Tagged: Flickr

Synchronize Metadata From Flickr to Hard Drive

Dutch IT consultant and photographer Erwyn Van Der Meer is working on something called a Flickr Metadata Synchr, “a tool to synchronize relevant metadata added to images stored on Flickr with the original versions of those images stored locally on your hard drive.” Though the project is only at version at the moment, this is a great idea. Erwyn shares some of the thinking behind it in this blog post. I think it’s a great idea. (The one drawback, for now, is that it works only under Vista.) It would be great to have access to the metadata associated with my Flickr photos even while offline, and to be able to work with that and then synch the same data on Flickr without having the enter it all again. Storing that kind of data locally makes it accessible to all kind of other applications, which broadens the range of things I can possibly do with it. Continue reading

New Metaverse Session: Ethan Zuckerman

John Swords and I recorded a couple of new Metaverse Sessions while we were down at South by Southwest, one with Ethan Zuckerman of Global Voices Online and one with Jamais Cascio of World Changing. Johnny has just posted Ethan’s session (incorrectly labeled #9, even though it’s #10), and there’s some really interesting stuff there. Ethan talks about how Google Maps was used to heighten political awareness in Bahrain, how LiveJournal has become the blogging tool of choice for politically active adults (not kids) in Russia, and the “cyber-utopian dominant narrative” in which everyone gets along in the same online place. We also explore some interesting question of how cultural backgrounds inform the use of technologies, questions that don’t get much discussed (or thought about) in most our metaversal questions. A really cool guest to have for the Sessions, and highly recommended listening.

3B Relaunching: More Web Integration, Features

Room built from Mark Wallace's MySpace page in the virtual world of 3B

I had the chance to spend some time at Virtual Worlds 2007 with Nicky Morris from 3B, an interesting virtual world service I’ve blogged about before, and Nicky described to me some of the features of the 3B relaunch that’s planned for somewhere around May. According to Nicky, 3B is moving toward deeper Web integration and a more YouTube-like feel in some aspects. If you’re not familiar with 3B, it’s a service that basically grabs the content on your MySpace or other Web page, and uses it to automatically create a 3D space you can navigate as an avatar and invite your friends to. The space that gets created is more or less a room in which the various walls are textured with the images and videos from your site. I like the idea of making it easy to get content into a 3D space where you can hang out with friends, much as Kaneva does, although it remains to be seen which of the many similar services that are now popping up wins this. 3B is hoping to advance its cause with a raft of new features and ease-of-use enhancements. Continue reading

L Word in SL Pushes Itself Onto MySpace

L Word in Second Life's Fatty Cardiff's MySpace pictureThe L Word build in the virtual world of Second Life (created by the Electric Sheep Company, sponsors of this blog) has apparently generated quite a following, and is reportedly one of the more successful corporate VW communities in Second Life. Now an interesting thing has happened: Fatty Cardiff, one of the earliest L Word in SL members, has put up a MySpace page for her avatar (including an amusing rap song about the place). According to Electric Sheep Chris Carella, Fatty has been in The L Word in SL from its first or second day, and was founder of the Lesbian Mafia group [UPDATE: see below for a correction], a very large and active user-created group in SL. Fatty is not the first avatar to have a Web-based social networking page, of course, but I love that the in-world L Word community (three times fast) is pushing itself onto the Web in this way. If nothing else, it speaks to the fact that Second Life users want more powerful tools of social networking and self-expression than SL can currently provide. Worlds like Kaneva, Metaversum and Sony’s PS3 home may go further, but based on how those have been described, I’d bet we won’t really be happy until there’s a really deep integration between 3D virtual worlds and some of the social networking services that already exist on the Web, like MySpace and Flickr, to name only two.

