EVDB – The Event & Venue Database
EVDB is an event calendar system based on open contributions and smart searches. Any logged in member can enter an event. Calendars and Event are tagged like in del.icio.us. The software suggests a list of popular tags (this would help with stemming of tags – Mac, MacIntosh, Apple, etc.)
When creating an event you can tag the event and mark whether the event is free or for charge. There is a Venue Search function (you can see charge-back forming now). You add the traditional information (Time, Date).
Smart Calendars are calendars based on search terms (here comes the folksonomy and social part). You can build a Smart Calendar then share the calendar with others. You can also subscribe to Smart Calendars via RSS or ICAL. Very cool.
This system does not displace the enterprise calendar application which has a strong requirement for group scheduling where all must attend. EVDB looks like a great system for one-to-many, make-it-if-you-can events and as a tool for discovering events of interest in my area.
The Long Tail
In The Long Tail weblog, Chris Anderson (editor in chief for Wired Magazine) explores the long tail of markets and social networking. The Long Tail hypothesis states (basically) that the economics of sum of all of the small markets and niche products are greater than the sum of all of the “hit” products. In other words, the latest belly-button pop star may sell millions of CDs but all of the funky 1 and 2 sale CDs will sell even more.
Amazon has more sales from all of the titles that Barnes and Nobel DOESN’T carry (the top 30,000 titles) that the total for the top 30,000. I believe that the same “long tail” effect applies to enterprise collaboration and communication.
I have two plugins installed in WordPress for this blog that help connect other pieces of social software. (1) Technotag allows me to insert tags for Technorati in the end of the entry. (2) del.icio.us tagging plugin crawls the post and puts up the little square graphic next to terms that match tags in delicious.
This is pretty cool stuff that begins to knit together various pieces of social software. What would I like to see next in a blog app: