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A Colorful Weekend
Whereas apps like Instagram, Picplz, and Path are great for sharing one-off photos, that’s not what Color is doing. Their specialty is the ability to rapidly document an event with multiple pictures (and short videos) from multiple perspectives. The result is actually quite fascinating when it all comes together. You get a sorta living, breathing photo album for an event.

Some of the photos are good, but many of them are mediocre to bad. But it doesn’t matter. It’s about the album as a whole, not a single picture.
location  social  photography  video  journalism  attention  technology  business  travel  documentary 
april 2011 by allaboutgeorge
The Unlit Social Graph - TNW Location
Ubiquitous smartphones and always on access to umbrella social graphs are suddenly making these sort of tools possible.

And the opportunity is far larger than pick-up basketball, or even sports.  Every school is a network, every employer is a network, every bar is a network, every office building is a network, every hobby is a network, every neighborhood is a network, and at an extreme level, every shared interest is a network, regardless of location.

This doesn’t even get at the disposable, or elastic networks as discussed by companies like Nearverse and Color – people that happen to just be nearby each other for a snapshot of time.

All of these networks share two common characteristics.  1) They are not yet graphed in a mainstream way by Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Jive, or any other dominant, online social service; and 2) They are all mappable with a smartphone.
mobile  location  social  work  attention  socialnetworking  behavior  data  information 
april 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Augmented Reality Comes Closer to Reality - NYTimes.com
For consumers, the first application will be created by a movie studio that is working on an augmented reality game to accompany a new movie. It will be possible to hunt for hidden virtual reality objects in a city. However, by giving the underlying technology away Mr. Lynch is obviously hoping that he has an answer to the frequently asked question: “What comes after Google?”

There have already been dozens of companies who have tried to compete with Google’s search service, so far without success. However, there is also a broad consensus that the future of search will blend next generation search technologies with geographical location.
google  search  augmentedreality  mobile  technology  movies  location 
april 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Local news is going mobile. | Pew Internet & American Life Project
One-quarter (24%) of mobile local news consumers report having an app that helps them get information or news about their local community. That equates to 13% of all device owners and 11% of the total American adult population. Thus while nearly 5 in 10 get local news on mobile devices, just 1 in 10 use apps to do so. Call it the app gap.

These mobile app users skew young and Hispanic. They are also much more active news consumers than other adults, using more sources regularly and “participating” in local news by doing such things as sharing or posting links to local stories, commenting on or tagging local news content, or contributing their own local content online.

Many news organizations are looking to mobile platforms to provide new ways to generate revenue in local markets. [...] Currently, only 10% of adults who use mobile apps to connect to local news and information pay for those apps. This amounts to just 1% of all adults.
mobile  local  news  journalism  games  information  location  technology  software  latino 
march 2011 by allaboutgeorge
The 'gamification' of news, and how it can be relevant | Old Media, New Tricks
Imagine a reader using her smart phone to open your news app while she’s sitting at a coffee shop. Instead of just the latest, or even hand-picked top stories, appearing on the main page, what if it had a section that showed news that was relevant to the area around that coffee shop? What if the “game” were that users get points for reading the news about all sections of the city (as they travel and check your stories, a map fills in, showing they saw the latest news for that area)? The game mechanic added in could also just be to show which of their Facebook friends had read the same stories, at the same location. So when you log into the app at that coffee shop, it tells you that three of your friends read the news from your site from that same shop. Users could also leave comments on the story that are location-specific or just a tip about the coffee shop (which could be displayed next to your news organization’s review, which also could appear thanks to location tagging).
news  media  newspapers  information  data  journalism  social  location  games  attention  community  mapping  presence 
march 2011 by allaboutgeorge
South by Southwest Interactive - SXSW 2011 Analysis - Popular Mechanics
Perhaps the greatest realization of this window into the future, though, is that for all the criticism modern gadgets and technology get for serving as half-hearted simulacrums for real-life social interaction, a fully wired world may just be the most social (and fun) one imaginable. That is, until our phone batteries die.
sxsw  conferences  austin  mobile  social  location  technology 
march 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Software Rants & Other Miscellany: Foursquare, Facebook, Founders, and Passion
The Passion Gap is evident when you see a founder or product manager so deeply engaged in their product that they can’t help but think about it all the time, and, as a result, they see all the fine details that are required to make a product that exactly matches what the market needs. This is true even when the market hasn’t yet realized the need.
business  beauty  social  foursquare  attention  identity  software  technology  location 
march 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Foursquare Learns Spanish, Japanese, Italian, German and French - NYTimes.com
“Why can’t you save art exhibits that you see on Tumblr to Foursquare,” he said. “The next time you’re in Boston, your phone can buzz and say, oh hey, here are five things you said you wanted to do.”

“Devices are getting smarter,” he said. “They’re changing the way we experience the world and our physical space.”
location  local  technology  twitter  geography  mapping  urban  attention  presence 
february 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Reflections of a Newsosaur: Mobilizing for mobile before it's too late
1. People use mobile devices to find information, get directions, check prices, play games, listen to music, and, yes, sometimes even surf the news. Because consumers are not passive, successful apps must be engaging and transactional.

