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Hello European Commission folks!

Tuesday, October 7th, 2008

Seems my mug and that of Cian and Damian (and my wonderful Macbook Air) are on the front of the European Commission website at the moment. (Massive screencap here)

There’s a news item about the conference on Saturday. EC seem happy with how it went. Small screencap:
European Commission Blogging

I can smell the whiff of crayons being taken out of boxes right now as letters of complaint get written. Perhaps.

Tuesday Push – Oct 7th 2008 – LouderVoice

Tuesday, October 7th, 2008

LouderVoice for Business

They finally allowed us to give them a push. LouderVoice has been about for a good bit now and for those unaware of it, it’s a service that allows people to review anything they want and have the review republished to their blog or elsewhere. There are loads of ways to send in reviews too from Twitter and Jaiku (sub-niche site, don’t worry about it) to SMS.

I’ve done many a review on the site and it’s simplicity personified. The latest addition is a white-label type service that allows a business to import in their own reviews system that’s actually powered by LouderVoice. It’s called LouderVoice for Business. Now *thats* a very good idea. Like the tagline of “Connecting Commerce and Customers” too.

Conor O’Neill is the posterboy too for LouderVoice and is one of the greatest promoters of Irish tech talent I’ve ever encountered and it’s about time we talked him and his offering up since the Irish tech community would not be what it is without him.

For me, being a stats junkie, I’d love to see some kind of sentiment measurement for the site. X% like Sony products this week, general mood has increased y% etc. etc. Good luck too to LouderVoice who are shortlisted for the Moviestar.ie Web Awards.

If you want your technology/product listed on the Tuesday Push, then fill in this form here. We’re not interested in some rebadged or reskinned piece of technology, you have to have added some kind of IP to your service. To see the benefits of the Tuesday Push, read Gordon’s blog post on it.

Fluffy Links – Tuesday October 7th 2008

Tuesday, October 7th, 2008

Post the Roast for 06/09/08 is up and going now.

Via Keith: Freetext ‘Autism’ to 50308 and, if you’re an O2 customer, they’ll donate 5% of your bill total to Irish Autism Action at least until the end of the year.

G’wan The Ken, Devious Theatre are now doing War of the Worlds.

Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa by Vampire Weekend was covered by Peter Gabriel. A song where they namecheck him and he does his own take on it with his cover. Phantom FM play it now and then. Not heard it anywhere else. Try and get it!

David Byrne is playing the National Concert Hall next April. You can only get tickets via their site. Plenty left it seems.

Aircon repair in Russia. Shesus.

Alan has a great post on eWrite and his take on a redesign for it.

The Link Economy. Interesting idea.

LinkedIn is doing well in these harsh financial times it seems. Lots of job seekers around these days.

When I come around

Storyland – RTE crowdsources web TV series for 19-25 year old audience

Monday, October 6th, 2008

RTÉ is running a competition for a new Web TV series and the public decide who the winner will be. Pilots are sought and then the public votes on the best one and it becomes a web TV series. I like that you send in your pitch after filming it on your phone.

They’re also hosting an information evening about the show on October 22nd.

Blurb:

Aspiring and experienced programme makers are invited to make pitches for a 6-part drama series to be webcast in March 2009. From the pitches received, a panel chaired by Irish scriptwriter and actor Mark O’Halloran (Adam & Paul, Garage, Prosperity) will commission 10 new pilot drama series to be webcast on www.rte.ie/storyland.

StoryLand is a unique project in which the viewer decides which series they would like to see more of. Each pilot first episode will be webcast on www. rte.ie/storyland.

Closing date for submissions is 12 noon 17 November 2008.

Here’s what they need from you, young Tarantino:

* Script of the first episode properly formatted 3 to 10 pages long. (An example of the format is available on www.rte.ie/storyland
* Director show-reel, max 3 minutes (can be shot on your phone, DV cam etc.).
* 30 seconds worth of video footage to support the submission. This can be a pitch to the voter (why they should vote for your episode) or a piece to camera about the team involved and where the ideas came from. Whatever you choose to do, make it creative and have some fun! Be warned if you are lucky enough to be part of the 20 shortlisted projects this 30 second promo will go up on line. Details of where to send your DVDs can be found on the e commissioning submission form.
* A budget not to exceed 8 thousand euro.
* Marketing ideas on how you will get people to watch and vote for your series.
* CVs of as many of the cast and crew you have on board.

EU Conference on Social Activism Online in Ireland – Take aways

Monday, October 6th, 2008

EU Conference Dublin
Organise, Activate and Influence: Social Activism Online in Ireland

EU conference

Hopefully the next few months will show that people have organised, activated and influenced as a result of the really good conference that was held on Saturday in the EU offices in Dublin. A huge congratulations must be given to Philippe, Ruth and Cian for doing so much work and putting a really good and diverse day together.

Zack was brilliant and insightful as usual and it was nice to meet him after chatting on GMail Chat for years and I was very impressed with Damian O’Broin‘s presentation. You can see it here. He’s one of the best Irish presenters I’ve seen. He should get into training people on how to do it right. (Seriously Damian, most Irish business people cannot do it right. Teach them.)

