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Sitcoms and Cognitive Heat Sinks

April 29, 2008

If you haven’t seen it yet, it’s worth your time to spend a couple of minutes watching Clay Shirky’s wonderful presentation from Web 2.0 Expo – Gin, Television, and Social Surplus.

“I’m willing to raise that to a general principle. It’s better to do something than to do nothing. Even lolcats, even cute pictures of kittens made even cuter with the addition of cute captions, hold out an invitation to participation.”

If you’d rather read than watch, there’s a transcript available on Clay’s blog – Gin, Television, and Social Surplus.

Read it, watch it, but either way, spread this around — everybody needs to think about this, even if it’s just a little…

Wikipedia in your Palm

June 26, 2005

WikipediaGot a spare gigabyte of storage on your PDA? If so, you can download the entirety of Wikipedia, current to June 2005, in TomeRaider 3 format.

The English version – with images – comes out just shy of a gig (text only is a half-gig); 6 other languages are available as well.

Here’s the whole scoop, from PDA247

You can now download Wikipedia current until June 2005 with images. It is very nice and weighs in at a cool 933 MB.

Each month 30 thousand new articles are added to the English Wikipedia, and 0.8 million updates are applied. For the German Wikipedia the figures are: 14 thousand articles and 0.3 million updates.

“The Long Tail” and your web site

February 11, 2005

The Long Tail” is a term that has generated a lot of buzz over the last few months.  In short, it says that the total demand for goods that there is a slight demand for far exceeds the total demand for goods that there is a strong demand for.  Confused yet?  How does this apply to your web site?
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Reach new audiences with Podcasting

February 9, 2005

Podcasting has yet to hit the mainstream, but the process has started — in the past two days, USA Today has covered the phenomenon in two different articles.  If you have (or can produce) audio content, there is still time to reach a major new audience as it grows.

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