Tag Archives | Web

…It’s Website Wednesday: Personas?


Personas is a fascinating art piece that takes a name and ‘scours the web for information and attempts to characterize the person – to fit them to a predetermined set of categories that an algorithmic process created from a massive corpus of data’.

Personas shows you how the Internet sees you. It allows you to see how the machine is working, revealing the computer’s uncanny insights and inadvertent errors such as the mischaracterizations caused by the inability to separate data from multiple owners of the same name. It is meant for the viewer to reflect on our current and future world where digital histories are as important – if not more important – than oral histories, and computational methods of condensing our digital traces are opaque and socially ignorant – for now. Fortunes are sought through data-mining vast information repositories, and this kind of data is indispensable but far from infallible.

So go ahead; give it your name and give it a shot.


…Paper websites are the net’s history?

Paper Twitter

The web might be a computer based place, but many of the designs for the sites that you use daily started out as simple pen on paper drawings in a boardroom or bar napkin.

Deeplinking has gathered up some of these initial concepts sketches, and there’s something about seeing the roots of highly used sites laid out before you like a dinosaur skeleton that brings the beasts back down to reality.

[Deeplinking – The Paper Version Of The Web]

[Via: Boing Boing]

…Office Shapshots lets you see inside your favorite company?

Office Shapshots

If you’ve ever wondered what the offices of your favorite companies look like, then check out the Office Shapshots blog.

Walkthroughs include both web/tech companies, and larger companies that everyone is familiar with, so you can see if Tech Bubble 2.0 is alive and well, or if the perks from Bubble 1.0 have come and gone.

[Office Snapshots]

…It’s Website Wednesday: Buzzword?


Buzzword is “the first real word processor for the web”.

Though this description sounds rather boring, the site itself is rather impressive.

Basically an online version of Word, it’s built in Flash, so there’s plenty of fancy features, and the online interface means you can use it on either a Mac or a PC.

Another advantage of online applications: No need to install. Traveling and in need of a word processor? No problem; Just fire up Buzzword and away you go.

Having your documents online also means it’s easy to share with friends, family and co-workers, co-editing and co-writing something through its path to perfection.

Lastly, it’s owned by Adobe, so there’s definitely no lack of support, and the chance that this winds up in the dead pool is slim to none.

It’s definitely worth a try, so click the link and see what’s buzzing.


…Blog posts don’t follow a simple path?

Wired Blog Post Infographic

Ever wonder what happens to a blog post after “Publish” is clicked?

The post is crawled, indexed, mined, scraped, republished, and propagated throughout the Web, going from servers to spiders to suits – to you.

To help explain this process a bit better, Wired has created a fantastically simple infographic.

Where do you fit in?

[Wired – The Life Cycle Of A Blog Post]

[Via: Boing Boing]