According to the latest Digg blog post, the company are adopting “semantic web” principles.

You can read more here and here.

There is a firefox addon for microformats and semantic data that you can download here.


Came across Protagonize.com today, which is a collaborative writing site. Here’s a brief description:

Protagonize is a creative writing community dedicated to writing various forms of collaborative, interactive fiction. One author writes a story, and others post branches or chapters to it in different directions. The result is an organic, evolving story where everyone can participate.

Can you really collaborate when writing? Seems more like a solitary practice than anything that can shared. Perhaps this site could be useful if you don’t have the time to write much. It could help give you new ideas, and I suppose it would be pretty interesting to see where someone takes your characters and plot.


Every blog post I’ve read recently has been hyping the benefits of Twitter. This post by TechCrunch indicates that only 200,000 users are active. So what’s the big deal about Twitter? It has 0 chance of making it into the mainstream and seemingly has no business model. They’ve probably left it too late to monetize and once the next shiny web app comes along,

I have a feeling that Twitter will be sunk. Look beyond the echo chamber of tech blogs and nobody is talking about this app. Facebook and Myspace have penetrated the public consciousness, but nobody I talk to has even heard of Twitter. The best chance they have of making a profit on this venture is if Google or Yahoo buys it. Is waiting for somebody to buy your company a business plan though?


The Nintendo Wii seems to have put the fears of parents to rest. A new study suggests that consoles like the Wii and other causual games are actually bringing families together. There is clearly a market for casual games, yet it’s games like Grand Theft Auto 4 that hog all the headlines. Maybe game developers would be better off creating fun family games instead of chasing the almighty teenage dollar. 

From the article:

The figures suggest that 60 per cent of all parents who have played games in the past six months say that their family now likes to play social games together, rising to 68 per cent for parents with 10 to 15 year-old children.


Twisney

26Apr08

This bizarre mash-up of Twitter, Disney, Live Maps and Flickr allows you to send in your pictures and messages live from Disney World. If anybody has kids, this could be a fun little mash-up.  Here’s the link for anybody going to Disney World soon.


Flickr isn’t real photography – well, at least that’s what some of the most popular Flickr users say in this article on the New York Times site.

If that’s the case then is digital music not real music? What is a photograph anyway? Here’s the Wikipedia definition:

A photograph (often shortened to photo) is an image created by light falling on a light-sensitive surface, usually photographic film or an electronic imager such as a CCD or a CMOS chip. Most photographs are created using a camera, which uses a lens to focus the scene’s visible wavelengths of light into a reproduction of what the human eye would see. The process of creating photographs is called photography.

Under that very broad definition, then Flickr would still be photography. What do you think?


Just seen this article about ROFLCon on wired.com

Quite an interesting read. I was wondering how hard is to make a video go viral. I remember reading a TechCrunch article last year where getting a video to the top of YouTube sounded like it required quite a lot of underhand tactics.

If everyone tries to make a “viral video” then will it take even more underhand tactics to make it popular or will great content be seen regardless?