Also interesting to note: My discovery chain for this story consisted of a single Twitter update. Nice. Continue reading

Next-Gen: Web Integration in Virtual Worlds

The presentation I gave in Berlin on Thursday was ostensibly on “virtual worlds, media and identity,” but as I’ve been going over it I’m finding it’s extending itself into a small picture of what the next generation of virtual worlds might look like and how we might get there. A lot of it was stuff that’s probably pretty basic to 3pointD readers, but it might be worth going over anyway. And since it marked my first PowerPoint presentation (and hopefully my last), I can even paste in some slides below. (If you want the full set, send me an email.)

A 3pointD comparison of communications mediaI started out by comparing what can be conveyed via traditional communications media, or rather, what tools are at our disposal when we work in various media. In SMS text messaging, of course, we’re very limited in how we communicate (despite the fact that a lot can be communicated via SMS). In instant messaging, we have a little more leeway, and in email yet more. Voice adds a great deal of breadth to the channel, video conferencing expands it further, and of course the broadest channel through we communicate is face to face, since we have access to facial expressions, gestures, proximity and other “messages” at a higher “resolution” than in any of the other media in the chart. I actually thought this would be pretty unremarkable to most people, but more than a few audience members were quite excited to see things arranged like this — which means I’m going to stick with my habit of pointing out the presumably obvious; sorry, guys. Continue reading

Panoramio Hits 1 Million Geolocated Photos

Panoramio racks up one million geolocated photos

Eduardo Manchon of Panoramio, the very cool geophotography site (another coinage?), sends news that Panoramio recently saw the one-millionth geolocated photo uploaded to the service. [Also reported in Ogle Earth.] What’s so cool about that, besides the fact that it’s a damn big number even for a service that started in October 2005? Well, if you were reading 3pointD last December, you already know that Panoramio, then “still a small site,” according to Eduardo, has been a default layer in Google Earth for the last three months. That means that if you upload a geolocated photo to Panoramio, it will appear on everyone’s Google Earth if they have the Panoramio layer turned on (which it is by default). The question then is, why geotag your photos on Flickr when you can just have them stuck right into Google Earth? Continue reading

Get Your 3D Social Media On Monday In Kaneva

Kaneva going open betaMarketing man and podcaster Greg Verdino reports that the virtual world of Kaneva, which 3pointD covered in detail recently, is about to go into open beta on Monday, March 19. Get your media ready, kids. Kaneva gives members an apartment where they can upload photos, videos and other content to share in a 3D social environment — as close to a 3D MySpace as I’ve seen. It’s a potentially powerful idea, the ability to be present in the same space with the people who are viewing your content, but it remains to be seen how it takes hold. Two pre-emptive feature requests: (1) At present, you need to upload your content to the Kaneva site, and then link it in the world. I’d love to see the interactive picture frames and televisions in Kaneva be able to pull content directly from Flickr or YouTube. (2) I’d also love to see that content become clickable, so that you could see a photo on an apartment wall and click through to the Web page where it’s taken from. Neither of those things is possible at the moment, but Kaneva hinted to me that something like this might be coming. We’ll see. It’s a very interesting place nonetheless. Feel free to send word of your impressions once you get in next week.

SXSW Xcript: Where the F is Mapping Now?

Dan Catt’s mapping panel was a very cool session that was difficult to synthesize at the speed it went by, but I think I got most of what the panelists said. All very 3pointD.

Moderator: Rev. Dan Catt, from Geobloggers.com and Flickr
Tom Carden from Random Etc.
Aaron Straup Cope from Flickr
Jerry Paffendorf from the Electric Sheep Company
Ian White from Urban Mapping Inc.

Catt first asked everyone without laptops to stand up and shake their hands in front of them in order to wake up, then groan quietly like a zombie, then louder than the person next to you. Two questions before you sit down: Who objects to swearing, say boo. Those who don’t object to swearing, say Fuck Yeah. (You can imagine which was louder.)

Cope talked about how we tell where things are. Shows a quote from Douglas Coupland’s Shampoo Planet. “History and geography are being thrown away.” Cope: This is wrong.

