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Blogathon 2009 – Check-in to the Vancouver Brightkite Meetup on Tuesday, July 28th

Blogathon 2009 Vancouver for Vancouver Public Space NetworkThis blog post is part of Blogathon 2009, in which I am blogging for 24 hours straight in order to raise money for the Vancouver Public Space Network, an entirely volunteer-run organization who do advocacy and education on the public realm in my home of Vancouver, British Columbia. Please consider supporting by sponsoring me with a pledge, leaving a comment or contacting me to contribute a guest post.

More and more often, this is becoming a common exchange between Richard and I:

Me: (head bent over a menu or program, watching Richard play with his iPhone) …whatcha doin’?

Him: Checking into Brightkite!

Me: *rolls eyes*

Granted, I know he gets a lot of value out of it — we’ve been able to track things like average weekly ice cream consumption and dates of last haircuts. We aren’t quite at the stage where we’re able to leverage the social dimension out of it…but we’ve had a couple of close misses!

Me personally, I’m most interested in it as both a social and personal experiment. Richard used to pipe his Brightkite into his Facebook, where it would fill people’s newsfeeds, and some of his friends got really annoyed with it. I figure it’s on par with people mentioning wherever they are and happening to be going next on Twitter, except that it’s automated and even mapped. It might even qualify as a form of souveillance

Richard will be discussing this as well as all the other joys of Brightkite at next week’s Vancouver BrightKite Users Meetup at the Irish Heather Pub, aka a “Kiteup”, taking place on Tuesday at 7pm in Gastown.

Check out his blog post on it, and RSVP on Upcoming if you’re planning on trying to attend. He’s scheduled the Kiteup to coincide with the GeoWeb 2009 conference taking place at the SFU Work Centre for Dialogue on Monday and Tuesday. We’re crossing our fingers to get some good cross-pollination between the conference attendees and the social media/mapping crew here in Vancouver. (As a bonus, it’s also Richard’s birthday!)

A big thanks to the team at BrightKite, who have been wonderfully supportive in helping Richard get this set up. If you’re a BrightKite user (or thinking of becoming one), Richard’s got plenty of swag for your decorating needs as well!

That said, Richard’s latest hobby? Tracking our bike rides on his RunKeeper iPhone app…and syncing them with his BrightKite checkins! That’s Richard, boldly going where the web of streams has never gone before…

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