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Extracting Trend Data from Geo-tweets

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Interesting Where 2.0 2011 Presentation last month: We have come a long way from Twittervision. Is it possible to extract knowledge from social data feeds? What services are there or do you have to build it yourself with a SMAQ stack?

John Barratt, "Who, What, Where, When: Creating New Maps from Geo-tweets"

Also Personalized Newspapers from social data:

Charlottesville, Virginia's version of Florida Creatives: Neon Guild

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I was sent a link to this article about a number of interesting things happening in Charlottesville, Virginia, including a meetup that, while it is 10 years older, should sound very familiar to anyone who has been to a Florida Creatives Happy Hour.
Neon Guild

Make up your mind: Inside Charlottesville's brainstorming revolution
by Brendan Fitzgerald,

One of Charlottesville’s best examples is also one of its oldest. Jack Smith founded the Neon Guild in 1996 as an informal technology meet-up and a subcontracting pool for his interactive entertainment company, Arrow NewMedia. Formerly called PeopleSpace, Inc., Smith’s company develops online entertainment for a variety of clients—“from Playboy to ‘Sesame Street,’” he says.

The guild’s membership is similarly diverse. A January 4 meeting attracted roughly 40 regulars, along with six or seven newcomers. Those on-hand included UVA and Martha Jefferson Hospital employees, freelance software developers and graphic designers, and at least one plumber, who writes computer programs in his spare time.

Each meeting features a guest speaker, and offers two hours of highly engaging, highly informal shop talk over pizza and beer. However, attendance is voluntary. In fact, the bulk of the guild’s activities—technology troubleshooting, job inquiries and rumors—happen via a members-only mailing list. But while guild members don’t pay dues or fees, each must accomplish a simple mission to join the gang: Attend a single meeting and introduce yourself.

“We’ve been meeting all these years, and every single time new people come,” says Debra Weiss, founder of DRW Design and, for several years, the bubbly Guild Master. Without dues or fees, Weiss says, “people give what they give way more, because nothing is asked of them.”

With the Neon Guild, members have nothing to lose; consequently, they have everything to gain. The guild preceded Charlottesville’s dot-com boom, and membership continued to grow long after the bust—around the turn of the century, when companies like locally based “e-tailer” Value America filed for bankruptcy and laid off 200 people.

Much like the Charlottesville Trade School, the Neon Guild meets wherever space is consistently available. While the guild currently convenes at Inova Solutions on Avon Street, it has bounced from the Pink Warehouse on South Street to the King Building on Water, and between the homes and offices of its members.
In 2003, a bespectacled self-starter from Northern Virginia decided to move his entrepreneurial ambitions and growing family to Charlottesville. When Jeff Gunther arrived, he found groups like the Neon Guild, composed of members who developed interesting ideas whenever they could find the room to collaborate. He decided to give them a permanent space.

The next section of the article goes on to talk about Open Space, a coworking facility in the region.

Orlando Sentinel Grokking the Freelance Community?

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In today's paper (yes, they still print news on to dead trees) there is an article about the not-yet-open Urban ReThink in Downtown Orlando's Thornton Park neighborhood. The article mainly focuses on the Coworking part of it - trust me, there is a lot more to it than Coworking. Still, coverage in the mainstream media is nice, and I have had several people messaging me because they saw my name in the paper. Cool stuff.

A new chapter opens for Urban Think! as a workplace
By Sandra Pedicini, Orlando Sentinel, January 6, 2011
Photo Credit: (Ricardo Ramirez Buxeda, Orlando Sentinel / January 6, 2011)

Below that I saw a photo of (twentysomething) kids sitting at laptops... It was an article about free wi-fi in Orlando. Did the Sentinel's recommendation engine get lucky, or was it some savvy web editor who knew that people reading about Cow-orking would also be looking for cool places to work and get wi-fi? I am betting on the latter.

Where to find free Wi-Fi spots in Central Florida

Here on Florida Creatives, we have a small directory of Orlando Wi-Fi Spots as well - in our wiki.