Cope: Geography helps set the stage for an experience, history gives an experience context and nuance. We have theselocation devices that tell you where things are. I could care less where the nearest Starbucks is. I don’r eally care about driving directions either. But if I’m at a place, I would love to be able to see what came before and have a sense of its history. Continue reading

SXSW Kicks Off With Geeksleep #4

Geeksleep #4 from South by Southwest 2007Well, the Electric Sheep Company‘s Jerry Paffendorf starts off his South by Southwest with this years First Geeksleeper of the Year award, for having the presence of mind to snap the shot at left, which shows fellow Sheep Meg McGrath dozing off while the rest of the crew partied on around her. If you’re not familiar with the grand tradition of the geeksleep (as if anyone could have missed this cultural imperative that has swept the nation over the last 12 months), dial on back to geeksleep #1, which was taken by me at last year’s SXSW. What is geeksleeping, I hear you ask? According to the description I posted on Flickr back then, it’s the following:

Geeksleep: (noun) 1. the act of sleeping during a technology conference or while involved in any geek-like activity. 2. sleep performed by anyone who could be described as a geek. (verb) 1. to capture a geeksleeper on camera and post his/her picture to Flickr with the “geeksleep” tag.

Seems Jerry’s new geeksleep hasn’t had a chance to make it into the Geeksleep stream yet, but no matter. Congratulations are due, and you can give them personally if you wander over to the Electric Sheep booth in the Screenburn arcade. Meanwhile, get your geeksleep on. Shouldn’t be hard for the assembled to get at least one more of these a day up on Flickr for the rest of the week. If not, it means you’re not partying hard enough in the evenings.

Moo.com Cards For Second Life Available

Moo.com cards from the 3pointD Flickr pool

I’ve been looking for an excuse to blog about my new set of Moo.com cards, and Adam Pasick (Reuters’ correspondent in the virtual world of Second Life) provides it: he reports that Moo.com — which makes mini business cards from your Flickr photos — is now offering cards made from screenshots uploaded directly from Second Life. According to Moo’s SL page, you can email your SL snapshots directly from within SL to secondlife[AT]moo.com, and then have Moo’s very cool business cards made from them. Nice. My cards (a few of which can be seen above) are made from the 3pointD pool on Flickr, since I upload all the images that appear on 3pointD to that pool (and because there are often images from outside SL on the blog). The great thing about Moo is that it automatically puts the photo title and a redirect URL on the back of the cards. Love it.

Metaverse Meetup Pics Now on Flickr

Mark Wallace addresses the crowd at February's metaverse meetup in BrooklynIf you missed last Friday’s metaverse meetup (which I’m still trying to find time to blog about at length), or even if you were there, you might be interested to check out a couple of Flickr sets that have been posted from the event. Dig a few select shots from John Swords, as well as many more from Eric Gruber. Plus, of course, this one above, of me blathering to the assembled about some recent thoughts on the metaverse. Cool crowd.

Mini Cooper Rolls With Web 2.0 Game in SL

Mini Cooper's Hammer & Coop promo comes to the virtual world of Second Life

Call me Mad Dog Winters. (I’ll explain in a sec.) The Mini Cooper, everyone’s favorite cute little British car, is teaming up with Reuben Steiger’s Millions of Us to bring a cool-sounding promotion for the new Cooper S to the virtual world of Second Life. The thing I especially like about this project is that it offers a contest/game that’s played not just in SL, but on a handful of Web 2.0 sites as well, which, as regular readers know, is one of my favorite kinds of mashups. Continue reading

How Do We Look?

