[Geowanking]Geostumbling regional activism communities
rs at crystalflame.net
Tue May 13 02:00:54 PDT 2003
I'm crossposting this from a blog post  I wrote a few minutes ago;
thought y'all might be interested.
> * People On Page: YASNS...
> ...or Yet Another Social Networking Service. PeopleOnPage is a browser
> plug-in co-browsing app, which supports two views of other people in
> the system: Dating, and World. (Gotta love two-category taxonomies...)
> And they seem to be following the Liz Lawley dictum -- "Its the faces,
> stupid!" -- by providing a user-created POPCard with a photo.
Add geographical services, and suddenly you have a live, roaming
network of people who's cell phones are searching their local
peer-to-peer network for compatible people.
Then you let someone watch your web browser, when you don't mind, and
they can decide if they want to talk to you; it's like "hey, what are
you reading?", Internet-style.
If all the personals people publish their client databases, minus an
email address and location, plus a pgp public key. When you encounter
someone nearby, you encrypt a greeting to their public key, sign it
with your private key, and negotiate that you're you. They do the
same, using the central registry for verification, and you've got basic
Add a per-URL site filter, so that they can see when I surf sites that
I deem appropriate for advertising: things that are on this list of
organizations  might be a good start; This  would be another.
There's a trend, here; I'm choosing how people see me, and they can
interpret as they wish.
The web browser proxy software required to do this has been implemented
as well, in POE; combined with a new link on the history page, "Surf
this site publicly" . Stir in a Java app installed on my phone,
reporting my location every two minutes to my website.
The killer app potential of this is that you can now show people an
activism community's traffic, online, live. By tracking each person's
individual comments on an issue (through their freely-provided and
pre-configured blog), activism becomes a tangible, visible thing. It
becomes something that people can see their effect on.
Some people will like watching the entire globe; I guess that's their
priviledge; I prefer to watch who's nearby, because that's often more
important. Perhaps if I could watch areas, with various thresholds and
levels of "brightness", then I can track what's going on everywhere.
Some people will only focus their coordinates enough to signify, say,
Eugene instead of springfield; mine are focused somewhat closer than
that, I think.
This'd make a great screensaver to run on a wall at <a
href="http://www.efn.org/">OPN</a>'s downtown office; combined with
pamphlets explaining how to get involved in making your opinion heard
next to the computers, and you enable those without internet to have a
from Corante [www.corante.com]:
> Here is a nice post from last friday author, Nick Denton describes the
> same topic as clay, but adds more context. I like the way Nick expands
> the conversation.
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