New Thing #190: Diaspora.com

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Diaspora

Diaspora asks the simple question: What happens if you create a social network and no one comes? 

Actually, that’s probably not even close to their mission statement. Unfortunately though, the long awaited “privacy conscious” social network project conceived of by a bunch of university students and funded by Kickstarter seems to be just that. Empty.

The site itself has a lot of great ideas going for it: clean design, no advertising and an easy way to sort people into groups. Posting is easily divided into what you want to be public and what you want to be private. The problem is that the entire site is basically Google+ without the logo. Begging the question, what’s the point?

With Facebook finally caving to a slightly more private philosophy, and Google+ already established I’m afraid that Diaspora is an also-ran. And before ever getting out of the gate, no less.

So, who wants an invite?

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New Thing #122: turntable.fm

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Turntablefm

I heard about turntable.fm on the Bombcast (a video game podcast I listen to). It basically breaks down like this: you enter a visualized chat room where you and others get a chance to add songs into the playlist.

There are tones of rooms dedicated to various music genres. They end up play out like an interesting mix tape from a friend. Or a stranger actually, since it’s all in beta right now and you can only access it if one of your Facebook friends have already done so. 

Which leads me to its biggest problem: you can’t use it outside of the United States. Luckily, through the magic of internet proxies, I am able to use it at work. Which kind of sucks since I like it so much but won’t be able to play around with it at home. 

New Thing #68: listgeeks.com

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I have to preface this post by telling you that when I was a kid, one of my favourite books to pull off my dad’s shelf was the amazing “Book of Lists“. And that’s exactly what it was, hundreds of pages of lists ranging from celebrities who died during sex to the world’s greatest libel suits to sauciest zeppelin disasters. Ok I made that last one up.

Listgeeks.com seems tailor made for a list geek like myself. Not only is the concept of a repository for any list you feel like making, but it’s social too. I can browse other people’s list and piggy back on top of them. I can see how wrong people are compared to me!

Plus, the minimalist site design is right up my ally. Give it a try and make sure to follow me here.

New Thing #61: Fund a Kickstarter Project

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I love the idea of Kickstarter.com for funding good ideas thought up by ordinary people. “New Digital Fonts from Rare Letterpress Wood Type” caught my eye today and I thought, what the hey, I’ll give them ten bucks to revive a few beautifully crafted sets of woodtype.

Yes, I’m a type-nerd. I blame a combination of my German design roots and Greg Smith (my very first Art Director who could identify any face at 40 paces) for that. 

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