Archive for the 'New media' Category

Teaching the Machine

This amazing video is a powerful visualisation of how the web democratises information. Watch this.

Found at Native Edge.

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What Twitter is

I’ve been doing some blogging/new media seminars with work recently, and I’ve been mentioning Twitter a lot.

It seems to me that there is a ton of potential in micro-blogging formats like Twitter but it’s too early to tell exactly what function/business use they will have.

What I’ve been doing at the seminars is just pointing out the fact that it exists and that it’s up to organisations to figure out how best to incorporate it into their daily practices, if they even want to in the first place.

But I just found this post, where David Armano recounts how he used Twitter to report on an act of heroism he witnessed.

Maybe ‘field journalism’, to use his term, will be Twitter’s greatest beneficiary.

Also, it’s interesting to note that the BBC are now using Twitter. Their bloggers Ben Dirs and Tom Fordyce, currently driving round France reporting on the Rugby World Cup, have set up Twitter streams. And they’re using Flickr too.

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The next book I will be reading…

The Starfish and the Spider.

This is possibly my shortest ever post. That is because my head is pounding and my bed is beckoning.

Blog geeks attack!

One of the attendees of mine and Spoiled Milk’s recent blogging seminar has blogged about the event.

Read Andreas Zecher’s post, and see awesome pics of uber blog geeks in action, here!

NO friends

Here’s something interesting… especially if like me you’re spending less and less time actually talking with real people.

According to their site, ‘NOSO is a real-world platform for temporary disengagement from social networking environments. The NOSO experience offers a unique opportunity to create NO Connections by scheduling NO Events with other NO Friends.

These “NO” events, called NOSOs, take place in designated cafés, parks, libraries, bookstores, and other public spaces. Participants – whose identities remain unknown to one another – agree to arrive at an assigned time and remain alone, quiet and un-connected, while at the same time knowing that another “Friend” is present in the space.

NOSOs are scheduled by users through the NOSO website. They last for a duration of 1 – 30 minutes, after which participants disperse and return to their regular activities.’

I quite like the idea of organising one in Bang and Jensen, everyone turning up at the allotted hour and staring shiftily at one another before leaving en masse.

I wonder if people ever talk to one another at the events? Or maybe there’s a Fight Club-style rule which forbids actual interaction on pain of death.

I think i’d find it too tempting NOT to talk someone. Though knowing my luck the chances are that person wouldn’t be there for the NOSO and would look at me like I was some kind of madman for asking if ‘they were there for the silent meet-up thing that i’d organised on the internet’.

I’ve written to them to ask if I could set one up so I’ll keep you informed.

NOSO

Why you should be blogging

A few months ago I drunkenly accepted an offer from my buddies at Spoiled Milk to come and speak at a seminar they were arranging – Why companies should be blogging.

Well, the seminar takes place tomorrow morning and I am shitting bricks. It’s not that I mind public speaking particularly, but the idea of presenting myself as an authority on the subject is pretty daunting.

The seminar was organised jointly with my company, Eye for Image, and between us we have managed to attract some real big hitters from the marketing departments of some of Denmark’s biggest companies.

Wish me luck!

Make your own cartoon

Fuzzwich is a nifty little site that lets you make short animated sequences like this one.

In their own words, ‘Mini-Vids are built to be used conversationally as video messages and have zero barrier to entry’.

In normal speak that means they’re easy to make and you can send them to mates and show them how cool you are. Or not.