In case you didn’t see the news a couple weeks ago, the National Journal has a new social network in private beta currently that’s supposed to essentially be a LinkedIn for the DC crowd. Could be interesting.


Trying the Facebook Connect comment box for a big event — Howard Dean on health care.

Picture 1Drop some code into the page next to an event video and let people use their facebook status to comment live. Harvest contacts.

I can’t see us using it regularly, but would we want to use it for a big event, if Legal permits? (Big if)

It raises the obvious idea of using Twitter for the same purpose.

Small team uses Django framework under Flash for data visualization.

Twitter seems to be the hottest thing in tech recently — if you look at TechCrunch, it averages at least 3 posts a week about Twitter. But the bigger question is, who is really using Twitter? Many of you might think that, as with most of the latest gadgets and technologies, teenagers are using Twitter, but you’re wrong, and here’s why. Matthew Robson, a 15 year old intern, over at Morgan Stanley, wrote a report on how teenagers are consuming media, and why Twitter isn’t the hot topic in high school halls.

If you look at technologies trending with teens right now, it’s Apple devices (iPhone, iPod), smart phones (Blackberry, Palm), and then social networks (Facebook and MySpace). At least that’s what I see from hanging out with 1,500 other teenagers in high school every day (I am 16 years old). But why not Twitter? Well, because Twitter is a different type of social network than Facebook. Facebook is about connecting people, and sharing information with each other. The way my friends and I see it, Facebook is a closed network. It’s a network of people and friends that you trust to be connected to, and to share information like your email address, AIM screen name, and phone number. You know who’s getting your status messages, because you either approved or added each person to your network.

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Not an Upgrade — an Upheaval

by Clay Shirky
Lead Essay
July 13th, 2009

The hard truth about the future of journalism is that nobody knows for sure what will happen; the current system is so brittle, and the alternatives are so speculative, that there’s no hope for a simple and orderly transition from State A to State B. Chaos is our lot; the best we can do is identify the various forces at work shaping various possible futures. Two of the most important are the changing natures of the public, and of subsidy.

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Google today released Google Fusion Tables in Labs. Fusion Tables allows users to upload more data than they can in Google Spreadsheets. With Google Fusion it is possible to upload tabular data sets of up to 100 MB per data set.
One visualisation tool for Fusion Tables is a Google Maps view of any geo-location data that you have in your table. Currently there are a number of data sets already shared in Google Fusion that have Google Maps views. These tables can be viewed by anybody with a Google account. The shared tables include global child mortality rates, a global climate change projection, Academy Awards by country and total renewable freshwater supply by country.

This JavaScript InfoVis toolkit provides tools for creating interactive data visualizations for the web. Cool new tool to create interactive pie charts,  bar charts and tree maps. Its an open api that looks like it could be fun to use for an interactive project.