Category Archives: Social Computing

When faces become hyperlinks

The algorithms for facial recognition have improved a lot in recent years. Here is a company showing a working prototype of a mobile app that recognizes faces and attaches links to social network layers to them: The prototype was shown last year — but there was a live demo at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelone […]
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Fans on Technorati? How could I have missed that…

I just noticed that there is a “fan”-feature on Technorati. It may be on for years but it never really drew my attention. I have four fans! Beside of Marian Steinbach (whom I know, “Hello!”) I see three other people that I do not know: Tom Roper who is a Information Resources Development Coordinator for […]
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re:publica 08

Hobnox will be supporting re:publica 08 conference in Berlin. We will be recording some sessions. I have the honor to discuss »Because we can…« on Friday morning, April 4th, and we will also present Hobnox in a separate session in the afternoon.
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Flickr Map

Flickr has released a major new feature: mapping & geo-tagging photos. I just tried this feautre with some of my own photos. The application is working like charm. It is very well designed: it’s easy and fun to use. There have been over three million photos geographically tagged in the first few days since this […]
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Plazes goes mobile

Plazes has released a mobile version of their locator application. It allows to find places and access point nearby: Read more on the Plazes blog.
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New player has released a new player for Windows and MacOS X. The new player features scrobbling (notifying servers of recent songs played by you) and streaming audio. It shows song and artist information about the current song played. This way you can learn things about the bands and artists you have in your iTunes […]
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Feeds for aliens!

Ok, we all know what we should do with this, don’t we? If you think they’ll coming to pick you up before the Vogons bust the planet then maybe that’s the place to claim your seat.
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Yahoo 360 – born to die?

Shortly after the acquisition of Flickr by Yahoo! the latter company introduced a multi-feature invite-only blog/photo/whatever-sharing platform called “Yahoo 360“. The invitation-only concept worked well for Gmail – elitism marketing. Dave Winer has a spot on analysis of Yahoo 360: Everything about Yahoo 360 is for members only, and in the first few hours of […]
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Social Software @ BBC

Martin Röll and Robert Basic point to an interview with Euan Semple, head of knowledge management solutions for the BBC (unfortunatly the link to the interview seems to be broken at the moment). Semple reports BBC is using bulletin boards, weblogs, wikis and some kind of social network tool. The points raised by Martin and […]
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FlickrGraph and Mappr

I really love this: Open application programmer interfaces like this one provided by Flickr allow people to be creative about and develop own interfaces to the dataspace. Here are two examples for Flickr: Mappr and FlickrGraph. Hands down!
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Social Computing Symposium videos online

I completely missed to blog this link from Kevin Shofield: The videos of the lectures from the Microsoft Research-sponsored Social Computing Symposium are now posted for your viewing pleasure at:!
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Follow up on Social Computing meeting

Kevin Shofield posts a follow-up of the social computing conference at Microsoft Research: There were many good parts, but my favorite was a breakout group on the second afternoon specifically focused on discussing priorities for the research agenda. The top six areas we came up with: The video recordings of the conference are said to […]
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Social Computing symposium at Microsoft Research

Microsoft Research is doing a 70-people invitation-only symposium about social computing on Monday and Tuesday. Kevin Shofield is one of the organizers who runs an own weblog. He writes: “We really wanted to have the symposium webcast live on the Internet, but because we’re holding it at a ‘non-traditional’ facility, we couldn’t make that work. […]
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HITS 2003 conference

Some of the presentations of the HITS 2003 conference are online (HITS means “Humans | Interaction | Technology | Strategy”).
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Ryze networking

I just learned that Ryze Company Co-Founder Adrian Scott made a comment on my Ryze page regarding my post about Ryze some weeks ago. Now: How did he get to my post? Hmmm… His page shows me I am connected to him by Phil Wolf.
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Idea a day

Ingo found this site that collects ideas about anything. Ingo still needs an RSS feed…
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I just updated my Ryze page to include some friends – or at least people I met. I think I would pay $9.90 for the Gold membership, but Ryze is far from showing my social network – 99% of the people I work and communicate with are not in the Ryze database. I think a […]
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Social Network that Builds a Blogologue

Bei Microdoc News denkt man darüber nach, wie eine Linkstruktur innerhalb der Blogsphere entsteht und wie diese sich als ein soziales Netzwerk verstehen läßt.
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Community Intelligence

I just discovered these three weblogs (apparently maintained by these people): »Radical Innovation & Social Software«, »Collective Intelligence« and »Community Blogging«. It seems these blogs contain a mix of very interesting pointers and totally fogging pile of hotwords.
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Defining social software

Tom Coates on defining social software (jumping off from Doug Englebart’s ideas of software as human augmentation): Social software is a particular sub-class of software-prosthesis that concerns itself with the augmentation of human social and / or collaborative abilities through structured mediation. His brief introduction sparked an interesting conversation in the comments section of that […]
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