Some stuff I'm reading this week...
TinEye is an image search engine built by Idée currently in private beta. Give it an image and it will tell you where the image appears on the web.
When skydiving PR guy Peter Shankman started the "Help a Reporter" group on Facebook last November, he thought his project could connect a few reporters up with sources for their articles. He didn't expect his idea would garner clients like The New York Times, and challenge a long standing industry giant's spot on top.
ArtFlock.com is an online creative community where you can buy and sell original art and craft. It’s an ideal place to discover the latest artistic talent or to share your artwork with new audiences.
Web 2.0 visionaries Tara Hunt and Chris Messina blogged and twittered about their romance to all of geekdom as if it were one of their utopian open-source projects. Sharing their breakup has been a lot harder.
Funny cartoon demonstrating the fear of giving customers control.
Yes, we were open about our relationship to an extent that many people would probably prefer not to be; that was a choice we made, and that I think made sense at the time. I’m now in a new relationship, and a very different relationship, and I will treat it according to its own unique nature and internal logic. How “open” we will be, I can’t say.
Says Tara Hunt, an author, blogger, and social-media consultant: "On the surface, it feels like there is a disaster here because many of the companies that are focused on are run by men. But in actuality, if you dig around, you will find more startups than ever run by women."
This report outlines key findings from surveys that explored factors that drive online experience as expressed by the three different subject groups – nonprofit organizations and cities, web designers and firms, and the general public.
Walk Score helps people find walkable places to live. Walk Score calculates the walkability of any address.
Social Media: The Marketing Summit will bring the exciting new world of social media into focus for marketing professionals. Brand managers, merchants and their interactive agencies are in turns amazed, exhilarated and worried by the rise of social media.
When I asked Jane what she does to feel creative when she is alone, she showed me this. So brilliant.
I think the main problem for Wikipedia isn’t just scaling. It’s that Wikipedia is worst at something it is also best at: dealing with living subjects. On the one hand I’m astonished at how well Wikipedia stays on top of changing topics such as the world’s tallest structures. (Here’s a second entry, and a third.) On the other I’ve often winced at how lousy Wikipedia can be at presenting accurate biographical information about living people (Dave Winer comes to mind), and at maintaining both accuracy and neutrality on topics such as, well, neutrality. Too much of what gets written are iterative errors and approximations by partisans.
So, sports fans, what do you think is the heart of the problem?Is it that having a freer environment around work identities will force women to try to look “hot” to be more valued
Or that women who aspire to leadership roles should keep their sexuality under wraps and private?
Is it that post-‘70s feminists just don’t get it and aren’t listening?
Or that third-wave young women are letting their credibility commit suicide when they call themselves ‘girls’?
Bingo! Major disconnect.
Spacekarma is a space-sharing community. We simply connect those who have extra space with those who need it. It is as easy as booking a hotel room
Shipping containers piled high in the ports is a common sight across the Lowcountry. Now one local businessman is hoping to take this common sight from the shipyards to backyards.
"We design and develop housing utilizing used shipping containers," said Bruce Cohen, president of Associated Containers Sales & Fabrication.
Gender differences were found in some aspects of social capital. Stronger effects of social trust on smoking were found for women than for men, whereas stronger effects of neighborhood closeness on drinking were found for women than for men. Social participation was positively associated with drinking in both genders
86.9% of respondents said they would trust a friend’s recommendation over a review by a critic, while 83.8% said they would trust user reviews over a critic. (Marketing Sherpa, July 2007)
I don’t tend to pay the most attention to lists and rankings. There’s always deserving people that don’t get included and the general nature of lists is subjective. That said, I appreciate the recognition, the time it took to put together these lists, and I’m honored to be included among many of my own favorite female bloggers. It’s a good reminder of what blogging is all about - sharing your own voice and ideas, whether it’s to an audience of ten or ten million.
The greatest value of online communities is increasing word of mouth (35%), increasing brand awareness (28%), bringing new ideas into the organization faster (24%) and increasing customer loyalty (24%), according to a survey of organizations using online communities conducted by Beeline Labs, Deloitte, and the Society for New Communications Research.
OpenID offers, at best, a little convenience, and ignores the security vulnerability inherent in the process of typing a password into someone else’s Web site. Nevertheless, every few months another brand-name company announces that it has become the newest OpenID signatory. Representatives of Google, I.B.M., Microsoft and Yahoo are on
OpenID’s guiding board of corporations. Last month, when MySpace announced that it would support the standard, the nonprofit foundation
OpenID.net boasted that the number of “OpenID enabled users” had passed 500 million and that “it’s clear the momentum is only just starting to pick up.”
Support for OpenID is conspicuously limited, however. Each of the big powers supposedly backing OpenID is glad to create an OpenID identity for visitors, which can be used at its site, but it isn’t willing to rely upon the OpenID credentials issued by others. You can’t use Microsoft-issued OpenID at Yahoo, nor Yahoo’s at Microsoft.
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