Gainesville Media

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This is a wiki, so any registered member can edit this page. Please include contact information and who to send a press release to, if you have that information. * [ The Iguana] Gainesville's progressive events and calendar and newsletter. * [ The Fine Print] Monthly progressive magazine for and by students at the University of Florida * [ WGOT-LP] Low Power community radio - a project of the CMC

Brian Feldman Reads This Newspaper In Its Entirety


Frames Forever & Art Gallery
941 Orange Avenue (NE of S Orlando Ave / US 17-92, SW of Pennsylvania Ave)
Winter Park, FL 32789
Phone: (407) 622-6358
Jun 25 2009 8:30p Jun 26 2009 - 12:30a

Brian Feldman Reads This Newspaper In Its Entirety

Who: Brian Feldman Projects (The End of Television: Part III, sleepwalk, Why Would They Do That?)


Frames Forever & Art Gallery
941 Orange Avenue (NE of S Orlando Ave / US 17-92, SW of Pennsylvania Ave)
Winter Park, FL 32789
Phone: (407) 622-6358

Orlando Tweetup Follow-up Post

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We had a great turnout at the first Orlando Tweetup at Scruffy Murphy's Pub in College Park last night. According to the sign-in sheets, 106 people came. And it was a pretty diverse group too. We had two high school students (@sdquinn and @gdrage), lots of folks from the Sentinel, people from the marketing and public relations fields, local techies and bloggers and even Local 6 weatherman Tom Sorrells.

So thank you very much to everyone who came and made this event a success. And if you missed it, don't worry, we'll have another one real soon. To stay in the loop, check back on this blog and follow @etanowitz and @orlandotweetup on Twitter. You can also go here to see what people are saying about the event.

Speaking of Tom Sorrells, he was kind enough to mention the Tweetup on the 11 p.m. news and show a picture he took with my wife Daphne and me. Here's the clip:

Likemind in the New York Times

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Alex Williams, a New York Times reporter, sent out a request through the Likemind organizers mailing list asking a few questions about the event that has grown to be an international affair every month. Here is a sample of his article:

To Erin Middleton, a 27-year-old brand strategist in Dallas, the word “networking” calls to mind “stodgy business types in suits,” who are “very uncomfortable and poor at engaging conversation,” she said in an e-mail message.

Melissa Clark, an advertising account manager in Minneapolis, said there is “something smarmy” about the word.

Peter Bihr, 28, a media consultant in Berlin, was even stronger in his denunciation. “ ‘Networking,’ as a word, makes me feel like I get a physical reaction, I hate the term so much,” he wrote in an e-mail message. “It sounds all like strategically talking to people and trying to be their friends. It’s not authentic.”

So, what exactly, are these three doing at 8 a.m. on the third Friday of each month, meeting with other young professionals at their local coffeehouse?

They are participating in likemind, a monthly kaffeeklatsch for creative professionals, held in 55 cities around the world, including Mumbai, São Paulo, Shanghai, and Malmo, Sweden.

Read the rest of the Likemind article on the New York Times' website

The article calls out the no-agenda, no-hard-sell nature of Likemind, the differences with events, the similarity to Unconferences, or Green Drinks, and even gives some literary reference.

Our next Likemind in Orlando (or anywhere else) will be Friday, December 5th. Jim Hathaway and Ryan Price are the co-organizers of the Orlando Likemind.

If you work in marketing, design, advertising, or something more squirrely, please check out Likemind, the conversation and the coffee are never cold, and always welcome in the morning.

Orlando Sentinel Editor speaks to Orlando Arts Blog in informative podcast

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When the Orlando Sentinel did that recent re-design of their print version, I was floored. Why did they do it? Who did it? Where did they find the inspiration? What do other readers think?

Bonita Burton, Orlando Sentinel's Associate Managing Editor for Visuals and the person who lead the team that carried out the project, was gracious enough to do an interview with me about all the above questions and more.

Find the interview here:

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