Archive for August, 2007

Blog Day 2007 is upon us!

Blog Day 2007Blog Day 2007 is upon us, here’s is my list of 5 blogs worth checking out:
Henning has a lot to say about Israel, Germany and life in general.

Ouriel Ohayon
Ouriel is a writer and editor for, an Israeli blogger, web 2.0 enthusiast and entrepreneur.

Qype Blog
What goes on behind the closed doors of the Qype offices?

Anything and everything under the sun involving social networking on the internet.

Just Jennifer
It’s my mother. She blogs.

Now, it’s your turn! The whole day is still blog day, post your 5 recomended blogs and don’t forget to check out the Blog Day website.

Invitations to Pownce

I have 3 extra invitations for Pownce. If you’d like one, reply to this post or email me at – no catch, first come – first serve.

Minneapolis Bridge Collapse & Citizen Journalism

Some of you who follow my blog or know me personally might know I grew up in St Paul, Minnesota. Some of you might also know that I still have family and friends in the Twin Cities. The Minneapolis bridge collapse at the beginning of the month was a tough time for both me and my family. What was most astounding to me about the event, however, was the citizen response – not only on-location, but as a wave of information throughout the world wide web.

This Minnesotan’s in-depth look covers the snowball of citizen-generated coverage that began with microblogging and rolled it’s way through the internet’s various social websites and communities. This is, to me, a prime example of one of the things that amazes and astounds me about the internet as a communication tool. Being on the other side of the globe and not owning a television was no set-back for me from recieving information during the aftermath of the collapse, and this article is a wonderful example for the social dynamics of citizen response to disasters in an interconnected world. Worth a read!

Next up on channel 4, “This week in life”.

Twitter style, here are a few snippets of the past week and random observations.

  • A conversation with collegues from a few days ago gave me a raging urge to play Day of the Tentacle.
  • I have to learn to relax. I keep being clumsy and knocking things over.
  • I have not seen the Simpson’s movie yet. Why have I not seen the Simpson’s movie yet?
  • I have been deluding myself that the Thomas Han Pushers were going to be much cheaper than they actually are. Damnit.
  • For the sake of the cliche, I’m going to bring red lipstick with me to Paris next week.
  • My swimsuit is so dry, it’ll crack. I need to go swimming and it needs to be in the near future.
  • I have a lot of respect for music video producers that don’t take themselves too seriously.

Here’s a little something for your weekend, I’m going to go catch up on some sleep!

Website Maintenance is going to be undergoing some maintenance in the upcoming week (it is sooooo 2006). Please bear with me if some things may be slightly broken here and there.

Joost may very well be TV 2.0

I downloaded Joost a few hours ago, and holy cow. There are a lot of things about the internet that surprise me and excite me, but Joost is something else. This is an application in a league of it’s own. The concept of Joost is painfully simple – streaming web TV. With this, they didn’t invent the wheel or discover fire. What they did do, however, is enclose this service in an interface that works so well, that you no longer have an excuse to convince yourself you need a TV. Joost’s service isn’t passive TV, but a wide selection of channels and shows (which you can watch when you want, independant of any show time). One of the more interesting aspects of Joost, that it combines between traditional TV and the aspects we know and love about “Web 2.0″. Joost does this by integrating “widgets” into it’s main interface, with which you can chat with other folks watching the same programs, and all sorts of other nifty stuff. Images speak louder than words, so let me point you in the direction of the (extremely well made) Joost promo short:

Don’t let me keep you here, go make good use of your broadband.

Exploring Jaiku

I’ve been using Twitter recently to see what all the fuss is about. I have to admit, there’s something interesting about the dynamics which have been created within the Twitter community. An IM-style web community with little to no topic filtering wouldn’t be something I’d admit to believing in the popularity of. But the people have spoken.

To be entirely honest, I’m having a blast with Jaiku, a webservice some would call “Twitter’s prime contender to the throne”. While at first glance, the two seem painfully similar, it took me only a few minutes with Jaiku to realize how different the two actually are and how much functionality Jaiku has. Functionality as a rich web-app is key with Jaiku. With Twitter, the bare-bones functionality is it’s charm. Depending on what you’re looking for in a micro-blogging service, either may be your cup of tea.

Jaiku supports adding feeds to your “stream”. What this means, is that besides updating your daily doings, you can set your page to aggregate your latest blog post headers, flickr images, youtube vides, delicious bookmarks and the like. This creates a “single point of presence” and allows folks to see an overview of what you’re doing around the web. I find this a simple solution with remarkable implemetation. My Jaiku page displays, alongside my written entries, my updates from Twitter, Youtube, Flickr and my personal blog.

Another feature of Jaiku is channels, which functions like an open forum on a specific topic. One of the problems of Twitter is that it doesn’t have a proper interface to allow users to “discover” other users thematically. Jaiku solves this by allowing users to engage in open discussion on a page dedicated to a specific topic. Each channel page has the same feed aggregating ability like personal pages, so if you create a channel like #hamburg, you basically have self-updating content by linking it up with flickr photos tagged “hamburg”, events from and local reviews from

If you don’t live in Hamburg, check out two of my other channels:
#LOLcats – Aggregating and flickr photos tagged with “lolcats”.
#designertoys – Aggregating the Clutter Magazine blog, Vinyl Abuse, Vinyl Pulse and flickr photos tagged with “designertoys”.

Another nifty and considerate feature of Jaiku is that you have the ability to unsubscribe from a certain feed which is attached to any given userpage or channel. As an example – if you’d be watching me on Jaiku, and I have my flickr photostream plugged in, you can “opt out” of getting these specific flickr updates from me, the rest of the updates you see as normal. This is particularly useful when joining a channel such as #hamburg, since it’s attached feeds seem to be bringing in quite a bit of content. I’ve chosen, for example, to stay “subscribed” to conversations on #hamburg solely, and the rest of the aggregated updates will pass under my radar.

You can watch the founders of Jaiku on Scobleshow talking about the website, upcoming features and the mobile client in betatest. It looks exciting!

Happy 22nd Birthday lil’ brother!

Mazaltov Yaniv!
And now, for some public embarrassment:

A week home in Israel, Summer 2007

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