Recent Blog Posts


How to Liveblog Well from a Conference

Today I've been pulling together some guidelines for our corps of conference livebloggers.  I found a few different styles of liveblogging from events:

SXSW Liveblog: Craig Newmark Keynote by Valleywag

BlogHerCon Liveblogging: Blogging for Business by Jeff Clavier

Revenge of the Female Nerds: Myth Busting by Beth Kanter


Amidst the Mashup Mix: an interview with Taylor McKnight of Podbop

Taylor McKnight is the co-founder of Podbop, a mash-up of the online events calendar, publicly shared MP3 files from musicians and the mapping program DIY Map.  Podbop asks you what city you live it then shows you what bands will be in that city soon and delivers a song recorded by each scheduled band that has put music online. In addition to visiting the site and searching for any city in the world, you can also subscribe by RSS to receive schedules and sample songs from any bands coming to your town that are listed on

Mashups, or the combination of data and functionality from more than one site on the web, are a hot new class of tools best known for the ways that people are mapping different sorts of data online. (See, for example, the map we've created to display the geographic locations of the Net Squared in Action case studies, using Community Walk - a Google Maps mashup.)

There is far more to mashups than just maps, and the phenomenon is expected to become far more widespread in both the consumer and enterprise spaces in the future. In the following interview, Taylor and I talked about the creation of Podbop, the issues that developers face in the emerging mashup scene and the future of hybrid web services like Podbop.



Video Profile: Venus Rodriguez

Venus Rodriguez is the Youth Organizer for the Ella Baker Center in Oakland, California. She talks about what is effective in the world of online youth organizing. 

Video Profile: Venus Rodriguez

This video is part of NetSquared's video profile series. You can subscribe to this RSS feed with your favorite video catcher, such as iTunes, Democracy or FireAnt. READ MORE


About time for a new About page

Thanks to all of you, the focus of Net2 gets clearer and clearer in response to the community's interests and needs. And at the same time, we've grown by leaps and bounds (as many of you know from taking part in the community, uploading case studies, checking out the resource centers and listening to the podcast).

So we've responded with a brand new, totally overhauled About page. It's an at-a-glance overview of our entire community, and a great activity hub for beginners. Seasoned hands will want to give it a look, too; you may well find a cool little corner of our Net2 world that you've overlooked until now.

Check it out here. READ MORE


Politicizing your handset: an interview with Katrin Verclas of MobileActive

Katrin Verclas coordinates the secretariat of MobileActive, a global network of activists and campaigners using mobile phones for civic action and engagement. MobileActive is a project of the Green Media Toolshed.

Mobiles have been used around the world to ensure impartial elections through monitoring, mobilize massive collective action to free political prisoners, and advance public health strategies. READ MORE


Photos and stories from DC NetSquared meetup

Still enjoying the buzz from another great meetup last night here in our nation's capitol. Not only did we have a much, much improved location, but we also had an impressive turnout and two great speakers -- Jeff Regen from Defenders of Wildlife and Rosalyn Lemieux from 

Check out the roundup that Usha posted here, and then flip through our latest photos (don't worry, we were much happier than some of the photos might suggest)... Any others i'm missing? READ MORE


The Conversations Network

I was introduced to the Conversations Network this week as a place for nonprofits to distribute their audio content for free. Here is some info. about them from their site:

The Conversations Network (a California non-profit corporation) captures presentations, processes the recordings, and publishes them online for free under Creative Commons licenses.

We offer two web-based services that share a common infrastructure:

• The first is a curated, magazine-style network of channels based on the already successful IT Conversations model. By the end of 2006, we'll have more than a dozen channels and we'll be publishing more than 60 programs each week.


Create a hallway for your web site with Gabbly

We've been playing with a new tool, Gabbly, as a possible means to run live chat on the NetSquared site during the conference. Gabbly lets you add a chat window to any web page on the Internet, simply by typing "" in front of any URL. For example, you could chat with other folks reading the NetSquared blog by typing in the URL "" -- check it out!

Gabbly keeps the last 18 messages in the chat room visible to anyone joining the room; and as long as you keep the chat windown open, you'll see ALL the messages typed since you logged in (plus the up-to-18 that were then when you arrived). And since Gabbly generates an RSS feed for each chat room, you can archive the chat about any web page by aggregating it back onto that page (as long as your web site has a built-in tool for aggregating RSS feeds). READ MORE


Net Tuesday Houston - Social Software, Barcamp, Refresh Houston discussion

Houston NetSquared May Meetup The May Houston Netsquared meetup was a nice laidback evening of technology discussion and a little red wine.  READ MORE


Net Tuesday LA - Immigrant Rights and Technology

I'm happy to report that our first LA Net Tuesday was a success - we had an interesting diversity of attendees and a presentation from on their live streaming video of the May 1 immigrant rights demonstrations. People who came were a mix of nonprofit folks (California Association of Nonprofits, Asian Pacific American Legal Center), freelance programmers and technologists, people working in the for-profit technology sector interested in social change (Yahoo, NetworkLive) and politics (LA Councilmember Garcetti's Communications Director). We were a small enough group to have an interesting discussion about the role of technology in the organization, documenting, and analysis of the May 1 demonstrations - as well as our responsibilities as technologists to be aware of and try to minimize the digital divide. We had fun discussing the role that had in organizing student protests, brainstorming tools we need to better filter information to support progressive debate, and thinking about how linguistic differences limit the adaptation of progressive technology solutions for immigrant communities. We talked a little about topic ideas for another session, and people seemed interested in coming up with a project or goal for the group (maybe helping to do communications training for students organizing on immigrant rights issues?). Come to the next event and find out more - we may move out to the west side for our next meeting... READ MORE