Sweden Turns Its Twitter Account Over to the Great Unwashed

Sweden Turns Its Twitter Account Over to the Great Unwashed

Sweden has surrendered its official Twitter account, @sweden, to the hoi polloi. The project, Curators of Sweden, signs up Swedes to tweet a week at a time. It started December 10 with Jack Wermer, a writer and marketing specialist. The second tweeter was Hasan Ramic, a Bosnian immigrant

Currently, the position is filled by the moose-hunting, oral…

Twitvid Redesign Puts Personalization Before Popularity

Twitvid Redesign Puts Personalization Before Popularity

Today Twitvid announced that it is launching a new open social video network and redesigned site focused on helping users find their favorite videos. Twitvid wants to make it easier to upload clips and share them to YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook and Twitter.

For now, Twitvid’s frontpage interface looks more like Digg’s (before the social newsrooms…

Iceland Pursues a User-Generated Constitution

Iceland Pursues a User-Generated Constitution

In 2009, Iceland passed a privacy and free speech law to make itself into a haven for new media. Since then it has seen the eruptions of the Eyjafjallajökull and Grímsvötn volcanoes and one of the worst banking meltdowns of all time. But despite the dark times, Iceland has not lost its faith in the power of the social web.

The country is now…

NYT Crowdsources the Review of 24,000 Palin Emails

NYT Crowdsources the Review of 24,000 Palin Emails

Tomorrow, the State of Alaska is set to release over 24,000 of Sarah Palin’s emails, “covering much of her tenure as governor of Alaska.” The New York Times is hoping that its readers will pitch in and help them filter this vast cache of new data on the former governor and erstwhile vice presidential candidate. Derek Willis announced the project on…

Largest Telescope in the World to Rely on Crowdsourced Computing Power

Largest Telescope in the World to Rely on Crowdsourced Computing Power

The largest telescope ever to exist (on this planet anyway) is going to be the Square Kilometre Array. The SKA will cost about $2.1 billion to construct. Australia and South Africa are bidding on the project. What may give Australia an edge is the way they intend to handle the massive computer processing and storage demands of the array…

Your Content, Your Copyright: TwitPic Updates Terms Of Service

Your Content, Your Copyright: TwitPic Updates Terms Of Service

Twitter photo-sharing service TwitPic has updated its terms of service to clear up any misunderstanding of who owns the pictures uploaded to the service. There have been controversies in the past year about media organizations using photos posted on TwitPic and not giving proper attribution or compensation to the original photographer…

Preserving Aboriginal Australian Heritage Online

Preserving Aboriginal Australian Heritage Online

Australia has begun employing the Web as a major tool in gathering, preserving and sharing the cultural traditions of its native peoples. The religious, personal and individual stories of Australia’s native peoples, their visual art and worldviews are globally acknowledged to have a powerful presence. However, as with most now-minority peoples…

A Web-Walk Through the Redwoods on Arbor Day

A Web-Walk Through the Redwoods on Arbor Day

Save the Redwoods League has partnered with Google Earth Outreach to create a virtual walk through a modeled old-growth redwood stand in Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park in California.

To celebrate the U.S.’s 120th Arbor Day, you can take a stroll through 3D stands of ancient redwood trees.

“Ladies Mapping Party” Strengthens Google’s Africa Maps

“Ladies Mapping Party” Strengthens Google’s Africa Maps

If you like the idea of a quilting bee but prefer your bits electronic instead of fabric, you might be interested in a “ladies mapping party.” 70 Kenyan women were, and showed up to a Google-sponsored ladies mapping party at Nairobi’s iHub in February.

The women used Google Map Maker, and their specific local knowledge, to fill in schools, health…

MidEast Youth Launches Crowdvoice for Yemeni Day of Rage

MidEast Youth Launches Crowdvoice for Yemeni Day of Rage

Egypt casts a tall shadow and this last week’s protests have captured the world’s attention. But it is far from the only country to take heart from Tunisia’s revolution and go out into the streets. Yemen has called for tomorrow, February 3, to be its own “Day of Rage.” In conjunction with local online news […]

MidEast Youth Launches Crowdvoice for Yemeni Day of Rage

MidEast Youth Launches Crowdvoice for Yemeni Day of Rage

Egypt casts a tall shadow and this last week’s protests have captured the world’s attention. But it is far from the only country to take heart from Tunisia’s revolution and go out into the streets. Yemen has called for tomorrow, February 3, to be its own “Day of Rage.”

In conjunction with local online news site YemenPortal, polymath activist…

Traditional Media Abandon Tunisia to Twitter, YouTube

Traditional Media Abandon Tunisia to Twitter, YouTube

The shortcomings of the so-called mainstream media have become something of a stale trope. Traditional media does some things well, other things poorly, vice-versa for blogging and other social media. But the neglect of the situation in Tunisia by the media in general, and American media in particular, is beyond the pale.

Since a young…

ReadWriteWeb’s Comprehensive WikiLeaks Timeline (UPDATED)

ReadWriteWeb’s Comprehensive WikiLeaks Timeline (UPDATED)

As we mentioned before, “Wikileaks was not a story, but an ongoing continuum of stories… It’s a story that is destined to keep on giving.” In that short time since that post, it has indeed done just that.

WikiLeaks — its actions and the reactions to them, the implications of what has happened around the whistle-blowing site — has given…

Mahalo Faces Lawsuit; CEO to Take on TechCrunch

Mahalo Faces Lawsuit; CEO to Take on TechCrunch

Human-powered search site Mahalo, created by notable entrepreneur, investor and blogger Jason Calacanis, may soon be involved in a class-action lawsuit, the result of a change to its Terms and Conditions that may have affected the pay of its contractors and employees.

Meanwhile, as Mahalo’s legal troubles begin, CEO Calacanis is preparing to…

Residents One of Africa’s Largest Slums Put Their Home on the Map

Residents One of Africa’s Largest Slums Put Their Home on the Map

Forcing those who would rather not to recognize you is the ultimate in revolution, a revolution from non-existence to being. And that’s just what the residents of Kibera, the second largest slum in Africa, have done. Under a project they’ve called Map Kibera, they’ve publicly mapped a home the government previously depicted as wild forest (the…