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Archive for October, 2007

xposted from Kinzin’s Blog.
Facebook Developer Garage Vancouver Oct 2007

Last night was all about the app.

Vancouver, or more recently referred to as “Techcouver”, held its’ first Facebook Developer Garage event downtown at the Vancouver Film School. The event was completely “sold-out” by over double the capacity of the space, so there wasn’t a seat to be had. Once the Nazi-tech guy made his way from the floor back to the booth for the main event to commence, people began to fill the isles and find space wherever they could. It was a packed house.
Facebook Developer Garage Vancouver Oct 2007

There were about 9 Facebook applications in all that were on display over the 3 hours. Each developer, or team of developers, grabbed the spotlight for a 10-minute overview of their respective app and covered any technical aspects worth mentioning and sharing, followed by a brief Q and A for each. David Morin, Senior Platform Manager for Facebook (nice title buddy) was meant to be joining us in the flesh for our inaugural evening, but had to cancel 48 hours in advance due to some “big meeting” at HQ. But he was kind enough to take a few minutes out to appear via Skype Video, as he said a few nice words, opened it up to the floor for some questions, when sadly, the connection was lost.
Facebook Developer Garage Vancouver Oct 2007

Paul Prescod, ‘DAD’ at Kinzin, shared the “Are You Normal?” app with the crowd. When he gave the current-users statistics (now over 114K in 3 short weeks), there was a gasp as a hush fell over the room. Well, maybe that’s a bit of a stretch. But nonetheless, impressive stuff! Johnny Bufu and Boris Mann wrapped the night with a few words on the open web. Facebook? Open??

There is a complete breakdown of each presentation on the live blog post from Miss 604, and on Roland Tanglao’s Jaiku Channel.

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Stand Up and Speak OutToday marks The United Nations Day for the Eradication of Poverty. To make your difference, join millions around the world as they STAND UP and SPEAK OUT to Make Poverty History. This event, STAND UP, has been issued by the Global Call to Action Against Poverty and the United Nations Millennium Campaign.

“Let world leaders know that we are holding them accountable for their promises to end poverty by 2015.”

What can you do?

You could perhaps sail the Nile, but if that’s not quite possible and you’ve run out of time to arrange a formal gathering of participation, you can find a local event to take part in, or be spontaneous wherever this day finds you – whether you are around a dinner table with family or friends, in a store, a section of a restaurant, a bank line-up – share your plight and record the number of people you engage in standing for one minute for “Standing Against Poverty”. Or (and this is likely the easiest way) just click here and show your support as an individual.

Record all and any of your support here.

OXFAM Party Against Poverty

If you live in Vancouver:
On the 18th of October at 8pm the OXFAM Party Against Poverty, to be held at the Plaza Club at 881 Granville St., will feature Murray Atkinson, Hey Ocean!, Lotus Child, The Wassabi Collective, and Freeflow. Tickets are $14 in advance and $20 at the door. Proceeds will go to Oxfam Canada. For more information contact Miriam at 604-736-7678 or miriamp@oxfam.ca .

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Just wrapping week 2 since launch, and “Are You Normal?” is one of the fastest growing Facebook apps cookin’, from this northern hub of “Techcouver”. Recently added is a new, fresh design and more surveys will be added each week.
Kinzin wants to involve the online community and Facebook users, asking for topic suggestions on the quizzes. Here’s the x-post from the Kinzin Blog and how to submit your ideas:

Would you like to write for one of the fastest growing Facebook applications?

We are going to release a new quiz on our “Are You Normal?” application each week, and we’d like to get your brilliant and creatively entertaining input. Here’s the deal:

  • We regularly post topics to Upcoming Topics on our discussion board on our About Page and on the discussion board of the Kinzin Builders group
  • You create the quiz, suggesting questions and answers, being as normal, or not so normal, as you like (or you can suggest topics as well…)
  • We reward you and your creative savvy on our application and LINK to your personal Facebook profile, if that is kosher. If not, just let us know you’d rather remain unlinked.
  • You become part of this great story and community of a fun time well wasted with friends in this Facebook machine of “Are You Normal?”

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Ok all you weirdos and freaks out there on Facebook – get out there and take the Are You Normal? survey so I can at least seem a *tad* more normal! Please?

Here’s a cool Facebook Application, just launched today, released to the masses, that you should most certainly add and play with. I’ll tell you why you should:

  • It’s good, clean fun that’s entertaining and all about connecting with those people online you love (and love to poke fun at) the most: your close friends and family.

I’ve had a really great last several weeks. I’ve been working with the Kinzin team here in Vancouver to help market and promote this application, and you know what? It’s an easy thing to talk positively about because of what is at the heart of this App: a company that truly believes in working towards finding positive ways for families to connect online. This application is a quirky and whacky way of doing just that.

I had zero to do with building it, designing it, or even conceptualizing it; wish I had. But I do have a thing or two to do with the tail end of tweaking it, looking at what’s down the road, and spreading it out to the masses… and this is part of that.

Sign Up! Add the App! Add your friends! Let the quibbling begin!

And please, if you run into *ANY* issues, bugs, concerns: feedback is very much appreciated and welcomed anytime!!

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