On December 1, a new concept in co-created entertainment took flight when The Whoa Show debuted. The tagline reads: “You will be entertained. You will be the entertainer.” Sadly, I am neither.
One of the genius moves that made Twitter so potent was a decision to maintain a simple, open API. By granting access to the most interesting parts of the system—the members and content—Twitter has inspired widespread development of third-party applications that cross platforms, integrate with other systems, and contribute new ways for members to interact with the information stream.
Two examples of how latent readership can become real-world interaction, courtesy xkcd and Homeless Man Speaks. When we are able to connect the little things we read with the humans behind them, the world grows significantly smaller.
I’ll admit it. I’m addicted. ClipMarks turns out to fit very well with my existing Internet habits, and it has been a lot of fun to use. The site—which allows you to copy selected images and text from a web page to put some content with the URL—just got bought by Forbes, a company that has expressed some interest in the community for several months.
This morning in Montreal, WikiSym 2007 kicked off without me. Funding, academic workload, and the bizarre coordination of American train schedules kept me from the trip north. I am most sad about missing a full day today of Open Spaces, an unconference within a conference. However, I will still get to participate in a political wiki panel with Michael Pilling and Kate Raynes-Goldie Tuesday morning, and I’m confident someone will provide updates through Twitter. In the next few posts today, I’ll talk about the biggest wiki—Wikipedia— and recent developments in the world of wiki. Specifically, I’m interested in use of wikis for politics.