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Chicago Mapped Out in Flickr Tags

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sun, 1/21/07 (1:30am)

This is neat: Chicago mapped out in Flickr tags courtesy of the ZoneTag Project (Yahoo! Research).

Zoom in and move around and you'll see different tags show up. Click on the link, 'View on World Explorer', for a larger map and a photo browser. (h/t O'Reilly Radar)

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Follow Your Users (Because They Sure as Hell Aren't Going to Follow You)

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 1/13/07 (8:43pm)

Jon Alper, the Director of Technology at WGBH Interactive was asked at a conference by a j-school teacher (of all things) how to coax students away from MySpace.com and towards the school's own blog instead.

Alper's answer, as reported by Carleen Hawn from PaidContent, was essentially that posting on MySpace.com was bad because it abetted free content to the detriment of traditional (legitimate) content like newspapers and broadcast media.

It's hard to know where to start with such an approach. As Hawn herself points out, "...Isn't the idea of New New Media to leverage as many entities as possible?"

At a more basic level, the students are no dupes. They're simply following the crowd -- the market, the popular choice. Myspace.com is where they perceive their postings will have the widest and most significant audience.

And who's to argue with them? Instead of trying to rope them back in, the teacher should be working on how to get out there himself -- how to use their tools to his instructional advantage.

This stuff isn't rocket science.

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Person of the Year: Ms. Dewey (Janina Gavankar)

Submitted by Leo Klein on Wed, 12/27/06 (3:26pm)


After a pain-staking process of vetting countless candidates, I'm pleased to announce that this year's CL Person of the Year is none other than Ms. Dewey (aka Janina Gavankar).

Self-Publishing at $7 a Pop

Submitted by Leo Klein on Thu, 12/14/06 (4:43pm)

We're so focused on Digital Libraries and other forms of online communication that we often overlook how profoundly the Web has changed the delivery of ordinary goods and services.

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