Just learnt this interesting web service from Kevin and got an invitation to the alpha testing.  Seesmic is said to be “Twitter but with video” and apparently the flow of responses are intense.

So, you want a  invitation?

Leave a comment that makes sense, and I’ll send you one to the email you provide.  First come, first served.


BrightkiteBrightkite is a new social networking site that is currently under limited/private-open beta testing. It is apparently made by Twitterers for Twitterers.

I had the chance to get a beta invite to see what is going on. The idea is this: You pick/update your current location by selecting it from a map (powered by Google Maps) or you can type in a location and it will find that location on the map. What then? Well, your friends will be alerted when you are nereby, you’ll (supposedly) get to know new people that are near where you are as well. I haven’t checked the site in detail yet, but it seems like nearby companies will also be sending out stuff that might get you mad. If you are in US, you can also send out text messages from your mobile phone to update your place, alternative updating methods are email and the web. It can also auto-update your place on Twitter.

Like Twitter, the site also lets you know when your friends are nearby (through text messages or other means I don’t know yet) or you can see where your friends are on a world map.

See some screenshots here, and see the end of this post for an invitation to the private beta.

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I will be straightforward: We participate and actually create the content on Web 2.0 sites. In return, they give us web services. Or rather, they give us the services and we handle the rest. Looks like a bee hive in a bee farm, where the hive is there and you create the honey for people to enjoy, eh?

Two Turkish artists Burak Arikan and Engin Erdogan announced their new project at userlabor.org and their ULML – User Labor Markup Language based on XML, yesterday on May Day.

ULML Logo

The idea of User Labor is rooted in immaterial and affective labor concepts, where the labor produces or manipulates affects. Recently, User Labor has become particularly relevant on the Internet since user participation became a marketable product for web 2.0 services. What used to be immaterial is now very close to being material, because the affection can be measured on a per person basis.

Read the rest at userlabor.org. The following links to artist pages themselves might also be of interest:


Micro-blogging (or tumble-logging) has become pretty popular thanks to platforms like Tumblr, Jaiku, Cromple and especially Twitter. Google’s acquisition of Jaiku is also a sign that blogging is switching to what’s called micro-blogging, where each post is like a status update of what you are doing or at least shorter posts than you see on traditional blogs. What makes these blogs popular is that you no longer have to worry about the look and spelling, and most importantly content of your posts. They are not to publish content, rather, they function as a way to be updated about what your friends are doing (Tumblr might be an exception to this).

Tumblr is a simplified (idiot-proof?) blogging system, which encourages you to post media along with your posts with an easy interface. Jaiku, Cromple and Twitter, on the other hand, work similar to each other. They allow you to view an ever-changing public timeline (meaning, what all other users are doing, which gets updated any second). Jaiku and Twitter also allow you to update your status with your mobile phones through text messaging.

As for WordPress;
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Jimmy Wales - Wikipedia

US Ankara, Turkey Embassy held a teleconference with Jimmy WalesWikipedia and Wikia founder on Feburary, 19 2008. Students and instructors related to the subject from various universities in Ankara as well as professional people were invited to take part in the event. I and a couple more friends and instructors from my M.A. program were invited as well.

The conference started with Jimmy Wales’ speaking for about 30 minutes, talking about what Wikipedia is, how it works and the logic behind (mentioning what open-source and open-content are), how it is funded and other general information. One interesting thing he said about Wikipedia was that he called it a system where people can access “the sum of all human knowledge” freely. Personally, I have found this quite exaggerated. Then Wales talked about his ad-supported commercial project Wikia.

