What I thought I would do for my thesis

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Well I have considered this sort of direction anyway, but this site shows how easily third party interfaces can be used to access data from another site, and demonstrates the potential benfits for going to the effort to do so. Revealicious, allows you to view your del.icio.us links in a whole new context. Emphasizing the visual relationship of tags over the textual. To be sure, there have been a raft of adds, hacks, kludges that have emerged as a consequence of their open source API.
The Blog, Quick Online Tips has been tracking them since feb 05, and has now logged over 100 (105) such remixed products. I have seen many of them, and should come up with a shortlist or categorize them myself to see how many specifically attempt to augment the interface, what techniques and technologies they use etc..

Revealicious is a set of graphic visualisations for your del.icio.us account that allow you to browse, search and select tags, as well as viewing posts matching them.

It has some of the benefits that others have introduced and taken them a step further. There are three modes for viewing your links,

1. SpaceNav (demo), which allows you to explore the structure of your tags in a rather recreative manner.
2. TagsCloud (demo), which is an interactive and enhanced version of the tagscloud available in del.icio.us
3. Grouper (demo), which is an experimental interface for grouping and working with tags.

I find the SpaceNav the more striking and useful of the three, as it operates on an almost purely visual basis, forcing you to explore the patterns to find semantic information. These are all considered “demos” so we should see them evolve, excellent!

Techno-rebels spread wireless network vision

The idea: If enough people share bandwdith and a spot on their window ledge for a small radio antenna, eventually anyone in the city will be able to go online free. It’s a new form of civic activism – driven by computer programmers who want to pool their collective knowledge for the greater good.

This was originally reported in the Christian Science Monitor, not my typical news source. But I got to the story from recently launched Vancouver-based news service , NowPublic. I hadn’t even signed up for the service myself (I have now), but the headline caught my eye right away. The general idea here is that ANYONE can create or emphasize the news, adding there own content, insight and even media footage of said news. From there it goes to the community for further elaboratation and comment. Users, can;
Vote for Coverage – basically the rating mechanism which may instigate others to be drawn to the story
Add Footage – (Supported file types include .zip, .jpg, and .mp3)
Add Report – your comments
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This has all the hallmarks of popular social software applications out there such as the flickrs and the furls. Yes it includes “tagsonomy”, profiles, the ability to watch certain other users or stories and hell it even has a blog. As if i need another one of those. (I just might actually)

Christian Science Monitor
from the June 15, 2005 edition

By Elizabeth Armstrong Moore | PORTLAND, ORE. –
On the surface, it looks like an ordinary weeknight gathering of aimless guys. A dozen men on a back porch chew thick slices of delivered pizza between rat-a-tat banter. One wears a bandanna. Another sports a John Deere T-shirt. Several have counterculture beards.
But beneath the raffish exterior lie some high-watt minds. The talk is about bandwidths and binary codes.
Meet the geeks, a selective handful of Portland’s brightest computer science gurus who gather weekly at Node 236 – aka Tom Higgins’s house – to discuss all things wireless. They are modern-day freedom fighters trying to encourage people to host wireless connections to the Internet, with the hope of eventually unplugging the entire city.

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