Swarm released by Digg Labs

Swarm: A great Web 2.0 info-experience and i already have an account. All kinds of news and info popping up on the screen in the same way my brain works . . . but . . . no RELIGION news! Come on, we are waiting . . .

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Andrew Jones launched his first internet space in 1997 and has been teaching on related issues for the past 20 years. He travels all the time but lives between Wellington, San Francisco and a hobbit home in Prague.


  • Nate Custer says:

    Interesting to see the Digg folks working on this. The folks from Redhat labs are working on a simular progject called: mugshot. I commented about it a little while ago in a previous post. In short it has a small crossplatform app (linux, windows, and OS X) that does this … sitting in your system tray with a rich UI around it.
    This blog post explains a bit more about how swarming works in Mugshot:
    The cool thing is you can swarm by group … including creating swarms of people at a specific event or even a specific talk, as well as huge global internet swarms.
    Also mugshot is FLOSS software … so it can be forked/run in a private intranet as needed (unlike the digg stuff). So if you are inside the great chinanese firewall and/or want to do this in a place where digg is banned … you can.

  • its very cool, nate
    what about a piece of software that displays someone’s [my] blog posts in the same manner??????

  • Daniel says:

    Don’t hold your breath on a religious news section there. The past stories with any religious overtones end up as a big flame war. A lot of the users there and at slashdot seem to have an axe to grind against Christianity specifically.
    While I can’t blame them for reacting against Christians who don’t act like Christ, it would be very refreshing to have meaningful spiritual discussions in an environment such as digg.

  • Jim says:

    Whoa, Whose mind thinks like that? It just gives me a big headache.

  • Nate Custer says:

    Can you explain what you mean a bit more, a blog post can be passed around as a link. Do you mean could show a blogged discussion as a swarm? So that you blog, I reply with a traceback and my reply gets sent to everyone that saw your blog, Sarah replies to yours and gets sent everywhere, and the more replies something gets the higher a threshold it reaches and the entire blogged network gets passed in a link to someone else?
    If you just mean some place where your rss or atom feed is auto submitted to a link storm … then mugshot already does this ;).
    Is that what you are looking for? If that is the case I will let you know when I get mugshot invites and pass one your way.JÔR¢you can get into yet another bleading edge.

  • nate – yes on the mugshot – for my own amusement
    but what you first described would be great – to see where the conversatoin is going and who is jumping in.

  • Tim Bednar says:

    Andrew, I can not disclose too much but as I write I’m coding a digg-like application made possible by Emergent Village — it will be called Remarkable ! and provide those involved in the emergent conversation a place to promote links deal with the emergent church.
    I believe this will be cool; now link will have to have something to do with the on emerging church conversation…lets see if its works out.

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