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A Crowdsourced ‘Timeline for the World’

Posted in Media, photography, web by aldorf on April 29, 2011

Thanks Angela Maiers for your comment on my recent post around crowdsourcing tools. You recommended vineme.com as a very useful tool. For almost one year  Josh FlemingTony Muse and Chris Taulborg have been hard at work building Des Moines’ newest startup, VineMe. VineMe is billed as a “social platform that allows the world to crowdsource content by time, tags, places and people.” (public launch March 31, 2011). Here is what Josh Fleming says about this new crowdsourcing venture:

“We want to curate life through visual content. I always enjoy discovering content in new ways. It’s why people flocked to the internet. It’s why Google quickly became a verb. It’s why apps are so popular. The combination of discovery and ease of use is what is driving technology today. We think VineMe offers both.”

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Mad Presentation Skills – Epic Google Docs Animation

Posted in Animation, design, ideas, inspiration, Media by aldorf on December 20, 2010

See the presentation (and wait for it to load – the file is heavy!): http://goo.gl/6MJwH | 3 animators. 3 days (sort of). 3 Locations. 1 Google Doc. www.demoslam.com

Google’s Weak Spot – Trying To Replace People With Algorithms.

Posted in ideas, internet, web by aldorf on November 23, 2010
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It’s not always just about Google and Facebook. But what happens on their level will actually effect the entire digital infrastructure.

(excerpt from an interview with David Galbraith)

“…The internet is a communication network, it needs people in it. Some companies are trying to replace people with algorithms, but I think it is a ridiculous idea. Google is imposing algorithms on us. Google or Google News have no human intervention. The Google car can drive itself without a human being behind the wheel. That is Google’s weak spot, what they are trying to do is fundamentally against the DNA of the internet.

And that’s the biggest difference between Google and Facebook. They are about people, and they clash frontally with the model of Google. Like all good battles, it will be fought on a fundamental level. It’s really algorythms vs people. The next big war on the internet. …”

 

Google Goggles – Great First Step Toward Intuitive Search

Posted in Uncategorized, web by aldorf on August 26, 2010

It would be bad ass if these Goggles actually would have facial recognition.Google Goggles lets you use pictures taken with your mobile phone to search the web. It’s ideal for things that aren’t easy to describe in words. There’s no need to type or speak your query – all you have to do is open the app, snap a picture, and wait for your search results.Google Goggles works better with certain types of queries. Try taking pictures of books & DVDs, landmarks, logos, contact info, artwork, businesses, products, barcodes, or text. Currently, it’s not so good when taking pictures of animals, plants, cars, furniture, or apparel.For the best results when taking pictures, hold your phone in “left landscape” mode, as shown below, and press the on-screen shutter button with your right thumb.

Google Goggles is currently available for Android devices running Android 1.6 and above.

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