As the school day draws to a close, the children in Ms. Aaron’s class sit down to compose a message about what they have been doing all day, and send it out on Twitter. A kindergarten teacher in TriBeCa who closes each day with a tweet she composes with the class
“To me, Twitter is like the ideal thing for 5-year-olds because it is so short,” she said. “It makes them think about their day and kind of summarize what they’ve done during the day; whereas a lot of times kids will go home and Mom and Dad will say, ‘What did you do today?’ And they’re like, ‘I don’t know.’”
Explaining what Twitter is was a little tricky, she said. But there was a handy analogy. Every weekend, one student takes home a stuffed animal frog and a journal. They take pictures and write about what they’re doing to share with the rest of the class.
“So when I introduced Twitter, I said you guys are doing this with Froggie on the weekend, and so we’re going to let your parents know what we’re doing in class a few times a week,” she said.
Draw Something meets the telephone game: Drawception
In Way, two strangers learn to speak.
A game (download/installation required) in which you are one of those strangers.
Today Cambridge University offered a complete free digital archive of the personal papers of Sir Isaac Newton
, including the Principa Mathematica
and his first published research paper
. The archives join a number of efforts to open original works of scientific greatness to the world:
Newton's original works are handily supplemented by The Newton Project
, showing the man's insertions and deletions to his own work.
There must be a recognition of the self in its relation to the profession one proposes. If we do declare our profession, we must also keep the epistemological awareness. That is, if we are our profession, we must know it. [more inside]
"What was really most healing, for me, besides the drugs, was meeting my own people, my tribe. When you meet each other the relief of knowing you’re not alone and that you both feel like the walking dead. It’s such a relief to be with someone who will never say, “Perk up.” Black Dog Tribes
is a (beta) social platform for people with depression created by Ruby Wax
There are those points in every interactive designer’s career when he becomes fed up with producing the same set of graphics all over again for every website he designs. It could be the social network icons or gallery arrows. Similar for interactive developers that have to slice the same GIFs and PNGs each time the art director asks them to. Until now. Just Be Nice Studio came up with a typeface that includes frequently used iconographics and symbols. Although, the idea is not unique — Webdings and Windings have been around for quite some time — all of them have a lot of unnecessary symbols. Web Symbols
is a set of vector html-compliant typefaces, so it might be used in any size, color and browser (okay, mostly — but IE7 for sure).
: How economic inequality harms societies
(ted/yt) - "We feel instinctively
that societies with huge income gaps
are somehow going wrong
. Richard Wilkinson charts
the hard data on economic inequality, and shows what gets worse when rich and poor are too far apart: real effects on health, lifespan, even such basic values as trust." (previously
Tim Rogers has written a long piece about the evils of social gaming
and the mechanics of getting players to pay for virtual items. This, in reaction to certain mechanics in the new facebook mega-game, The Sims Social
, which Tim has also reviewed, calling it "A Love Letter from a Computer Virus"
Democracy’s Saintly Challenger India is no stranger to protest movements, hunger strikes, and the mass mobilization of citizens for a popular cause. But the recent fast by the Gandhian leader Anna Hazare, culminating in an extraordinary Saturday session of Parliament to pass a resolution acceding to his main demands, marked a dramatic departure in the country’s politics.
The Anna phenomenon reflects a “perfect storm” of converging factors: widespread disgust with corruption, particularly after two recent high-profile cases of wrongdoing (in allocating telecoms spectrum and awarding contracts for the Commonwealth Games); the organizational skill of a small group of activists committed to transforming India’s governance practices; the mass media’s perennial search for a compelling story; and the availability of a saintly figure to embody the cause. It also raises important questions about civil society’s role in a democracy.
The Daily Dot
delivers news about social media communities such as Reddit, Facebook and Youtube the way a local newspaper might deliver news about a city.
Post A Letter Social Activity Club:
"Imagine a day when every personal e-mail you receive is in the form of a piece of mail, in envelopes of different sizes, papers of different colours and textures, handwriting of varying degrees of legibility. Wouldn’t that be pretty nice for a change?" [more inside]
Jonathan's Starbucks Card.
Add the image of Jonathan's Starbucks card to your smartphone and if there is a balance (check twitter
) you can have a free coffee.
Digital news is broken. Actually, news itself is broken. Almost all news organizations have abandoned reporting in favor of editorial; have cultivated reader opinion in place of responsibility; and have traded ethical standards for misdirection and whatever consensus defines as forgivable. And this is before you even lay eyes on what passes for news design on a monitor or device screen these days. Suggestions for clarifying online news sites from Andy Rutledge. [more inside]
Not so fast, internetpseudonym, on signing up for that Google+ account. Turns out you can only use your real name or face account suspension
. Users don't like it
and some are worried about safety
, but Google isn't budging:
"To help fight spam and prevent fake profiles, use the name your friends, family or co-workers usually call you...You can use pseudonyms to upload videos in YouTube or post to Blogger."
Last night Google quietly rolled out Google+
to a limited beta release. Unified across all Google sites, Google+
is the company's latest and perhaps most serious attempt to enter the social networking space. As Facebook surpasses Google in some key user metrics, Google's efforts may already be too late [more inside]
Do you feel lonely or isolated in your 21st century life? Have you considered taking a hot bath? How hot baths can help dispel feelings of loneliness... [more inside]
Last Friday, USA Today reported
that two people from PR firm Burson-Marsteller
had been contacting various news outlets and bloggers, pushing a story about how Google's "Social Circle
" gmail feature violates users' privacy. The pitch was made on behalf of an unnamed client that The Daily Beast now confirms
was Facebook. [more inside]
Can We Influence Outcomes Together?
