It's been a bit quiet around here over the last week or so as a result of running around in New York for a few days, attending courses, playing in a golf tournament and doing two gigs over the weekend. I'm beat.
But there have been a lot of interesting things going on that I want to quickly note, so here we go with some rapid-fire links:
- Interesting 2007 went down over the weekend. The Twitter feed gave a good indication of the great spirit of the event; really wish I could have been there. Hopefully Russeell will do it again next year. But come to think of it, why wait? Rules are meant to be broken.
- I linked to this Photosynth demonstration last week, but I'm also embedding it here, since it's one of the most incredible technologies I've seen in a long time. The ability to stitch together tagged information based on social media folksonomy to produce a "cross-modal and cross-social user experience" hints at future possibilities of what web 3.0 might look like. I think I've seen this video twenty times. (Skip to 3:45 to get the "punchline").
- Google Street View is great, and the voyeurism of websites like Google Sightseeing is even better. If the street views are a little too real, you can look forward to the search/map website EveryScape, a 3-D virtual world rendering of cities that will allow users to dive in and out of streets and tagged locales. As with Photosynth, the content will be enriched with more tags and contributions; from what I understand, you can apply to be an EveryScape artist and contribute to the social media project.
- While we're vaguely on the subject of emergent meaning and social media, have a gander at this beautiful mosaic of Wikipedian Activity.
- While I was in New York, I had the good fortune of meeting Rachel Sterne from Ground Report, a great new citizen-journalism news service. Later in the week I'll follow-up with more information, but to get an idea of the model, here's a description below:
GroundReport TV will feature a dynamic mix of live, citizen-reported news and unique videos that speak to a worldwide audience. The channel will showcase live presenters, constantly updated video content and independent documentaries. Segments will analyze the neutrality of mainstream media, present local reactions to international issues and capture newsworthy events as they unfold.
As fate would have it, a mere hours after discussing Facebook applications, Rachel's name popped up in a CNET article about the very topic.