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Blog: Expert Labs
Earlier this week, Federal CTO Aneesh Chopra and OIRA Administrator Cass Sunstein jointly released an inquiry about the future of open government-- specifically, they asked for insight on three things: How can regulations.gov, one of the primary mechanisms for government transparency and public participation, be made more useful to the public rulemaking process? OMB is beginning the process of reviewing and potentially updating its Federal Web Policy. What policy updates should be included in this revision to make Federal websites more user-friendly and pertinent to the needs of the public? How can we build on the success of Data.Gov and... Continue »
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During the Twitter Town Hall collaboration with the White House, President Obama posted a single tweet to @whitehouse, asking this question: This was historic for two reasons: it was the first time that a President has ever posted directly to a social network from the White House. Second, it was the first time the President's directly asked for feedback from users of a social network. There was some great analysis of the Twitter Town Hall activity, including TwitSprout's infographics and Radian6's detailed postmortem on Wednesday. Both focused on the #askobama questions that were asked before and during the Town Hall.... Continue »
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I am so tired of hearing about bacon. Look, I get it. You like the taste of bacon. You'd eat bacon for every meal. You'd eat it in ice cream, on donuts, and in chocolate. Any food in which bacon has not been a traditional ingredient for more than 10 years, you would definitely be game to put bacon up in there and eat it. Now, for full disclosure, I don't eat bacon or any meat. But this isn't about a meat/not meat thing. I'd love to hear about some new kind of sausage. I enjoy watching cooking shows where... Continue »
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As the White House broadcasts its first Twitter Town Hall, we've been thrilled by the response and enthusiastic feedback it's generated. It's a powerful demonstration of the federal government using social networks to listen to citizens where they live online. Obama just made history by being the first President to live-tweet from his own session! So awesome. Special thanks to Macon Phillips and the White House’s New Media team for not only making today’s Town Hall possible, but thinking ahead for more than a year, enabling research like ours in the halls of Washington D.C. Of course, there's no reason... Continue »
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Blog: mlkshk
MLKSHK is a community that’s about sharing images and video for fun. It’s not Yet Another Photo Sharing Service, though of course you’re welcome to do that here, too. This post is about us, where we’re at, and how we need your help. MLKSHK actually got its start about a... Continue »
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Blog: mlkshk
Here's what we did last week: * Move friends to the front page, removing the dashboard view. * Ask to join shake. With all the notifications and messaging. * NSFW Flag and hiding * Deleting comments. Here's what we're doing this week: * Yearly subscriptions. * Counts! Counts! Counts! Views,... Continue »
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Blog: fourfour
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I recently unearthed some old tapes (and by "some," I mean "hundreds")...and now you have to pay! Kidding. Ignore this all you want. In this post are very specific relics from a very specific childhood: six mixes worth of songs... Continue »
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Blog: mlkshk
One of the things about having such a small team yet and trying to be as responsive as possible to users is that sometimes we have to push neat features and projects aside to take care of some important issues. This weekend and last week a couple came to light... Continue »
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Blog: mlkshk
We’re very happy to finally be able to tell you that Justin Williams of Second Gear Software has made an Objective-C wrapper for MLKSHK. Here it is on Github: carpeaqua/ShakeKit. We’re not very good Objective-C developers, in fact we’re probably terrible, but we can troubleshoot server-side API issues you might... Continue »
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Blog: mlkshk
Hey there, now that we’re live and slowly getting back to normal we wanted to write down a list (in no particular order) of what we’re working on and what we’re researching to see if we can get it done. We may not do all of these, but they are... Continue »
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We realized in a sudden burst of insight that it was no coincidence that Jane's suddenly high-frequency utterance "noing" happened to co-occur awfully often with the sign for "more." Ohhh, noing! Why didn't you say so? Please, sir, may I have some noing? Since then she has added the ambiguous mayyyyybe-words "ha" (hat?), "ca" (cat?), "da" (dog?), and "duh" (duck?). She has no interest whatsoever in saying either "mama" or "papa," naturally. Too bourgeois. I think it's time to get her started on "schadenfreude." While I'm boring you with this sort of thing, I may as well report on her... Continue »
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Blog: cuene.com
I've gotten a number of requests lately (in a very strange coincidence) asking what i read regularly. It's a fairly eclectic list, i guess. Some of these have been in my list forever, some are recent adds. I generally start... Continue »
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Craiglist has kept every post anyone has ever made in a large MySQL cluster. A few months ago, they began looking for alternatives: schema changes were taking forever (Craigslist’s schema has changed a couple times since 1995) and it wasn’t really relational information. They wanted to be able to add new machines without downtime (which sharding provides) and route around dead machines without clients failing (which replica sets provide), so MongoDB was a very strong candidate. After looking into a few of the most popular non-relational database systems, they decided to go with MongoDB. via blog.mongodb.org The optimist in me... Continue »
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Blog: Jason Toney
"I wanna talk to you." - Love Conversation, José James I was going to try to write a brief missive thanking everything and every body that has helped make this week possible because I'm all full up with warmth and love right now...but it's just a couple hours before the official ceremony and flowers just arrived in the lobby. So, quickly, thank you New Orleans, thank you family, thank you chosen family, thank you friends. Thank you to everybody that has had a kind word, a smiling face, or a stiff drink for us this week. Thank you, Tiffany, for... Continue »
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Expert Labs had five glorious days working together in New York City and Washington, DC last week. We met with agencies, defined our roadmap for the coming months, and took a couple of fun field trips, too. Incredibly, it was the first time the four of us worked together in the same physical room. On Monday, Andy and I got to collaboratively hack on ThinkUp at Tipping Point Partners in lower Manhattan. Working at the same table makes it easy to get things done: that afternoon, Andy put the final touches on ThinkBack, the first visualization which uses ThinkUp's new... Continue »
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Blog: Curious Cook
I've been mostly offline since the end of last year to take care of urgent family matters. It's been a long winter, and I'm very glad for the return of spring and all that it signifies. I've cleared out my backyard jungle and planted a garden. I'm writing again. I'm... Continue »
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Blog: Expert Labs
Recently, our own Clay Johnson explained one of the fundamental principles behind Expert Labs at Ignite Smithsonian, showing why our current representatives are outnumbered by the sheer volume of people they need to listen to. And of course, proposing that efforts like ours at Expert Labs can be part of the solution by offering better tools for lawmakers and policymakers to listen to the public. It's 20 minutes that whizzes by at breakneck pace. Give it a listen! Continue »
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OK, so I have some news to share with you. Today, April 22nd, is my last day at SAY Media. Including 2 years at SAKK and 4 years at Six Apart headquarters in 548 4th street, this has been an incredible venture and terrific experience for me to work with all of smart people on numerous exciting projects, but I figured it's time to move on. I should have a lot to write, but instead i'll dump some memorable pictures :) Man, that's a lot of memories. I'll send everyone a big hug and thank you for making my days at Six Apart/SAY so much fun! P.S. I'll take a quick vacation next week, and will start a new gig... Continue »
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Expert Labs is very pleased to crown the winner of our first-ever ThinkUp bounty, an iPad 2: Sam Rose, for his work building the ThinkUp Post JSON API. Congratulations, Sam! Sam did a fantastic job building the first iteration of ThinkUp's API, which exposes posts, replies, retweets, and tweet entities as JSON for developers to easily build cool mashups and visualizations without having to dig into the ThinkUp PHP or database. You can see how the API works in the Post API documentation. Speaking of, what most impressed me about this work is how thoroughly tested and documented it is.... Continue »