2. Mobile devices don't just put the user in control; they also enrich the experience by knowing exactly where consumers are - and, in the case of many apps, exactly who they are. Accordingly, successful apps must be customizable and geographically aware.

3. Community and self-expression are as elemental to the digital experience as the information the media dispense or the transactions they enable. Successful apps foster community and enable user control.
mobile  media  journalism  technology  apple  android  local  location  community  creativity  music 
february 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Microsoft: Consumers Should Think Twice Before Broadcasting Location | Ina Fried | Mobilized | AllThingsD
Microsoft’s research found that privacy concerns are a barrier for some to adopting location-based services, particularly in the U.S. About half of overall survey respondents said they would be more comfortable with such services if they had more information on just who was seeing the information being shared.

The company also found that while 94 percent of consumers find location-based services to be valuable, they weren’t terribly willing to pay, and those who were often weren’t willing to pay more than $10 for such services. That seems to indicate more promise for advertising-funded services, especially since nearly half of those who have seen a location-based mobile ad have taken action on the ad–vastly higher than the response rates seen on traditional online ads.
mobile  marketing  business  technology  social  location  privacy 
january 2011 by allaboutgeorge
I’m the mayor! So what?
It’s not so much about where you are as it is about why you are there. Simply checking in at the grocery store might not supply anyone with useful information, but noting that the grocery store is playing your favorite band, or that there is an outrageous sale on delicious baked goods adds a layer to the check-in that can really excited people. It’s about sharing experiences, because other people can relate to experiences.

As for mayorships and badges – unless gaining rewards (which come around once in a while, but not frequently enough), these provide a very basic function, which is that of a simple reward. One might collect mayorships or badges similar to the way we collected things and played games when we were children. You never got any real reward from winning a game of Monopoly, but you had fun while playing, right?
marketing  business  mobile  technology  location  identity  privacy 
december 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Internet Founder Tim Berners-Lee Details 4 Concerns About Future of Mobile Web (Nokia World 2010)
[...] The last point also involved a project in which Berners-Lee is involved: providing Web access to the 80% of the world that doesn't go online. He works on this issue through the foundation at webfoundation.org, which examines the challenges in this area. Surprisingly, lack of signal with which to log onto the Web is not the main thing holding back the spread of the Web. 80% of the world has access to the Web, but, for some reason, chooses not to use it.

The cost of data is partially to blame in many cases for this, and for those who cannot afford data plans through their carriers, they're limited to SMS for sharing information. But SMS is very constraining, says Berners-Lee. What's needed instead are better, more low-cost data plans for mobile phones. [...]
future  internet  location  mobile  privacy  web  nokia  design  communication  ethics 
september 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Infographic of the Day: Why Do People Move To and From New York? | Co.Design
How it works: People’s moves are plotted according to zip codes. A brown marker with a red ring represents a zip code where more people moved out than in; brown with blue means more people moved out; and plain brown means that moves in and out were about equal. A bigger marker indicates more moves.

From there, you can click a marker to see precisely who moved where.
mapping  demography  nyc  location  newyork  information  data 
september 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Holman W. Jenkins, Jr.: Google and the Search for the Future - WSJ.com
Let's say you're walking down the street. Because of the info Google has collected about you, "we know roughly who you are, roughly what you care about, roughly who your friends are." Google also knows, to within a foot, where you are. Mr. Schmidt leaves it to a listener to imagine the possibilities: If you need milk and there's a place nearby to get milk, Google will remind you to get milk. It will tell you a store ahead has a collection of horse-racing posters, that a 19th-century murder you've been reading about took place on the next block.

Says Mr. Schmidt, a generation of powerful handheld devices is just around the corner that will be adept at surprising you with information that you didn't know you wanted to know. "The thing that makes newspapers so fundamentally fascinating—that serendipity—can be calculated now. We can actually produce it electronically," Mr. Schmidt says.
android  google  location  mobile  privacy  search  seo  future  marketing 
august 2010 by allaboutgeorge
7 Ways Journalists Can Use Foursquare
With all the recent hype, journalists and media companies are itching to find their own ways to use location-sharing apps to bolster their trade. You can get started with the following seven tips, then share your own ideas in the comments.
social  journalism  media  local  socialmedia  location  newspapers  reporting  geolocation  twitter 
may 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Building an Army of Hyper-Local, Mobile-Connected Advocates - Advertising Age - DigitalNext
Advertisers -- both local and national -- would be smart to start thinking about their "location" strategies while there's still a relatively open playing field. By taking advantage of mobile platforms like Foursquare, ones that engage and offer incentives to consumers within the proverbial "last 50 feet," businesses can bring all the advantages of the social web to their front door.
marketing  social  online  mobile  business  local  location  socialnetworking 
august 2009 by allaboutgeorge
MediaPost Publications Most Americans Still Befuddled By Smartphones 07/02/2009
Women are far more eager to rate texting as very important (71% compared to 46% of men), cameras (55% of women versus 30% of men), listening to music on their mobile devices (44% of women versus 25% of men) and game functions (14% versus 9% of men.) Women were also more likely to rank GPS and book reading features as very important.

