2008

I’m heading to Defcon 16 on Thursday to talk to some fellow hackers, meet colleagues, and to hopefully, not lose my shirt in Vegas. I think I’ll be much too busy to gamble, really. For a conference that is so technically minded, they didn’t post the conference schedule in a useful format (HTML only! ew!), […]

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