The development of the social Internet has personally given me a richer social, creative and intellectual life. Here’s some examples:

1. Running competitions with friends living other places using Nikeplus+iPod.
2. Realizing I was standing next to a close friend in a big crowd through pictures and videos at Flickr.
3. Discovering new music from friends and friends’ friends on Last.fm.
4. Peeking into old friend’s life on the other side of the globe through Flickr/Facebook.
5. Getting pictures published in Hungarian coffee table books on tea through Flickr.
6. Receiving pictures from a fellow traveller last summer thanks to mail.
7. Keeping track of people’s birthdays on Facebook.
8. Discussing pedagogical matter with teachers in Vietnam and Norway using Twitter.
9. Follow a friend’s arrival using GPS data and a mobile phone.
10. Walk around Madrid with a map in my palm using Google Maps and my mobile phone.

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Kristin Lowe and NRKbeta have recently discussed Douglas Adams’ prediction in The Restoration that we would take the interactivity back after decades of passive cultural and intellectual consumption. One could say a lot of the bad effects of this, interactivity gives birth to the lesser positive sides of human nature as seen in hatred expressed in tabloid newspapers online editions’ comment fields or a variety of blogs and discussion forums.

Nonetheless, I would share Adams’ prediction that we have taken interactivity back – and in my daily life applications like Twitter, Flickr, Facebook, Delicious and Nikeplus helps me create a brilliant blend of physical and virtual connections in a social web stretching around the globe. It’s quite a beautiful thing – and naturally also frustrating as I’m falling behind in the running challenge this spring…

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Jonathan Harris’ and Daily Life’s project Universe gives the net user a hint of what’s in store for us. By a more interactive and socially intuitive approach and utilization of the metadata available out there he has created a fascinating modern take on ‘constellations’. Mr. Harris believes that internet is in its infancy now, stumbling, drooling and learning the ways of the new world. There are so much gaps and undiscovered interrelations hidden and by draping it in an ancient metaphor of the night sky and its stars one suddenly discover new ways of reading and perceiving information.

For now, searching means googling and finding information means reading by scanning. It’s words, traditional linear reading with the occasional picture accompanying it. By playing around with the variety of choices in how you want to view your searches in Mr. Harris Universe application tool it all becomes more visual and intuitive.

It’s an indefinite play with information. Search for Norway in the past week and keywords from the digital sphere float across the night sky and touch F16 and you’ll see other relevant keywords and key images flock around it (we just bought ourselves new jets from the Swedes today…). It’s a great way to tap into the pulse of the world. And it gives me connotations of the future as portrayed in Minority Report and The Fifth Element. Cool.