Archive for April, 2008

Some Community Manager Slideshare Presentations

Wednesday, April 30th, 2008

Making a Gabillion Dollars With Community Marketing…or something like that – Tara Hunt

Community Evangelism: Tools + Techniques by Anil Dash and Deborah Schultz

Community 2.0 Community Bootcamp: the technology part by Tara Hunt

Guest Post from Haydn: One World Wallet

Wednesday, April 30th, 2008

Haydn Shaughnessy is a journalist, writer, producer and owns the Haydn Shaughnessy Art Gallery in Kinsale. This is a guest post from Haydn about his latest project:

Because brands have pushed us to desire what we cannot afford, because banks as brands have lent us the money, because there are tough times ahead ….

The new social media project One World Wallet is part statement against the brand, part social media art work, part social network, part product, part virtual art production house. Wholly novel. It is a project of art label start-up This is Not A Brand and it’s a way of trying to make sense of social media from a creative cultural perspective.

“Bring a little culture into your wallet and be known for how you spend rather than what you buy.”

Ideal for downturns in the global economy and as an antidote to what we’ve experienced over the past decade.

Jon Coffelt art wallet

On Oneworldwallet, you buy an art-inspired wallet for all your spending needs and in return get a selection of free art downloads made from a virtual wall of wallets constructed in Second Life. As more people buy so the project issues more art products based on the wall and on members own contributions – photo uploads, blog posts, videos, whatever…. You too are a part of the art.

As an art work it will grow out of member contributions, examples of which are previewed on site (scroll to the wallet wall pictures at the bottom of the home page).

Once a member has bought a wallet the network will offer regular free art downloads (no shipping out of paper after the first wallet is posted), some created from network members’ uploads, some from the virtual space in Ten Cubed (the wallet wall), that we have created in Second Life as part of the one world wallet project.

It’s an exploration of how social media will affect art and art economics as well as a social media art work in its own right and a collaboration with and between an artist and social network participants. It’s so multifaceted it comes with five pockets.

And it’s an occasion to say I’d rather buy from inspired people that I know or meet rather than from a corporation. Time to say not to brands and hello to a little more culture.

Wallets cost Euro 40 (approx US $63) with up to five free art downloads on day 1, for the greedy. Euro 1 per sale goes to Amnesty and their Universal Declaration of Human Rights initiative.

Fluffy links – Wednesday 30th April 2008

Wednesday, April 30th, 2008

You heard they’re digging up part of St. Stephen’s Green for that transport link thing? Campaign to Save the Green.

There’s a whole lot of steampunk gear for sale on Etsy.

Pat points out a handy device to unlock phones via the sim card. Pretty much what turbo sim does for the iPhone but cheaper.

Peter Donegan’s landscaping blog. Read about the pink boat and the garden show.

BT did a bundle offer of a linux laptop and a copy of Microsoft Office. Not epic, but a fail.

Via El Rick, an Irish Doctor Who blog.

Haydn’s started an art social network.

I really love watches, this F1 watch is something else.

Miller are running what basically is a gossip blog about Bud. Love the idea. using dodgy links.

What mischief could you do with one of these. Here it was for Bud Rising but what would you change it to and what building or place would you project it on?

Onyx and Biohazard – Slam (Gotta love the camera posturing)

What is Remix Culture? – Total Recut Video Remix Challenge 2008

Tuesday, April 29th, 2008 are starting a competition come May 1st asking for remixed videos with the theme: ‘What is Remix Culture?’ Prizes include a laptop with video editing and conversion software, a digital camcorder, a digital media player, Special Edition Total Recut T-Shirts, Books, DVDs and CDs.

Judges for the competition include: Lawrence Lessig, Henry Jenkins, Kembrew McLeod, Pat Aufderheide, JD Lasica and Mark Hosler.

Full details here.

Entries will be accepted from the 1st of May until the 2nd June 2008 when public voting will begin. The best 10 videos at the end of the 2 week voting period will be put forward into the final, where they will be voted on by the judging panel. The winners will be announced around the 1st of July.

Interesting idea: Angel funding a fashion designer, starting at €14

Tuesday, April 29th, 2008

The website Catwalk Genius is a site where the independent fashion designers sell fashion directly to the public. Some lovely stuff on it. What piques my interest though is you can basically buy shares in a designer and once they reach a certain amount of funding they can design and produce a new range, you’ll get an item from it and then a share in the profits.

The blurb from here:

Pay 14 Euros (plus 1 Euro processing fee) to secure 1 of 5,000 ‘elements’ in that designer’s adoption. You can adopt multiple elements in any number of designers…

Once all 5,000 elements have sold, your adopted designer will hit their fund target of 70,000 Euros. Within 6 months of that point, they’ll create a new collection with the costs covered by the adoption fund.

Once the collection’s ready, you’ll get an exclusive limited edition design from your designer as a reward for your confidence in them.

