I’m finally feeling overwhelmed by everything you can do on the internet.
I was always aware of online innovations early and I was often the first person I knew socially who took them up, even if I didn’t take them up immediately. This was true for email, the browser, forums, social computing, online-shopping, online maps, user-created content, professional networking, instant messaging – loads of stuff.
As online apps diversified, I had to dabble rather than embrace. Either I would decide not to join in (I don’t have an account on Second Life because my first life is pretty demanding, I don’t podcast because my perfectionism would drive me mad), or else I would join in rather late (I’ve only just signed up to Twitter because interesting things – like the Israeli “people’s press conference” – are now being done with the tweets).
But now, for the first time, I’m not even aware of the new online apps. Every week, it seems, I find new ones. This is a real head-shift for me. I feel like someone born just after Sir Francis Bacon died. Bacon, apparently, was the last person who read all the books. Not all the books on a particular subject. All the books. We are so used to the number of books published (5,500 daily in the UK, though “only” 4,700 in the USA) that it never occurs to us that we could get our head around all of them. I never did expect to get my head around everything the web says, but now I am struggling to keep up with everything the web DOES.
It’s kinda exciting. Like 1995 all over again, but this time it’s real.
Here are some examples:
These are basically feeds of user generated content – photos, tweets, questions. They are oddly soothing to watch for a while. It’s a bit like watching clouds.
This one’s so interesting it deserves a post of its own, though I may not manage it. This is
“David Saranga, Consul of Media and Public Affairs in New York, will answer your questions about the situation in Israel and Gaza in a “Citizens’ Press Conference.” You can submit your question by directing it to our Twitter account. We will do our best to answer through Twitter. If an answer requires more than the 140 character limit, we will respond on Twitter with a link to an answer posted in this blog.”
Which of course is what the government is proposing to do with out emails and phone calls:
“Call records and e-mails define the social networks of each consultant. Whom do they copy on their e-mails? Do they send blind copies to certain people? These hidden messages could point to the growth of informal networks within the company…”
” 2.7M users (and slowing, meaning I’m starting to find the edge), 10M tweets, 58M edges, with pretty-near complete edge data for users with more than a dozen followers.”
Animated data flows:
Presenting dynamic data dynamically, such as the location and duration of phone calls, location and duration of taxi journeys, (ok these aren’t online apps, but they are still remarkably cool)
Vodpod videos no longer available.
I do owe a massive thank you to Flowing Data for keeping up with the Netgeist so I don’t have to.