As you may have noticed at right, 3pointD went through a slight bit of sidebar redesign this evening. Most prominently, I’ve added a “recent comments” section, thanks to an ace plug-in for WordPress. So bring on your insights, opinions and/or invective; from now on, you’ll be able to see at least part of it near the top of the sidebar. Other than that, I just rearranged some of the sidebar elements, and got rid of my SLurlPane. I liked the SLurlPane — I liked having the big graphic element up there — but it felt too static, and it slowed down the page a lot. I’ve replaced it with a little Flickr badge — but now that’s busted! The last dozen or so page loads haven’t changed it from the L$ graph, for some reason, even after I uploaded new pics to the 3pointD pool. I suspect this may have to do with my changing one line of the badge code, but I’d done that in the old one and that one worked (until recently, actually). Any suggestions? Anyone know a good Flickr hack that would let me get a larger size pic in there (without having to use the medium size on the interface, which hangs off the edge of the page)? Or a suggestions for some other dynamic graphical element to put there?

Basically, though, let me know how we’re looking. There haven’t been any major changes, but I always like feedback. Thanks in advance!

Talking Lifelogging at the Movies (Shhhh!)

As noted, I did a panel last night on lifelogging with Jerry Paffendorf and Susan and Arin of the film Four Eyed Monsters, which is playing for another week at Cinema Village in New York. I don’t know if anyone had a good idea of what they were going to talk about ahead of time, but the panel turned out to be a lot of fun for us, and seemed to be an interesting experience for the audience, who were happy to share their thoughts with us in turn.

One of the things we touched on was how one expresses identity online, through means like MySpace, YouTube, blogs or your behavior in an online world. One of the things that’s most interesting to me about the film is how Susan and Arin expressed their identities to each other in an offline context. Before they even met, they decided that they’d communicate simply through written notes rather than speaking. Though they speak freely to each other now, the film chronicles some interesting moments in their relationship: not just the moments when one or the other of them found the notes too much to bear, but just the way they unfolded themselves to each other through writing, a much slower process than through speaking, as we normally would. The written word, of course, carries a lot less information than the voice. Not only are there vocal inflections and mannerisms to read, but there’s an element of spontaneity that writing can’t capture. Susan and Arin forgo that channel, though, in favor of getting to know each other through the much narrower band of text. As Jerry pointed out, it’s almost as if their relationship took place in text chat. Continue reading

Geeksleep an Unsuspecting Snoozer Near You

Geeksleeped at State of Play and Terra Nova symposiumWe all need our rest. Some of us, though, catch our catnaps at more vulnerable times than others. For that reason, I’ve coined the term geeksleep, which hasn’t exactly caught on since I started using it in March, but still has enough breath left in its lungs to keep knocking at the door of global Internet meme-hood. What exactly is geeksleep? Well, as defined in Geeksleep #1, it’s the following:

Geeksleep: (noun) 1. the act of sleeping during a technology conference or while involved in any geek-like activity. 2. sleep performed by anyone who could be described as a geek. (verb) 1. to capture a geeksleeper on camera and post his/her picture to Flickr with the “geeksleep” tag.

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Help the Electric Sheep Destroy Television

Destroy Television in Second Life
Destroy Television in Second Life (view larger image on Flickr)

If you didn’t show up to the Second Life Herald‘s third birthday party tonight, you missed quite a show. Even if you weren’t in the virtual world of Second Life, though, you may have caught the bash on Destroy Television, the new service from the Electric Sheep Company‘s spare-time dev pool, Sheep Labs. Check out the Destroy Television avatar in the screenshot above. She looks innocent enough (even though she appears to be mooning the camera), but Destroy is an avatar of unique stripe; she’s controlled for the most part by users dialling over to the Destroy TV Web site, where they can make her chat or walk around. All the while, she snaps a pic every 30 seconds or so and plugs it into her Flickr page. The result is a user-controlled photo documentary of what’s going on around Second Life. Continue reading

Jump Into the 3pointD Flickr Pool

Whew, I just finished uploading several dozen pictures to the 3pointD Flickr pool. Heavy lifting! But you can now browse all 262 photos there, pretty much every image that’s appeared on the blog and then some, since the pool is open for anyone to upload images to. The coolest thing about it is that more than 40 of those images have been contributed by people other than myself. All the pictures I’ve added come complete with a “3pointD link” that takes you to the blog post from which the picture was drawn, so you can have a nice tour of the site just by clicking through the images that interest you. And if you really dig your 3pointD, you can follow this link to build a Flickr badge like the one in the middle column here and slap it on your own Web page. Have fun!

