Category: Web 2.0


Flickr the Platform

April 6th, 2009 — 8:52pm

A few months ago I received a note from Flickr user Schmap, a publisher of online travel guides. Its managing editor, Emma J. Williams, wanted to know if she could publish a photograph I took at the Potsdamer Platz in Berlin, Germany a few summers ago in Schmap’s online travel guide to Berlin.

I won’t get paid, she forewarned me, but it was free publicity for my photo. The choice, of course, was totally up to me.

How cool is that?

1 comment » | New Media, Online Communities, Web 2.0

Where do people find the time?

August 15th, 2008 — 6:42am

Growing up with the Internet (my parents got dial up when I was eight or nine years old), I always despised the television, but lacked the historical framework to explain why. Broadcast news and sitcoms were my usual targets, and I would contrast the passive isolation of watching television with the participatory, group nature of the Web.

Clay Shirky offers a persuasive framework for understanding how the Web is changing/has been changing/will continue to change society.

Enjoy.

1 comment » | Broadcast, Communication, Media, New Media, Online Video, Television, Web 2.0

Journalism 3G: The Future of Technology in the Field

February 24th, 2008 — 3:48pm


This two-day conference in Atlanta, Georgia, took place Friday, March 22nd to Saturday, March 23rd. It brought together some extremely bright people doing some fascinating things at the intersection of computation and journalism.

Here are just a few of the examples there I found particularly interesting:

Everyblock – a location-based aggregator of crime statistics, news articles, Craigslist postings, and a ton of other publicly available information sources displayed at the neighborhood level. Everyblock currently operates in New York, Chicago and San Francisco.

Global Voices – a global network of paid and volunteer bloggers who monitor the blogospheres around the world and report back in English on the site.

Django – an open-sourced Web framework utilized by many news organizations for more robust Web publishing. Lead developer Jacob Kaplan-Moss asserted (and was challenged on it) that with Django, journalists could (and perhaps should) learn enough programming to free them from the time and resource restraints of their newsrooms.

News at Seven – a broadcast-ish production that creates a personalized news piece. Users input a few preferences, and the program pulls a news piece, checks Wikipedia, finds video, images and blog reactions and creates a broadcast reported by avatars.

Comment » | Citizen Journalism, Journalism, Social Media, Web 2.0

Live blogging from 2007 Search Engine Strategies Conference in Chicago

December 3rd, 2007 — 3:16pm

SES LogoI’ll be live blogging from the Chicago Hilton at the SES Conference for the Medill News Service.

2 comments » | Search, Social Media, Web 2.0

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