Noah Swartz writes, "We live in what is now being hailed as the social media age. Every news article, blog post, or landing page is replete with links to various networks like Twitter or Facebook. More often than not these networks serve to wrap us in our own bubbles, rather than really giving us an experience akin to socializing in person via the Internet."
That's what @ednapiranha's chat.meatspac.es does so stunningly well. The concept is simple, a single chat room with no login, no user names, and no default identity - just the ability to post 2 second clips from your webcam along with
each of your messages.
These GIFs get displayed alongside the chat and for the first time ever allow text chat to be truly emotive. Think about it, you'll never need to clarify sarcasm, worry about if your apology will come off as sincere, or type 'lol' ever again. Instead you can just make the expressions that come naturally to you and share them along with your text.
Since its debut, it has forged friendships between hundreds of people around the world, sparked 'meat-ups' and relationships, and, thanks to ednapiranha's dedication to keeping the source open to developers, brought in many collaborators who have made their own projects: ranging from bots to automated digests to fashion brand inspired t-shirts.
The community has coalesced into a group who values the welcoming of 'newbros' over all else. So the next time you take a coffee break from work, or reach for your Twitter, Facebook, or Reddit feed, consider popping in to chat.meatspac.es to say hi.
The Data & Society institute (dedicated to critical, interdisciplinary perspectives on big data) held an online seminar devoted to Cathy O’Neil’s groundbreaking book Weapons of Math Destruction, which showed how badly designed algorithmic decision-making systems can create, magnify and entrench the social problems they’re supposed to solve, perpetuating inequality, destabilizing the economy, and making a […]
James Cawley is a 50 year old Elvis impersonator from Ticonderoga, NY; his friend William Ware Theiss was costume-designer for the original Star Trek series, and left Cawley the blueprints for the original Star Trek Enterprise sets in his will — so Cawley rented out a 13,000 sqft shuttered supermarket and built an exquisite replica […]
Neil Gaiman writes: “A little over a year ago I released my rarest, earliest, and hardest to find work — books and comics — through Humble Bundle to fund charities that do good work. People were all so generous and enthusiastic that we broke records. More importantly, they made it possible for the Comic Book […]
The Boing Boing Store’s Gift Guide is full of ideas for pretty much anyone in your life like hipster ice cub trays, Xbox controllers, Halo Boards, and even diamond necklaces. As always, all products in the Boing Boing Store come at great discounts, too. Shop by price bucket starting at under $20. Under $20:Bloxx Jumbo Ice Trays […]
Unlike traditional lighters, the SaberLight features an electronic plasma beam that’s both rechargeable and butane-free. This sleek lighter is even approved by TSA, so you’ll never be stuck buying lighters you’ll just have to throw away partially used. For some people, like me, this is a pretty big game-changer. The SaberLight’s beam is actually both hotter and cleaner […]
Holiday shopping is in full swing, and the Striiv Touch is one of the best gift ideas I’ve landed on. Its simple design works for females and males, and its wide range of features makes it suitable for even the non-fitness enthusiasts in your life.Unlike traditional fitness trackers, the Striiv Touch also acts as a smartwatch. It […]