I met loads of bloggers and non-bloggers too and had a great chat, gossip and bitch with Keith Martin about politics. He’s fairly normal for a guy that’s into politics. That’s rare! The networking was really good and it was great to see a lot more non-political people at it and there was a good gender balance at it. In the audience at least…

There were many views about Irish blogging from people that didn’t blog, some constructive, some moronic. Oh yes, nothing is WRONG with Irish Blogging just because an area isn’t covered by bloggers. We’re not the public service. A gap in the market doesn’t mean all other markets are wrong.

What I would love though is maybe for a group, perhaps the EU, to run an event where members of the media talk and train people to do research the way journalists do, how to verify sources and turn gossip into hard facts or find out what they have will never hold. Bloggers could become an R&D army for journalists if those journalists guide them on how to do it. The vast vast majority of bloggers want nothing more than attribution, they don’t want to be in the papers writing their own columns, they prefer the freedom of a blog. Why not up the quality of all media by getting the amateurs to up their game?

I’d love to see more Europeans come along to the next event and show how they’re using blogs and social media for political and campaigning uses. Be great to see Simon Dickson asked to talk about his work with the UK Gov and Downing Street. Blogs, vids and Twitter for example.

A fantastic event, I don’t want to wait another two years for another though. For those that went or were interested in this, what would you like to see if there is a future event?

Photo above is by Red Mum and some brilliant ones from the day are here.

Logainm.ie – Massive placename resource for Ireland

Monday, October 6th, 2008

Logainm.ie is a database of the official Irish and English placenames for more than 100,000 towns, villages, parishes, islands, rivers etc around the country. The same team from Fiontar in DCU who developed Focal.ie have been working on Logainm.ie for the past 18 months.

LogAinm

Looking around the site you’ll see the scans of archived index cards with placenames research going back decades, and there are sound files of the correct pronunciation of more than 3,000 placenames in Galway, Donegal and Waterford available so far. Anyone with an interest in heritage, culture, history or geography should find it interesting. There are versions in Irish and English too.

For the second phase of the project they’ll be adding an interactive map interface, sound files for all place names, teaching resources for primary, secondary & 3rd level & other features.

Fluffy Links – Monday October 6th 2008

Monday, October 6th, 2008

Potentially blog post of the month in the wake of the Twenty incident?

Congrats to John and his wife on the new addition.

Suzy has a nice breakdown of Irish blog posts on the Irish financial meltdown.

The Last Rewind was on Phantom again yesterday. A show about the days of taping and mixtapes. I recently bought an old cassette Walkman from eBay.

New blog: The Hawthorne Effect. You may remember him from such blogs as…

This is a blog about my own work as a social researcher and how the things we often take for granted in the public sphere are more complex than are reported in the mass media.

Today’s ad men talk about yesterday’s Mad Men. No women to answer the questions?

Yeah it’s morally wrong but this is a fascinating way of getting money from people. It scares me at how easy it is to dupe people. Hello politics!

from here: What the Brick really is, according to Weintraub’s sources, is a block of high-quality, aircraft grade aluminum out of which Apple’s new laptops will be carved using robot-controlled lasers and high-powered jets of water in Jobs’ new factory.

Shel Israel has a nice post on the Power of retweeting. New version of pass it on but this time the rebroadcast keeps the original message and each pass sends it to dozens or hundreds of new people.

The Internet of things.

Life is hard:

Eels – It’s a Motherfucker

Facebook Ad Fail by Jobs.ie

Monday, October 6th, 2008

If you are going to have a sponsored ad like this in my newsfeed:

Jobs.ie facebook ad

Sending me to a jobs search results page is wasting my time and only makes me want to give out that a media company should know how to do Facebook ads. Jobs.ie are MORONS.

Vote Vote Vote!

Sunday, October 5th, 2008

netVisionary Awards
The voting round for the IIA Net Visionary Awards are now open and will remain so until October 17th. I’m shocked at how many people I know are on that voting list. Bloody bloggers are everywhere. Every one of them deserves to be on it too. Nice to see new talent being recognised as well.

The public vote is hugely important for the Net Visionary Awards and you can win based on the number of people who vote for you (this is what I was told last year) so make sure to vote for those people you think should win and spread the word too.

Best of luck to everyone!

Fluffy Links – Friday 3rd October 2008

Friday, October 3rd, 2008

7 reasons why the recession could be a laugh.

Via Roger Nick Thinks

everyday i play a record for my dad and transcribe the conversation we have about it.

O2 Blog Post of the Month.

Woah, Kieran is running a military operation, not a food awards.

Neil Gaiman is on a book tour. Each night he reads a different chapter from the book. It’s videoed and out online. Oh yeah.

How do you make a gay pride t-shirt with rainbow and all even gayer? Here’s how.

Wicked use of Craigslist.

Kevin Mitnick carries a lot of tech with him. Shesus. Utility belt anyone?

Ecuador’s new constitution gives Nature some rights.

Fun Italian car dealer.

Halo 3: Instant Karma. Only saw this ad now. Fun.