Call for non-profit, activist blogs

· People Power

via Call for non-profit, activist blogs (Joho the Blog):

Rebeccca MacKinnon:

…it would be interesting to build a public aggregator of blogs by non-profit and activist groups. Please list any you know in the comments section and I’ll start putting it together as soon as I gain critical mass.

Note: Please add them to the comment’s section of Rebecca’s blog.

It’s about time.

Deep thinking on folksonomies and a stream of photos from Iraq

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Geodog has summed up a lot

Late night thoughts on browsing
the Iraq tag on Flickr

One of the most striking developments in the web over the last year has been the sudden popularity of sites like Furl, Flickr and, where users can categorize the data or photos they save with keywords, more colloquially called tags. Everybody in what Kellan has called the Internet chattering classes has been talking about tags, and a word for them, folksonomy, has even been coined, discussed and debated. Even Mr. Metacrap himself has signed on as an advisor to Flickr, and can be found on Flickr happily adding metadata to his photos.

I’ve always been reluctant to rely on someone else to store my data. I tried each service soon after it was released, but didn’t find any of them compelling enough to use on a daily basis. Furl I liked, but I was nervous about having all my data stored for me on the net by a company without an obvious business model, and then I found a better way to store data locally using Slogger. I tried but couldn’t make heads or tails of until Joshua Schachter explained it in person at ETech 2004. Flickr I tried at the same ETech, but at the time I was blocking Flash in my browser, so all I ever got was a blank screen. So much for being an early adopter.

However, I have recently started to use Flickr and on a regular basis. Why? Because they turn out to be great ways of following a conversation on the web. I display the RSS feed for my subscriptions on one of my personal portal pages, and it updates hourly with what other people have bookmarked about topics that interest me. I couldn’t make the John Battelle’s Web 2.0 conference this year, but in addition to reading the blog coverage and press coverage, I searched Flickr’s web20 tag and got a good idea of who I know who was there.

Read the whole thing, as the saying goes.

(via The Well.)

Help Kos write his Guardian column

· Blogosphere, Journalism, People Power

Markos is thinking about discussing Furious George‘s debate performance in his Guardian co,umn, but he’s not sure that’s the most effective way to help his British readers understand the U.S. presidential election. he’s asked the Daily Kos community to give him advice and suggestions about what to write.
(His deadline seems to be this evening.)

NY and LA Times articles miss the big picture

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Following up on Rayne’s previous post and filchyboy’s addendum, my sense is that while Billmon is clearly thoughtful and a great writer, he makes the same mistake Klam made in the Times magazine cover story, which is to view the A-list, top-of-the-power-law bloggers for the whole shmear.
Of course some will cross over and sell out. Of course the “golden age” will end and blogging will be assimilated (although I’ve long been amused by the way Internet denizens can wax nostalgic for, say, six months ago). I remember when it happened to the web in the mid ’90s. Everyone said the independent, funky, arts sites would disappear because they couldn’t compete with Yahoo, et al.
Well, maybe they were eclipsed, harder to find for newcomers etc., but generally it’s just as easy now to host a funky cool website as it was a decade ago.
There is too much emphasis on mass success and not enough on the culture of collaborative media filtering and blogs that David Weinberger calls the tail of the power curve:

Thus, the tail of the power curve – which is probably at least 5 million blogs long – gets erased. In fact, the tail is where blog are having their most important effects. That’s where self and community, public and private, owned and shared are re-drawing their boundaries.

I'll be the one in the orange Yankees cap

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I’m meeting RFB co-contributor Liza Sabater outside P.S. 122 in my old neighborhood in just over an hour. Liza and I last met face to face something like six or eight years ago, so Liza, in case your blogging between now and 6:45, I wanted to tell you I’d be wearing my orange and black Yankees cap, so you can spot me in the crowd.
Getting a little backlogged with half-written weblog entries. I’m not sure event-blogging is really my forte. I wasn’t even able to muster anything for JazzFest this year after everyone loved the photo essays I published in 2003. Oh well. It all come out in the wash.
Go read True Dirt to get a sense of what I’m missing by being here in New York this week.

Voting as a social act

· People Power, The Power of Many

I enjoyed reading Louis (didn’t they call him Luke when he taught literature in New Jersey?) Menand in the New Yorker on how voters decide who to vote for:

[…] Voters go into the booth carrying the imprint of the hopes and fears, the prejudices and assumptions of their family, their friends, and their neighbors. For most people, voting may be more meaningful and more understandable as a social act than as a political act. […]

via all about george