Category Archives: web2.0

Seesmic, my new addiction.

Happy New Year (Hogmanay!!) all you people.

Damn you Seesmic. My latest obsession. It is pre-Alpha release and thanks (I think) to Dotben for sending me the invite. There are two very good reasons why I should not be on there but I won’t share them with you here.

It is basically micro-video-blogging. It is instantaneous, easy, compelling, addictive, fun, performative, playful, personal, public, easy, welcoming. It is essentially video banter and if I worked from home I would never get anything done.

It makes me feel a lot more connected and closer to people than Twitter or anything else. The Seesmic team – based in SF – also do neat little edits, shows, of the best of the last 24 hours (see the NY one above) which I like. This is something I think is really needed. It adds an extra incentive to participate for some too, I imagine. Makes it somehow even more personal.

Oh, I have also been chucked out of Facebook. More on that later, which is why I have been in search of a replacement. I really should get some kind of hobby which does not include sitting in front of screen doing really quite daft things until the wee small hours.

Hmm…

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Flirt in 23 characters. (That *was* 23 characters!)

So I have been having some free fun on iilwy. That’s I’m In Like With You. It is a kind of social network but you make contact by playing games with each other, which basically amounts to Q&As thrown at each other in 23 characters.

It’s a competition, a chase, a game – where you make up the rules of attraction, and you choose the winner. And if you’re playing someone else’s game, send charming messages, photos and video their way – and then bid to show you’re really interested. You have a limited number of points, so the more you bid, the more you’re in like. When the game is over, one lucky winner is chosen. Only then can you trade messages.

It fun! I have a fine collection on my “watch” list. Leave a comment if you want an invite – I think I still have some left.

Web 2.0 Heroes

I watched Heoroes * last night for the first time. It is the ultimate Web 2.0-ish TV programme and has been a massive hit. It is supposed to be comic-book-style, and it is.

But I say Web 2.0-ish because it has so many references to web 2 and 3-type cultures and practices. I think I even spotted the two famous Chinese N*Sync YouTubers, the Dormitory Boys, (seen in original video above) in cameo parts singing the same song in a bar, dressed in the same T-shirts. And one of the characters can teleport, just like in Second Life.

There are also symbols and clues dotted throughout the show, according to Wikipedia, for fan cultures to start gossiping about on forums and so on.

There were other things that I can’t remember right now – oh yeah, one of the characters is an internet stripper and another couple video stunts. Digital cultures cut through the whole thing basically.

*The official websites has all sorts of fun stuff on it, such as Hiro’s blog, a wiki…

Web 2.0 … The Machine is Us/ing Us

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