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  • Crowdsourcing a map of the universe « Breaking News
    2008 March 2008 February 2008 January 2008 November 2007 October 2007 April 2007 March 2007 February 2007 Blogroll Development Blog Documentation DreamHost Blog Plugins Suggest Ideas Support Forum Themes Most Read stories may be a matter of luck not quality as research discovers hits are almost random Home More Clay Shirky Is love stronger than profit Crowdsourcing a map of the universe By Bill on May 5th 2008 I ve been thinking and reading a lot about crowdsourcing lately partly because it s becoming increasingly obvious that online news sites need to figure out how to open themselves and the job of filtering information to their community but also because I m suddenly teaching WebU s crowdsourcing class The course was created by Peter Organisciak a Mac student and by now probably grad way to go Peter I hired to bring some needed technical expertise into our little faculty In Clay Shirkey s SuperNova 2007 talk he examined how the net s communication tools meant that now love could be as strong a motivator for work as money or profit partly because you could break down so many big giant tasks into smaller pieces that people could choose to tackle That s crowdsourcing in a nutshell alhtough the motivation can range from love for a person or passion for an idea or status think Slashdot or Fark or even profit Mechanical Turk Here s an interesting example of a neat crowdsourcing project at Oxford University Galaxy Zoo is the project of some Oxford astrophysicists trying to classify millions of never before seen by human eyes stellar objects that big computers have photographed It turns out that human beings are much better at doing these classifications than computers are It also turns out that people all over the world enjoy doing

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  • More Clay Shirky: Is love stronger than profit? « Breaking News
    2008 July 2008 June 2008 May 2008 April 2008 March 2008 February 2008 January 2008 November 2007 October 2007 April 2007 March 2007 February 2007 Blogroll Development Blog Documentation DreamHost Blog Plugins Suggest Ideas Support Forum Themes Crowdsourcing a map of the universe Home Gin Television and Social Surplus Clay Shirky calls us out of our stupor More Clay Shirky Is love stronger than profit By Bill on May 1st 2008 Another one of my favourite talks by noted Internet thinker and author Clay Shirky I told you about his recent Web 2 0 talk comparing television sitcoms to gin a stupifying social lubricant that s helped us deal with wrenching social changes Here s another one of his talks this one delivered as one of the opening keynotes at Supernova 2007 Using the repeated tearing down and rebuilding of a 1300 year old Japanese shrine as a metaphor Clay explained how the net s social nature changes the basic dynamics of business and collective creativity replacing the profit motive with something that looks a lot like love Up until recently the radius and half life of love has been quite limited With love alone you can get a birthday

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  • CurrentTV dropping the “TV” moving to a mixed social/edited news and comment aggregator « Breaking News
    Home New ways of selling ads stress the social side of the web CurrentTV dropping the TV moving to a mixed social edited news and comment aggregator By Bill on October 14th 2007 CurrentTV Al Gore mixed cable internet news network that relies on user generated content is relaunching Mashable com reports and moving their focus a bit away from video they re dropping the TV from their name and into ways to share news ideas videos and commentary So now all users are invited to submit stories links and videos This looks somewhat like a social bookmarking site and as users can vote on content it s a bit of a Digg approach as well The number of votes is not displayed however Just the percentage of votes that are moving the story up or down And with another feature we re beginning to see a lot of Current s editors are choosing the stories that are available on the home page for users to vote on and further discuss CurrentTV arose out of the ashes of Gore s failed US presidential race when he got together with businessman Joel Hyatt to create an alternative news source read liberal that targetted youth 18 34 Together they bought a small international cable TV network renamed it INDtv renamed it CurrentTV and launched it jointly via cable TV and the internet Their TV show which gathers material from web submissions as well as it s own content reaches about 30 million US homes via cable according to Wikipedia Their relaunch which apparently is in Beta meaning only beta testers currently access all of it s features reveals them grappling with some of the same basic issues we are all facing how do you directly involve your audience users in a conversation

