Four short links: 25 June 2009

Twitter Bucks, Nike Numbers, Map Apps, and Digi Shiz

  1. How an Indie Musician Can Make $19,000 in 10 Hours Using Twitter — as Zoe Keating pointed out: “cash made by @amandapalmer in one month on Twitter = $19,000; cash made by @amandapalmer from 30,000 record sales = $0”.
  2. The Nike Experiment: How the Shoe Giant Unleashed the Power of Personal Metrics (Wired) — And not only can we collect that data, we can analyze it as well, looking for patterns, information that might help us change both the quality and the length of our lives. We can live longer and better by applying, on a personal scale, the same quantitative mindset that powers Google and medical research. Call it Living by Numbers—the ability to gather and analyze data about yourself, setting up a feedback loop that we can use to upgrade our lives, from better health to better habits to better performance. Collective intelligence + sensor networks can = happiness. (Mathematics gets by with just an “equals” operator. The rest of us need a “can equal” operator …)
  3. Old Map App — iPhone app with old maps. Reminds me of David Rumsey’s keynote at OSCON 2004.
  4. Make It Digital — Digital NZ site that helps organisations wanting to produce digital content, by offering them guidance on formats, metadata, and other issues they’ll have to tackle. Includes a voting system to promote the (NZ) content you want to have digitised.
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  • The Old map App is very neat. Astonishing that they are sufficiently accurate to allow the overlays.

  • Charlie

    My gripe about Nike+ is that isn’t not recording _enough_ useful data. On the iPhone 3GS, which has built-in GPS, the Nike+ app doesn’t seem to even record that, let alone make any use of it.

    And now that the iPhone has a device api, things like heart rate monitors would make a fantastic addition. Bike sensors like cadence and power output would be cool too.

    So far, not much progress on that front except for a fairly large, ugly $100 box that doesn’t use the new device api but instead needs you to establish a wifi connection with the box from the phone, and doesn’t have any apis of its own and works only with the apps from the company that sells the box (

    Really hoping to see more meaningful progress on that front.