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“I’d had a career as a professional musician and what I started to see is that once we made information free, it wasn’t that we consigned all the big stars to the bread lines.” (They still had mega-concert tour profits.) “It was the middle-class people who were consigned to the bread lines. And that was a very large body of people. And all of a sudden there was this weekly ritual, sometimes even daily: ‘Oh, we need to organize a benefit because so and so who’d been a manager of this big studio that closed its doors has cancer and doesn’t have insurance. We need to raise money so he can have his operation.’ And I realized this was a hopeless, stupid design of society and that it was our fault. It really hit on a personal level—this isn’t working. And I think you can draw an analogy to what happened with communism, where at some point you just have to say there’s too much wrong with these experiments.” [more inside]
You ever get so high
and dream there was a marijuana review site in the style of Yelp
? Dream no more, because there's Leafly
. Find the strain that best suits you
(no surprise that they all seem to be highly rated for treating stress
, but only six are good for PMS
) or a nearby dispensary
. Read reviews of new strains like Woody Kush
, rumored to be specifically created for Woody Harrelson
or the insightful reviews of Herojuana
: 3RD DEGREE BLACK BELT BUD
, Dankest weed I've ever smoked
, and Found a little container of a gram of this great shit under the seat in my car on a shitty day
. Like any Web 2.0
worth it's weight in
they have an API
, login via Facebook
, and an iPhone
Google and Facebook would have you believe that you're a mirror, that there is one reflection that you have, this one idea of self. [They believe] that what you see in that mirror is what everybody else sees. But in fact we're more like diamonds, you can look at people from any angle and see something totally different.
- Chris Poole, AKA Moot, founder of 4Chan and Canvas
, from his speech at the Web 2.0 Summit on self-expression through social networking. [more inside]
DJ for a virtual room at the newest attempt at music-sharing 2.0. Listeners can vote songs up or down, or DJ themselves. Other similar projects like Muxtape
and Listening Room
have unfortunately not survived long.
is an online contacts management system that knows about your social media contacts as well as your IRL friends... [more inside]
Lately, the organizations that make up the American Republican Party/GOP have been experimenting with going online
. The House Republicans have created America Speaking Out
, a website for the people to give their ideas to "an arrogant congress." There, visitors can upload ideas they would like the government to carry out.
A worrisome set of posts from Princeton University's 'Freedom to Tinker"
In many situations, it may be far easier to unmask apparently anonymous online speakers than they, I, or many others in the policy community have appreciated. Today, I'll tell a story that helps explain what I mean.
Second post: what BoingBoing knows about John Doe
. Third, and most concerning post: The traceability of an online anonymous comment
. Related post: a well researched review of the privacy concerns around the roll-out of, and push-back against, Google Buzz.
Come on Metafilter!
Have something prettier than the reddit
Google began inviting
volunteers to a public preview test
of their new Wave
web-based collaborative email and document communications platform yesterday, which enables users to "communicate and work together in real time." Initial reviews
this past May
) [more inside]
is an automated Twitter feed providing helpful links to news items from the past 14 years that might be relevant to current events. For example, when masses of people started googling medical information
after a news item about 200,000 patients' medical histories being accidentally exposed, NPRbackstory linked to an April 2008 analysis of the advantages and disadvantages of storing patient records online. [more inside]
Tag! You're It!
The Brooklyn Museum is inviting its user community
its online collection
Web Tech Guy and Angry [Museum] Staff Person.
A very funny animation for the museums workers and librarians subset of Mefites. From Michael Edson at Smithsonian 2.0
Sufficiently usable read/write platforms will attract porn and activists.
If there's no porn, the tool doesn't work. If there's no activists, it doesn't work well.
