Tag Archive for 'Social Software'

Pics on spots

Tupalo, my favorite socialyellowpagesthing, recently added Flickr integration. Just like as known from Upcoming or a couple of other sites, you can now use Flickr-tags to assign your photos to a particular spot on Tupalo.

Inoperable

It’s pretty simple: copy and paste the tag provided on every Tupalo spot-page to your Flickr photo tags. I guess Tupalo will crawl Flickr in given intervals to find newly-tagged images. Mine were found and showed up on Tupalo within a few minutes.

Tupalo tags follow the de-facto machine tag standard on Flickr and look like tupalo:spot=316, whereas 316 is the spot id in that case.

I’m a person who loves photos, but generally speaking, I think it’s is a great addition to Tupalo. What’s better than visual impressions of a spot you’re reading reviews about?

Even though there are now more images on the site, the new feature doesn’t interfere with the clean – white space forever! – user interface at all. In fact, Tupalo is one of the few sites my boss could immediately deal with, and this means something like olympic gold for usability. It seems like every button, link or information is where it should be on this site.

Great work guys!

Lessons learned today

  1. Google killed the hyperlink by introducing PageRank. The idea behind PageRank (the more links point to a site, the higher the site’s relevance) makes some of us be suspicious before clicking a link. Why is this link there? Does it provide further information for me or is it just a backlink to increase the target site’s PageRank? Am I’m going to be cheated? Before Google came, hyperlinks provided information and content, not backlinks. Yes, once upon a time, content was the scale for relevance.
  2. Internet is fun. Social software is even more fun and questioning male ranking concepts is allowed. People, don’t take it too serious!
  3. The last word on blog-usability isn’t spoken yet. The constantly changing chronological site structure is irritating. And that’s only the beginning.
  4. In Austrian rural areas you can do solid business while enjoying a relaxing life.
  5. None of the BarCamp alpha geeks today had an iPhone. The iPhone is an illusion.
  6. Currently there is no way to make easy money with blogs.
  7. I support the Free Burma Action because I felt the need to do something. I’m a lucky person, I was born into a world where previous generations already had fought for my rights. I’m deeply impressed by the people in Burma, who stand peacefully up in front of armed soldiers, demanding nothing more than democracy. Something I experienced my entire life as given. Nobody can tell if this action will help, but it’s still better than do nothing and wait what happens next. Thanks to all the valuable input at the Free Burma Session!
  8. Who’s a blogger, who’s not. Or, does anybody really care about that term?
  9. Metablogs are out, real life stories are in. Even in the german speaking blogoshpere.
  10. Note to myself: adjust Facebook application’s privacy settings immediately and change email address annually!

Upcoming updated

Upcoming got an overhaul and moved closer to Yahoo!: sign-in switched to Yahoo!-ID (del.icio.us next?), renamed from Upcoming.org to simply Upcoming and changed the address to upcoming.yahoo.com (saving another $8 for a .org TLD).

However, I still wish Upcoming would be more accepted in my region, because I consider it a great way to discover new and interesting events. A comprehensive event calendar is published weekly by local magazines, so, no problem checking on everything what’s going on in the city.

What makes Upcoming interesting is of course the part where the social software comes in: users see a filtered event list where similar minded people are attending or what events are being watched by their contacts.

Music events are in the meantime well covered by Last.fm events, based on Last.fm’s recommendation method. For small “alternative” events, like exhibitions, round tables, ad-hoc gatherings etc., word-of-mouth is still the best information source here.

My friend, the door

MetalabWho says social networks are limited to human beings only?

Thanks to some ingenious Metalab members it’s now possible to add the Metalab door to your friends on twitter and follow its exciting messages. Possibly the first serious twitter application out there.

Flickr meet up

A small Flickr user meet up is announced for tomorrow afternoon. Everybody who wants to join is of course very welcome! Here is the full thread about the “organization”.

When: Sat 24th Feb, 2.30pm
Where: Südbahnhof, Markus-Löwe (in the hall)

Indie film sharing

I never really got too much into YouTube, though it’s fun sometimes, you find all sorts of video clips and I often used it as resource to watch movie trailers, but never spent too much time on the site.

Liberarted films is somehow similar: film makers can publish and promote their work there, mostly shorts and indie features, while other registered users comment, tag and rate the films. As far as I understood each film is reviewed before it’s going to be published on the site. Sounds more sophisticated than YouTube. So you won’t find any Mentos-Coke light experiment, but therefore, as far as I’ve seen by now, a manageable selection of some good short films.

Last.fm update

The music sharing site Last.fm got a few new features today: a Flash player, an event system and a so called taste-o-meter which gives you quick feedback on whether you like the music taste of the user profile you are viewing or not. It’s kind of scary when machines start matching people based on whatsoever profiling information.

However, well worth mentioning is the new event section. I guess this means some heavy competition for event sites like Upcoming.org. It’s quite clever to integrate music events in a music recommendation service like Last.fm. Needless to say that users can add event descriptions, pictures, videos and tell if they are attending.

Last.fm offers a great service, if you love music you’ll love Last.fm.

Not only a teenie thing

Surprise, Surprise!

People in my neighborhood start registering at myspace.com. Weird. I thought there are only teenagers, putting every sounding and moving thing they can find on their myspace site. And collecting thousands of friends of course. Say hi to the social networking hype.

I remember somebody saying about another person that this looser has only 400 friends at myspace.

Heck, 400, you could almost fill a ballroom with 400 people. Billionaires have probably 400 friends, constantly increasing and direct proportional to the number on their bank account I guess.

My myspace picture has definitely changed. The few myspace users I know are 30+, academic, interested in arts and on myspace for fun and partly for marketing reasons.

Maybe I should’ve a closer look at myspace too. Maybe it’s really fun.

But I’m afraid I don’t have so much blinking stuff to offer and qualify as true myspace site. Sadly.

Scrobbling again

Last.fm only makes sense if it knows what music you’re listening too. Without that it’s totally useless.

It’s the basis for last.fm’s user specific music recommendations and social networking features like music neighbours.

Assumed that the system is working and knows your taste of music, last.fm is an excellent way to discover new music.

iTunes 7 stopped the fun:

Thank Apple for silently changing the iTunes AppleScript dictionary definition and breaking it in the first place!

After the update I wasn’t any longer able to sync my iPod playlist with last.fm. Most of the time I listen to music on the iPod, so I heavily rely on that feature.

Finally I found the right group and thread today that solve all “Track is too short to be submitted” problems. It’s easy, just get the iScrobbler 1.2.1 test 2 version. Last.fm should address this issue somewhere in the official download section.

Btw, who invented the word scrobbling?

Platial Geo-Photo-Scavenger Hunt

To make this hunt a bit more sportier and outdoor compatible, I’ve reformated the exhaustive list of items in order to fit in my Moleskine. If you participate and call a Moleskine your own, download it here.