"I think thereâ€™s going to be an absolute explosion of user-produced video and content," says Mitch Kapor -- the guy who, it could be said, single-handedly launched the personal computer revolution. He founded Lotus Development back in the '80s. Lotus produced the 1-2-3 spreadsheet program that drove the sale of computer hardware. And the rest is history. To hear Mitch tell it, history is about to be made again.
Yesterday's Boston Phoenix ran a story titled The revolution will be televised - "The Participatory Culture Foundation tunes into online TV â€” ahead of the corporate curve."
...as corporations lick their chops at the prospect of digital-video windfalls, Worcesterâ€™s Participatory Culture Foundation (PCF), a small cadre of young activists and programmers, is heading in the opposite direction. The group has developed an open-source, nonprofit Internet TV platform that looks to draw the average viewer into this brave new world.
It's been a great week over here for the NetSquared team.
We're working with Duoh on refining our logo/identity and are excited about our upcoming website launch in mid-November.
We've also added a new section to our site called NetSquared in Action, which highlights various nonprofit projects that harness new technology as a powerful platform for action. As we continue to add groundbreaking projects, we encourage you to add more projects to this collection.
...bring together the leading lights of the social software and social media space to discuss the overarching themes and underlying technologies that are driving the massive uptake of people-centered, user-driven, individual-connecting applications, communities, content, and services.
This announcement page is a great link list to some of those "leading lights." Poking around in their blogs is an education in itself -- perhaps especially valuable to those who, like myself, forgot to go to Harvard.
The Corante site overall is also worth a deeper look.
A new web browser called flock was recently released in beta. While the main web page warns in lurid purple type that "This preview ain't for the faint of heart!," my computer didn't blow up or even start smoking. The thing is not ready to become your primary browser, but it's definitely worth exploring. Flock is built on the Mozilla Firefox codebase, and it works on Windows, Mac OSX, and Linux. You can download it here (unless you're a developer, you'll want one of the binaries, not the source code).
First, an apology. I've been AWOL from this blog for a couple days. I downloaded a new browser called flock, meaning to say a few words about it here. However, I got totally lost in the thing. In a good way. More on that in the next post, coming soon...
Meanwhile, David Weinberger, one of the co-authors of The Cluetrain Manifesto, sends mail this morning about a marketing guy who just discovered the book. This keeps happening. It's interesting that, despite many changes in the net/web since we wrote it, certain themes remain relevant -- have perhaps become even more so. In his posting yesterday to MarketingProfs.com, Jerry Bader writes about The Sound of Business -- and echoing Cluetrain, he says that sound must be the human voice.
DIA DE LOS MUERTOS GOES DIGITAL!Ombligo de los Barrios Chicano Park Wireless Network to launch with a FREE Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead Celebration Sunday October 30th, 2005, 12pm - 4pm
Chicano Park, San Diego, California
El Ombligo de los Barrios (the Chicano Park WiFi network) launches with a free family-oriented celebration of Dia de los Muertos from 12pm to 4pm. This fun-filled, family-oriented day honors the Day of the Dead holiday traditions , celebrates the distinctive Barrio Logan culture, and provides an opportunity for all to explore the benefits that wireless technology can bring to a community. The event is free and open to all.
Check out NetSquared's just-now-gone-live collection of case studies from nonprofit innovators. Each tells the story of a project that's made an interesting or groundbreaking use of technology to support a strategic goal.
To build on Deborah's post about the NTC Boston Conference, here's my contribution to the coverage. Since integrating video is a new skill, I experimented with a couple of different formats and kept process notes.
Format 1: Brief Vlog Interview
I went into conference with a vague idea of doing a brief interview based on a snippet of information (gossip isn't quite the right word) that you would hear at a conference while you were chit chatting in the halls.