Blog posts tagged "hampshire" Actually Getting Social

October 26th, 2005

It is interesting to sit on a blog post for 3 weeks, and see how well they age. Most age very badly, but some age badly for excellent reasons, i.e. the world changes. (politics are a great example of this right now, but that isn’t what I’ll be talking about)

Digital Lifestyle Aggregation: Using My Friends

I’ve had this persistent idea, nagging me, that somehow I should be able to use my Flickr contacts to filter the overwhelming amount of data that gets pushed at me, with the small idea being if I had a way to capture the accounts of all my various contacts, then I could at least build a smarter del inbox. I had started to sketch out a tool (I was thinking ning) called “theyisthey” to keep track of relationships I know between people’s various identities. (43people subscriptions are one step in this direction, and certainly an indication of how social software can be used for purposes more interesting them high score lists.)

Hear the Good News

Well we showed up en masse (Brian, Ben, Eric Hopp, Jared, Mako, Seth and I) to the Joshua’s Berkman lunch yesterday, and the most explosively interesting thing I thought he said (beyond some numbers which Brian wrote down) was that “networks” are in the works. A replacement for del’s broken inbox metaphor, networks are 1-way, opaque social networks that you can build to not only filter content, but also enhance it. (e.g. when tagging a link, see the tags and notes from everyone in your network who has also tagged this link, or install the Firefox plugin to see your networks notes on webpages in the wild)

Very cool.

(also count it, 5 Hampshire alumns in the house, we offered to make Seth an honoray Hampshire alumn, but he turned us down)

Today is the 10th anniversary of my first homepage.

September 13th, 2005

Turned in as an assignment for Rich Muller’s “Networks, Computers, and Stories”. The class was supposed to be on hypertext fiction but a strong geek contingent in the room spent our time fiddling with, imagemagick, and building galleries of background patterns. (Seth Mills-Cannon’s I think was definitive of the genre, even today)

In fact, I’m not sure I ever got to the story piece, but the homepage did have randomly rotating graphic sets, random fortune quotes, and the current time (using non-parsed header animated graphics of course). Much more advanced then this current page of mine.

Thankfully it was lost to history.

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