More Flickr Tools for Second Life

The video above (flagged to me by SL resident Cheri Horton) is from Second Life resident Kisa Naumova, who has written a couple of tools for getting Flickr pics into Second Life. The video shows a tool the allows the display of a user’s Flickr sets (though it doesn’t seem to allow you to drill into each set; maybe that’s coming), while another tool presented in Kisa’s Flickr stream presents a slide show pulled from a group pool of photos. I am dying to get my hands on one of those to pull in photos from the 3pointD group, but I can’t find Kisa or angrybeth Shortbread, who also worked on them, online at the moment. The new tools would seem to complement a Flickr display prim built by “creative technologist” Matt Biddulph (aka SL resident Matt Basiat) (and blogged by us a while back), though I’m not sure if that still works. SL residents can feel free to drop copies of any of these or anything similar on me in-world, to be rewarded by my sincere gratitude.

Snapzilla Releases Best of SL Pics Books

Best of Snapzilla books released in Second Life

Snapzilla, the Flickr-like site for the virtual world of Second Life, has released a two-volume “Best of” coffee table book set to celebrate a recent milestone: as of Tuesday, SL residents had uploaded more than 100,000 Second Life screenshots to the site. The books are available only in-world at the moment, but here’s hoping there might one day be a way to see hard copies. It seems inevitable; if Second Life continues to grow, we’ll doubtless be thumbing through A Day in the Second Life on the tables at Barnes & Noble at some point. Can’t wait. For now, head to the ANOmations store [< -- SL link] in Second Life to pick up your virtual copies. Continue reading

Geotag-to-SLurl App Wanted For Flickr

Automatic geotagging of City of Heroes screenshots

I’ve played a bit of City of Heroes, but really not all that much, so I was interested to see the following tags attached to a friend’s COH screenshots on Flickr:

• City of Heroes
• coh
• cohtagged
• coh:x=-964
• coh:y=327
• coh:z=-662
• coh:zone=V_City_02_01

At first I was impressed that he had thought to tag his screens this way, but he informs me that the game embeds the information into the pics automatically. “When I upload them to Flickr, it just interprets them into tags,” he says. Interestingly, Second Life resident Lev Kamenev posted a similar idea to his blog the other day. All it needs now is someone to write a quick Flickr app to turn SL geotags into SLurls. Continue reading

3D-Navigable Environment From Photographs

Microsoft Live Labs' Photosynth technology

This landed while I was on hiatus, but is so cool and 3pointD that I can’t help but blog it here. Microsoft Live Labs’ Photosynth technology (in preview) matches up hundreds of photographs of the same location to create an image space that’s navigable in three dimensions. The technology works by making a “point map” of each image and then mapping all the images together in the same space. Besides the fact that you can make a 3D space out of photos that were casually taken by a hundred different tourists, say, what’s cool about this is that the software retains metadata for each photo, so that you can drill into an image and then pop out the other side at the Web page of the person who took the picture. Continue reading

London Eye on SL Cancer-Fighting Fundraiser

Replica of London Eye being built in the virtual world of Second Life for the American Cancer Society's Second Life Relay for Life

