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Ms.Wonderland 5:41 am on May 9, 2010 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment
Tags: apple ( 15 ), Social Networking
thedarkcleft 4:24 am on February 10, 2010 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment
Tags: buzz, google ( 30 ), Social Networking
“Google Buzz is easily the company’s boldest attempt yet to build a social network. Imagine taking elements of Twitter, Yammer, Foursquare, Yelp, and other social services, and shoving them together into one package. Now imagine covering that package in a layer that looks a lot like FriendFeed. Now imagine shoving that package inside of Gmail. That’s Buzz. If Google Wave is the future, Google Buzz is the present.”
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perpetuallyphil 8:04 am on August 17, 2009 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment
Tags: community ( 10 ), Consciousness ( 25 ), facebook ( 4 ), google ( 30 ), internet ( 31 ), Social Networking, web 2.0 ( 10 )
who are you? who are we? how do we interact? why are we networking?
“Facebook just bought the rights to nearly everything you do online. And it cost them only $47.5 million.
Facebook’s purchase of FriendFeed, an obscure social-media platform, is potentially momentous. To understand why, we must understand FriendFeed, a start-up that is ubiquitous among techies and unknown to everybody else. It’s a sleek application that acts as a clearinghouse for all of your social-media activities. Post something to Flickr? That will show up on your FriendFeed page. Digg something? FriendFeed will know. Post to Twitter from your phone? FriendFeed will syndicate your tweets. Once you initially tell it where to look, it will collect everything and tell it to the world…..
……….If this happens, Facebook will be the one portal to rule them all. Other than Google, that is. Google long ago took over much of our Internet usage: Gmail, Google Docs, Google search, etc. Facebook and Twitter, for now, are the two holdouts, bastions of independence in an increasingly consolidated Internet. (To be more precise: the user-generated Internet.) And Twitter may already be too integrated to count because of the way Facebook pipes it in.
That leaves two mega-conglomerates that will compete to be the portal of everything we do on the Internet. Google has long tried to get into the social game, and Facebook surely wouldn’t mind expanding into some of Google’s territory. (Real-time search is the likely entry point.) It’s as classic an American struggle as Pepsi vs. Coke. Two companies, one market. Regardless of which side you choose, I’m sure Facebook will be happy to air your thoughts on the matter. Even if you write them on Blogspot, Google’s blogging network. After all, that’s why Facebook bought FriendFeed. So it could own you.”
full article via washington post
my questions are these:
are we co-evolving with this technology that is therefore benefiting both the consumer and the producer positively, or are they increasingly convincing us that this is important and real? are these online relationships healthy? what comes next?
tallbridge 7:44 am on August 10, 2009 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment
Tags: boulder ( 4 ), colorado ( 13 ), dank ( 2 ), denver ( 5 ), ecology ( 2 ), ning ( 2 ), Social Networking, sustainability ( 24 ), web 2.0 ( 10 )
Transition Colorado @ Ning
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oneshowatatime 4:32 pm on June 17, 2009 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment
Tags: election ( 4 ), iran ( 4 ), Politics ( 33 ), protest ( 4 ), Social Networking, twitter ( 3 )
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untamedyawp 4:49 pm on April 13, 2009 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment
Tags: 2012 ( 16 ), Consciousness ( 25 ), daniel pinchbeck ( 2 ), evolver.net ( 2 ), Social Networking
Years in the making, Daniel Pinchbeck and the esteemed Reality Sandwich crew have just launched the beta of evolver.net. The social networking site of the next age is poised to catalyze local action and gloabal transformation through facilitating connectivity within communities and developing tangible rubrics of social change. News, events, projects, blogs, groups………let’s evolve! Check it out.
For the most part, the mainstream media and federal government still treat the economic collapse as something that can be fixed, so that economic growth can resume in a few years. But some commentators are beginning to realize that our meltdown represents a deeper and more permanent paradigm shift. The physical environment can no longer withstand the assaults of our industrial culture. We are experiencing a termination of capitalism as we have known it, a shutdown recently dubbed “The Great Disruption” by Thomas Friedman, in The New York Times. Until recently a leading cheerleader for Neoliberal globalization, Friedman has come to the late realization “that the whole growth model we created over the last 50 years is simply unsustainable economically and ecologically and that 2008 was when we hit the wall.” The longer the general population is allowed to remain in denial about what is happening, the more dire the probable consequences, such as widespread famine, civil unrest and a disintegration of basic services.
The truth is that we need to make a deep and rapid change in our current social systems and in the underlying models and ideals of our society. It is highly unlikely that those who have been part of the power structure, whether within government or the mainstream media, possess the necessary will, vision or inspiration to make this happen. Also, when we consider their self-serving support for a delusional model of infinite growth on a finite planet, ignoring all evidence to the contrary, our mainstream pundits and politicos have clearly forfeited any claim to authority, and should never be trusted again.
