It just dawned on me that my entire family is now blogging. :-D This rocks.
My dad was the first one to start a blog. You can find him on his personal blog Daily Grit, where he dives into issues he’s running into on a daily basis, and his neighborhood blog about living in Southwest Lansing.
You can find my mom at her new blog, Mrs. Thorp’s Third Grade Blog. She’s a retired teacher of many many years and is now imparting her wisdom into the blogosphere.
My soon-to-be brother-in-law Adam also has a blog. It’s called Ironies and Musings from a white, middle class, 20 something.
Both Adam and my sister have been in Easter Europe for the last little bit. During the trip, she’s been doing some guest posts on his blog, which have been awesome. I hope they’ll both continue to blog just as much, once they’re married.
Obviously, you can read me here. :-)
So does your family blog? If so, drop links in the comments.
This made my morning. Flickr’s Commons project, which the Library of Congress helped to get off the ground and that I helped with from the Library’s side, was featured in today’s USA Today.
In the article, they give an update on the success of the project for the Library of Congress…
Six months into the project, the library has been able to update 500 photo records with new information provided by Flickr users — everything from names of people and places in photographs to specific airplane models shown in photos, says Helena Zinkham, acting chief of the Prints and Photographs Division.
And go on to say…
Both partners call the project a success. The photos have garnered 8.2 million views and 5,000 comments, and The Commons has attracted five other institutions: The Powerhouse Museum in Australia, the Toulouse Library in France, the Brooklyn Museum in New York and the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C.
8.2 million views. Holy crap man! That’s a lot.
I hope that you all will subscribe to the Library’s photos. They’re adding more all the time. Plus, keep tagging and adding info to them. This way more folks will be able to find them and enjoy them.
By the way, here’s one of the cool photos that the Library recently put on Flickr:
A co-worker just sent this to me and it almost made me shoot espresso out my nose. It’s that funny. Thought I’d share it with all of you. Happy Friday!
So I’m here in San Francisco at Facebook’s F8 conference.
At the beginning of the afternoon, everyone filed into the main auditorium room for Mark Zuckerberg’s keynote. I think everyone had that same Steve Jobs Keynote like anticipation about what he was going to say and if it was going to be something new and exciting.
They officially officially kicked off development around Facebook Connect, which is really cool but will be more fun when there are some more working examples to play with. Sounds like this will come later this summer.
They also spent a lot of time talking about what the principles of good Facebook applications are and what they’re going to try and encourage moving forward. This wasn’t that exciting.
What impressed me more was the setup of the conference.
Theses guys throw an impressive party. It’s a big space. Each section is cordoned off so that they can talk more indepth about different aspects around building for the platform.
They’re serving a variety of really good food. It looks like they raided the local IKEA and got all kind of hipster furniture for folks to sit on. Plus… the drinks are flowing and the music is pumpin’.
You can defintely tell that they’re trying to maintain the level of excitement around the platform that they got last year when it started. Will they be able to get people pumped? I dunno. Only time will tell.
Kind of interesting… they did announce that there are 400,000 developers on the Facebook platform. Now I wonder whether those are the number of active developers or the number of folks who installed the Facebook Developer application, which includes folks like me who’ve installed it once and haven’t touched it.
Regardless, 400,000 developers for one platform is A LOT of people.
Well… I’m back to the party. More blogging later.
My friends and the Washington DC-based LivingSocial company just raised $5 million dollars. Congrats guys!!!
LivingSocial, a company that started out as a Facebook developer and is now creating social app across many social networks, raised $5 million in a series A financing that was led by Grotech Ventures. Steve Case also personally invested. (LivingSocial’s CEO and co-founder, Tim O’Shaughnessy, is a former AOLer who also worked for Case at Revolution Health).
So on the way back from a meeting in the SOMA neighborhood of San Francisco, I strolled by the flag ship Apple Store on Market Street. On my way to the meeting I noticed that the “We’re out of the iPhone 3G” sign was gone so I thought maybe I could stop in and pick one up on my way back.
Much to my surprise. There was a line going down the block. One person mentioned that they had been there for two hours.
That’s CRAZY. The phone has been out for a week and folks are still queing up for 2 hours?!?!? NUTS!
My first gen iPhone is good enough that I’m not going to wait in that long of a line.
Congrats to Geoff Livingston and everyone at Livingston Communications about being acquired.
Some of you may have seen the news today. I’ve sold Livingston Communications to the Toronto region’s Social Media Group (SMG). Maggie Fox, CEO of SMG will be my new boss, and I will serve the organization as Executive Vice President, Americas (Image: Maggie and I at Ford Headquarters last week).
Basically, I will serve major accounts as a lead strategist, head the DC office, market the company and continue blogging at the Buzz Bin (which will get a resulting content upgrade).