Archive for the ‘Social Networking’ Category

Citizen Film-Makers: The Next Wave?

March 4, 2008
Here’s a relevant point for the social networking and citizen journalism businesses in Calgary. Red Herring reports a film project that is using MySpace filmers as content sources.This raises a whole host of issues, of course, but it seems to be indicative of a trend that steers distributed, citizen-generated content into potentially-profitable channels. This is different from the YouTube phenomenon, where each small submission more-or-less stands on its own.

October 31, 2007 | Registered CommenterThe Startup Guy

Get an OLPC Laptop

March 4, 2008
You’ve probably heard of the OLPC initiative. It aims to produce a $100 laptop that can allow One Laptop Per Child to be distributed to third-world children. The units are very clever, with wireless networking, WebCams and microphones, and a pretty unique visual layer on the OS. Many analysts view this as primarily a social-networking initiative: if a child has a chance to reach broadly to other people and accepted repositories of information, the global level of education will go up. Among other things, this should (the theory goes) lower poverty and birth rates.

This is, at the very least, a huge experiment in the efficacy of social networking.

The laptops are in production now, but at a slightly higher cost than targeted. The price will come down over the next few months.

These laptops are not generally going to be available in North America. However, for a limited time you can get one if you donate one. See

November 27, 2007 | Registered CommenterThe Startup Guy