Web Trend Map [data vis]

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Web trends‘ put out by Information Architects (.jp) is always a treat. Their map of the movers and shakers of the web are laid out like the Tokyo subway with a surprising amount of dimension: rank, reliability, site type, and key figures…. The layout is currently in final beta stage, so head on over there to yell at them about placing Yahoo as a subsidiary of Google, and to kindly inform them that is IMDb not IMDB… Here’s some enlargements from the above graphic because not everyone has a 80inch monitor. (that’s not to say I do) Continue reading “Web Trend Map [data vis]”

Symptoms of the techno blind

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Music by genre, not artist,
Tweet, then archive those in case.
Beta invite code! Missed call from mum,
After the status update from that friend who
Just got RSS working.

Tap keys and
Brush off the dust—
Reminds you of outside.

This poem is not hosted on S3.
But it’s probably redundant.
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Infantilizing the mid-21st century mind

Via this article:

“Social network sites risk infantilising the mid-21st century mind, leaving it characterised by short attention spans, sensationalism, inability to empathise and a shaky sense of identity”

and

“real conversation in real time may eventually give way to these sanitised and easier screen dialogues, in much the same way as killing, skinning and butchering an animal to eat has been replaced by the convenience of packages of meat on the supermarket shelf. Perhaps future generations will recoil with similar horror at the messiness, unpredictability and immediate personal involvement of a three-dimensional, real-time interaction.”

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Related: The End of Solitude

Facebook ‘harms children’s brains’ (guardian.co.uk)

omg I gotta go people are posting things on twitter goo goo gah gah


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PROMOTION of something (skype)

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Skype. It’s new, and it’s hot. It lets you make free calls to anyone who has the Skype software. Your eery voice travels across the interweb, and freaks the hell out of anyone who works for a telecommunications company.
Freaking the hell outta the telecommunications industry is not what I’m about. I’m about free calls. That’s good stuff.
Here’s what the chairman of the Federal Communications Commision had to say about the whole mess:
‚ÄúI knew it was over when I downloaded Skype…when the inventors of KaZaA are distributing for free a little program that you can use to talk to anybody else, and the quality is fantastic, and it‚Äôs free ‚Äì it‚Äôs over. The world will change now inevitably.‚Äù
Fortune Magazine, February 16, 2004

Here’s a great article for more information on Skype, and explanation of the technology that allows voice over the internet.

And when you’re all dressed to go, get Skype.