links for 2010-09-17

  • A new Ushahidi spinoff tool for verification of crowdsourced geotagged structered info.
  • "Patch has a policy that it the local editor’s responsibility to find our nights/weekend/vacation replacements. And we must pay that person out of our freelance budgets. I’m just three months into this job, and I’ve heard from LEs around the country that this task of finding your replacement can be daunting, because it is hard to find qualified journalists who have that sort of time to do a vacation fill-in — who who will do it for what Patch pays its freelancers. I’ve been hearing that LEs who have been around longer, up to a year, are starting to question whether the job is worth it."
  • " Places is different from the current location-based social services, like Foursquare and Gowalla, in that it's not about creating a "game" around locations or "rewarding" users for checking-in. These types of services reward users with discounts, freebies and symbolic badges for frequenting locations. Places is simply about sharing location-based experiences within the Facebook network.

    "So why is the Facebook Places announcement such a big deal, especially with other products like Foursquare offering loyalty incentives and even discounts for users? Simple: Facebook's sheer size and influence. With Facebook joining the location-based game, you'll see a much more rapid adoption of location services among social users, which will benefit both the users and the businesses participating. Facebook can truly take location mainstream."

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links for 2010-09-12

  • One class? Hell, I want a Master's!!!!

    "Course No. CMAT 333 is simply called "Media Genres." It isn't until you look at the topics part of the schedule that it identifies the media genre to be studied. It's summed up in one word: "zombies."

    "The class is dedicated to the study of zombies in popular culture. Coursework consists of watching 16 classic zombie films over the course of the semester, supplemented by reading. The course culminates in a final analysis research paper, although storyboarding a zombie story or writing a zombie script are viable alternatives."

links for 2010-09-11

  • Apple says: "Apps that include the ability to make donations to recognized charitable organizations must be free. The collection of donations must be done via a web site in Safari or an SMS."

    Nieman notes: "The first element could impact apps like This American Life’s, which costs $2.99 — although it has asked for donations via push notifications, which may not fall under “the ability to make donations.” But it’s the second line that’s the complaint for nonprofits. Rather than kick a potential donor into a web browser, they’d like to be able to accept a gift directly within the app, using Apple’s one-click payment system. That’s the way in-app purchases (like buying extra features in an app or levels in a game) happens. Apple’s new rules don’t change anything about that policy."

  • Great explanation of a Hashtag:

    "For those of you who aren’t familiar with the world of Twitter yet, using a hashtag (#) before a word is a way of creating a topic in Twitter. By putting a topic like #boulderfire into a tweet, you are actively joining the conversation. Twitter users can filter on that word and see every tweet about that topic."

links for 2010-09-09

links for 2010-09-08

  • "we built everything on echoecho to optimise speed, elegance and utility to the USER – but never at the expense of the user’s privacy. The trouble is that many other social networks are optimised to give maximum value to the NETWORK (or in the case of Foursquare and Facebook Places to a venue/brand/advertiser). That’s a hell of a way to design a user experience – which is supposed to be about maximising value for the user."
  • "The latest traffic memo arrives from Gawker Media honcho Nick Denton: in it, Comscore shows that his network of sites is bigger than any newspaper online but the New York Times. That being said? "The newspapers are now the least of our competition. The inflated expectations of investors and executives may one day explode the Huffington Post. And Yahoo and AOL are in long-term decline. But they are all increasingly in our business."
  • "this month’s Tech Salon (on Thursday Sept. 23rd) is themed “Mobiles for Women & Women in Mobile” – calling attention to the growing role of mobile technology in development, and particularly the role and needs of women in this field.

    Through a mix of short presentations on projects & research, we will take a closer look at:

    How do we respond to the societal needs of women, help improve women's livelihoods, and reduce barriers to mobile phone access?
    What can we learn from the latest research and projects focused on providing services to women over mobile?
    How are gender issues represented in policymaking and design of programs in the ICT and international devlopment community?"

  • " the purpose of our contests weren’t to generate apps, but to build community. It’s to create a sustainable community of support and connection for the people who are eager to help out. The contests were an incentive model to build a long-term community of developers.

    Fortunately for government, there obviously are already communities of developers starting to form around this data. The Sunlight Labs community, for instance is ripe and open for government participation. But in my days at Sunlight Labs, there was only one .gov address subscribed to the Sunlight Labs google group (though admittedly this could be because of agency policy, and more than one agency has participated in list discussions). There will be more. But just like there is no “The Government”, there won’t be a monolithic community of developers either."

  • "Earlier this year, at TEDxSeattle, Sapna Cheryan gave a great talk about some of the stereotypes about computer science and computer scientists that may dissuade women and girls from pursuing academic and career work in the field. (You can view her talk here.) Cheryan speaks of “ambient belonging,” the idea that you can walk into an environment, look at the objects and the setting, and get a sense of whether you will fit in with the environment and with the people you imagine frequent there, of whether the environment is one in which you think you can succeed.

    Sometimes the things that tell you “you don’t belong” and “you won’t succeed” can be very subtle. Sometimes, as the comments aimed at Michelle Greer in Arrington’s article demonstrated, they are overt — and overtly hostile, at that."