Men, on the other hand, are far more likely to rank calendar functions that link to their computers as very important (46% versus 39%).
gender  men  women  mobile  research  business  technology  location  games  photography  music  social 
july 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Prototype - Location, Location - It Still Pays to Be Near - NYTimes.com
“People here don’t talk sports at parties; they talk technology: what they are doing, what they are thinking about,” he said. “With all the new technologies and platforms being built in Silicon Valley, it’s like land opening up earlier in American history. If you’re here, you can learn first where the good land is.”
housing  geography  realestate  research  technology  location  relationships 
june 2009 by allaboutgeorge
ReadWriteWeb: NYC Waterfalls: How Real-Time Cellphone Data Can Impact Local Economies
Overall the analysis of digital footprints showed the impact of the waterfalls, and how they drove people to new parts of the city over time. MIT says that this type of information can feed tourism studies and help a city to understand the behavior of people (tourists) who can have a large impact on the local economy. This type of data would also be useful for urban planning, of future events and attractions.
technology  research  economics  travel  flickr  mobile  nyc  location  data  information  art 
june 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Recovering Journalist: Newspapers: There is No Magic Bullet
They reflect the thinking of executives and journalists who don't really understand the business of journalism, the reality of the new Internet-driven world, or what consumers are looking for these days. Mostly, they're defensive maneuvers, tired attempts to salvage a print-centric business model that is close to long gone.
newspapers  journalism  media  news  public  social  local  location  mobile  marketing  business  internet 
may 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Which is a Better Mobile Citizen Reporting Tool: Twitter or Ushahidi? | Gauravonomics Blog
In the end, the answer, as always, is the always unsatisfactory “it depends”.

In most cases, normal people will accidentally become citizen reporters and use tools like Twitter to share their 140 letters on a crisis. It will be up to us then to make sense of the high volume firehose of these unstructured tweets, using filters like near:location and filter:links, or mashups built on top of Twitter. Sometimes, a small percentage of us will feel motivated to find out structured citizen reporting platforms like Ushahidi or Twitter Voter Report and send in well-structured tweets with location information. Increasingly, many of us will use a Brightkite like system to pre-declare our locations, so that we don’t have to worry about the syntax of our SMSes.
twitter  social  news  journalism  media  location  india  usa  politics  socialnetworking  mapping  mobile 
january 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Paul Graham: Cities and Ambition
"A city speaks to you mostly by accident—in things you see through windows, in conversations you overhear. It's not something you have to seek out, but something you can't turn off."
cities  urban  berkeley  nyc  paris  power  sanfrancisco  environment  demographics  culture  community  boston  bayarea  location 
july 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Some good news and bad news in new readership study | Howard Owens
"We’ve lost billions of revenue to the Internet. But the problem there isn’t our lack of innovation, as some espouse. It’s actually something more basic than that: Sales."
journalism  web  online  marketing  newspapers  media  location  reading 
july 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Poynter Online - E-Media Tidbits: Is Community News Just a "Nice to Have"?
"Most people say they value it. The may even think they value it. But if they really valued it, wouldn't far more of them make more effort to find it, read it, share it, and preserve and expand it -- as well as to create their own?"
news  community  media  journalism  public  social  newspapers  blogging  location  diy  attention 
june 2008 by allaboutgeorge
cityofsound: The street as platform
"Freeze the frame, and scrub the film backwards and forwards a little, observing the physical activity on the street. But what can’t we see?"
academia  cities  computers  data  design  futurism  information  infrastructure  location  media  mobile  music  politics  presence  privacy  public  radio  research  scifi  social  sociology  society  software  story  technology  urban  web  wifi  writing  essay  film  sciencefiction 
april 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Chicago Reader | Hot Type | The Rust Belt Reader: Could a regional newspaper improve the midwest’s prospects?
"Today’s newspaper racks offer a mix of national newspapers that the elites read and hyperlocal papers strong on obituaries and chicken dinners. The trouble is, those national newspapers don’t focus on the special problems of the midwest."
midwest  newspapers  media  journalism  publishing  location  chicago  iowa  illinois  michigan  minnesota 
march 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Recovering Journalist: Living La Vida Local
"Somebody is going to figure out how to make it work and make a business out of it, and when that happens, newspapers and local broadcasters lose their last unique offering."
web  publishing  newspapers  news  location  local  journalism  media  business 
february 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Governing: Roundtable on the Return of Local News/December 2006
"It's not necessarily that we're specialized, it's that we don't focus on the all the frills. We just focus on the local news — hard news, more often than not."
journalism  location  corporations  business  media  newspapers  television  public  social  community  sandiego 
december 2006 by allaboutgeorge
Reflections of a Newsosaur: Doubling downers
"Rather than grubbing for larger shares of shrinking advertising markets, metro newspapers would be wiser to develop their interactive businesses and build or buy efficiently produced micro-local print products to serve the individual communities [...]"
media  newspapers  journalism  location  marketing  business 
september 2005 by allaboutgeorge
GeoURL (2.0)
Mommy, where do bloggers come from?
geourl  social  weblogging  weblogs  location 
february 2005 by allaboutgeorge

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