BrightKite: The friendliest of friends.

I received an invitation to BrightKite this morning, a service that—by most accounts—seems to be Twitter with location tracking. ((And some sort of photo feature, from the looks of it.)) Why would I want the entire Internets to know where I am when I post my inane, 140-character updates? ((Why would people want to read my inane, 140-character updates? Because I bring the funny. We’ve been over this.)) I haven’t figured that out, yet. What I do know is that I have an irrational desire to create accounts and set up my profile on every newfangled, whizbang Web 2.0 “service” that comes down a series of tubes, regardless of whether I’ll actually get any real use out of it.

So here is BrightKite. Will it become the next Twitter, or will it become a Jaiku (which I use occasionally) or a Pownce (which I don’t use at all)? Time will tell, but BrightKite has one feature that none of the others do: love.

Almost immediately upon signing in to BrightKite, I noticed I had a friend request from Chris Miller. “Good ol’ Chris Miller!” thought I, and immediately accepted his request and designated him a “trusted friend”. ((Am I naïve and foolhardy to place this kind of trust in another man? Perhaps, but if trusting Chris is wrong, then I don’t want to be right!)) I’m sure that means something extra special, like giving him access to my library records or making him executor of my will…whatever—I’ll get around to the particulars later. The important thing is that it puts a little heart next to his name.

Codeshaman on BrightKite: Best Friends Forever!

Awww, isn’t that sweet?

Thanks, BrightKite. Thanks for bringing the love back to the Internets.

Shutdown Day 2008

Shutdown Day 2008If you’ve visited in the last week or so, you’ve undoubtedly noticed the banner ad for Shutdown Day 2008 blinking and flashing ((…and flashing and blinking…it just keeps blinking and flashing. I can’t stand it anymore! Why doesn’t somebody pull the plug?)) above the first post. Let me assure you that the presence of this ad does not herald a new wave of product pitches or promises that you’re the 10 bajillionth visitor and if you’d just click the banner you could claim your fabulous prize. That’s just not how we roll up in here.

On occasion, however, when I participating in (or planning to participate in) something I think is interesting or (dare I say?) cool, I may pop a banner for it up there for a week or two, just to get people’s attention.

Shutdown Day falls into both “interesting” and “cool” categories: it’s a day (tomorrow) when thousands of people across the globe will be turning off their computers. Will it make a difference? Maybe not terms of saving electricity or rainforests or tree frogs or sailors with the scurvy, but to those people who sit on the edge of their seat waiting for my next tweet…well, their butts are going to get numb. That’s about it.

This morning I got up at 6:30, ((Yes. 6:30. Ante meridiem. If you’re thinking that sounds like the beginning of an episode of The Twilight Zone, you’re not alone; I’m still not convinced it happened, myself.)) completed my morning routine, ((No hoboes were harmed during the completion of my morning routine. This time.)) went down to my office, synchronized KJToonz ((My iPod. )) and powered down Hannibal. ((My desktop PC.)) Yes. A day early. The silence was soul-rending.

If I didn’t have to work today, I could be completely computer-free. Alas, I do need to bring home the (turkey) bacon, so the ones and zeroes will have to continue their relentless march for a few hours more.

See you on the other side.