Blogs & the Life of Journalism: Welcome to the Jungle

By Casey Lynn Contributing Writer, [GAS] Query: What separates man from ape? Perhaps the same thing that separates journalist from blogger. In his 2007 book The Cult of the Amateur, Andrew Keen analogized T.H. Huxley’s “infinite monkey theorem” to the rise of Web 2.0. If you provide infinite monkeys with infinite typewriters, one of them […]

The Internet as Imagined in 1969

This video dates back to 1969 and presents what could be described as an early idea of the Internet. I just love the reaction of the guy at 0:46 right after the narrator says: “What the wife selects on her console will be paid for by her husband at his counterpart console.” Society has certainly […]

Facebook: Now with Lens Flares!

Just a short post this morning to let you know about a little trick my pal Shea passed me over my Facebook feed this morning. Log in to Facebook Do this on your keyboard: UP UP DOWN DOWN LEFT RIGHT LEFT RIGHT B A *ENTER* (Yeah, that’s the Konami Code) Now just scroll up and […]

Betweeted Brings Ads to Twitter Without Spamming

By Jimmy Rogers (@me) Contributing Writer, [GAS] Twitter has been a monetization puzzle for many because it possesses enormous popularity and “mindshare” among the internet savvy, but does not present any straightforward way to make money.  Attempts have been made to market through tweets or through the background wallpapers, but neither of these have been very […]

RSS is Dead; Long Live RSS!

By Sterling “Chip” Camden Contributing Writer, [GAS] Steve Gillmor says that RSS is dead.   As a member of the RSS Advisory Board, I feel compelled to inform Mr. Gillmor that his pronouncement is a bit premature. Gillmor’s point seems to be that people no longer directly consume RSS feeds through their feed readers – that […]

Goats Invade Silicon Valley

By Casey Lynn Contributing Writer, [GAS] So Google is getting in on the whole “going green” thing by foregoing the “noisy mowers that run on gasoline and pollute the air” in favor of renting a bunch of goats to chew on the lawn at the company headquarters in Mountain View. Two hundred of them hang […]

Twitter, Tea, and the End of the World

By Casey Lynn Contributing Writer, [GAS] As far as well-known authors embracing social networking go, Neil Gaiman has been right up there, a popular blogger since 2001 (and yes, I do rather love John Scalzi, who definitely beat him to the punch, but we’re talking pure star power here). Now he’s taking Twitter by storm, […]

Science is Sexy: Will the Large Hadron Collider Blow Us Up?

By Jimmy Rogers (@me) Contributing Writer, [GAS] Maybe you’ve heard about the recent controversy over the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva.  This device, probably the most complex machine ever devised by man, has been the focus of much debate because of its potential to do two things. Be an enormous waste of money Create a black […]

Twitter aflitter with quicker quitters

Most people who use Twitter will be gone within a month according to newly published figures. Number-crunchers say the trend means Twitter’s past growth rate will be unsustainable. The figures from web research firm Nielsen Media say that only 40% of people using the site during a month will still be using Twitter the following […]

Real-Life Twittering

Can you imagine this kind of thing happening for real on a large scale? If people would start doing this, I’d probably move as far away from civilization as I can, in a middle of a wood somewhere in the great Canadian north possibly. [Via TechEblog]

Track the Swine Flu Outbreaks on Google Maps

By Jimmy Rogers Contributing Writer, [GAS] Want to track the swine flu outbreaks on your desktop?  A chap named “niman” has created a nifty Google Map of all the swine flu activity…ON EARTH! View H1N1 Swine Flu in a larger map Key: Pink markers are suspect Purple markers are confirmed Deaths lack a dot in marker […]

Does MySpace see the writing on the wall?

Oh, wait – writing on the Wall is a Facebook thing.  But increasingly, so is MySpace’s business.  The erstwhile king of social media sites has been deposed by Facebook, which now has over 200 million profiles.  Everybody has a Facebook page – but who do you know who is still on MySpace but who isn’t […]