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Social Networking Sites: What Added Value Lies in the Connections?

In having different social networking sites, connections are also different. This might seem obvious, but how do these connections differ and what does that mean? In their paper ‘Public Displays of Connection’, MIT Media Lab professor Judith Donath and academic...

Social Networking Sites and the Missing Half

Dana Boyd describes “social networking sites” as “web-based services that allow individuals to (1) construct a public or semi-public profile within a bounded system, (2) articulate a list of other users with whom they share a connection, and (3)...

Hyves: Social Network Site?

Social networksite Hyves is declared ‘website of the year’ by internet users in The Netherlands. About fifty percent of the Dutch own a profile on this fast growing social network site. But what is Hyves and how to study...

Little Big Planet Not So Web 2.0?

During the First Look event, held last saturday in Amsterdam, Sony Computer Entertainment’s Bernard Groeneveld presented Little Big Planet, already presented in this post. Sony presented this “Make-your-own”-game as the gaming industry’s answer to Web 2.0 applications like Youtube.
Why is Africa Surprising You? Surprising Africa @ Picnic ’08

Why is Africa Surprising You? Surprising Africa @ Picnic ’08

Picnic is Amsterdam’s new media event of the year. This is one of the few times when people come together to discuss developments, innovations and changes in the industry on this scale. As a result, this is also one...

Wikipedia’s Criterion: Google

Creating a hoax on Wikipedia isn’t that difficult. Just write it down and save it. But it won’t take long before the Wiki-officials will delete it. This afternoon, I created a fake ‘legend’ and wrote a Wiki about it. Four hours...
Console Gaming 2.0 – Little Big Planet

Console Gaming 2.0 – Little Big Planet

Though ‘Web 2.0’ is primarily an affair concerning ‘teh intawebs’, the videogame market will strike back soon with ‘Little Big Planet’, developed for The Playstation 3 by Media Molecule. Although the game is not yet available in stores it...

Stickam an analysis

Founded in 2006 by Advanced Video Communications popularity: More then 500k visitors a month Stickam is just like most other free web 2.0 social network applications, such as Facebook and Myspace, but it differentiates itself by also offering the ability to...
Radio 2.0 – Using Innovative Technologies in the Effort to Connect the Unconnected

Radio 2.0 – Using Innovative Technologies in the Effort to Connect the Unconnected

Web 2.0 for a Global Society ? As defined by Wikipedia, the term Web 2.0 “encapsulates the idea of the proliferation of interconnectivity and interactivity of web-delivered content.” Tim O’Reilly, often recognized as the first person to coin the...

iGoogle Review

A few years ago I started with using iGoogle, a personalized starting page from Google. iGoogle is one of the best 100 web 2.0 applications according to Webware (from Cnet). With iGoogle you can add applications in the starting...
‘last.fm’, Mainstreaming the Long Tail?

‘last.fm’, Mainstreaming the Long Tail?

On the blog on Last.FM you can access the Mainstream-O-Meter which is interesting if you consider the long tail (Anderson) theory. It becomes a ‘mainstream’ interest to have an obscure music interest to end up high in the ranking....
Watching You Watch Me!! (…on Facebook)

Watching You Watch Me!! (…on Facebook)

The Web 2.0 application FACEBOOK analysed through FOUCAULTS PHILOSOPHIES ON SOCIETY. WARNING|DANGER: With this knowledge a consciousness is created with which people become aware about the possibilities of people watching/observing/monitoring people, both virtually as in the real world.
‘Whisher’, Opening Up the Internet?

‘Whisher’, Opening Up the Internet?

A short analysis of Whisher, a web 2.0 application. With the tagline ‘Building the world’s largest WiFi network’ the goal of Whisher doesn’t leave anything to the imagination. Whisher tries to create a global and dense WiFi network with...
Run Like You’ve Never Run Before: Reviewing Nike+

Run Like You’ve Never Run Before: Reviewing Nike+

What increases people’s motivation to start running? And if they’re already experienced runners, what helps them to cope with the loneliness of long distance runs and improve their performance? Nike and Apple recently established a collaboration called Nike+, which...

‘Worth1000’: Artists 2.0

Products of post modernity, made by volunteers are gathered in a big online commercial community: Worth1000. Mash-ups, parodies, manipulations made by Photoshop are submitted in contests and are rated in this digital musuem of amateur art. With Photoshop, everybody...
Review of a Web 2.0 Application: ‘deviantART’

Review of a Web 2.0 Application: ‘deviantART’

“Most artists are brought to their vocation when their own nascent gifts are awakened by the work of a master.That is to say, most artists are converted to art by art itself. Inspiration could be called inhaling the memory...

Web-Kare Review

Last week a new sort of web 2.0 application was launched in Japan. Web-Kare (Web-Boyfriend) is a social networking site for Japanese girls, which allows the girls to date a virtual boyfriend. There are four cartoon boys to choose...

Does the DailyMe Dissolve Our Social Glue? Analysis of a Web 2.0 Application

The term ‘Daily Me’ was first coined in 1995 by author and MIT Lab founder Nicholas Negroponte. Law professor Cass Sunstein took up this notion in his book Republic.com published in 2001 (he also wrote about it in the...

senduit.com

Senduit.com does not connect your wisdom (wikipedia), pictures (flickr), your videos (you tube), does not show your words (wordpress), your profile (facebook), your character (felonspy), your location (plazes) or your voice (snapvine). Senduit.com is a friendly stucky homing pigeon...

What Can We Do With ‘Swurl’?

Most social network sites have the option for their users to post what they are doing right now, to post pictures and show the music they listen to, all real time. On Swurl.com all features come together and thus...
Thinkmap’s Visual Thesaurus: Mapping Pre-defined Association

Thinkmap’s Visual Thesaurus: Mapping Pre-defined Association

Due to rapidly evolving technologies new information-gathering tools have been developed to support our ‘information retrieval needs’. Because times have changed, information retrieval systems will have to change too. The Virtual Thesaurus is an example of how an...
Book review: ‘Sound Unbound.Sampling Digital Music and Culture’

Book review: ‘Sound Unbound.Sampling Digital Music and Culture’

Paul Miller aka DJ Spooky that Subliminal Kid is the pioneer artist of electronic and experimental hip-hop music. Combining jazz, electronica, reggae and various other musical genres, his work has been labeled illbient or trip-hop. From recording sounds made...
An Analysis of Web 2.0: ‘YouTube’

An Analysis of Web 2.0: ‘YouTube’

Introduction Web 2.0 is a term describing changing trends in the use of World Wide Web technology and web design that aims to enhance creativity, information sharing, collaboration and functionality of the web. In short, Web 2.0 emphasizes the...
Book Review: Literate Technologies: Language, Cognition, Technicity, by Louis Armand

Book Review: Literate Technologies: Language, Cognition, Technicity, by Louis Armand

In this work the thread of eternal philosophical thoughts embracing the Greek schools of thinkers and sciences of the 20th century, psychoanalysis, cybernetics, semiotics, etcetera, leads to a new theoretical approach in questioning the dichotomy of existence...