The Weekend Links Post: No. 20

Welcome, again, to another entirely subjective selection of 15 links, humanely culled from my week’s online reading and roughly collated under the seven broad categories seen below (well, when I’m not moving house anyway):

Selected Highlights from Guardian Technology (Because otherwise I just don’t get around to reading it now it’s no longer in the print edition).

The future for virtual worlds – and their not-so-virtual economies.

The internet: is it changing the way we think? (Oddly, no mention of asking much the same question not that long ago).

Social Media

Social marketing, or socially-reactive marketing? Wired’s Eliot Van Buskirk takes a look at the potential of reputation-tracking tools like Revinate and ScanBuzz.

Facebook adds location awareness feature Places – but so far just in the US.

And why Facebook Places might not be entirely ‘a good thing’.

Rounds: a video-chat social network – think Chatroulette with elements of Facebook.

Books, Writing & Storytelling

The Bat Segundo Show: excellent literature/culture podcast, hosted by litblogger Ed Champion and named after the radio show at the end of David Mitchell’s Ghostwritten. (Link to show archive here.)

I’ve decided not publish any more books in the traditional way,’ says Seth Godin. ‘I can reach 10 or 50 times as many people electronically.’

Looking For Truth With A Pin
: a 2005 BBC4 documentary on deadpan melancomic poet/musician/writer Ivor Cutler; which someone’s helpfully uploaded to YouTube (link goes to Part 1 of 6).

Useful Apps, Utilities & Downloads

Matrix: the flight price-comparison engine behind services like Kayak – but ad-free.


Shuffler: a new streaming radio service powered by music blogs (imagine Pandora fed by Hype Machine, but with stations organised by genre and each new track accompanied by the blog post where it was posted).

Sad Steve: simple, ad-free MP3 search engine.

Games & Other Distractions

Violet: defeat procrastination, or lose your girlfriend; an award-winning interactive fiction rom-com.


Is the World Wide Web dead?: Wired asks whether apps and mobile devices are fundamentally changing our internet use; also featuring a three-way e-mail debate between Chris Anderson, Tim O’Reilly and John Battelle.

Unsuck It: cynical and irreverent online translations of common (and hopefullly not-so-common) business jargon.

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