This past week the digital game distribution service Steam unveiled a new beta feature: user contributed tags for games
. Unsurprisingly, the feature was quickly abused
, leading to Steam introducing means to moderate tag usage
. The plus side to all of this is that you can now play a game where you match Steam tags to the games they describe! Steam Tags: The Game
GrafRank: Global Graffiti Statistics
is a new webapp project from Jake Dobkin
). With GrafRank, Dobkin codes street art locations from the Streetsy Flickr Pool
, tagged by artist, to highlight where notable street artists are working in specific cities, their prolificacy, and the more popular areas in those cities for tagging.
River of the Net
is a way to view short, tag-related videos without any sort of context. This interview
explains things a little more. I've had some NWS content pop up (though not much), just as fair warning. [more inside]
Tag! You're It!
The Brooklyn Museum is inviting its user community
its online collection
Each year, people around the world spend billions of hours playing computer games. What if all this time and energy could be channeled into useful work? What if people playing computer games could, without consciously doing so, simultaneously solve large-scale problems? GWAP
is Luis van Ahn's answer [PDF, HTML cache]
to these questions, a collection of easy and engaging games that make computers smarter.
Tag a brand/logo and see what others have tagged it. Because "whatever it is they say a brand is, is what it is", depending on what your meaning of is is, I guess. Or play the reverse tag game
and identify brands by their tags.
And now, there's Celeb Tags
! This will not wendell. [more inside]
Photosynth. Blaise Aguera y Arcas
(second one down) does a live demo (with some subtle humor) of the product we've discussed previously
. Via the wonderful Ted (mentioned a few times).
Remember Third Voice, the controversial
browser plug-in that let you add public notes to any website? Enough webmasters complained and it was shut down
in 2001, after only two years in operation. Maybe attitudes have changed, because the folks at Trailfire
are trying this idea again. Available for Firefox
As a public service, tagged mapping can be used for much more than finding pizza parlors and Craigslist rental entries
. Here it gets used to plot criminal activity, like bike thefts and other crimes in West Philadelphia
and the larger Philadelphia area
, as well as Chicago
Welcome to Supr.c.ilio.us
, the World's First Social Social Tagging Site Tagging Site™. This is the place to come to tag all those other tagging sites. (But...is it Web 2.0 Or Not?
Watch Del.icio.us live.
is a site for tagging online academic articles. It lies somewhere in the intersection of del.icio.us, CiteSeer, and EndNote. When you tag an online article
, you can add your own metadata, develop your own collection, and share other people's collections. You can also export your collection to BibTex or EndNote. While you can't access articles that you or your institution do not subscribe too, there seems to be a fair amount of CiteSeer stuff in there, for instance in relation to collaborative filtering
. There are also some groups
, such as The Philosophy of Information
Rebirth of the Semantic Web.
On the heels of the Technorati taggregator
, the Oddiophile bookmarklet
, the tag search
(new today!) and much ensuing buzz
, Jeff Jarvis brings up people tagging. This concept drove Friendster
, both of which petered out. But with Technorati's elegant synthesis of photo, link, and post tagging, the web may once again tap into networked individualism
Recently we've all been thinking
about flat (or better, faceted
web apps that organize email
, and general knowledge
. The common threads are metadata
(tags, categories, labels) that enrich relationships within and hence searchability
of large collections. But besides marketroid hype
, snark) and a computer that plays Twenty Questions
can we do and study using faceted data structures: searchable culture references
in The Simpsons, library science
, computer filesystems
development, models for human memory and cognition
RFID to track students in Spring, Texas...
the information is fed automatically by wireless phone to the police and school administrators. That's right: constant and continual monitoring of all the schoolkids in the district by the local police department.
The Army are tagging honey bees to find UXBs. Now technology
lets you silently locate mobile phones in the UK. Now you
to be 007
or Austin Powers
to track someone. Is tagging
offenders the soft option
? How could
someone already be watching you
From the creators of the OpenDirectory Project
comes their new effort: a classifying news crawler : Topix.net. They've got some cool text processing that allows them to classify each story in terms of content and geographic location. Very cool ideas in agreggation!
Always fancied yourself as a "Writer" but don't want to get covered in paint or arrested? This download allows you to deface a train wagon to your hearts content and then upload it to a gallery. Not the real thing
but as close as most of us will ever get...
Remember Bullet Time
? Remember how it got damn annoying from overuse really quickly? When was the last time you saw something neat done with it?
Take a look at Lumasol
Blogdex at media.mit.edu
(The link may not work, I've gotten through twice now, both times between noon and 4pm PST, but every other time I've tried I've gotten server not available errors.)Does anyone know what this is? The times I got through it looked like an interesting cross tabulation of what is being covered in the web log world, like a handy index for people looking for entries on a certain topic. It was not complete looking when I got in last, the site mostly consisted of the front, and an "about" section, but the front page did have a list of the top ten links being talked about on currently indexed blogs. I found the link in my referer log.