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  • Social Web « Breaking News
    sites like Craigslist and Kijiji and even Facebook s Marketplace but the reality is that classified ads are such a clear winner in the race to monetize the web there I said it now I promise not to use the term for the rest of the year that many many people are trying to innovate in that space trying to come up with the next ebay or well Craigslist What many of these innovators have in common is their efforts to harness the power Continue reading New ways of selling ads stress the social side of the web October 11th 2007 Category Advertising Social Web Comments are closed What are YOU doing By Bill on April 2nd 2007 In case you wanted to know here s what the cool kids are up to on the net Twitter http twitter com A web site whose sole purpose seemingly is described this way A global community of friends and strangers answering one simple question What are you doing Your answer is limited to 142 characters You sign up to Twitter publicize your Twitter name and anyone can subscribe to your twitters you ongoing answers to the What are you doing question And of course you can sign up for the feed from other people s Twitters It s the latest little trick in the Look Continue reading What are YOU doing April 2nd 2007 Category Mashups Social Web Comments are closed Promiscuous bookmarking By Bill on February 7th 2007 One of the most popular web innovations of the past year has been Social bookmarking Imagine you could free your web bookmarks from your browser and store them out on the web so you could access them anytime anywhere from any web connected computer Lots of services sprang up a few years ago

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  • Beware of turtle-necked strangers bearing gifts, or: The iPad is a many-edged device « Breaking News
    in a locked down world an artificial universe and marketplace tightly controlled by Apple Everything and anything allowed on the device will sink or swim according to Steve s wishes That includes YOU and your content To get on the iPad and you will want to get on it you will have to cede control to Steve your price the form of your content perhaps even the content itself all will have to meet with Steve s approval Yet Yet it s a really cool device I ve carried an iPod Touch around every single day since shortly after they came out The interface is intuitive and a delight to use pinching and spreading my fingers to zoom out or in scrolling up and down with a simple finger flick swiping through image after image or screen after screen it all just works and works very very well The thought of a magazine sized version has me salivating Take a look at the two very different touch screen magazine prototypes linked to at the end of this column Sports Illustrated and a generic magazine prototype from a brilliant design firm and you too will be drooling But But most of the people who are talking about the iPad as the newspaper saviour are focusing on the built in subscription possibilities on how easy it will be to charge people subscription fees to get our newspaper on this marvellous device Most of that Technicolor TM dreaming imagines a touch based newspaper interface that allows you to browse a newspaper on the device just as if it were paper And that s where to badly mix my metaphors the swelling triumphant music is interrupted by the harsh screeching scratch of a phonograph needle being dragged off the record Why are we so anxious to duplicate the print experience digitally Why are we imagining that people will continue to want to pay for this tired old bindle staff bundle of ads and local and wire content that has been the newspaper s formula for over a century when the majority of that content is available for free elsewhere As is a whole universe of other free and engaging information Why do we imagine that the same readers who have deserted us in waves in tsunamis of fleeing readers will suddenly return because look It makes a paper crinkling sound when I turn the page They won t Our current loyal subscribers however will And our print circulation and advertising will decline accordingly It s the loyal newspaper lover who will swoon for the new interactive imitative digital tablet newspaper that relatively well to do swath of 50 year olds The same ones who are currently in the habit of paying us 20 30 40 each month to have us cut down trees pulp them print the news on their flattened remains fold it and truck it to their doorstep each morning They ll pay and pay happily for the cool new version they

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  • Apple mobile disruption « Breaking News
    2011 June 2011 March 2011 January 2011 August 2010 July 2010 June 2010 May 2010 April 2010 March 2010 January 2010 December 2009 October 2009 March 2009 December 2008 November 2008 October 2008 September 2008 August 2008 July 2008 June 2008 May 2008 April 2008 March 2008 February 2008 January 2008 November 2007 October 2007 April 2007 March 2007 February 2007 Blogroll Development Blog Documentation DreamHost Blog Plugins Suggest Ideas Support Forum Themes Beware of turtle necked strangers bearing gifts or The iPad is a many edged device By Bill on April 8th 2010 Rarely have I been so conflicted as while trying to evaluate Apple s much hyped iPad On the one hand I can see the real potential in an instant on beautifully engineered letter sized touch screen device that plays videos and music that replaces books magazines and newspapers and offers print publishers the same simple digital storefront that music and video folks have had for years with iTunes Simply put I want it On the other hand I look at Steve Jobs loose and lanky on that Moscone Centre stage smiling lightly and offering the world his latest shiny steel and plastic fetish Continue reading Beware

