Tag: social networking

by Cody Shotwell

Unless you’re a gay man with a smartphone, I’ll forgive you for not having heard of Grindr, a social-networking application for gay men which has seen an epic rise, becoming one of the most visible and popular apps of its kind in the gay community since its launch a year and a half ago. Recently, […] more »

by Dan Schultz

A friend once told me that if I were a superhero I would be called “The Includer.” She was right, I’m usually the one trying to get more people involved in whatever is about to happen. Superhero or not, my crowd-mongering has taught me one thing: Groups are complicated. I’m sure you know what I […] more »

by Juliana Rotich

Rebecca Wanjiku is a project assistant for Ushahidi in Kenya. She interfaces with many organizations and individuals who have inquiries about Ushahidi. In this post, she shares her perspective and experience. “How do we inspire active participation in a project that is non-political, and not related to a crisis?” 

This is a question asked by […] more »

by Aleksandra Chojnacka

CityCircles is a website and mobile app providing hyper-local news, events, promotions, fix-it projects, and other information for stops along Phoenix’s light rail system. As we progress towards launching our full site (we’re currently in beta), we face the challenge of making sure our site has the “stickiness factor.” We need people to visit — […] more »

by Harry Dugmore

Although newspapers have gone through 150 years of evolution away from popular contributions and towards fully professional writing, technology is rapidly re-empowering non-professionals. Anyone who has rudimentary access to technology can blog or Twitter, take cell phone photos and video of dramatic moments, and quickly get them ‘out there.’ But does the input method matter […] more »

by Amanda Atwood

An upcoming event caught my attention as something I thought other Ideas Lab bloggers and readers might be interested in: Using Social Networking to Marshal the Youth Vote: Online discussion with Rock the Vote director Heather Smith – Tuesday April 7 Very significant elections are coming up in South Africa on April 22, and for […] more »

by David Cohn

Long-time readers of Spot.Us updates will know I am a big believer in staying agile and iterative. Take small bites, chew well, rinse and repeat. With that in mind – I am “en route“ to visit my developers to do another “dev blitz” to try and get Spot.Us as close to a 2.0 version as […] more »

by Ryan Sholin

[I’m going back to the proverbial drawing board for ReportingOn, working with the development and design team at Lion Burger to build the next iteration of the backchannel for your beat from scratch, more or less. Here’s some of what we’re talking about in front of the whiteboard…] I’ve been pitching ReportingOn using the same […] more »

by Alexander Zolotarev

On the web, choosing the mascot of the Sochi Olympics was probably the most discussed topic around the 2014 Winter Games. What is great with the Olympics is that being a global, international affair, each time it presents the local quintessence of the hosting city. Simply put, the symbol reflects the local Olympic dream as […] more »

by Dan Pacheco

Ever since the Knight News Challenge was first announced in 2006, I’ve been fascinated and inspired by its open nature. While the primary goal of the contest is to fund great ideas for new local news and information projects, it has a larger mission. It also requires those projects to eventually be released under open […] more »