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Bloomsday on Twitter

posted by DL Byron on June 17, 2009

Georgia Tech professor Ian Bogost and friend Ian McCarthy, commemorated “Bloomsday” on Twitter by adapting Wandering Rocks in 140 characters per post. They did so in the hopes that literary performance art might help change perspectives on the service from self-centered musings.

“Perhaps in so doing, we can shift people’s interest in social media technologies from egomania and immediacy toward deliberation and cultural reflection.”


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posted by DL Byron on June 04, 2009

Art, at times, takes a pause to think about. I spent a better part of the morning clicking through Ralph Ueltzhoeffer’s work with TextPortraits, including Radrennfahrer Racing cyclist: Jan Ullrich.


A textportrait is

a visual display inseparably assembled out of text (internet) and photos and is therewith bound to a readable portrait. The typeface white on black relates to the DOS input mode (visually).

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Very Superstitious

posted by DL Byron on June 03, 2009

Writings on the Wall

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Wall of Slides

posted by DL Byron on June 02, 2009

The Wall of Slides is for nonlinear presentations — show ideas on a big wall, pick a slide, and start talking it. It’s like presenting with a lightbox and something I’ve been thinking about for a while.

Rarely in a talk do I go from slide-to-slide and usually will converse about a topic with the audience and then go back to another related idea.


Grab, drag, throw, zoom, and click with the slides.

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Sandals and Pumps

posted by DL Byron on June 01, 2009

Sandals and Pumps

That’s me and Nadia from Hootsuite talking Twitter apps at the 140 | The Twitter Conference Cocktail Party. This scenario plays out at various conferences. Designer types and marketing peeps chatting up technology.

And there was much chatter at the conference — this hash tag, that one, and what apps you were using. It’s like the early days of RSS, this Twitter thing, and really needs bright, creative designers to make good apps. During the “change” panel I was on, we talked about how Twitter would change the way we do everything. Well, we thought RSS was going to do that as well. It didn’t.

“On a panel with @Scobleizer @stoweboyd @jasonp107 and they told me that my refrigerator wanted to tweet me. Cool, would rather my bike do that. #140tc” — 6:21 AM May 28th from web

Pause a minute and think how ridiculous it that we use “hash tags” or try to remember them. Twitter should tell me that or auto-complete them for me. A colleague was concerned recently because she so no results on a particular hashtag. That’s cause she was using the wrong one. Or maybe you didn’t know about substraction filters to remove all the spymaster tweets?

Twitter needs to get smarter

Posting with hash tags, retweets, and all is like browsing in Lynx or using the command line in Terminal. While Twitter has certainly changed the way we’re blogging — from the long to the short form — if you set aside the hype, it’s not yet a platform of change. What Twitter has done is left the domain of the geeks faster than any other web technology I’ve seen and that’s a good thing. It works because it’s simple. That simplicity may also limit it’s usefulness beyond microblogging what you’re doing and reading the web in realtime.

Like sandals and pumps (designers/devs & marketing), there are all these rough apps out there now for Twitter: devs built them and marketing is selling them. And ya know, they’re pretty good for 1.0. I want to see Twitter 2.0.

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