This week’s going to be exciting, not just for Macworld Expo 2009, but also for the folks who’ve made time off their busy schedules to chat with me while I’m in San Francisco.
Steve Mann: the early cyborg – Monday @ 2.30pm
To kick off the week, I had the opportunity to video chat with Steve Mann, the “world’s first cyborg”. I’ll shared how it went in an earlier post, but I’ll probably write follow-up post once I have more time to edit down the full video of the interview.
Daynah & Emily Chang – Tuesday @ 12noon
On Tuesday noon at Macworld, I’ll be meeting someone I call the “human connector”, Daynah. I’ve discovered that she really active on the social web and has quickly grown to know and be known by various online microcelebrities. Hopefully I’ll also get to meet Emily Chang, a well-recognized web designer / strategist who’s best known web site is eHub, which tracks new Web 2.0 services as they emerge.
Bhaskar Roy, Qik.com founder – Tuesday @ 5pm
Late afternoon, I’ll take a train down to Redwood City, where I’ll meet with Qik.com founder, Bhaskar Roy (@broy). This is a particularly exciting startup for me to watch. I’ll chat with Bhaskar on how videos shared from mobilephones amplifies the way we make memories and socialize. I’ve also heard that there are Singaporeans working there, maybe I’ll get to meet them.
Tara Hunt, The Whuffie Factor – Wednesday @ 3pm
Tara Hunt has graciously agreed to walk me through their co-working space, called Citizen Space. As mentioned on their web site, “[t]he idea of Citizen Space is to take the best elements of a coffee shop (social, energetic, creative) and the best elements of a workspace (productive, functional) and combine them to give indie workers the chance to have their own, affordable space.” This would naturally brings us into The Third Space (Ray Oldenburg, 1989), which talks of community building and hints at the importance of social capital. Being the subject of her upcoming book, The Whuffie Factor, Tara explains that “money isn’t the capital of choice in online communities, it is Whuffie – social capital – and how to raise it”. I’ll chat with her about social currency and how we could possibly gauge it.
Dave Cohn, Spot.Us founder – Thursday @ 3pm
I met Dave in January last year, where we talked about pro-am journalism (Assignment Zero) and whether blogging/Digg-ing/retweeting were considered forms of journalism. Now Dave has launched an ingenious community funded news reporting service in the form of Spot.Us in San Francisco. In many ways, he’s really making things happen in the bleakest of times for the news print industry. I’ll be visiting his home and finding out more about Spot.Us, as well as how this model of grassroots-powered journalism could be employed in other cities as well as countries.
MingYeow, Mr. Tweet co-founder – Friday @ 9am
As a product of their discovery recommendation engine, Mr. Tweet aims to help users build meaningful relationships on Twitter by looking through their network and tweets. The service then 1) show key followers & influencers users should follow, 2) recommends enthusiastic twitter-ers relevant to users. I’ll chat with our Singaporean friend MingYeow to learn more about what’s involved in developing Mr. Tweet and how quality supercedes quantity in today’s socially networked environment.