For some time I’ve been pretty derisive of the "animated .pdf" school of web publishing. You’ve seen these Frankenstein creatures: dead wood print publications that are zapped with flash magic in the lab and then propped up on a slab on the web for people to view "just like the real thing" complete with animated page turning and even swoooshing sounds as the page flips open. A lot of people have been trying variations on this technology for a long time. Initially papers and magazines would simply post static .pdf’s of their actual pages, as a "service" to readers,
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Ever read any of the "Missed Connections" ads on Craigslist or in the back pages of your favourite alternative weekly? You know the ones that go something like:
"Me: 30-something poet with pony tail and messenger bag. You: Flustered blonde with polka-dot boots and a 30 gig Video iPod. We never talked, but our eyes met briefly on the 86-B at 9:30 pm Tuesday night when you dropped your copy of Jane Eyre…" etc.
Reading the ads can be a kind of guilty pleasure, a form of social voyeurism in which nobody gets hurt or too
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Watch the Walmart Growth video here
The map was made by Toby Segaran, blogger, programmer and author of Programming Collective Intelligence.
And, if you’re wondering if this means that I’m still on this Crowdsourcing kick, the answer is yes. In this case, the crowd is contributing data – lots and lots of data, which is then freely available for any geek or number nerd to come along and wring sense out of. Segaran built his Walmart growth video using data from Freebase, an open, public database that launched a year or so ago. Freebase is an
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Dear lord – I wish this wasn’t news. But it is. According to Editor and Publisher, the Baltimore Sun’s new county news web site, ExploreHoward.com, is actually linking to other news sites. Gasp. That’s right, they’re sending readers to the competition. I wrote last week – perhaps too dismissively – of the increasingly nimble Baltimore Sun’s efforts to reach a youth market by launching a new paper and web product, "b". What they’ve done now to warrant the coverage in Editor and Publisher is launch a new website that aggregates news content from, it looks like, four community papers
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