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Art and Technology Incubation — It’s all in the Conversation!

I’m doing a little volunteer research/community project for GAFFTA — I do love those art/tech non-profits! — so I was reviewing a report we did more than a year ago when I was still the Dorkbot overlord in Seattle.  We did this research in collaboration with Genevieve Tremblay (Cultural Entrepreneurs) for BRINC — Bell Red Incubator — to inform the BRINC development project and other local arts/tech/cultural development initiatives.  You can download the full report, but here’s the summary: In an online questionnaire study of 120 technology creatives in the Northwest: “We found that the targeted community of technology creatives [...]

Social technology research scientist seeks social tech research job!

Well, coming back from the winter holidays it’s time for me to cope with my new job status: i am back on the market! Unfortunately I got swept up by the recent layoffs at Yahoo.  After several weeks of rumors discussed in various technology blogs (see http://techcrunch.com/2010/12/14/yahoo-employees/), the layoffs finally happened mid December which took about 5% of the company.  I was sitting on the fourth floor of building A, home of the communities teams (Answers, Groups, Delicious), one of the target areas of the layoffs, watching managers walk through the floor requesting private meetings one by one, followed by [...]

Announcing MyTwee!

We are happy to announce the release of our latest project MyTwee!  My Twee is a living, breathing, interactive painting of your Twitterverse. Try it at http://mytwee.com. You’ll need a Twitter account. Here’s mine: What is MyTwee? My Twee is a living, breathing, interactive painting of your Twitterverse.  This project started as a visualization for a Dorkbot art show last year.   It’s since evolved into an online, flash-based interactive art piece with a few gaming mechanics thrown in and a (not so) secret mission to encourage people to be more green! It’s a Painting of your Twitterverse: Your “Twee” is [...]

Web 2.0 Expo Highlights and Emerging Themes

Web 2.0 Expo Highlights and Emerging Themes   I attended Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco this past week.  Brady Forrest (co-chair) invited us to have our H.E.Ai.D. installation (large scale, collaborative play space with lasers, generative sound, and a tinge of augmented reality) in the Expo.  Aside from the joy of watching Tim O’Reilly dance  in our installation, it was great to get up to date on all things Web 2.0.  Here’s my report:     Tim O’Reilly framed the event very well during his keynote speech, essentially giving a report card on the state of Web 2.0 – [...]

Better Privacy or Better Sharing?

I got a twitter (thanks @lindastone) about danah boyd’s SXSW talk on Privacy and Publicity, and read it online.  A couple of days later it was summarized by Jason Kincaid on TechCrunch: http://techcrunch.com/2010/03/13/privacy-publicity-sxsw/.    It’s a great talk, worth the read. I’ve been doing very related research recently so I have been thinking quite a bit about the topic, one thought being I don’t really like the word “privacy” and I’ll explain why. First, some background.  This problem has grown due to several recent trends in social media. Social networking systems tend to provide tools for only a unified identity, reflecting the assumption that one identity [...]

Yahoo, powerpoints, and presentations on slideshare

I’ve been finding Yahoo is a very ppt deck centric company.  People will say “send me the report” and what they really mean is “send me the slide deck”, because, well, that is the report.  I have mixed feelings about the impact the paperless office is having on how we share information.  It is certainly the case it’s a lot easier to page through a lot of powerpoint presentation pages than pdfs of written papers on the desktop screen…  The problem is that how you optimize for an actual presentation, where you are in the room talking about the slides, and how you optimize for a powerpoint [...]

Shelly’s Working at Yahoo!

Well, the big news is I have taken a job at Yahoo as a senior researcher in social media (sitting with applications teams).  It was a really tough decision, but with the recession independent consulting projects were hard to find, so I decided it was time to find a get a “real” job.  My new buddies are all the Yahoo communities/social applications –  Yahoo! Groups, Yahoo Answers, Yahoo, Email, Flickr, Delicious, Profiles, Y!OS etc.  There’s a lot that’s social that’s happening here, so I’m pretty excited to sink my teeth in.  I’ve spent the past few weeks really “studying” Yahoo, meeting people from various [...]

Social Networking at StartupDay

Marcelo of Seattle 2.0 asked me to speak at an upcoming one day conference he’s organizing:  StartupDay, an event for people considering taking the leap into the startup world.  Looks like a good speaker line up!  I’m giving a talk on the importance of networking, and  I was looking at the other speaker list, thinking “ayep” I guess I’ve been doing my job “networking” because I have met a number of them and know who most of them are.   I’m imagining a room full of folks thinking about taking that entrepreneurial leap, and, well, i have lots to say….  

Pics from Frayed Wire

Frayed Wire went great!  I had so much fun, even though I was running around like a chicken with it’s head cut off (I was producing the event…).  It’s an amazing experience, to be in a room FULL of technologists who are also artists and vice versa. I posted some frayed wire pictures on flickr here. Introductory slides for Frayed Wire are here, provides some background on who was there and our goals:     We had a *great* set of speakers and workshops, and people had a lot of fun making stuff out of the items from Junque Exchange in the open [...]

Communities and Technologies 2009

I gave a talk at Communities and Technologies 2009 on June 25.  Just got around to getting my slides online, Pathable:  Leveraging Social Software for Social Networking and Community Development at Events.  Here’s the abstract of the paper described in the talk: Professional networking is a primary goal of people attending conferences and events. Over the past year we developed a social networking and community tool for events, Pathable, to help attendees meet the right people. Pathable provides an online directory of profiles, communication tools, and a recommendation system optimized to help people meet based on commonalities. We performed a [...]

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