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  • Is Live TV Where You Should Be? « Breaking News
    webcast the capturing of the event and it s broadcast Let s look at the broadcast side first And remember this isn t about sports it s about any local event that people would want to watch The Friday Night Lights webcasts are an experiment by the Gannett chain and Mogulus com an innovative online video production and streaming service Gannett recently invested a reported 10 million in Mogulus but you can use it for free as hundreds of thousands of people and many newspapers are already doing Sign up for an account and create your own channel that allows you to webcast live streaming video and when you re not running live allows viewers access to your back catalogue of shows Mogulus offers users a virtual video production studio that if you want puts some very sophisticated television effects at your fingertips You can merge a studio and a remote live feed run picture in picture switch between feeds or cameras throw up graphics and lower thirds the banners at the bottom with text and information and much more Did I mention it was free Of course if you want to get serious about it and insert your own ads there s a Pro edition offering preferential access and features including a white label player without their branding or ads But you don t have to use Mogulus There are several other sites offering a variety of free or paid video streaming services Kyte com and Qik com to name two and of course a whole raft of free video sharing services YouTube Blip tv Vimeo etc if you want to edit your videos and then post them to be played on demand and you don t want the hassle or bandwidth costs of hosting them yourself That s the web side of things the broadcast side so what about the equipment staff and skills It s astoundingly simple and cheap Eighteen months ago my paper experimented with a live webcast as part of a March Break Mystery I d written We partnered with a local business that brought a mobile television studio in a truck on site plugged into our internet connections and produced our webcast for us it could accommodate a maximum of a few hundred viewers at a time The cost quoted for that service but waived for the experiment was 10 000 You can now produce a live webcast of a local event using nothing more complicated than a single staffer armed with a digital video camera and a laptop with an internet connection And some of the services are even simpler you can stream live video directly to the web and the world from a simple camera equipped cell phone Stop and think about that for a minute What used to take a 250 000 ENG truck and a three person TV crew carrying 30 000 worth of equipment can now be accomplished by a kid with a cell phone When it comes to

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  • Stephen King’s latest fiction released as a daily video series for cell phones « Breaking News
    as a daily video series for cell phones By Bill on August 3rd 2008 M aybe the march to mobile is finally picking up steam Last month saw the wildly successful Apple iPhone 3G launch 1 million sold in one weekend alhtough the activations were a technical nightmare and perhaps more significantly the opening of their Aps store an iTunes for mobile applications And now author Stephen King is releasing his latest bit of fiction via a 30 day series of short videos streamed to cell phones Drawn by award wining comic book artist Alex Maleev and colored by famed comic book colorist José Villarrubia the episodes were adapted by Marc Guggenheim co creator of the ABC TV series Eli Stone with creative oversight from Stephen King Nishero com Stephen King s N An original video series The series began back on July 28th and a new episode is released each weekday until August 29th Blocks of five episodes will be released on iTunes each Monday selling for 0 99 but you can get all the episodes for 3 99 There s a certain irony in this Stephen King s second last novel Cell was a post apocolyptic horror story that pitted zomibe like cell phone users against the few brave souls who d never signed up As always North America lags the rest of the wired world when it comes to mobile devices I m not sure if it s our often punative data rates our continued love affair with our POTS plain old telephone service i e landlines or what but most of the real innovation is happening elsewhere Take cell phone novels for instance When I first heard about these short usually romance novels composed and read on cellphones I thought they were an odd little niche

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