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Ask a Curator

Posted by Sara Swiatlowski on August 31, 2010


Have you ever been in a museum and wished that there were someone readily available to ask a question that popped into your head? Outside of school field trips you aren't likely to find a Museum Curator roaming around the gallery with visitors.

Enter Twitter, where tomorrow you will be able to ask those burning art or museum related questions that you've always been interested in. September 1st is 'Ask a Curator' day on Twitter. All you'll need to do is pose your question in 140 characters or less using the hashtag #askacurator. How easy is that?

When you visit the Ask a Curator site you'll be able to view a listing of the participating museums from across the globe. This allows you access from the comfort of your favorite Twitter client.

Personally, I think this is a great way to show someone the value & power of social media. The idea of this 'event' opens up world of museums to anyone who wants to participate. I applaud the efforts to make the museum experience more relevant. I don't think the days of 'Shhhh' or 'Quiet Please' are soon to be gone from your favorite museum. I do think it is great to see them joining the world of social.


I asked this question yesterday:


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Dennis Crowley Discusses the Future of Foursquare

Posted by Hal Thomas on August 30, 2010

In this video, Foursquare founder Dennis Crowley sits down with Advertising Age to discuss the future of Foursquare. Topics include:

  • Why Facebook Places will not be a Foursquare killer and the possibility of Foursquare-Facebook intergration.
  • Self-service tools for advertisers.
  • Hints at tweaks to Foursquare's game mechanics, specifically additional ways to compete beyond mayorship.
  • Forthcoming refresh for Foursquare mobile apps.

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Get Real With Google Realtime

Posted by Alex Trevisan on August 27, 2010

Over the past few weeks we have seen Google roll out several new features. About a week ago you may have noticed something strange when typing in a search term to Google. Instead of the page remaining static, your search result would change based on each new letter you typed. I know I was caught off-guard by this feature while using Google and was glad to learn the test had quickly disappeared. The live "streaming" of search results per letter was a bit too much. I understand the importance of remaining current, but I felt that the feature was a distraction (granted I only ended up using it for a few minutes before it was gone). If you didn't get a chance to play around with the Google "streaming" test, you can watch the video below to see what went down:

Days later, we learned of Google's new Gmail integration allowing users to place phone calls to anywhere in the U.S. for free. Debate ensued as to whether or not this was an effort to take on Skype, Facebook, both, or the world. A spokesperson for Google later came out and claimed that Google runs anywhere between 50-200 tests "at any given time". Yada yada yada, so it goes.Now let's get to the bacon.  Last December, Google introduced real-time results into the sites standard searches. This approach proved favorable for many, especially during peak usage when topics such as the World Cup are trending on a ridiculous number of mentions-per-minute basis. Earlier today, the search engine giant released a separate real-time search option. Users have access to this attribute by going directly to

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The History of Digg: 5 Years in 5 Minutes

Posted by Hal Thomas on August 26, 2010

If you're not already familiar with Digg, think of this video like the Previously on… recap episodes major television networks often run prior to the season premieres of their biggest shows—a way to shorten the learning curve for potential new viewers and a way for devotees to relive their favorite moments.

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Lost Your Pet? There’s an App For That

Posted by Sara Swiatlowski on August 25, 2010

Everyone has probably seen a flier posted in their town by someone who has lost their pet. They usually feature a picture of the dog or cat, a short description, and location where the animal was last seen. This old school way of locating your lost pet is the perfect recipe for a mobile reboot.

Enter the PetRescuers iPhone app from HomeAgain. With this app you can easily search to see if there are any lost pets in your area, pretty handy if you've found a stray. When you load the app you can search for lost pets by list or map view, click the name to learn about the pet, and even what to do if you've found an animal. Much more effective than a 'missing' poster, if you ask me. The app also features reunion stories from pet owners, for the warm & fuzzy in all of us.

The only downside is that the app will only include animals that have been microchipped and are registered using the HomeAgain services. The owner must login to their account to report the pet missing in order for it to show up on your app. I'd love to see an organization like Petfinder offer something similar for all animals, even those without a microchip.

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