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A for Amazon, B for Best buy – A to Z for Google, Wikipedia, Yahoo and Bing October 18, 2009

Posted by Anand Mallaya in internet, web.
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Internet have changed our lives for sure. We learned A for Apple when we were kids. And in Google age it all changed. Let us look at how different they are from the ideal ‘A for Apple’ construct. These are from the first entry of auto search assist suggestions from top search engines.

According to Google.com

A for Amazon

B for best buy

C for Craigslist

D for dictionary

E for ebay

F for Facebook

G for Gmail

H for Hotmail

I for IMDB

J for Jet blue

K for Kohls

L for lowes

M for mapquest

N for Netflix

O for Old Navy

P for Pandora

Q for quotes

R for realtor.com

S for southwest airlines

T for target

U for Usps

V for Verizon wireless

W for Walmart

X for Xm radio

Y for youtube

Z for zillow

According to Yahoo.com

A for Amazon

B for best buy

C for Craigslist

D for dictionary

E for ebay

F for Facebook

G for Google

H for Hotmail

I for Ikea

J for Jobs

K for Kmart

L for lyrics

M for myspace

N for Netflix

O for Orbitz

P for People search

Q for qvc

R for recipes

S for southwest airlines

T for target

U for Ups

V for Verizon wireless

W for Weather

X for Xbox 360

Y for youtube

Z for zip codes

According to Wikipedia

A for Animal

B for Brazil

C for Canada

D for Department of France

E for England

H for Hispanic (U.S. Census)

I for India

J for Japan

K for Km²(square kilometer)

L for List of sovereign states

M for marriage

N Native American(U.S. Sensus)

O for Ontario

P for Poland

Q for quebec

R for Race and ethnicity in the United States Census

S for spain

T for the Newyork Times

U for United States

V for village

W for World War II

X for Xbox 360

Y for Yale University

Z for Zip code

According to Bing

A for AOL

B for Bank of America

C for Craigslist

D for dictionary

E for ebay

F for facebook

G for Google

H for Hotmail

I for irs

J for jcpenney

K for kohls

L for lowes

M for myspace

N for netflix

O for office depot

P for pogo

Q for qvc

R for runescape

S for sears

T for target

U for USPS

V for verizon

W for yahoo.com (weird)

X for XM radio

Y for yahoo

Z for zip codes

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140 character Twitter mystery – the answer October 12, 2009

Posted by Anand Mallaya in internet, social media, technology, web.
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In the previous post we have looked at anatomy of a tweet to find answers to the 140 character mystery. It quite nagged me for a while. My geek mind was losing to find an explanation. Today I found a solution. It has nothing to do with the twitter protocols probably, but some thing simpler. Twitter was created with a goal of a simple interface for near-real time communication. With a ubiquitous access to the service.

They gave all kind of user interfaces, like a web based one for web browser users,  APIs for web application developers- so that developers can create applications easily, and for mobile phones through text messages.

Guess what? Now you may have got a clue.

The text message or SMS was a protocol initially designed to optimally use the telephony based GSM mobile technology. The key idea for SMS was to use this telephony-optimized system and to transport messages on the signaling paths needed to control the telephony traffic during time periods when no signaling traffic existed. The message length was limited by the signalling protocol used at that time. Initially it was 128 bytes and later changed to 140 bytes length.

Now Twitters’ designers may have also targetted text message users, the most widely used data application on the planet.

SMS user stats

SMS user stats

Hence my answer.

To find the real answer we need to contact Twitter engineers..

Phew I will get a good sleep today :p