Many elements of an alternative paradigm, a participatory model in which power is restored to local communities, have been developed over the last decades. In previous columns, I have discussed the “Transition Town” model from the UK as a foundation to help communities move toward resilience and self-reliance. Extraordinary initiatives are presented annually at the Bioneers Conference, and their website maintains an archive of these projects, from bioremediation to complementary currencies, that could be rapidly scaled up if the collective will is mobilized. The nonprofit organization Pro Natura has developed an alfalfa leaf extract that can fulfill a person’s annual nutritive needs for a negligible sum – and many other innovators and activists are holding crucial pieces of the new puzzle we need to assemble quickly.
What blocks real efforts at social transformation is the current level of human consciousness. The Italian political philosopher Antonio Negri has noted that the most important form of production in our post-industrial culture is the “production of subjectivity” — our media and education systems have mechanically imprinted a certain level of awareness onto the masses, a passive, consumer consciousness. People have not been encouraged to think or to act for themselves. Now, their very survival may depend upon learning these unfamiliar skills.
Since I comprehended the full depth of the crisis heading our way, I have been working with friends and collaborators to envision and enact solutions. We saw the need for an alternative social network and media that could integrate many aspects of the new paradigm while providing a scaffold for a large-scale process of social transformation. Facebook and MySpace have shown the extraordinary power of social networks to reach an enormous audience, but they have mainly provided a place for people to display and distract themselves in new ways. Most popular social networks are designed to support what media critic Thomas de Zengotita has called the “flattered self,” constantly craving attention. The main purpose of these networks is to make a profit for large corporations.
We have just launched Evolver.net, an independent social network, built on open-source software that is designed to support collaboration between individuals and groups and to engage people in the process of transforming their own consciousness and their local communities. While we still use many of the standard social networking tools, we have shifted the focus to members’ mission and projects. We have also created an internal rating system for members to vote on the initiatives presented by other members, so that the best ideas in every area will rise to the top and gain more attention. Our plan is to facilitate a network of local groups, across the U.S. and eventually globally, that meet in person and engage in immediate actions to change their world.
Years ago, Barbara Marx Hubbard wrote, “If the positive innovations connect exponentially before the massive breakdowns reinforce one another, the system can repattern itself to a higher order of consciousness and freedom without the predicted economic, environmental, or social collapse.” We are quickly approaching the critical threshold where breakdown or breakthrough becomes inevitable. I don’t know if Evolver will reach mass popularity as a tool to bring about this repatterning. Of course, I hope this is the case. In the guise of a for-profit company, we have sought to create something akin to a social utility. At a turbulent time when nobody knows what is going to happen next, it feels good, at least, to have launched something into the world that can help the process of transformation.
tallbridge 7:02 pm on October 20, 2008 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment
Tags: berkman center, google reader, internet ( 31 ), lokman tsui, MIT, open course ware ( 2 ), paul stamets ( 4 ), sharethis, Social Networking, web 2.0 ( 10 ), wikinomics
“The ability to pool the knowledge of millions (if not billions) of users in a self-organizing fashion demonstrates how mass collaboration is turning the new Web into something not completely unlike a global brain…Del.icio.us is a social bookmarking service where the simple activity of tagging and storing web links becomes the basis for learning new things and making connections to new people. “The actual database”, he says, “represents crystallized attention – what people are looking at, and what they’re trying to remember”
“There was a period of time where cinema was a very technical art. You practically had to be an engineer just to run a camera.” As the art form evolved, directors stepped up to become story tellers who were less and less preoccupied with cinematic engineering and more concerned with crafting rich and engaging experiences. “I think something like that is happening on the web today…”
“The Internet is becoming a giant computer that everyone can program, providing a global infrastructure for creativity, participation, sharing, and self-organization.” -Wikinomics
I highly recommend – if you’re becoming bogged down with research or things like that and having a hard time keeping track of it, getting equipped with Google Reader or ShareThis. Sharethis is particularly dope cause you can just embedd it into Firefox.
This is important too – however. This woman at Northwestern University is doing research on “link-literacy”.
Scholar Lokman Tsui comments on it as well here:
A lot of people just cannot seem to distinguish bad from good links – there is a gap in ‘link literacy’. Now if some people already have trouble using links, can you imagine them using social tagging or other more sophisticated tools? Tools by themselves are not enough to empower people. Left without education, literacy and expertise, the rich will only get richer and the poor only .. poorer.
On a different note.
tallbridge 2:47 am on October 7, 2008 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment
Tags: gaia online, second life ( 2 ), Social Networking, web 2.0 ( 10 )