Archive for April, 2005
This book is about building online communities:
How is a Web community different than one in the real world? In terms of their social dynamics, physical and virtual communities are much the same. Both involve developing a web of relationships among people who have something meaningful in common, such as a beloved hobby, a life-altering illness, a political cause, a religious conviction, a professional relationship, or even simply a neighborhood or town. So in one sense, a Web community is simply a community that happens to exist online, rather than in the physical world.
“the Web is old, the Web is new, the Web is all, the Web is you”
With the introduction of new social software applications such as blogs, wikis, newsfeeds, social networks, and bookmarking tools (the subject of this paper), “This is the user’s web now, which means it’s my web and I can make the rules.”
Reinvention is revolution – it brings us always back to beginnings.
Futurcasting, how does O’Reilly do it:
Our methodology is simple: we draw from the wisdom of the alpha geeks in our midst, paying attention to what’s interesting to them, amplifying these weak signals, and seeing where they fit into the innovation ecology. Add to that the original research conducted by the O’Reilly Research group, and you start to get a good picture of what the technology world is thinking about. What books are people just now starting to buy, and which are falling off in interest? Which tech-related Google AdWords are rising or falling in price? What can we learn from predictive markets tracking tech trends? Which open source contributors look to be on the track of an interesting project — or set of projects?
TXTmob is a free service that lets you quickly and easily broadcast txt messages to friends, comrades, and total strangers. The format is similar to an email b-board system. You can sign up to send and receive up-to-the-minute messages from groups of people organized around a range of different topics. TXTmob was first used by activists protesting the 2004 Democratic and Republican National Conventions. It was also deployed during the Ukranian Orange Revolution and by demonstrators at the 2005 inaugration of George W. Bush.
How is common meaning, and therefore society, reconstituted under the conditions of a distributed, personalized hypertext? The most obvious process is through shared experience. Our minds are not single, isolated worlds; they are wired in their social environment, so we process signals, and we look for meaning, according to what we perceive through the experience of everyday life.