Wednesday, October 25, 2006
Steven Johnson has just launched his first major web site project since his classic involvments in Feed and Plastic several years ago. He describes outside.in as being designed to provide "a bridge between information space and real-world space -- a place to see in a single glance all the interesting things that are happening around you". In short, this is an exercise in building the "geographic web".
Stripped back to the most basic user principle, you key in a US zip code or neighbourhood name/descriptr -- outside.in is currently confined to the US -- and get taken to contributions made to the site corresponding to your chosen locale. The main tools for using are described here, along with guidelines for contributing.
Johnson describes the project in recent postings on his blog.
Friday, October 06, 2006
The soon-to-be-launched service, Polar Rose, puts a whole new spin on putting names to faces...
Tuesday, October 03, 2006
Some social networks I would like to investigate if I had the time...
- Ryze.com: A business network of user profiles that can be grouped according to "interest" tags
- LinkedIn: Another business/professional social network whose tagline is "Relationships matter"
- Meetup: An interest-driven social network
Examining all three could yield some very interesting results with respect to "participation" and what it means to be "social".