Some interesting commentary from an early employee of Tripod. Systems designed for the sharing of cute cats and other banal user-generated content will inevitably attract political activists, provided they work well enough.
is no stranger
(even breaking its own length record
), and the latest is shaping up much like the previous - TA & Lecturers' union on the picket line, admin in the ugly concrete buildings, and undergrads looking cold and confused all around
But since the last strike in 2001, a few things have changed. No, not the issues (same as always - living wages for TAs, job security for lecturers) or the effect (disruption of undergrad education) - but last time there were few discussion forums
, no facebook groups
by the local newspaper, and definitely no (somewhat obvious
, but still mildly entertaining
) Apple ad parodies
. [more inside]
, a company from Denmark that makes virtual synthesizers, seeks to reinvigorate it's name with a mash-up of social networking, distributed music production and interactive music distribution. [more inside]
Tired of the current web? Have all the cool domain names already been registered? The second web
bills itself as
geocities 2.0 with a web browser-esque interface stuck on top of it "a completely new World Wide Web. A new Web Browser, a new domain name system and completely new websites."
is to hitchhiking that CouchSurfing
is to hotels. iHitch is just an idea, but key technologies (GPS phones, GPS in cars, Web2.0) are coming available in critical mass that could transform 'hitchhiking' into a mainstream, safe, reliable and cheap form of transportation. Some metro area carpool websites
have already successfully started down this road.
Anthropologists in the digital domain tend to be a day late and a dollar short as far as us early adopters are concerned, but Michael Wesch
managed to capture the popular imagination with his YouTube video, The Machine is Us/ing Us.
He recently gave a presentation to the Library of Congress titled An Anthropological Introduction to YouTube
in which he talks about the best of the web (not to be confused with The Best of The Web
So Open it Hurts.
Web 2.0 visionaries Tara Hunt and Chris Messina blogged and twittered about their romance to all of geekdom as if it were one of their utopian open-source projects. Sharing their breakup has been a lot harder. [more inside]
Google is testing a Digg-like social interface to Google Search results, Techcrunch has an early preview video
. This is bad news for Jimy Wales's Wikia
since this is what they have been trying to build. Perhaps related it looks like Google is buying Digg
Video on Flickr!
Paying members of the popular community photo sharing website are now able to upload videos up to 90 seconds in length or 150MB in size. At first critical of the length limitation, some think it's a good decision
. Check out the FAQ
for details on what is/isn't accepted and why, and watch some videos in the first video group pool.
Revenge of the Experts
. The individual user has been king on the Internet, but the pendulum seems to be swinging back toward edited information vetted by professionals. "Fueling this is advertising revenue, it is easier to woo advertisers with the promise of controlled content than with hit-and-miss blog blather. 'Nobody wants to advertise next to crap' ".
uses cutting-edge technology to identify topics you might be interested in based on your browsing history, public records, health records, email activity, legal filings, and web profiles.
Gardeners unite! Folia
is a new website for gardeners to organize, document and share their adventures. And now you too can obsess about your seed savin
g and hardiness zones
. [more inside]
is a website for keeping track of the U.S. Congress. (previously)
But, now it also a social network
. So, sign-up
and see what your favourite Senator
has been doing, track bills
and, follow important issues
. Then, share that information with your friends
or write about it on your blog
The murky demimonde of Amazon's Top Reviewers. I suppose I shouldn't have been surprised, but I had imagined Amazon's customer reviews as a refuge from the machinations of the publishing industry: "an intelligent and articulate conversation ... conducted by a group of disinterested, disembodied spirits..."
Overstream: Add Your Thoughts to Video
Have you ever wanted to customize an online video
by adding your own comments or subtitles
in any language
, or wanted to send a custom video postcard
It's round robin, user generated, choose-your-own-adventure style, web 2.0 fiction.
My productivity is now permanently crippled. The cbc
gives some background, if you care about that sort of thing.
- A global community of friends and strangers answering one simple question: Who are you doing?
Often in life we are faced with a choice of 2.0 possible courses of action. Should I do X or Y? Now you can harness the wisdom of the web crowds to resolve those painful dilemmas for you!
FanNation | The Republic of Sport
It was bound to happen. A fully-featured social networking site for Sport Fans, includes, ability to track community events on a regional basis, hot topic tracking, blogging capability
, player tracking
, and ability to gather articles and stories from favorite news sources
. Overall, a nice set of functionality, even if at launch, it is only focused on US Sports. Our beloved SpoFi
probably doesn't have much to worry about until this site builds a following, but it does seem to have something new to offer sports fanatics.
Mac users have the excellent Omnigraffle
, Windows users the ubiquitous Visio. Now there's an AJAX diagramming tool called Gliffy
. What's next in the Office suite for AJAXification?