My May 2010 video clip of the month is an interview Chris Brogan gave for the LikeMinds conference in the United Kingdom. Brogan, arguably one of the top social media experts in the world, discusses his vision for social media’s future. Here’s the YouTube video:
Google released a Living Stories plugin and theme for WordPress yesterday enabling anyone who publishes through WordPress to organize coverage of an ongoing event on a single dynamic page. Living Stories is an experimental format for displaying news coverage that Google created in partnership with the New York Times and Washington Post.
Google software engineer Eric Zhang wrote about the process of developing the plugin on the Google News Blog.
“Our next step was to open-source the Living Stories form, allowing publishers to build on it using Google’s AppEngine infrastructure. We then released a version of the code that runs independent of our infrastructure. Since then, a number of publications have shared their ideas for ways we can offer additional tools to help them create Living Stories. The WordPress plugin is a direct result of those conversations.”
Living Stories is like a personalized RSS feed reader, but customized to pay attention to just one story. The story is customized to the user, keeping track of what they have already seen so that it can alert them when new content is available.
Below is a GoogleVideos YouTube video on the benefits of Google’s Living Stories.
After I got the invite, I immediately logged on and played around a little bit—but largely by myself. With Google Wave, collaborators share e-mail, instant messaging, wikis, and social networking merged into topical waves. Since I didn’t have any collaborators, or at least ones with meaningful waves to collaborate on, I put using it on hold.
Today, I returned for a quick look at the new Google Wave extensions gallery. Google launched it yesterday to make it easier to find the small gadgets and add-ons the developer community has created to include in waves to add functionality. These extensions let you embed webpages into a wave, create a yes/no poll, create a like/dislike button for showing support for a particular topic (similar to those found on Facebook or Google Buzz), play Sudoku with a friend in real time, and more.
Will I be back again soon? Probably not. I still don’t have any practical use for it (and I don’t have the time to play real-time Sudoku). I do see a lot of potential in Google Wave, particulary for small teams who can collaborate easier in a wave rather than sending multiple e-mails back and forth.
Want to learn a little more about Google Wave? Check out a young boy’s take on it in the “Google Wave Made Simple” YouTube video below.