Category Archives: Ideas

Pondering Community/Mission Building

Screenshot 2013-10-18 10.48.33One of the areas that I like to cover in the Social Computing ecosystem is that surrounding Community development and management. In the past I have been far more focused on exploring open source platforms and the raw ingredients that have shaped the success of community development as an alternative to push marketing. Continue reading Pondering Community/Mission Building

Near Field Community

I was shopping yesterday and had my first interaction with an NFC enabled store kiosk. My mobile has NFC and I purchased some writable tags a few months ago to experiment with. It’s useful to me to have a tag on my wireless charger that puts the mobile into sleep mode when I set it there. But I had yet to have a retailer avail themselves of this. Continue reading Near Field Community

Mining Emotions

We feel fine has been mining the social web for emotions since 2005. Or so says their website. They have been coming up with some rather impressive models to do semantic mining … serious social implications from IS … no?

What are the implications of being able to gauge moods through a variety of social media and connect these with other social and demographic phenomenon is not radically new, these folks have a rather solid and proven way of accomplishing it. I will admit some challenges in using their java-based applet, the concept is there. I highly recommend checking out this straightforward discussion paper – We Feel Fine and Searching the Emotional Web.

What do you think? What are the implications of the automated mining of emotions? Do social media really give a clear indicator? How can this be used?

Seriously Social Computing

wefeelfineWe feel fine has been mining the social web for emotions since 2005. Or so says their website. They have been coming up with some rather impressive models to do semantic mining … if this isn’t applied social computing … what is it?

What are the implications of being able to gauge moods through a variety of social media and connect these with other social and demographic phenomenon is not radically new, these folks have a rather solid and proven way of accomplishing it. I will admit some challenges in using their java-based applet, the concept is there. I highly recommend checking out this straightforward discussion paper – We Feel Fine and Searching the Emotional Web.

What do you think? What are the implications of the automated mining of emotions? Do social media really give a clear indicator? How can this be used?

What Sort of Lightbulb is This?

Hardly wondered what sort of segue was necessary to link to Philips innovation, but wondered what thought might be around this bright idea;-)

hyperlocalFunded as part of the Knight New Challenge grant last year, the OpenBlock initiative is basically trying to exploit the hyperlocal news market through a crowdsourced and social media augmented application that functions as an open data portal.  It’s innovative in that it offers a tripartite approach appealing to consumer, reporters and sponsors, but does it result in more informed and engaged communities? There’s a very limited functional demo (alas just for Boston, MA) but it does give an idea of the SM augmented mashup combined with linked open data within an ecosystem that supports and cultivates community opinion and contribution. Continue reading What Sort of Lightbulb is This?

Extending the Personal Mood Hub

Screen Shot 2013-01-21 at 08.44.05A few years ago in, in an attempt to ground twitter in real world usefulness, there were ‘creative’ suggestions that your refrigerator would be tweeting you to remind you that you were running low on milk. Useful and the next thing you know the refrigerator will have an account at TescoDirect. The positioning of Twitter as a lightweight communication protocol now goes without saying on both a technical and social level, then along come Philips this week with the Hue Personal Wireless Lighting system. On offer: 3 lightbulbs and a wireless controller that lets you control the  hue, intensity an schedule from your smartphone. Check out Ambience. You can choose the hues from your favourite photographs to help you ‘re-live’ the memories. Also note the ‘Community’ being created around what is at this point a seriously niche device. It’s not cheap as you will note from reviews – just under €200 for a start pack. Continue reading Extending the Personal Mood Hub

Hiring, Firing and the Evolving Organisation

I happened across this interesting article reporting on a conversation with Cindy Alvarez, Director of User Experience at Yammer. For whatever reason I found it short, pithy and well worth regarding. Anyone that has gone through the start-up experience will probably find it familiar. She refers to Five Types of People I Should Have Fired Sooner, and I wonder whether anyone else might share experience of anyone of these types. One of the interesting things I find in all the types is the sense that organisations are evolving entities (something we all know – but oft need be reminded of). In many cases what was once a good hire has become a bad hire – something that indeed even holds true for founders themselves. How can organisations adapt to identify these traits as they emerge? Is firing always the only alternative? I realise that it makes for a fine title and keep the article straightforward and approachable – but what alternatives exist? Worth a quick read.

Facebook Friends

Mapping Facebook FriendsThere is something very intriguing about this recent visualisation created by Mia Newman entitled: Mapping the World’s Friendships. It has a number of compelling features:

  • the visualisation design is particularly well-crafted – colours chosen, faded map features – all of which make the data front and centre;
  • the interactive ability to choose the country I am interested in and through a fluid transition see the ‘friends’ of residents of that country. Continue reading Facebook Friends

DailWatch Looks Promising

Launching on 11 October, DailWatch promises to be a two way street allowing citizens to keep tabs on what their TDs are up to as well as allowing TD’s to guage the pulse of their constituents. Definitely a space to watch. There are a variety of places that attempt to provide a means for Irish resident’s to rant, to express their concerns and you can of course go to oireachtas.ie to search databases to see what hansard can tell you about what’s actually going on behind the scenes. I have been a subscriber to custom feeds from Kildarestreet.com allowing you to get transcripts whenever selected TD’s or Senator’s appear on record. Here is an opportunity to marry both sides of the street and I for one am looking forward to seeing what transpires. You can also follow @dailwatch for updates.

A New Age in Participatory Government: The Finnish Open Ministry

The Finnish government has just approved a new unique ID for all citizens thus paving the way to the new Finnish Open Ministry platform. Open Ministry is a follow on to the ‘citizens’ initiative‘ which allows for a mandatory vote on new laws proposed and backed with  A huge and fascinating experiment in extending citizen involvement but also true to the ethos, the Open Ministry platform is open-source and available on GitHub. This is definitely one to watch.

Related: Could crowdsourcing be a better way to make legislation?