Archive for April, 2005


Wednesday, April 27th, 2005



Community-Building on the Web

Monday, April 25th, 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.


Social Bookmarking Tools

Monday, April 25th, 2005

“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.


O’Reilly Radar

Thursday, April 21st, 2005

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?

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Wednesday, April 20th, 2005

Txtmob Web From MIT Media Lab, (Thanks, Howard!):

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.


Self-construction of Meaning

Monday, April 18th, 2005

MC wrote:

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.



Thursday, April 14th, 2005




Point Reyes

Sunday, April 10th, 2005




Beijing, Taipei and Chicago

Friday, April 8th, 2005



Introduction to Collective Action

Thursday, April 7th, 2005

Howard pointed to this page:

The economic theory of collective action is concerned with the provision of public goods (and other collective consumption) through the collaboration of two or more individuals, and the impact of externalities on group behavior.