Sunday, June 24, 2007

The Secrets behind PostSecret

If you don't subscribe to PostSecret, an ongoing community art project where people mail in their secrets anonymously on one side of a homemade postcard, you might want to. I have been since its inception as an early art show exhibit.

Frank Warren (here's recent profile of Frank & PostSecret via Orato) posts each Sunday, and in amongst all your own fog and troubles, a review of the postcards can put much of our own mess in to a very different perspective.

What it is not is a Web 2.0 thing! It is however a riveting insight into often troubled minds of youth and adults of today, brought to us by the reach and anonymity of the web.

PostSecret has saved lives. Donate with cash in the UK or US or support by buying the books, and try and make sad stories like this (BBC video) not to appear so often.

Social Surge, and the BBC jumps in feet first

Reports are that Facebook subscribers are now increasing at the rate of around 1m a week since they opened up the "applications" platform element, the first spike being when non-academia registration opened late 2006.

Here's an illustration of Facebook usage via a WSJ article, where even Murdoch recognises the rise of Facebook.

Click to jump to the article and be able to read this graphic!

I continue to admire the BBC who, despite going through major change, don't hesitate to push the new media envelope, whether it's the via the recent Hack Day, a venture between BBC Backstage & Yahoo!, or this experiment combining Facebook, Flickr, YouTube, Twitter &, using the web social tools as a reporting platform to reach new audiences.