And I Will Always Google You Google just released its year-end zeitgeist list and Whitney Houston was named the most searched person and term of the year. Gangnam Style clocked in as the second most searched thing of the year and the now-pregnant duchess Kate Middleton was the second most searched person in 2012. In terms of New York’s search history, Hurricane Sandy took the number one slot and was followed by “MTA” and then “NY Knicks” (The new Brooklyn Nets didn’t manage to crack the top 10). In terms of restaurants, Nobu was the most searched place to eat in New York, but Daniel and Chef’s Table didn’t fall too far behind.
It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Tumblr Tumblr is instructing its users to tag their favorite posts “#TumblrGiftGuide.” The Tumblr team then will troll through the entries and reblog the best entries onto the official Holiday Gift Guide Tumblr. A look on the site shows a knit skull and a case for an iPad with cute typewriters all over it. No GIFs are currently on the site or for sale anywhere in the world.
When Lawyers Send Letters
On a mild, sun-dappled Sunday, Betabeat applied our sunscreen and ventured to the Long Meadow in Prospect Park for an event aptly named “The Internet Picnic.” A few weeks ago, a friend of ours named Nicole He had won the Listserve lottery and was tasked with sending an email out to 20,000 random Internet strangers. Ms. He works in community at the crowdsourcing platform Kickstarter. “What should I write??” she frantically gChatted us, before eventually deciding to invite all 21,288 subscribers to a picnic yesterday in Brooklyn.
“I have a mole under my eye and I’ll be wearing red,” she wrote, and then posted the same invitation to her Tumblr, where it received almost 300 notes.
Oh good, the folks behind Invisible Children’s botched Kony 2012 campaign are at it again. After the highly-criticized campaign’s frontman Jason Russell was caught running around the streets of San Diego naked, the campaign tunneled underground to avoid further scrutiny. But now they’re back in the news for a pretty silly reason. Turns out they have a few choice words for the NYU ITP students who started Kickstriker, a Kickstarter parody that imagines a world where crowdfunded wartime might be possible. College kids, amiright?
It’s lunchtime on the East Coast, which seems like a good time to talk about the BurritoB0t, which is arguably the tastiest invention to come out of the 3D printer trend. Yes: it prints edible burritos.
BurritoB0t is a senior thesis project by NYU ITP student Marko Manriquez that fuses Mr. Manriquez’s “two passions – digital fabrication and good food.” Also, it prints burritos.
According to TechCrunch:
The system will let you use your iPhone to order different condiments and toppings. Sliders control the amount of salsa, guac, and crema. It uses a Thing-o-matic and is currently in beta form, so don’t expect it to make you a burrito anytime soon.
Mr. Manriquez’s website says that he’ll be demoing the BurritoB0t in New York this summer, so tell your belly to stop growling right this instant.
The Medium is The Message
Unless you’ve gone off the grid, you probably already know that Internet Week 2012 launches on Monday. But with a dizzying number of events to attend, it’s hard to figure out which ones are worth the time, effort and subway fare. Betabeat guest blogger Gary Sharma, something of an events truffle hound, already penned his personal list of recommendations. But consider this Betabeat’s official to-do list: blogger tested, Betabeat approved.
The Medium is The Message
Remember the The Listserve, the email list project announced last week out of NYU’s ITP masters program that would only launch if it reached 10,000 subscribers? Seems like people aren’t too afraid of it becoming spammy, because the team hit their 10,000 goal on Sunday afternoon, just a few days after putting up the site.
Goooood Morning Silicon Alley!
It’s the sad truth of the Internet: you can tweet and blog your sweet little heart out, but there’s no guarantee that anyone is actually listening. But what if there was a platform that gave you the chance to deliver whatever thoughts, feelings or advice you had, right to the intimate confines of someone’s inbox? And they actually voluntarily signed up for the chance to hear you?
It’s not a newsletter or a shared-interest listserv: it’s a new project out of NYU’s ITP masters program called The Listserve that gives the chance for one person each day to share their thoughts with thousands through a random lottery email system. Users sign up to receive one email daily from a randomly selected user. The email can be about anything–from what they had for breakfast that morning, to a picture of a kitten, to a politically-motivated diatribe–and it’s sent, either publicly or anonymously, out to the other Listserve subscribers.
This is a guest post from Gary Sharma (aka “The Guy with the Red Tie”), founder and CEO of GarysGuide and proud owner of a whole bunch of black suits, white shirts and, at last count, over 40 red ties. You can follow him at @garysguide and reach him at gary [at] garysguide.com. Read More
Have you ever seen folks standing by the Metrocard reader (the one that tells you how much is on the card, not the turnstile) just swiping card after card from a big pile. That’s because a lot of times people end up with a random chunk of spare change on their card, but end up Read More
Here’s one way to win the tech talent war. Barry Diller’s IAC announced today that it’s committing $250,000 towards the IAC Teaching and Research Fellowship Fund for top post-grad students from ITP.
ITP, or Interactive Telecommunications Program, is a graduate program in interactive media run out of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts which boasts Internet famous alum like foursquare’s Dennis Crowley. (An ITP mention at most Silicon Alley event is likely to get few whoots from the crowd.) ITP founding chair Red Burns was awarded a Webby this year by Mr. Crowley. “Red Burns has been a seminal leader in creating ITP, long before the activity of interactivity became a prime driver of innovation and commerce in New York,” said Mr. Diller.