There’s no App for that

Yesterday I received a direct mail piece from that said “print postage in 3 simple steps…” It made me a little nostalgic. My dad was a mail carrier for 30 years until he passed in 1989–I miss my dad. He lived by the postman’s creed, no rain, sleet or snow will stop your mail…. I think I got my work ethic from him. Thanks Dad. Do I want to use the CD to install a local post office on my computer? Umm, no I don’t think so, dad would be appalled, for one, and two how many darn apps can one computer take. I’m apped out!

What is Web 2.0

Link to Tim O’Reilly’s explanation…

From the WSJ

Internet company Automattic Inc., which distributes the popular WordPress blogging software, said it has raised $29 million from investors that include New York Times Co., after spurning an acquisition offer last year.

The San Francisco start-up and its investors declined to name the larger Internet company that made the buyout bid, which came a few months ago. But the offer valued Automattic at between $150 million and $200 million, and helped prompt the new round of financing, said Phil Black, an Automattic board member and partner at …


API-communicate between programs


The Washington Post added a taxi fare estimator to help customers determine the cost of their cab ride now since all cabs will be required to be meter-based not zone-based fares as its been since 19xx. The Mayor imposed mandatory meters for all cabbies to be installed by April in the district. The fare estimator is a web-based application built by…(research is forthcoming)


-This is a post from DCWW about a zoom tool–is this web 2.0?

The Gap and Old Navy are using this same style to preview their
clothing – no more popup window for a zoom.

> This is the first time I’ve seen this particular zoom capability
> Here’s the site that has the code

LOC uses Flickr for photos
>In the collaborative spirit of Web 2.0, the Library of Congress is
>inviting the public to comment and make notes on more than 3,000
>photos in its collection.
>Using Flickr <>photo-sharing technology, the
>library is launching the pilot project
><>on its own Flickr
>page. Matt Raymond, the library’s communications director, announced
>the project on the <>library’s blog today.
>Out of the library’s 14 million prints, photographs and other visual
>material, the more than 3,000 photos that will be available on the
>library’s Flickr page are those for which there are no known
>copyright restrictions.
>The library welcomes the public’s tags, comments and notes on the
>images, Raymond says on the blog. “For instance, many photos are
>missing key caption information such as where the photo was taken
>and who is pictured. If such information is collected via Flickr
>members, it can potentially enhance the quality of the bibliographic
>records for the images.”

Class project notes

This is my project blog. As I gather notes and begin research for my class project it will take shape here. I am designing a flash package describing Web 2.0 techniques for my interactive journalism class. How perfect is this. I will use one of the tools that’s prevalent in today’s web 2.0 world. Great. I’m on my way. Now if only I can get some material to write about.