Nick Bilton of the New York Times provides an informative summary and update on Gawker’s Kinja, a platform that intends to change the way comments work on web sites.
Venessa Wong reports at Businessweek:
Online training technology company Mindflash on Tuesday announced a new feature called FocusAssist for iPad that uses the tablet’s camera to track a user’s eye movements. When it senses that you’ve been looking away for more than a few seconds (because you were sending e-mails, or just fell asleep), it pauses the course, forcing you to pay attention—or at least look like you are—in order to complete it.
In an opinion piece at WIRED, Clive Thompson discusses the distinct lack of sound in networked technology.
Arguably, we haven’t seen a lot of innovation in audio online. Video, photography, and the written word have been transformed: Oodles of clever tools let us use them for thinking, talking, analyzing, and cogitating. But this hasn’t happened with sound. Sure, we’ve got endless apps for collecting and listening to music, but nothing for the enormous universe of nonmusical sound.
Adam Rothstein has a beautiful exploration of lists, stemming from his childhood love with library card catalogs.
The random idiosyncrasy that such an expansive list allows may have no more critical depth than scanning newspaper headlines, looking for secret messages. But this sort of list is precisely like the written content of the internet. The internet is a series of lists, connected by cross-referenced hyperlinks. Whether one is taking a stroll through Wikipedia, or reading the most compelling links from one’s social media timeline, one is browsing a series of lists. Particular line items expand into full essays, and long reads collapse back into tweets. From the most thoughtful syllabus to the most obnoxious listicle to the strangest permutations of weird twitter, we are browsing a vast meta-card catalog—a veritable list of lists. The nodes of the network jump into line, and we follow it until the tracks fade to scratch marks, which fade to natural erosion, dust swept by the twisting path of the wind. And then we pick up another trail, or we create one ourselves.
Interesting stuff on Facebook today. Serious nostalgia for our moms when they were younger.
Does anyone else find it interesting that REAL vintage photos of moms are cropping up today? As opposed to faux-vintage of the Instagram variety. What do faux-vintage filters attempt to accomplish/convey?
Nathan Jurgenson says they manufacture nostalgia. They are attempts to reproduce “classic,” memorable moments. A yearning for something important.
What do you think?
Internet forums and comment sections are the netherworld of the Web. Thankfully, many media companies are revamping the way they do comments. Writing at PandoDaily, Hamish McKenzie outlines the shortcomings of online discussion and presents the commenting innovations of The Verge, The Huffington Post and others.
Two advancements that McKenzie explains are notable.
1) Curated forums that serve as miniature communities for readers and the author. This is currently being implemented at all of Gawker’s sites (Gawker, Jezebel, Gizmodo) as well as ReadWrite and The Verge.
2) Up-voting and internal organization of comments. Similar to Reddit and Quora, The Huffington Post is deploying a platform enabling favorable comments to rise to the top, achieving prominence. This helps readers sort through the hundreds of crap comments and draws their attention to what the crowd or the gods have deemed important.