A European Space Agency astronaut, Flight Engineer Paolo Nespoli @astro_paolo, has been on tour in the International Space Station since January and during that time then he has taken some amazing 3D photos of the ISS and her crew.
You may call him defiant, or foolhardy, but in one week Mark Krieger will do something that would make most bank managers wince, he will launch his latest start-up. His new application, TweetRoost, is a multiuser-oriented Twitter client designed to help “individuals and groups efficiently monitor, assign, categorize, save and analyze tweets from one or multiple Twitter accounts”.
While the announcement of the death of the Irish Blog Awards last week in Belfast may have disappointed some, the birth of a new Irish awards ceremony again headed by Damien Mulley, the Irish Social Media Awards, will delight thousands of businesses and organisations throughout Ireland. And yes, this is Project X!.
Fund:it encourages social networking users and others to donate small amounts of money to groups and organisations who wish to set up arts or technology projects in Ireland. As with other crowdfunding networks Fund:it follows sets a minimum monetary total and a time limit for each project, if a project fails to reach or exceed its target the funding will not go through.
Fund:it uses, to borrow a phrase from Chirs Andersen, “the long tail” of the web to create enough start-up capital for Irish arts and cultural organisations. What this means is that the organisation will encourage a large number of individuals to donate small amounts of money each.
Google is in the process of developing a new social network called Google Circles, the search engine announced at South by Southwest Interactive today. It has long been rumoured that Google was working on one or a number of social networks and this announcement may be the result of the long mooted Google Me and Google Loop projects.
You would think that the Irish would have little reason to celebrate the son of a European tax collector but, come March 17, that is just what the country, and the world, will do. To find out what is happening online we spoke to the organisers of the 2011 St Patrick’s Festival to see what digital events are planned this March.
Fund:it, an Irish crowdfunding effort supported by The Department of Arts Sports and Tourism is calling for people in the business, arts and media sectors in Ireland to submit their latest business ideas. The organisation is designed to fund these new companies without the dependence on hard-to-get bank loans but through the power of social media.
Following successful mass protests in Tunisia and Egypt thousands of protesters have been taking part in demonstrations in Libya, which included a “Day of Anger” on Friday. However, concerns have been raised that if Gaddafi’s government were to shut down internet access, as happened in Egypt, bit..ly links, which are shared by millions of twitter users every day, will become unusable.
Some of the first questions raised on TED Conversations, the topic lead social network by TED Media, the world-famous public lecture forum, will finish in just under one hour. TED Conversations is a social network which connects web users with some of the top industry minds from diverse areas such as game design, politics, economic development, digital technology and many others.
Irish charity Trócaire is inviting Facebook users to give up something they love for just one day, to raise money for charitable causes across the world. From March 3 to 4 this year Trócaire, which runs over 124 programmes in 38 countries across Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East, is challenging Facebook users to sponsor their friends who give up using one of dozens of items or activities, including Food, The Web, Coffee, Music, Texting, Make Up, Chocolate or TV for 24 hours.
Facebook is, slowly, rolling out its new Facebook Messaging system but if you aren't one of the lucky few that has been given access there is apparently a way to upgrade your account. Facebook users who already have access to the Facebook Messages have been given an, almost hidden, option to invite their friends to use the system.
As we reported earlier in the month Facebook Messages is being rolled out across Ireland. A new batch of users had the service activated in the past day. But many are still wondering what Facebook Messages is and how to use it. Our simple guide will fill you in on the important bits of this simple but powerful addition to Facebook.
Statistics, it is said, are like bikinis. What they reveal is suggestive, but what they conceal is vital. Earlier this month TNW reported, quoting Statcounter Global stats, that StumbleUpon had surpassed Facebook in the US as the site that created the most social media referrers. The article also reported it was the second most popular traffic-generating site globally after Facebook.
Facebook appears to be testing voice calling directly within the webpage for a limited number of users. A number of users are seeing a "Call" button beside the "Send Message" and "Poke" buttons on their friend's profile pages. When pressed the button places a call to the friend
Foursquare users checked in over 380,576,305 times in 2010, including once from the International Space Station, the company announced today. Describing 2010 as “an insane year” the three year old smartphone social network released some information (in infographic form, of course) about their userbase.