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I have been making fun of this phenomenon for a while among friends. People, who advertise on various forums for making “Web 2.0 logos” cheered me up even more. For sure there is a new trend in design on the web but it is funny to see how people talk about Web 2.0 reduced to a matter of mere design. I am no designer nor I understand the meaning of colors or typography in designing pieces. However, this Web 2.0 color pallette have been taking my attention for a while. The Flickr Pink, Netvibes Green, Last.fm Red, Twitter Cyan, Digg Blue and many more… Comparing to these, WordPress administration panel did not really have this Web 2.0 effect. After seeing the latest not-yet-released WordPress 2.5 administration panel colors, I did a quick Google search to see if I can find anything written on this in general. Web is huge, and I wasn’t really surprised to find tons of several sites talking about these.

The following is from the beta WordPress 2.5 administration panel. Click the image to see in higher quality version.

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Netvibes Ginger - My UniverseI haven’t posted this earlier but I have been using Netvibes Ginger. It is still a closed-beta and I was lucky enough to get an invite to test it out before it goes public. If you don’t know Netvibes yet, you can check out my earlier post.

As you might already know, Ginger is the social-networking version of Netvibes, and allows you to create a public page (called a universe) in addition to the private one. You can send the tabs from your private page to your universe.  With this new social version, you can also get other’s tabs from their universes to your private/public pages. No need to mention the ‘adding friends/followers’ bit.

This is pretty cool, as social bookmarking requires you to visit the pages one by one. But with Netvibes, you can see the feeds and read them without really leaving the page – saves quite a lot of time and energy.

Anyway, I am currently adding sites that have syndication from one of our course blogs named Slow Motion to my universe at netvibes.com/radiognome. Please ignore the stuff that I added to test the functions of Ginger and be sure to check out the film related feeds if you are into them. It’s a bit messy right now as there are way too many feeds but it should get sorted soon.

Enjoy.


As a last.fm user has once said:

“Web 2.0 is a lie, tagging will not save us from the Human Condition.”

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G.ho.st DesktopThis website called G.ho.st has received the Silver Award at Le Web 3 ’07 Conference in Paris, and many other awards from other places. I browsed the site out of curiosity and oh my god!

G.ho.st offers a virtual computer accessible from your favorite browser (users say that does not really work good on IE performance-wise), click on the image on the left to see. It uses the familiar (resizable!) window metaphor operating system. It includes a web browser that can either directly connect to your sites or by using G.ho.st’s proxy (looks pretty capable). A mail client that you can use to check all your POP3 mail boxes and handle calender/contact needs.

Additionally, it comes with 3 gigs of storage, which is accessible from FTP (just ftp g.ho.st with your username and password, and that’s it) and allows you to share them on the web. A seperate 3 gigs email quota, which is also accessible from POP3/IMAP. What is good is, you are not forced to login to G.ho.st’s virtual computer to check your mails. You can just go to the webmail service to check them and make the web-based software handle all your POP3 mail needs. It works like any other desktop mail client. In other words, ou can make it check any other POP3 mails and all your mails will be at one place accessible anywhere from the internet. Ah, and a fancy username@g.ho.st email address.

G.ho.stA MP3 player, which can play the files you uploaded to your storage, customizable desktop, instant messaging software. Moreover, you can view and edit your office application files. Youtube, Flickr, feed reader (which is ‘dockable’ on your desktop), a couple of widgets and many more features that I am yet to discover. Ah and, you can use G.ho.st virtual computer in many languages.

Check it out! Highly recommended.


NetvibesI have been a fan of about:blank as my browser homepage. Recently a friend (thanks Emin) told me about netvibes, which has become my main page. The site has the slogan of (re)mix the web. And it does what it says.

You got a lot of websites that allow syndication/feeding (RSS/Atom, etc) but they are a lot in number and it’s hard to keep track of them? And Google Reader or feed reader software does not have enough usability to provide this?

NetvibesNetvibes allows you to keep track of your favorite sites and help you with being updated with them. The customizable main page of the site allows you to add tabs under which you can put as many feeds or widgets. You can view local weather, check your emails (webmails or POP, etc), do web/video/etc search inside this window and so on. Just go check it out and you’ll love it!

Netvibes is the ajaxed Web 2.0 cutie!

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