5 strange social networks

. Hamsterster For the hamster in your life. 2. Respectance For dead people. 3. Myrl For Second Life avatars who crave one more level of abstraction from reality. 4. Stache Passions Moustaches. 5. Beautiful People No dogs allowed.

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Google Trends helps direct editorial policy

Michael Arrington reports that big sites are using Google Trends to direct editorial policy in response to a change in the way Google Page rank works - it places more emphasis on the novelty of an item than it used to. This change means that newer stuff bubbles to the top of Google quicker, which, in itself, isn't a bad idea. However, it may not be such a good move if it encourages publishers to stop posting more considered, authoritative pieces in the search for more traffic. Only time will tell whether the changes made by Google are for the better, however, in the meantime, some of figu...

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Garfield minus Garfield and Tubular Bells on a C64

I was going to write a long post about remix culture, Lawrence Lessig, Clay Shirky and the like, but I won't. Instead, I advise you read Garfield minus Garfield while you kick back to the mind-blowing sounds of Mike Oldfield's prog rock classic reproduced on a Commodore 64. (More about Jim Davis, Garfield minus Garfield and how, generally speaking, remixes are a good thing.)

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Ubiquity part II

I've now had some time to play around with the Ubiquity plugin for Firefox 3, and it's amazing. You can download it from the links in this post, and you can learn how to use it here. When you've installed the plugin you invoke it with a keyboard shortcut and then type in natural language commands, e.g. email this page to John, map the local area, etc. You can also highlight text on the page and ask Ubiquity to define or translate the terms (it will serve the translated text back into the page.) There are currently about forty different commands. I feel pretty sure that Ubiquity will bec...

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