The tools of web 2.0 are quickly being harnessed by the world of politics...candidates and advocacy issues.
This from beet.tv.
"One of the most high-profile campaigns in this election cycle pits the incumbent Joseph Lieberman against the blogger-backed challenger, antiwar unknown Ned Lamont. According to political consultant Joe Trippi, Lamont’s quick rise in visibility and fundraising is emblematic of how new media tools like blogs and viral video are impacting political campaigns and movements. "
Joe Trippi, in the above referenced video clip, goes on to discuss the ways that social networking sites like YouTube and MySpace are becoming powerful forums for political movements.
What will the role of a library be in the 21st century, and who will foot the bill?
A new study referenced by the Impact Lab says that "Nearly two-thirds of Americans own library cards and report that taking out books and using computers/Internet are the top services they use in public libraries..."
and many libraries are exploring how the social media/web 2.0 explosion can have a positive impact on helping library's maintain and grow their relevence in people's every day lives...
Emily Chang, who I wrote about previously re: her eHub web 2.0 blog, has an interesting post on the less is more design philosophy meme...this also resonates with what I think is a prevailing business trend...the small is the new big that Jeff Jarvis, among others, has blogged about...and happens to be the subject of a cover story in the new Inc. magazine.
I think it's inevitable that Google will start featuring thumbnail photos in adwords--it will dramatically increase the chance that a surfer's subconscious will pick out a tiny detail that leads to a click.
Well, it's been quite a long time, a month, since my last post. Just lots going on. We are "soft launching" the new gDiapers site soon. I directed and edited a video for them as well, that will be featured on the new home page. The co-founder and CEO of gDiapers, Jason Graham-Nye, has also been writing a blog about the thrills and spills of starting a socially responsible business, called gDiapers, the early years. They made a big splash a the Green Festival last week in San Francisco, and their products will be on the shelf any day now. Great client, and...hey, podcasts are in, right? I think a socially responsible business podcast seems like a good next move.
Our great client, Youth Take Action, have been invited to present at the Learn and Serve Conference in Washington D.C. at the end of this month. They will be showing off the web site we designed and built for them. One new feature will be integrating soon, is a map of all their community partners...a student can type in their address, and it shows all the closest partners that they could do community service with...that's at Maps and that will be live in the Partners sections any day now. It is, obviously, a Google Maps API mash-up.
Also doing an update for the MyPortland Online site. I managed the design and development when I was Director of New Media at Metropolitan Group...and they continue to hire me (and Unified Studies) to work on the site.
Lots of other stuff coming down the pike...The Neighborhood Parnership Fund site launched next week, and working on several other launches over the next several weeks...I'll save that for another post.