- Is there an app for your community? A Knight Foundation/Federal Communications Commission "Apps for Communities" challenge had more than 50 entrants close to this week's deadline. There's $100,000 in prizes at stake. Read more about the community apps entries here
- Video, meet questioners: Here's a mashup of question-and-answer sites and online video: VYou, a video Q-and-A site. You can ask questions of experts and track their new answers, and the startup already has more than a half-million videos loaded. How might you make use of this site for your experts, community relations or practical and advice information?
- A conference without walls shares experience: The Case Foundation just convened 1,000 people at a virtual gathering, and does the useful thing by sharing insights on that process here. A good list to review before your next online meeting.
- Give 'em something to talk about: Facebook's new metric on pages, "people are talking about," rolled out this week--some pages can see it already, with the number of people talking about your page listed right under the number of likes, on the left. And that's a lot of people: Facebook's user base is now as large as the entire number of Internet users was in 2004, the year it was founded.
- Are you a five-shot wonder? I mean with video, silly. Here are the five shots that let you take video like a broadcast journalist: Closeup of the hands, closeup of the face, wideshot, over the shoulder and unusual/alternative.
- Chalk this up to memory: This memorial to a Canadian political leader--chalked messages on a gigantic public plaza--is beautiful, participatory, and visual.
- Search your ancient tweets, finally, with CloudMagic, a Chrome extension that lets you search Google apps as well as Twitter. Being able to search your own tweets is a cumbersome task on Twitter; this fixes it. Check out the introductory video, below:
And a few items I favorited, for later reading:
- Let's repeat that again: This Tumblr of unnecessary journalism phrases (think "estimated at about" or "free gift") is useful as a reminder to any writer, or maybe just the laugh you need today. Reminds me of the NBA color commentary I once heard on TV: "You know Fred, to win tonight, Denver has to score more points than the other team." We might need another Tumblr of Obvious Journalism Observations, come to think of it.
- Plugged-in network maven Scott Heiferman, founder of Meetup.com, shares his insights about the popular networking and social site in this video interview.