• In the Name of Software Morality

    Twitterville, the blogosphere, and many tech news outlets were gushing this week after a Cult of Mac write up regarding an iPhone app with the quite literal name “Girls Around Me“. This app that was introduced to Apple’s app store not long ago was quickly removed after a press backlash. At first glance, this app does not offer a novel technology. It merely aggregates people’s publicly shared check-in information from foursquare and match it with the user’s Facebook information to gather additional details. Sounds simple, right? Read More

  • Visualizing Instagram at the ICWSM Social Media Visualization Workshop

    instagram visualization at the ICWSM

    I’m super excited about presenting our Instagram visualization paper at the upcoming ICWSM conference in Dublin.  The program is already online and it looks great: http://www.icwsm.org/2012/program/program

  • The Livehoods Project

    We are getting ready to launch our research project website and I’m very excited about it! In the meantime, you are invited to join our mailing list on the Livehoods website to get news as soon as it goes live.

  • The *New* Image of the City

    Just came across an article by Christine McLaren about the democratization of mapmaking and its possible implications for local social interactions. Great read and right up my alley.

  • prettymaps by Aaron Straup Cope

    Istanbul by Aaron Straup Cope

    Doing social science and studying maps are some of my favorite things. When you combine these two like Aaron Straup Cope (@thisisaaronland) is doing, it is not surprising I get really excited. Using Road, highway and path data collected by the OpenStreetMap (OSM) project, Aaron creates beutiful representations of cities that provide a small glimpse to the different factors that shape our cities. The cool thing? you can get one for yourself in a nice wooden frame here: www.20×200.com/artist/210-aaron-straup-cope