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Saturday, June 25, 2005

Come clean or post a secret - what's the difference?

Companice pointed me to "come clean", a site where you can confess anonymously, while other people can read your confessions on the website, or even within a screensaver (what for, though?).

Nice idea, but not so new. I have already seen this idea before (see here - in german). It's Postsecret, a regular blog, graphically not as nice and without a link to a screensaver, but essentially the same idea...

Question is: did Crispin Porter Bogusky know about this? And if so, should they have won a Cyber Lion, the most prestigious award, with it?

[27th June:] I just learned at Companice that cp&b actually had their site up since autumn last year, while postsecret is only up since the beginning of this year.

Monday, June 20, 2005

Fad, gadget or trend? How do you rate Tiddlywikis?

Tiddlywikis are html files enriched with a lot of javascript. The main feature: all internal links, called Tiddlers, are contained within the file, even when their not visible. Once you click on a Tiddler-link, they open. And then you can also edit them. For more details see the link above.

A TiddlyWiki is like a blog because it's divided up into neat little chunks, but it encourages you to read it by hyperlinking rather than sequentially: if you like, a non-linear blog analogue that binds the individual microcontent items into a cohesive whole.
So we have a nice tool. But what for? It's good for collaboration. But not better than other Wikis. It's good for single-person use, as you can carry this one file with you (on a USB stick, for example) and work with it everywhere. That works quite will for notes, To Do lists, etc. There is also a getting things done GTDTiddlywiki, an adaptation of the Tiddlywiki for To Do lists, etc.

And there is a Tiddlywiki Novel, a nice idea with a non-linear plot where you decide for yourself which direction the story should take - depending on which Tiddlers you click...

So is this really something that will take off like the reguar wikis or blogs even?
I personally think, it won't. The non-linear flowis interesting, but also confusing. Even though we have managed to improve our mind in terms of grasping complex setups (see the NY Times article (for non-registered users click here) about how television made us smarter in the last 20 years), I still don't think that the general public is willing to work with or only read something that non-linear.
Even I don't like it, when there are too many of side-tracking links in articles.
But in a couple of years this may be different...

Sunday, June 19, 2005

Marketing and Advertising sites list on adverblog

Adverblog has a good overview of blogs covering marketing and advertising. It seems to be a rather complete list, which can be proven by the fact that even my blog is listed :)

Thursday, June 16, 2005

Sidekick: Nice Links

I really enjoy two sites that don't really write much, but show nice images.

1) advertising focused: AdBlather. Here you can find nice print advertising. Ads from magazines or outdoor. But always executions with a nice little idea with it. Really enjoyed most of these sofar.

2) Photography: iso800 by Fabian Mohr. Really nice Photography, also some commentary (in german) on how some of these pictures were taken. Amateur Photographers like myself can really learn a lot here!

Friday, June 10, 2005

"A Netrospective": 100 big things in 10 years of the internet

So Yahoo! is celebrating their 10 year anniversary, and shows the 100 most memorable moments on the internet (since '95 only).

Well, congratulations, Yahoo!.

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

More online gadgets: Color picker

Cool, just as guess the google was. This one now let's you search for pictures by colour.
Love it, even though I have no use for it, it's nice to browse through these pictures.
I guess this should be adapted by the getty images online platform - for Art Directors looking for pictures with similar colour spectrum...

Saturday, June 04, 2005

With Yahoo you can set your mind.

Yahoo has just launched a new search from their labs: intent driven search - called Yahoo Mindset. You can fine tune the results you get by moving a slider on a horizontal axis between "research" and "shopping" - admittingly the two most common intents people might have on the net.

Typing in the words "Mobile phone" I got the following top two results (after the sponsored results!):

Research intent:
- Cellular Phone Antennas and Human Health
- Mobile Phone Virus >> News, Reviews and Alerts

Shopping intent
- Amazon.com: Cell Phones & Service
- Mobile Fun Limited

So that proves it works well. But how will they expand this tool, when they take other intents into consideration, that users might want on the internet, like communicate or play?

Friday, June 03, 2005

Play the Mojomaster or be played

Axe continues to play on the game of seduction (see Evan and Gareth) with an upcoming game called the Mojomaster.

It looks much like the "Singles" game to me. Except that they will have some advertising in the game, I'm certain. You can test your seduction skills on virtual women-avatars. Quite sure this will contribute to the stupidification of society.
We had the Sims, we have Secondlife and There. These are, at least communities of real members, even though I don't understand how you can spend so much time "talking" to people you will most likely never get to know personally. But in this game your flirting with your computer.

Also, extremely annoying - I have not yet found out how to turn the sound of this thing off.