Then, for each item that is sold from the collection, all profits will be split so that 30% goes to the designer, 30% goes to us and 30% goes to the supporters (split proportionately according to the number of elements owned by each).

Would this work for a tech company? Finding 5000 people or a 10th of that might be tough, no?

Photo owned by mari.francille (cc)

Fluffy Links – Tuesday April 29th 2008

Tuesday, April 29th, 2008

Ken points out that needs a new owner and admin. Anyone want to take this on?

Check out Iarfhlaith Kelly’s blog who’s just joined the Hothouse programme.

Richard Delevan has a V interesting post on the Irish Times and property pricing. We can’t trust auctioneer’s sale prices it seems!

Via Richard Hearne. A lot of sites are being hacked with the SQL injection exploit. List of Irish ones.

So yeah, if you think I’d be interested in linking to you or if you see something you think would make a good fluffy link. Read the Fluffy link guidelines.

Now it’s 30k customer records according to Bank of Ireland.

Ok, brace for impact. Of your jaw on the floor. Gary Coleman is getting divorced already. But it’s all on Divorce TV.

Portishead – Mysterons (Roseland Live NYC) (their new album is fairly meh)

Art anyone?

Monday, April 28th, 2008

Eolai has a load of paintings for sale. Priced in dollars which is great for us on this side of the Atlantic. Prices range from $25 to $85

I managed to snag this one:
Damien's Ort

LazyWeb: LinkedIn Answers notifications via Twitter, Facebook, blog

Monday, April 28th, 2008

I’m been told my blog posts on tech stuff are too techy. I’ll try and change that.

So for those not familiar with it, LinkedIn is an online networking site based around the equivalent of a CV. It’s very handy for storing business contacts and see what contacts they have. One of the really useful features of LinkedIn is LinkedIn answers where you can write a question and send it to all your contacts and the question is put on their site too and all LinkedIn members can respond to it. From feedback from those that use it, it’s a great resource. But you can only send the question and get a reply from those that are connected to you.

95/??? fingers
Photo owned by artifishall (cc)

What I’d love is the ability to send that question to my blog, my Twitter account, my Facebook status and more. It will get the question seen by a lot more people and probably get a good deal more responses too. It could also get more sign-ups for LinkedIn too and increase the number of people that connect to you. And I think it can be done thanks to LinkedIn releasing an API.

Of course that’s exporting from LinkedIn but is there anything stopping you from writing a blog post that gets turned into a LinkedIn Question or a Twitter message that does so?

Anyone got any good abortion stories?

Monday, April 28th, 2008

Or bad ones? Or any? Thought not. Welcome to Ireland and the fact that we as a country are obsessed with voting on abortion yet for a country that has sent an estimated 120,000 Irish women abroad over the past 30 years, there doesn’t seem to be anymore to the discussion than right, wrong, age of foetus and the definition of “unborn”. Five referenda in 20 years and it feels like another one is right around the corner again. 120,000 stories yet do we hear of any of them except the ones from the various Court cases?

Both sides seem to concentrate their time on legalising it or further removing the right of people to get an abortion where it is legal and can be carried out. I really don’t seem to see either side working hard and especially not together in preventing unwanted pregnancies. Are they too enraptured with taking polar opposites and getting personal? It seems they are. 30-40 years of battling seems to have polarised both sides too. The fact that there are “sides” says it all.

One of the groups (via Suzy) has decided to take up blogging and video making to talk about the lack of talk. The videos are a good idea as is the blog but I think they made a large enough error with the videos. Where to next? It shouldn’t be ended with everyone saying the same statement. That’s just an advert. Where’s the call to arms? We get the idea of the silence and the taboo of abortion so what now? There should have been an action point there and then for people to leave a comment, sign up to a list, make a call etc. The most opportune time is the seconds after the video.

Fluffy Links – Monday 28th April 2008

Monday, April 28th, 2008

Bobby Buckley (one of the Blog Awards sponsors) has had his website redesigned and I like it a lot. He’s got an interesting blog post on Gardens and their carbon footprint too.

Carrigaline are getting their Educate Together school in September as are Greystones. 12 got the nod from the Dept. of Education in total. Fantastic.

A very good guide by Dave from RedFly on pay per click ad campaigns.

It’s not just me that’s a fan of Eamon Ryan. Mr. Wood Pellet Ireland has his say too.

Budget Travel has recently been sending out special offers using Twitter (a kind of rapidfire form of blogging).

Nope, that was me.

Facebook fan page: Your Mom
Facebook Fan pages are fun:

Or er this one.

A legal bittorrent site. Look at the amount of material. *yawn*

Social Entrepreneur. Take a looksee at the Shine Unconference.

Neil Gaiman once again on copyright.

An outdoor ad that’s a decibel meter. Clever idea.


Harper Valley P.T.A. – Jeannie C. Riley

Dinosaur Jr – Feel the Pain: