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It is time for the Webby Awards again and no matter what you think of events like this, it is a great way of getting updated on new and interesting websites, trends etc. Just visit the site and browse through the different categories and nominees for inspiration.
And if you don't already know it, be sure not to miss - and vote for - POKE's Bakertweet! An intriguing way of using twitter to blend the physical and virtual world.
Have you ever wondered just how *hetero* your twitter stream is?
Probably not, but here's a tool that can help you find out.
Howhetero is a web application that can analyze and rate your level of 'heteronormativity' based on words in your tweets. To prove a point, the application is very judgmental and words like "shopping" and "design" will decrease your hetero rating (if you're a boy).
The application was created for the Stockholm Pride event last summer and it has just been nominated for a Webby Award in the Interactive Advertising Category.
Posted by Sebastian on Mar 22, 2010
Reknit is a service where you can turn an old sweater into something new.
The service is operated via the web, and all you got to do is to send in an old sweater and Reknit will unravel it and use the materials to create a new item.
Each month has a theme during which sweaters are turned into a certain item such as a glove, a hat, a scart, a laptop case etc. At the website you can vote for next months Reknit theme and you can also see a gallery of previously reknitted items.
Reknit is apparently run by a single person whose mother is doing all the knitting. Consequently, they only accept 30 requests per month.
Posted by Sebastian on Feb 28, 2010
For the past 10-15 years, an anonymous admirer have been sending different items to fashion designer Paul Smith by post.
Items include a a surfboard, a coffee-pot, a skateboard and lots of other things. These objects were never send in a box, they simply had post stamps on them. Quite amazingly, they still arrived at Paul Smith's store in Covent Garden, London.
The objects were recently exhibited at Stockholm Furniture Fair and Designboom has put together a great post with pictures from the exhibition, including some comments from Sir Paul himself.
The author Douglas Rushkuff has asked readers at his website to help him come up with a title for his new book.
The book is a paperback version of "Life Inc: How the world became a corporation and how to take it back" but in order to (re)publish it, Rushkuff's publisher RandomHouse asked him to retitle it.
If you feel inspired and want to help out, you can submit suggestions at Rushkuff's website. The winner will receive books, credits - and lots of community respect.
The Danish Broadcast Corporation DR is offering a unique position as social media specialist - or as they call it: "Facebook Reporter".
The main job responsibilities are: (roughly)
• To tell news stories to the Danes via relevant social media
• To qualify DR's news coverage on the web, radio and TV through social media
• To show your colleagues how social media can be used to create dialogue with the Danes
The position is an experiment with a trial period of 6 months. Application deadline: February 15th, 2010.
• Full job description (in Danish)
On a wet day, bike saddle-cover marketing stunts come in very handy, but usually the ads themselves are pretty forgettable, probably because they fail to relate to the situation they place themselves in.
However, here's finally a relevant one recently found in Copenhagen. The ad promotes a new free service for cyclists offered by the local S-train. The text reads: "Bringing your bike on the S-train is now free of charge..
Bike saddle/seat cover marketing is probably best known in bicycle-friendly cities so in case you are not familiar with the phenomenon, you can find more examples below.
Copenhagen Podride is a series of podcasts created for passengers on the Copenhagen subway, the S-Trains.
The podcasts contain stories about the urban and sociological development along the S-train lines. Stories are divided into chapters that match the S-stations, thus making it possible for passengers to get a location-specific story as they ride by.
The podcasts are only available in Danish but hopefully they will be produced in English as well as the content seem well suited for tourists and other visitors interested in alternatives to the traditional city tours.
Copenhagen Podride is provided by DSB: S-Train and Copenhagen X. The service is free of charge and available for download on the web, or on your mobile phone via SMS.
Posted by Sebastian on Nov 22, 2009
Wordr is a new micro-blogging service that enables its users to create small text-based posts much like Twitter.
The main difference however, is that Wordr only let users post a single word at a time. The maximum length of a word allowed in Wordr is 23 letters, as in antidisestablishmentarianism. Making up new words is welcomed by the Wordr team.
Word.org is currently running in Alpha mode and you need to a Twitter account to log on. The idea is developed by Frankie Roberto and the design agency Rattle, based in the UK.
Posted by Sebastian on Nov 22, 2009
In conjunction with a music event held outside the The National Gallery in Copenhagen earlier this summer, the gallery introduced a new kind of service: Art Toilets.
Besides being cleaned after each visit, the Art Toilets were equipped with art magazines and posters, thereby turning the trivial and potential unpleasant activity into a somewhat nice and memorable experience.
To access the Art Toilets, users were required to send an SMS to a dedicated number, which in return gave them a virtual toilet token, free of charge.
The phone numbers were collected and later used by the National Gallery to kick start a new SMS service.