How can people and computers be connected so that—collectively—they act more intelligently than any individuals, groups or computers have ever done before? Can collective intelligence save the planet?
An MIT Sloan Management Review studies The Collective Intelligence Genome
Mining the Mother of all Data Dumps
We now have a relatively massive haul of digital data from the OBL strike. There are several forensic toolkits in use by the private (commercially available)
sector as well as open-source
. Best practices
include inventorying all the sources, cloning the sources so as to not damage pristine data, recovering any partial or damaged content, making the cloned sources read-only, adhering to legally-admissible tools standards, and documenting everything. There is an excellent source titled Digital Forensics and Born-Digital Content from the Council on Library and Information Resources [pdf
, Resource Shelf
]. But what to do next*? [more inside]
From wide-eyed Ze Frank
comes a new useless-and-joyful social thingy called Star.me
that's like Farmville if Farmville involved giving people stars that look like animals
. Sign up for an account with the promo code "sportsracers", offered by Ze on The Show::Replay
, which celebrates The Show's five-year anniversary with added commentary.
Remove the scourge of conflict
- "Taming mass violence is the theme of the World Bank's latest World Development Report
, which focuses on 'conflict, security and development' [pdf
] ... Mass violence destroys all hopes of progress. We should make a huge effort to eliminate this scourge.
It seems feasible. It is desirable. So try."
is a think tank that considers design as a social engagement. Its projects operate through a shift of symbolic values due to the social utility and social responsibility of arts and design in contemporary society. Where you can learn how to transform a hoodie
into a: computer sleeve
, baby carrier
, strap bag
. The DIY diary
, Graphic Templates for DIY Leaflets
, and much more
. [more inside]
In Norway, Start-ups Say Ja to Socialism
- We venture to the very heart of the hell that is Scandinavian socialism—and find out that it's not so bad. Pricey, yes, but a good place to start and run a company. What exactly does that suggest about the link between taxes and entrepreneurship?
Right Wing astroturfing
A non-scientific analysis of the patterns in forum board discussions on a variety of topics. The gist: discussions of issues in which there's money at stake (like climate change
, public health
and corporate tax
avoidance) are often characterised by amazing levels of abuse and disruption by rightwing libertarians who are pro-corporate, anti-tax, anti-regulation. Discussions of issues in which there's little money at stake tend to be a lot more civilised than debates about issues where companies stand to lose or gain billions.
You can tell if a person is liberal or conservative by how a person responds to your "gaze cues
". Look away at something while you're talking and a liberal will tend to look at it, too. Conservatives are "completely immune" to this effect. [more inside]
Have you noticed the cartoon characters overtaking Facebook?
Well, you're not alone because the national media sure has.
This new Facebook meme
is supposedly all about raising awareness for child abuse
. But is this meme really accomplishing anything? Maybe not.
And for good measure, some links for those who would REALLY like to help
What Cannot Be Seen.
"This is an ongoing postal photography project. I mail matchbox pinhole cameras loaded with photographic paper to participants, inviting them to photograph 'what cannot be seen'. The cameras are then returned to me to be processed, accompanied by an explanation of what the participant has photographed." [on flickr
The Wall Street Journal
's What They Know
blog is charged with determining what information marketers are capable of learning about internet users through tracking technology
. This weekend, they took aim at Facebook, after their investigation discovered that many popular apps on the social-networking site, including those by Zynga
, have been transmitting identifying information in the form of User ID's to dozens of advertising and Internet tracking companies,
even if a user has enabled strict privacy
settings. Additional analysis
. Response post
on Facebook's Developer Blog. Forbes' blogger Kashmir Hill asks if the WSJ is overreacting
, and Techcrunch notes
that the severity and risks of UID transferral are still being debated
Kate Bolick tells a story of Facebook voyeurism
Blurry People is perhaps best summarized as a combination of ChatRoulette and a dating site.
On Blurry People, you engage in random video chats with people like you would in ChatRoulette. The significant difference here is that both video portraits start out blurred and sharpen over time as - or if - your conversation goes on. [more inside]
Shared social responsibility
- When customers could pay what they wanted in the knowledge that half of that would go to charity, sales and profits went through the roof ... Gneezy describes the combination of charitable donations and paying what you like as 'shared social responsibility', where businesses and customers work together for the public good.
) [also see 1
"Facebook's popularity is based on the reality that human beings are social creatures. Staying connected with people we know is innate to us. But maintaining separate social groups that we don't want to clash is also innate." The Five Stages of Facebook Grief
In February of 2008, Microsoft acquired the maker of the Sidekick
, Danger Inc., for $500 million dollars
and rolled the company into its Premium Mobile Experiences division, led by Roz Ho
. The Sidekick retained a dedicated following after the merger despite some hiccups
along the way. Twenty-six months after the acquisition, Microsoft unveiled the KIN One and KIN Two devices
which would launch in May. The devices were backed by a huge and mildly controversial marketing push
aimed at the young, hip social-networking addict niche. Reviews were generally negative
and often cited needless complexity, software that was lacking basic functions and no support for third party applications. The devices ran a fork of Windows Phone 7
, Microsoft's rewrite of their aging mobile operating system that had been rapidly losing ground
to RIM, Apple and Google. Just seven weeks after launch, the KIN is dead
. Engadget has some insight
into the failure and the subsequent shake-up at Microsoft.
attempts to measure influence on Twitter. Recognizing that follower count does not measure influence, Klout considers 25 factors
to determine how engaged you are with your network, how widely your tweets are read, and how likely your tweets are to drive action (retweets, replies, clicks). [more inside]