Archive for December, 2004


Tuesday, December 14th, 2004


You Don’t Know Me, but… Social Capital & Social Software

Monday, December 13th, 2004

This is a report written by William Davies who works on the iSociety programme at The Work Foundation. Thank to Liz for the link.

Social capital analysts have debated the implications of the Internet for some years now. But this debate has recently been joined from the opposite side, as software experts and developers are showing an increased desire to understand and improve social networks, both offline and online.This report introduces some of the core ideas of this new unified debate, and outlines possible directions for the future.

Wikipedia Again

Saturday, December 11th, 2004

This article is from ongoing blog.

“The Wikipedia’s process is profoundly different in that it has no end. Once you get past that, it has strong points of similarity with conventional reference publishing; the articles are written by external contributors, then they are reviewed by one or more of the contingent of people who make it their business to do this, checking for style, basic adherence to facts, and so on. This is process is repeated—not with 100% reliability—every time an entry is updated. Put another way, entries are cooked, but neither killed nor frozen.

One really interesting part of the Wikipedia process is the person/place/thing naming issue. It’s handled cheaply and reliably by means of hyperlinks. No matter how many spellings there are for Mr. Qadhaffi’s name, there’s only one entry for the man himself, and an excellent level of consistency is achieved simply by getting the pointers right.”

The Business Of Blogging

Thursday, December 9th, 2004

“Explosive growth means Web logs are suddenly in Madison Avenue’s sights.”

As the author said, the business of blogs is in its infancy. But it is rising rapidly.

Weblogs and the Public Sphere

Wednesday, December 8th, 2004

This essay is a good introduction to such topic.

Coming conference: Webcredibility

Tuesday, December 7th, 2004

“the world of journalism is being transformed by blogging, and that – similarly – the blogosphere is evolving and being transformed in the process. There can be no question that the phenomenon of blogging, especially blogs focused on politics and public affairs, has changed the way information becomes front page news. ”

Here is the conference blog.

Listening to Emerson

Monday, December 6th, 2004

Ralph Waldo Emerson once said: “Every burned book enlightens the world.”


The Cooperation’ blog is up

Sunday, December 5th, 2004

Here is Howard’s new course.

Interview with Caterina Fake from Flickr

Sunday, December 5th, 2004

From the egadget: “Flickr is quickly becoming one of the most popular “moblog” and photo sharing site, is it the interface? The APIs? Caterina talks about this and more! ”


Word ‘bursts’ may reveal online trends

Saturday, December 4th, 2004