Build your own Facebook conversations

This would have been fantastic for our Easter service at Scots, or for anybody who wanted to make a social media version of the Easter story, but alas, it comes a month too late.

However – I present to you “The Wall Machine“, it lets you produce your own multi-partied Facebook conversations.

It has a nice interface. I whipped that one above up in about 30 seconds.

Via ChurchCrunch.

Bay of Plenty

If you’ve always thought your photos were missing that special something. Perhaps an explosion. Or Shia Lebouf. Then Get Bayifying. A nice online webapp that turns your photos into a still from a Michael Bay movie. You too can turn a photo like this (with the obligatory ancient wonder in the background)…

Into this… Jets. Guns. Explosions. Saturated Colour.

Beautiful. No wait. Baytiful.

New Dimensions

The BBC has launched a cool web service called How Big Is It Really that lets you put the area of significant events, places and objects from throughout history on the map. Literally. Wherever you want. It will entertain you for at least five minutes.

How to tell the internet to shut up

Comments are what makes the social internet go round – but they also are a classic example of the signal v noise aspect of effective communication. Annoyingly long comment threads obscure much goodness. You can, though I don’t recommend it, block comments from almost every site you visit around the world wide web, by installing this code snippet in your browser.

It comes with a warning:


The stylesheet blindly hides blocks with IDs like “comments”, which could have unexpected side effects. (I’m told it hides the “discussion” section of Bugzilla installations, for example.) Disable shutup.css if you think you might be missing important page content.

Unlike the guy who wrote this plug-in – I like and value your comments, and would appreciate more of them…

YouTube v Quietube

YouTube has a new cleaner look. Which is great. But if you want something even more minimalist, with less distractions, stupid comments, inappropriate related videos, or banner ads – check out Quietube – all you need to do is add a little shortcut to your bookmarks bar and you can hit it to watch YouTube videos distraction free.

Here’s a pictorial example of the difference.



A posterous idea

Posterous seems like a pretty nifty service.

Ok, I’ve tried it, it seems to work.

Posterous lets you essentially blog by email – it hosts all media files and syncs with just about every online service I can imagine… like WordPress.

I’m thinking it will be a very useful tool. So useful I’ve set up one account for blogging purposes, and one for personal use, which will probably end up being a scrap book for blogging.

I’m also thinking I might reduce the amount of personal stuff I put up here – so that when tribes of angry atheists come marching through and insulting me they have less stones to throw. Posterous might fill that gap.

Having said that – feel free to check out my posterous page here

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