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Google Maps Hologram is Star Wars Deathstar map-like

July 15, 2008

I love visualizations and this one is really cool.  Check this video from Nicolas Loeillot posted to Vimeo.  The only thing missing is that Goldfish-looking alien from Star Wars (original) that goes over the plans to destroy the Death Star.

Holographic Google Earth from Nicolas Loeillot on Vimeo.

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What happens when you ‘Share with note’ on Google Reader

June 13, 2008

I have raved about the Times RSS reader for OS X because of it’s beauty and most unique presentation of your feeds, but I can’t seem to ever leave Google Reader.  Part of the allure of Google Reader is features that can have nice positive impact on your workflow.  I plow through posts and can email, share and star as many as I like.  I use stars as a to-do of sorts, where I plan to re-blog it or spend some time checking out the subject of that post.  I guess that’s batch processing as Problogger describes it.  When I noticed the ‘Share with note” feature was added (or maybe I just noticed it) I was initially excited at the potential of that.  Sure you can put your Reader RSS in a widget on your blog sidebar, but spending so much time in Reader on a daily basis I hoped it might be something like automatic posting to your blog site, or maybe posting comments on that blogger’s site.  Instead it seemed the only thing it does is put your text in a block quote above the article you’re sharing on your Googler Reader public shared page.  Here’s mine.

I suppose it’s a fine feature and not everyone wants to be a blogger so I thought it might be a good way to ease clients into the idea of blogging.

Sure Ms. Client, why don’t you just get comfortable with Google Reader to see how others do it, then go ahead and start sharing articles, then go ahead and make comments on those articles you’re sharing.  Hey, guess what?  You’re blogging (sort of).  Now let’s try a real blog.

The letdown for me was that it didn’t seem like the Reader ‘Share with note’ feature did anything beyond that page.  Not even my Google Alerts picked up on my very smart and relevant comments to other people’s posts.  I had accepted it was a wasted experiment. Or so I thought.

This week the blogosphere seemed all whipped up over friendfeed.  First Rubel posted his love letter, then Jeremiah fires back, and off we go.  The debate spurred me to try the service out.  I wondered if it will wind up in the corner of my mind like half the other sites and networks I’ve registered for and not touched since I can’t remember (e.g. Plaxo).  Then, boom!  There it was.

I noticed my ‘Share with note’ comment showing up as a response to my shared Reader item feed I plugged into friendfeed.  After getting over the excitement that someone responded to me on friendfeed (well, it was me responding to me) I settled for happiness that my Reader ‘Share with note’ foray was not completely wasted.

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Twitter the better blog research tool over Technorati?

May 12, 2008

Had one of those “file for future use” moments when I was trying to find out what folks were actively participating in social media related to K-12 and higher education.  I was doing this in preparation of joining Widmeyer Communications, a marketing and PR firm with an expertise in this arena. Now, back to my impromptu research…

Instead of turning to Google Blog Search or Technorati, I went straight to Twitter.  I don’t have any statistical data to back this up, but from a qualitative standpoint I did seem to find and connect with quite active people who authored blogs in the subject area.  My logic was that if you’re using Twitter in tandem with a blog, you’re a more avid social media contributor.  In less than an hour I was impressed with the thoughtfulness of the twits/bloggers I came across talking about education in both schools and colleges, a process I haven’t always been happy with other tools.

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  • Why store your photos on your web site, when you can publish and manage them on the most popular image sharing site around. Create a Flickr account and simply reference these images on your web site or you can blog photos directly from Flickr.
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  • What Flickr is to photos, YouTube is to videos. The top place to share this type of media. There are other sites that offer more customization and better encoding but the eyeballs are found mostly here, which is also owned by Google.
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  • Think of it as a companion to YouTube. If you want to provide contextual information layers on top of your videos (or someone else’s) you can do that right here on The annotation tools are kinda cute for the most part, but you can add some c
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  • Among tops in the voting format sites, Digg is a place where you can vote for stories of interest and add buttons to your site pages so people can vote for them in just a few clicks.
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  • If you’re going to have any video our audio content on a regular basis then iTunes is a must-have place to register it. YouTube is great for occasional videos but if you want people to be able to see your stuff on their favorite portable audio devices (t
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  • The fastest growing of profile based social networks, Facebook is becoming the great aggregator of many Web 2.0 sites, allowing you to create applications that members can install on your profile and share with friends. You can also create groups and fan
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  • Free and extremely extensible, Google Analytics provides superior but yet easy to use traffic analytics so you know where people are coming from and what they’re doing on your site, blog, or different content on various networks.
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  • Before you start your public health campaigns and develop messaging, create an on-the-fly focus group to find out what people are searching for.
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