Second Life resident Tao Takashi has posted some nice screenshots on his blog of a replica of the London Eye that’s being built in Second Life by resident Timeless Prototype for the American Cancer Society‘s Second Life Relay for Life fundraiser, scheduled for July 22-23. (There’s a video too.) Last year’s relay did really well and was a great time, to boot, and this year’s event is planned to be even larger. I’ve been on the real London Eye, and it’s a nice way to see the town from on high (very high). Should be a nice way to see SL as well, though processing power will prevent any but the most uber computers from really taking advantage of long draw distances. (What’s also cool about this image is that I discovered it while checking in with the 3pointD group on Flickr, which I started a while back and which is open for anyone to contribute to. Keep ’em coming!) We’ll be interviewing the people in charge of organizing the SLRFL event on an upcoming episode of SecondCast, as well, so stay tuned for that. [Whoops, I unfortunately posted a draft of this post instead of the final version that was in my Word doc. Sorry for the amendment.]

Real Second Lifers Online

Mark Wallace aka Walker Spaight on Second Life social networking site SLProfiles.com

Those who experienced The Sims Online know how appealing it was for TSO residents to post their real-life details and photos on the Real Sims Online site. Now there’s a similar service for Second Life, in the form of a site called SLProfiles.com, where residents can match their photos of their avatars to photos of themselves in the real world. I’m not sure how long it’s been around, but it’s only got a couple of dozen members at the moment, so it can’t have launched all that long ago. Looks like May 27 was the launch date, actually, according to this forum posting from SL resident Yo Brewster, who put the site together. The site is similar to SLme, although that site is part of the larger Me.com network, and not specifically dedicated to Second Life. Still, despite its noisy interface, SLme, which has been around longer, seems to have more members. Continue reading

Get Your Flickr Pics in SL

Via Glitchy comes a blog post from “creative technologist” Matt Biddulph, who has written a Second Life hack that brings Flickr pics into SL by grabbing a random selection from a tag that you submit within the world. This one does make use of SL’s new http call functionality. Wouldn’t be hard to make it a slide show, as well. A nice complement to the “Flickr of SL” we blogged about the other day. Oh and there’s a nice video on Matt’s site demoonstrating how it works.

SL’s Flickr Adds Live Panels

Torley Linden on Snapzilla
Click the image above to go to Torley Linden’s Snapzilla page

Second Life resident Cristiano Midnight’s Snapzilla — which has firmly established itself as the Flickr of SL, with 200,000 visitors and half a million snapshots viewed in April — has added a new feature, called the Snapzilla Live Panel, which works more or less like a Flickr badge (which is the thing that displays the 3pointD images in the middle column here). The Live Panel seems to be iframe only and not java, but I imagine this will catch on quick. Though the slightly clunky site only has 1,600 users and under 73,000 screenshots in its archives, it has become a great place to get a quick read on some of the things going on in Second Life, and is also a rich resource of the Grid’s visual history. (Interestingly, the site didn’t have a way to delete screenshots until recently.) It’s well worth checking out for a good visual take on SL, and if you’re already a user, go get a Live Panel and slap it up on your site. As I’m going to do now.

Is Flickr Hiding Screenshots?

Alan Levine at Cog Dog Blog has a bone to pick with Flickr. I’d have one too, if I were him. It seems, according to Alan, that a Flickr admin has deemed his screenshots of Second Life to be contravening the site’s Community Guidelines — which they clearly do not — and has shoved his Pro account into the not-for-public-consumption area. His follow-up emails have gotten no response. I’m baffled as to why SL screens should be deemed unworthy, especially when there are so many World of Warcraft screens on Flickr. Game companies are generally fine with making screenshots available for public use, and Second Life expressly grants users the IP rights in their creations, so what’s the problem? Alan appeals for help at his blog, so get in touch with him there if you have any suggestions. I’m blogging it here for that reason, but also because the 3pointD world deserves to have its images given similar respect to those coming out of the real world. The real world will always be more real, make no mistake, but I see no reason to disallow images from the virtual world on a site like Flickr. The social, commercial and other experiences that take place in virtual worlds are no less “real” than the interactions we have in the physical world. Visual recordings of such moments should be able to take their place beside photos from the physicial world on a site like Flickr.