CYBERPLACE: ONLINE IN OFFLINE PLACES

Heath Row -- squidoo.com/sxsw-2006-cyberplace/
Dennis Crowley -- he made Dodgeball
Michael Sharon -- worked on Socialite
Scott Heiferman -- worked on Meetup
Molly Steenson - now a grad student @ Yale School of Architecture

Heath's a local history geek and he walks around a lot and he wants to learn 
about where he is right now -- and the inability to do so really annoys him
Need to get the data to relate to where you are spatially

This problem is not a new one

MOLLY STEENSON
Molly came to Architecture after 12 years working on web and community
Best way to look at technology and social interactions and how they affected 
each other was to look at our spaces
She's working on an architectural history degree now and has found there are 
lots of older roots

Archigram -- 1964, Peter Cook; young architects in Great Britain in the 60s
They started doing paper architecture -- wanted to use technology for this and 
were really moving from architecture to software
Plugin city diagram is what she's showing -- city that's always alive, pieces 
can be plugged in as needed (for addon/replacement)

Send a message and the message would be displayed on the building : 1972-1976 
though!
We get excited about stuff like Reality is Unlimited in Berlin -- moving facade 
on a buidling
Pong on the building

Some of the ideas we have are not new -- but we need to follow-through better

HEATH
"Dodgeball makes me sad because I'm usually at home and all my friends seem to 
be out leading these interesting lives"

DENNIS CROWLEY
Idea came from having multiple groups of friends and wanting to hang out with 
them all over the course of an evening
Initially developed so you could hang out with everyone
Now about getting all the groups together moving throughout the city and making 
new friends and connections
Helps plan the evening as you're going

People do go and check out their personal histories and see where they've been 
hanging out -- as well as your friends
Help find new places via recommendations implicitly

MICHAEL SHARON
Socialite scans for messages left in the area by people
It's all about annotating places -- changes the interaction with the place and 
the context of what you're doing
"A woman died here"

SCOTT HEIFERMAN
With all the stuff we post on Flickr etc, you basically are creating a history 
of every inch of the earth

MICHAEL
Mapamundi -- maps of the world; map of the mapmakers experience
We're creating our own personal maps of the world
Everything we do happens at a place
Thanks to the power of Google Maps etc we can easily display this

SCOTT
You could be able to see the history of your house
platial.com

HEATH
New York Songlines -- the grid of Manhattan with history of each block, street, 
etc
Propertyshark is a great real estate driven site -- will tell you all sorts of 
stuff about your building, etc
Tapping into public records but accessible online

Heath @ Scott:
Now things are more organiser-directed, are people choosing different kinds of 
places?
What have you noticed with this shift?

SCOTT
Hasn't shown a big shift, except for an introduction of more homes -- people 
having meetups in their own homes
Voting is more of a popularity contest
About 100 000 locations have been added to the database -- the venues are rated 
and comments written about it afterwards
Lot more vertical application-specific databases to do with location coming up
Citysearch can't tell you how good a meeting location it is, but meetup can
Going to be interesting to see how the different kinds of uses of space will be 
databased and catalogued

MOLLY
Difficult to make the data useful
Need something that brings them all together
The point is that for that particular use, that data is really good

MICHAEL:
It's also about finding the richest/best source of information -- that's 
usually in people's heads
It's enabling the people who know to generate the content themselves

SCOTT
Ever-increasing number of meetup groups using private vendors
As people know each other better, there's increasing trust
People use meetup because they want to be a great local resource -- meetup 
helps people find it
The public aspect of it is really useful

MICHAEL
People are tagging their homes a lot -- first thing they do often
"I live here!"
Really interesting that people like to claim territory, even if it's virtual
Nate Hitchcock decided to catalogue his entire life, including pictures from 
college -- writes a story about each location
	-- not sure how useful it is, but it's definitely fascinating!