A WHOLE NEW WORLD
In this post for Wired.com, Clive Thompson eloquently explains why Instagram is so much more than just a photo-sharing app and how it’s giving us ordinary folk a deeper visual literacy – making the ordinary, extraordinary.
A good read.
FACEBOOK BUSINESS CARDS
A new deal between Facebook and Moo.com will mean you can now use your Facebook profile to create business cards to use in the real world – with both partners claiming this will bridge the gap between online and offline social networking.
Entrepreneur Richard Moross launched Moo.com in 2006, and he spoke to the guardian.co.uk about the offering “it’s clear that consumer habits of sharing business and personal information is evolving. The lines between online social networking and offline business networking are not just blurring, but vanishing.” He described the new hybrid offering as an “offline social business card.”
A NEW RELIGION
Religion is described as a specific fundamental set of beliefs and practices generally agreed upon by a number of persons or sects, and now Kopimi has been granted official religious status by Swedish authorities.
The latimes.com reports that in the midst of a worldwide debate about Internet piracy, the Church of Kopimism, which claims it considers CTRL+C and CTRL+V (shortcuts for copy and paste) to be sacred symbols, and that information is holy and copying is a sacrament.
The self appointed spiritual leader is Isak Gerson, who said, “being recognised by the state of Sweden is a large step for all of Kopimi. Hopefully, this is one step toward the day when we can live out our faith without fear of persecution.”
This should make for a very interesting debate around illegal file sharing.
INTERACTIVE CONSUMER ELECTRONICS
Interested in what’s new and exciting in consumer electronics? Look no further. With so many innovative products at the consumer electronics show held in Las Vegas, cnet.com has published and reviewed a best-of guide.
THE FUTURE OF INTERACTIVE TV
CEO and Founder of Simulmedia Dave Morgan, a TV targeting company shared his thoughts on adage.com, “TV will be adding web-like targeting, measurement, accountability and interactivity to a media channel with massive scale and uniquely-impactful sight, sound and motion advertising which will make a very good thing only better.“
“TV’s share of advertising dollars will continue to grow with the promise of personalised, on-demand TV shows, movies, games – and will finally be manifested on the biggest, most comfortable available screen, the TV. This could truly mean a new Golden Age for TV advertising,” Morgan said.
The full article is worth a read.
STARTUPS TO KEEP YOUR EYES ON IN 2012
With so many exciting start-ups, I find it hard to pick favourites, that’s why I enjoyed reading Sarah Kessler top six she compiled for mashable.com.
A few to whet your appetite are:
1.Skillshare is an online marketplace for offline classes – and you can learn about everything from crocheting jewelry to how to invest your first $10,000.
2. Dwolla allows users make payments through Twitter, Facebook, SMS and other virtual channels by connecting their bank accounts to their Dwolla accounts.
The comments on this post are almost as interesting as the article itself.
BECOME AN APPTIVIST
It’s true, gaming can help save the whales. Adelaide’s The Apptivist Studio has designed a new game, which allows you to assume the identity of a Minke Whale and dodge whalers in the Antarctic.
News.com.au reports that the game will be released this month and is available for 99 cents from the App Store, with 30 per cent of proceeds going to the Sea Shepherd – the organisation that has made waves internationally with its sometimes controversial attempts to stop Japanese whaling.
Paul Malyschko, a designer of the game, said “we were keen to do something which was fun without being overly preachy.”
Go on, game and help save the whales.
GAMING FOR A GOOD CAUSE
The gaming for a good cause trend continues, with WeTopia launching a new Facebook game created by Sojo Studios that allows you to make virtual purchases that are converted to real-world donations, with all gifts going to needy children around the world.
Not only can players create and manage their own villages, gamers can also view their impact on the communities online.
It’s better than Farmville, promise!
If you’re trying to use Wikipedia today, don’t. The website will be completely dark for 24 hours, with founder Jimmy Wales using the stunt to send a “big message” to the U.S. government regarding censorship bills currently being considered.