hotornot + google maps

By on Jul 26, 2005 in location based services, online dating | 1 comment

Now users of hotornot can find other users in their neighbourhood which is probably great for casual hook-ups for those who are so inclined but also, I would think, adds a bit of a stalker risk.

news orgs tout for user content

By on Jul 21, 2005 in BBC | 1 comment

Within minutes of reports, still emerging, of possible small explosions at several tube stations in London, two weeks after the original bombing attacks, both BBC News and Sky News are touting for user submitted photos. This demonstrates how much importance news organisations are starting to place on user submitted content, particularly as events are unfolding and news crews scamble to get to the scene of major incidents. Is this the awakening, finally, of major news organisations to the idea of the Citizen Journalist? Sky News Asks: Were you anywhere near the incidents at Warren Street, Oval or Shepherd’s Bush? Were you on any of the tubes. Please send us your photos or experiences of what happened. BBC page asking for user submissions Update – 14.39 on 21 July: user generated content starting to appear on BBC News website Update – 04 August: "Four weeks on from the London bombings, the news business in Britain has changed forever" writes BBC News Online’s Torin...

how online communities are changing business

By on Jul 15, 2005 in BBC, conferences/events, online community | 1 comment

Writing from the TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) conference in Oxford, BBC News Online’s Jo Twist looks at how new social software, and online communities, are changing the way companies engage with customers and create products: "Big companies are now seeing the economic opportunity of this kind of open, collaborative production, by the people, making social production a fact and not just a fad." [more]

mobile owners urged to store emergency contact details

By on Jul 12, 2005 in BBC, mobile |

If something happened to you, would rescuers be able to figure out who to contact? Probably so if you have your family listed in your mobile phone directory as "mom and dad" or "home" but what if you have important numbers listed only by name? According to BBC News Online, in the aftermath of Thursday’s terrorist attacks in London, mobile phone users are being encouraged to make an entry for ICE in their phone: In Case of Emergency. That way, rescuers, police, and hospital staff can quickly contact a family member or friend on your behalf.

mobile phones capture blast aftermath

By on Jul 8, 2005 in mobile | 1 comment

(Snippet of an article from BBC News Online – includes links to mobile phone videos) Around 1,000 photos and 20 pieces of amateur video were sent in to the BBC News website, with many being featured on the site. "Within minutes we were receiving people’s written accounts and their still pictures," said BBC News Interactive editor Pete Clifton. "An image of the bus with its roof torn away was sent to us by a reader inside an hour, and it was our main picture on the front page for a large part of the day. "By the end of the day many of the images on the site had been provided by our users, and many of them were subsequently used by many other BBC services and national newspapers as well. See also: BBC News: Blogging about the Bombs BBC London: Mobile Phone Videos Submitted by the Public BBC London (Jon Gaunt Show): Audio of Eyewitness Accounts Time Magazine’s Eyewittness Gallery BBC News Online: How Technology Helped Us Find Out About Friends and Family BBC News Online: Mobile Networks Strain to Cope With Call Volumes BBC News Online: Email and Web Traffic Surged As Events Unfolded in London International Herald Tribune (via Smartmobs): Emergency Services Given Mobile Network Priority Flickr 7/7 Community Photo...