Blurb: It seems that there is a pattern that occurs with information and society.Society is like a closed chaotic system whereby it allows change to exercise itself to a limit and then it begins to discourage change by enforcing certain restrictions. It is smiliar to the idea of a thermostat on your fridge: temperature rises and the internal thermometer will trigger the cooling mechanism to start cooling, then the motor disengages when it reaches too low a temperature. The point is to stay within a designated temperature range. Society seems to be a closed chaotic system because thats how it perpetuates itself. So its a constant 'arms race' between 2 forces in society: Information and maintaining the social structure. Like water, it is just a matter of time until information erodes away or circumvents that which blocks it and creates a torrent that exists until eventually it will become restricted by whatever has an interest in keeping certain order. Not to imply that the social structure should deteriorate, even though it has serious flaws, it is the lesser of the evils at the moment. We here at s23 think very highly of information and usage of information for evolutionary imperitives and part of the healthy idea of change, we try, below, to represent a snapshot of current (and past) projects that just might lead to changing to better models and paradigms. Cheers and Hail Eris.
- The Participatory Culture Foundation is building software and web tools to create an independent, creative, engaging, and meritocratic TV system for millions of people around the world.
- Shoutcast or Icecast(open source alternative): Your own radio station
a very useful comparison between some social bookmark-tools here
- del.icio.us - purchased by yahoo (see Yahooglesoft)
- very useful because of accessing your bookmarks from everywhere
- tags for every bookmark are helpful to find and organize them
- see someone's bookmarks (if you know his nick) by entering http://del.icio.us/nickname
- Wikipedia about del.icious
- del.ico.us-extension for Firefox
- extispicious gives you a textual scattering of a user's tags, sized according to the number of times that they've used each of them
- del.irio.us - Welcome! De.licio.us! Refugees!
- similar to del.icio.us, but open source
- content is licensed under a Creative Commons license
- CiteUlike for academic papers
- Stumble Upon (Stumble Upon Firefox Extension)
- you can upload photos and pics and tag it
- recently purchased by yahoo
- upload pictures and choose your own license (go public domain or "dual-license")
put your clips and/or big files online
Digg is a technology news website that employs non-hierarchical editorial control.
simply replace ?email=<nick> with your desired nick.
- Both links have 50mb file limits but you are allowed to break them up using RAR software. A drawback is that you can only download 50mb in one hour. With a premium account though ($$$) it's unlimited.
- YouSendIt up to 1GB + A link is valid for 7 days or 25 downloads, whichever occurs first.
- gliffy.com create and share network diagrams without additional software. Explicitely mentions to "Link to published Gliffy drawings from your blog or wiki"
- Shoutcast will turn your machine into a Internet Radio Station
- Nullsoft's Free Winamp-based distributed streaming audio system. Thousands of broadcasters around the world are waiting for you to tune in and listen. Take a peek through the SHOUTcast directory (immediately listed below) to start browsing the most popular stations.
- Push Music share files via wireless devices
not really software but still very social
- Phototag is a community photography project where we retrofit cheap disposable cameras with shiny new packaging, artwork, instructions and return postage. Each camera is then passed along to friends and strangers with the request that they take one picture and pass it along to someone else. Once all the film is used up, the last Phototagger can simply drop the camera in the mailbox--the return address, postage and all the fine folks at the United State Postal Service will handle things from there. When we get the cameras back we post the pictures here on the Phototag website so everyone can see.
- WheresGeorge the same for the Euro: eurobill-tracker
Software around the world
- Foundcity is a social mapping tool for creating a personalized map of your life on-the-fly. From your computer or cell phone, you tag locations, add photos, label them with any words you want, and plot them to your map, which you can share with friends, keep private, or publish openly.
- Plazes is a grassroot approach to location-aware interaction, using the local network you are connected to as location reference. It allows you to share your location with the people you know and to discover people and plazes around you.
not really web services, more remains of the community hype
- powerd by google
- business network
- Flock (Alpha release) - but read also this: flock sucks
- A browser that integrates:
- The Blog Manager
- The Flickr Topbar
- RSS integration
- Favorites with del.icio.us integration
- The Shelf
- History Search
- A browser that integrates:
- firefox extension
- from the website: There are over 8 billion web pages. Most of them suck. Outfoxed uses your network of trusted friends and experts to help you find the good stuff and avoid the bad.
- An RSS feed browser
- buy/sell/trade/give away stuff for free
- This is a great new Firefox extension that will let you chat directly within Firefox with other people who are visiting the same website you are. Chat with other digg.com users while you are busy digging stories! Great use of an AJaX extension to let you chat with people who like the same sites you do.