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how to ... become an internet folk hero
[learning, open content, web2.0]

this is beautiful. Jessamyn is a librarian. One day she decides to try Ubuntu. She has so much fun, she makes a little movie and YouTubes it. She wakes up the next morning to find that she's been crowned an internet folk hero.

Hey, even Ubuntu called.
posted by Yishay Mor on Friday 11th, May 2007 (17:59) - comments (0) - permanent link

Tim O'Reilly on Web 2.0 and Education
[education, learning, school, so-so, web2.0]

Steve Hargadon  interviews Mr. Web2.0 on what it means for education. What could be more appropriate than posting the podcast on his excelent blog?

| digg story

posted by Yishay Mor on Thursday 3rd, May 2007 (10:21) - comments (0) - permanent link

Bad calendar!
[design, web2.0]

�rets kalender
Finally, it’s here : This year the Bad Usability Calendar is, if possible, even less usable than previous years.

posted by Yishay Mor on Tuesday 13th, February 2007 (16:57) - comments (1) - permanent link

Reputocracy and Intelectual Persona
[so-so, web2.0]

A few more thought on Radical transparency.

I've always thought of open content / social technologies as democratic, or democratizing. But maybe what we're seeing is the rise of a new form of social structure: Reputocracy: governance by reputation. There's only one rule to this regime: the more you invest, the more your voice counts. Its a market based system, with a single currency - reputation. This is a tricky currency, because it does not obey conservation laws. Therefore, investment is calculated by the amount of capital you have times the risk you take.

For example, if Jimmy Wales writes "I hate french fries" in an email to a college friend, he's not really risking much. Hence that expression does not go far as an investment. If he writes "I hate MicroSoft" in his bio entry, he's in for a hell of a ride. So anything Jimbo says on wikipedia will have a huge impact. Never mind his formal role in the system. On the other hand, I can say whatever I want where ever I want and few people would give a hoot. I simply don't have that much reputation capital to begin with.

As with any economy, some investments pay off, others don't. And as with money economy, if I invest in you and you come good, we're both better off.

The other issue that came to mind is intellectual property. That's always a pain in open-source / open-content environments. Also, always a pain to figure out why people contribute where they can't capitalize. Perhaps, in a an extremely transparent system, we're more concerned about intellectual persona. Property is a funny thing with goods that are expensive to produce and cheep to replicate. Ask the music industry. But what if we can verify where a meme started? Then claiming possession of someone else's ideas is just, uh, too embarrassing. Let's say I post a great idea on my blog. Let's say you copy it, develop it, and get a noble prize for it. Let's say you forgot to mention where you first read it. All I need to do is post a link to digg. Now who's looking stupid?

posted by Yishay Mor on Monday 22nd, January 2007 (14:55) - comments (0) - permanent link

Google has a new OS. It's called the web.
[google, technology, web2.0]

Remember the rumors about Google getting into the OS business? Well, here's another way to look at is.

Google's just launched Docs. Add that to Calendar and Gmail (which has embedded contacts and Talk) and what do you get? Just about all you need, for most users, most of the time. So why would they ever bother with your machine? Who needs the headache of updating drivers and warding off spyware.

posted by Yishay Mor on Thursday 12th, October 2006 (02:10) - comments (0) - permanent link

DIY GroupScribbles
[cscl, technology, web2.0]

SRI are making a bit of a fuss about their new groupscribbles. I finaly had a spare minute to have a look.

Not a bad start. The concept is nice, but the functionality is still vey limited. I would like to see more graphical tools and some possibilites to create composite objects.

But then, I thought - surely this could be done web-too-oh, without the need to install or launch a hungry Java web start. Then I remembered webnotes. Google web+paint or web2.0+paint,  a couple of iframes and bob's your auntie.

posted by Yishay Mor on Thursday 28th, September 2006 (16:01) - comments (0) - permanent link