We Are Hunted

Twitter real-time search is starting to spawn various sites and services that are finding interesting ways to use the data that Twitter makes available. We Are Hunted has a new extension of their trending charts (they already track p2p, blogs, facebook, forums, myspace) for the top 99 tracks being tweeted about on Twitter. A visual interface, streamlined player and “click to buy” feature make for a simple discovery site. What excites me most is that the emerging real-time web is unlocking all types of new discovery options.

Color Me Katie

Today we wrapped the first season of RADAR! Our final shoot was with Color Me Katie. Katie Sokoler is a street artist who believes that random acts of kindness can be infectious. She’s seen it first hand. After launching her blog last October she’s gained a global following, many of whom have been so inspired by her work that they’ve created their own.

Our final shoot day was spent placing shadows and thought bubbles throughout Brooklyn.

Favs of the day a Mexican Popeye in front of a laundromat and a poodle named “movie star” thinking about cats.

The day also marked a milestone for WBP – what started as an experiment almost 2 and half years ago has been growing by leaps and bounds over the last six months. RADAR marks a step in a new direction. One of which provides direct creative opportunities to the community that WBP servers. Finishing out the season with Katie was a great way to top things off.

Projection in your palm

As chips get smaller and resolution increases we’re not far off from mobile phones that will shoot HD or small hand held projectors that will enable screenings virtually anywhere. The following is a concept design by Miika Mahonen for a Nokia device called the Pulse. Even though it doesn’t exist it’s not hard to imagine that it soon will. But it does tease an interesting range of possibilities.

Jumping into Streamy

I’m always on the hunt for ways to aggregate the data that surrounds my life. A way to combine my online activities while streamlining the discovery of things that I find interesting. Then there’s the desire to share those items with others and in the process see what interests them.

I’ve tried various start pages and feed aggregators. Some have been browser based others desktop apps. I’ve signed up, logged on and tested mores services and solutions then I care to recall. Which brings me to my current obsession.

Streamy is a hybrid – part feed reader, part start page, part social aggregator. This incarnation is relatively new and currently in beta. It’s an impressive service with a nice degree of customization. Where Streamy shines is in the way that it integrates IM (aim, live, gtalk, yahoo), facebook, twitter, digg, flickr, and friendfeed in addition to normal feed reader functionality. The interface is smooth and intuitive making it easy to get up and running. The final ingredient that makes Streamy standout is the ease of sharing stories with others on the platform. There are friend sharing and follow features, ways to create groups along with IM and Chat functionality that is dedicated to the Streamy platform. The following is a screen cast that provides an overview of the service.

Copyright in real-time

This post from BusinessWeek touches on some interesting issues regarding copyright and the emerging realities of a real-time web.

Copyright law wasn’t written with today’s content consumption in mind. The way online video copyright functions is based on a reading of the 10-year-old Digital Millennium Copyright Act that equates video hosting sites with Internet service providers. That law provides a “safe harbor” for hosts who respond to copyright claims by taking down infringing content “expeditiously.”

There doesn’t seem to be widespread motivation to modernize that process. Viacom is suing YouTube for $1 billion , claiming YouTube should take more responsibility than the current reading of DMCA requires — but that’s plodding along in the courts . Meanwhile, Internet users are sharing and consuming content at a furious rate. And what’s being called the “real-time web” is even less equipped to deal with copyright infringement. READ MORE