Foursquare, the location-based check-in game, has expanded to the last location: space. Astronaut Doug Wheelock checked in while on the International Space Station today, earning himself an oh-so-exclusive "NASA Explorer" badge. But Foursquare is also partnering with NASA to encourage all kinds of terrestrial space-knowledge exploration.
Very early this morning, Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff authorized the execution by firing squad of convicted murderer Ronnie Lee Gardner. Then he fired up the TwitBird app on his iPhone and announced the solemn news to the world.
You might recall the annual Web Trends info-map that imposes the most notable names on the Web onto the Tokyo Metro map. Information Architects, the data visualizers responsible have a new offering that focuses solely on one singular sliver of the Intertubes. The Cosmic 140 beautifully maps the 140 most influential people on Twitter, measured by metrics like number of followers and tweet frequency.
With vaccine supplies limited, social butterflies on Facebook could find themselves targeted for real-world injections. Stanford University researchers have created an algorithm that uses social networking data to identify the people who are "bridges" between different tight-knit circles of friends or communities, so that limited vaccine supplies can be used wisely.
Google loves nothing more than redefining vast tech industry sectors with a single stomp of its Godzilla paw. And in unveiling their latest creation today, a social networking and sharing platform for Gmail and mobile phones called Buzz, the Goog Monster has set its sights squarely on Facebook.
Someone wants to bring back the golden era of TV, when entire families watched the tube with microwave dinners balanced carefully on their laps. Motorola, Intel and UK-based BT envision a TV viewing experience that uses social networking to make you feel fuzzily connected to friends and family. According to Technology Review the goal is to "make TV social again."
Groups of friends and strangers spent more than a month preparing for perhaps the greatest social networking competition in history. All wanted to be the first to find 10 red weather balloons scattered across the continental U.S. on December 5, and claim a $40,000 prize from the Pentagon's DARPA agency.
This photo was taken by Nonja. She is an orangutan. Like many of us, she is interested in keeping her friends up to date on what she's up to in her pen at the Schönbrunn zoo in Austria. She takes and immediately uploads photos to Facebook with her specially modified Samsung ST-1000 point-and-shoot (it dispenses raisins!).
Most DARPA challenges serve some sort of obvious military or intelligence purpose. But the agency has us scratching our heads over its latest competition, the Network Challenge: a $40,000 cash prize will go to the first person who finds the correct latitude and longitude of ten weather balloons located within the continental United States.