oublio: most popular stuff on the internet
"I made a site and I thought MeFi might find it interesting: It shows the most popular image on Reddit, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr and Flickr in real time, as well as the most popular videos on YouTube each day: www.oublio.com. Now you can waste time on social media more efficiently!"
[via mefi projects
Last fall, the Canadian Space Agency asked students to design a simple science experiment that could be performed in space, using items already available aboard the International Space Station. Today, Commander Chris Hadfield
conducted the winner for its designers: two tenth grade students, Kendra Lemke and Meredith Faulkner, in a live feed to their school in Fall River, Nova Scotia. And now, we finally have an answer to the age-old question, What Happens When You Wring Out A Washcloth In Space? [more inside]
On December 5th, Instagram's founder Kevin Systrom announced that Instagram would cut support for Twitter cards
. On December 10th, Twitter updated its mobile apps to include Instagram-like photo filters
. On December 12th, Flickr did too
. On December 16th, the New York Times reported that Systrom may have perjured himself
to announce, among other changes, that its users now
"agree that a business or other entity may pay us to display your username, likeness, photos (along with any associated metadata), and/or actions you take, in connection with paid or sponsored content or promotions, without any compensation to you."
In response, Wired has posted How to Download Your Instagram Photos and Kill Your Account
"To the credit of today's social networks, they've brought in hundreds of millions of new participants [...] but they haven't shown the web itself the respect and care it deserves, as a medium which has enabled them to succeed. And they've now narrowed the possibilites of the web for an entire generation of users who don't realize how much more innovative and meaningful their experience could be."
Anil Dash laments The Web We Lost
, and offers some suggestions for moving forward.
Ever wondered where Flickr and Twitter are used the most?
Eric Fischer (previously
) has created a new set of maps comparing geotagged Flickr images to geotagged Twitter posts.
is a new social media platform that makes it easy to assemble and winnow Flickr photos, tweets, Facebook posts, Google search results and URLS into a coherent story. It went into public beta
on April 25th. [more inside]
The Free Art and Technology (F.A.T.) Lab
is an organization dedicated to enriching the public domain through the research and development of creative technologies and media. You may know them from such projects as How to build a fake Google Street View car
, public domain donor stickers
, internet famous class
, the first rap video to end with a download source code link
, or their numerous firefox add-ons
(such as China Channel
, Tourettes Machine
, or Back to the future
). FAT members have been hard at work standardizing various open source graffiti-related software packages, including Graffiti Analysis
, Laser Tag
, Fat Tag Deluxe
and EyeWriter [previously]
to be GML
(Graffiti Markup Language) compliant. Fuck Google
. Fuck Twitter
. Fuck SXSW
. Fuck 3D
. FAT Lab is Kanye shades for the open source movement
Michael Surtees latest photo experiment is called #walkingtoworktoday
. The rules are simple and open to anyone—while walking to work take a photo. From there the photo needs to be pushed to Twitter via Flickr while containing the hashtag #walkingtoworktoday somewhere in the tile. But there wasn’t one dedicated space outside of Flickr to see the photos, and even then it was only seeing it through one medium—you didn’t get to see the tweets. So that’s why he decided there needed to be a site. Surtees created #walkingtoworktoday
using Daylife tools that contained Flickr and Twitter moduals. The main modual streams photos from Flickr while the right rail shows the tweets. It’s an interesting redundancy that works.
With the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown on Thursday, China's ever-vigilant censors have stepped up the reach of the "Great Firewall," blocking Western sites like Twitter, Flickr, and (just one day after its launch) Microsoft's Bing. via [more inside]
Infinite Monkey Comics!
Create a three-panel comic from twitter posts and flickr images, based on the keyword of your choosing.
: Type a title at the top of the page, have a related Creative-Commons-licensed flickr photo and twitter text combined below. [via mefi projects] [more inside]
is a treasure trove from a Malaysian designer, developer that features Photoshop tutorials
, Wordpress tips and tricks
for everything from sound
, graphics and templates
, stunning wallpapers
including for Windows 7
, and iPhone
, and finally a library of how-to's
to make your everyday internet simpler.
How to make a newspaper out of blog entries.
Ben Terrett and Russell Davies explain how they turned their friends’ (and strangers’) blog posts, Twits, and Flickr photos into the thousand-copy broadsheet Things Our Friends Have Written on the Internet 2008
The current conflict between Israel & Hamas is all over the news
. But the most interesting bits aren't on CNN or the Beeb. [more inside]
Massive coordinated terrorist attack in Mumbai.
The news is pouring in, but not from traditional sources. The latest breaking news seems to be coming from Twitter
, many from people on the scene. One local has been snapping photos, and Flickr just gave him a free three-month account to upload the images
in Mumbai has been updating the news as it comes in as well.