Google Maps Experimentation: “I see Asian people”

I’m getting a real kick out of the widgets that have been released for Google Maps, one of them lets me find cheap gas prices, find real estate in my area (the most common mashup), show where I’ve been with Platial.com (lack of city data), and best of all draw and label the maps. I made this map quickly, of all the places I know that Asian people live, I’m calling it “I see Asian People”. I’d love for this to become dynamic and show users faces, how cool would that be, there is so much opportunity here. Above: Drawing on a Google Map, I saved it as a public map called “I see asian people” The big question is, … Continue readingGoogle Maps Experimentation: “I see Asian people”

How to Reinvigorate the Movie Theatre Industry

Most of the time, it’s hard to understand what Loren talks about, and that’s a shame since he’s a colleague of mine. Maybe it’s just me, but I get confused when he’s off interviewing turtles and monkeys on web 2.0 in Barbados but today he really hit something genius. Why not show ‘long tail’ content in a ‘big head’ medium? I really think that Loren is onto something here. Maybe this could reinvigorate declining theater attendance.

Timeline of Big Three Acquisitions (Google, Yahoo, and Microsoft) Mashup

Pete Abilla (congrats who just adopted a baby boy) told me about his interesting Mashup that indicates all of the acquisitions going back to 2001 of the big three web companies.  Click and Drag the slider to the left to see the most current time.  Wow, it starts to get dense in the last year huh? I see measuremap on there, what have they done recently?  It’s been a while, I’m hoping they launch soon. Measurement of social media is very important to me.  In fact I’m helping Factiva with a roundtable workshop, so they can make a product that can measure social media.

Photosynth can create 3D models out of photos

Whoa, this is cool, apparently it creates 3D models from images uploaded.  Given that we’ve the ability to tag photos, location, and time, this could easily be a great way to create 3D worlds. Imagine what happens when this ties with Second life, flickr, image recognition like Riya, and Google maps. If you don’t want to download all the plugins and application, watch this video, there’s a few other videos on the page such as this demo of St Peter’s Basilica (I was there last fall). Or try photosynth for yourself, (You’ll need IE) I wish I could do this for my pictures of Nijo Castle I just took yesterday, it’s the old former capital of Japan, occupied by the … Continue readingPhotosynth can create 3D models out of photos

MySpace gets it’s own TV show called “Project MyWorld”

MySpace to launch Project MyWorld which will have three girls going around the world to meet other MySpacers. Lucky folks they meet will end up on the TV show and on their MySpace page/blog/pics/video. “This summer, three girlfriends – (that’s us, folks!) – are embarking on a journey around the world to meet the faces behind the MySpace pages. With the help of fellow MySpacers, Renee is looking for love, Shaina is looking for music, and Taryn is looking for adventure. Romantic dates, inspirational bands, tribal rituals…we’re ready for it all – and we need you guys to help us. You want to go on a date with Renee? Does your band want to hang with Shaina and perform on … Continue readingMySpace gets it’s own TV show called “Project MyWorld”

Scrapblog Tells a Story using my Flickr Pictures –This one is about what REALLY happened at TechCrunch7

A few days ago, I had a wonderful conversation with Carlos Garcia, the CEO of the self-funded Scrapblog startup. I promised to give a trial run of his Visual Mashup, I just tried creating a Scrapblog, which is an online version of a scrapbook. I quickly imported my flickr pictures, and then selected a theme. I grabbed some of my more famous photos –those from the most recent TechCrunch 7 party. Scrapblog Demo of TechCrunch7 Find out what REALLY happened at TC7. You’ll see pics of Scoble (and his Camera), Pepper, Laughing Squid, the Guy, Winer, Canter, and Flockstar. I had the same issues as Tara, the Scrapblog would not embed. The player is kinda slow –that needs to be … Continue readingScrapblog Tells a Story using my Flickr Pictures –This one is about what REALLY happened at TechCrunch7

Flickr integrates with Yahoo Maps

Flickr has integrated it’s Photo feature with Yahoo Maps. I’ve selected a few photos by dropping them on a map at Hitachi Data Systems. Stewart has posted more details from the official Flickr Blog. Ian from Yahoo has some additional info about Upcoming.org and maps. I’m watching Thomas Hawk as this is a space that Zooomr has been in already –Zoomr will be one of the companies presenting at the Web Expo at Lunch 2.0. Folks are already using Flickr for Marketing such as events, people, companies, and products, this will add yet another level of richness –more to come on this soon.

Understanding Microformats for the Non-Technical Web Professional or Marketer

I’m not a developer or software engineer. I am an individual that needs to understand technology in order to impelement web strategies –consider the following as a public learning experience. I first heard Marc Canter talking about Microformats a few months ago, and talked to Tantek about it at dinner –I didn’t understand it fully at the time, I’m beginning to see the value now that so many voices are appearing on the web due to blogs and social media. I am NOT a microformat expert, if you have a suggestion or correction, please leave a comment below and I’ll update the text –let’s learn together. Q: What are Microformats? A new method to organize unstructured information into an organized … Continue readingUnderstanding Microformats for the Non-Technical Web Professional or Marketer

Facebook opens APIs for Mashups –Why build another social site if you can harness an existing one?

Facebook opens up APIs for Developers If I were to start a company that was focused on building a social site around a particular segment (such as cars, food, drinks, or anything else that interests me), I’d consider tapping into existing social networks. Facebook could be just that, as developers could create new applications that could mash with their data (profiles, images, friends and events). Heh, I love how Marc Canter gets so excited about open systems, “I told you so” he says. Learn more at this launched Facebook Developers. Currency now available It appears that they’ve also launched a new product called Facebank, which adds in currency to this model –there could be money to be made here. Although … Continue readingFacebook opens APIs for Mashups –Why build another social site if you can harness an existing one?