Vincent Maher’s Swarming Picture Creation

I have waxed lyrical about Vincent Maher‘s creative ability in the past, but I’m really impressed by the work he’s doing with the Mail & Guardian website now that he’s their full time Web genius.

He forwarded me a link to “The News in Photos” – his latest project at http://photos.mg.co.za – and it really is a cool take on reporting the news by including citizens in the process and limiting the content to imagery – I like it.

It includes all the 2.0 fuzziness you’d expect – a widget for your site, viral elements, a folksonomy, popularity ranking – very slick. But the absolute bestest part is Vincent’s unashamed copy of Digg’s popular Swarm visualisation tool. It can be found here. It allows you to watch what pictures users are viewing in real time. Pretty cool. Not busy enough right now but it will get there.

Well done dude, and kudos to the MG bosses for being so open-minded. You guys continue to innovate and are firmly establishing yourselves as the go-to news resource for the tech-enabled :)

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