ThinkUp: Social Media Insights Engine

ThinkUp: Social Media Insights Engine

Sep 27, 2010

Since Feb 2007, I’ve been playing with different methods of importing my social network activity and data into my own database and site. I first used a plugin to import data into my then Expression Engine blog. Later when I switched to WordPress, I used variations of the Lifestream plugin and then eventually the Twitter […]

Total Recall: Your E-Memory

Total Recall: Your E-Memory

Aug 25, 2009

I have a healthy obsession with self-documentary, data-streaming and collecting, so you can imagine my delight when Mark Krynsky twittered that he had just posted about 75-year-old Gordon Bell, lifestream pioneer, who was covered in the Wired article, Microsoft Researcher Records His Life in Data. Over the course of a lifetime, humans take in more […]

Personas: Portrait of Your Data Identity

Personas: Portrait of Your Data Identity

Aug 20, 2009

Personas is a new project by the Sociable Media Group from MIT Media Lab and is currently showing at the MIT Museum and online. It uses sophisticated natural language processing (PDF link) and the Internet to create a data portrait of one’s aggregated online identity. In short, Personas shows you how the Internet sees you. […]

QR Codes: Mobile Tagging

QR Codes: Mobile Tagging

Oct 17, 2008

I’ve heard about QR codes for years and Googled for them long ago before they were readily available for consumers, but for some reason tonight, they popped into my mind again and I decided to look them up. I was excited to see that you can make your own QR code easily online. In simple […]

My Data Stream

Feb 19, 2007

After a year and a half of using social applications heavily, I recently had to revisit the plan to aggregate all my activity into one data stream. As the calendar rolled to 2007, I kept wishing I could look at all my social activity from 2006 in context: time, date, type of activity, location, memory, […]

Social Visualization, Looking Inside Out

Feb 9, 2007

Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve been thinking about different aspects of data visualization (see an earlier post). Patterns in the Ecosystem Since my first job on the web as a graduate assistant information designer, I’ve been interested in web metrics, thanks in large part to my friend and mentor, Rebecca Bernstein, the founder […]

The Impact of One Visualization

Feb 6, 2007

In an excellent article at the Adobe Design Center site, David Womack describes the significance of one visualization in “Seeing is believing: Information visualization and the debate over global warming.” Womack describes the considerations around presenting visualizations of global warming in Al Gore’s film, An Inconvenient Truth. There are lessons here for us as both […]

Future: Is there life after the browser?

Apr 19, 2003

One of the disadvantages of the browser is that there aren’t very good ways of organizing information,” Meyrowitz (president of Macromedia Products) said. “Bookmarks just don’t do the whole job. There’s no real sense of place for the information you want to come back to. Full story at cnet