occupyPOPS: process update – use analytics / data usage / real events

A few slides from the update I would have made in class. Feedback and ideas on the tweets the bot would generate would be appreciated.

use analytics

In linking the city’s POPS dataset to Foursquare, I’ve noticed that usage reported by the location-based social network is very low to these urban plazas. Compared to parks, these just don’t seem to register as “on the grid” spaces. Perhaps the invisibility of these spaces is reassuring for many. We don’t usually see them on maps – they’re not coloured a helpful shade of green. They simply blend in with the grey of sameness, of private property.

What role in the future will location-based social media or cellphone location data play in evaluating land use planning? And how might this influence criteria that shape the future of our built environments?

data usage

Found two examples this past week of citizens using the POPS dataset. One is Foursquare user that has inputed the spaces with names on to the service and created a list of the spaces that other Foursquare users can follow. Good to see that 19 people are following the list (which appears to have been created in February), that suggests some interest in gaining awareness of POPS.

The second example comes from New York World. A few journalists there have attempted to use the dataset to calculate the worth of the spaces, but also to crowd source a survey of people’s perceptions of the spaces by encouraging field reports.

real events (online + offline)

After reading Ricardo Dominguez’ article for today, I thought more about virtual space as a stage for urban space practice. Ricardo distinguishes electronic civil disobedience from civil disobedience in order to emphasize how the former is much less politically acceptable than the latter. ECD is to disrupt and occupy flows of telecommunication, CD is to disrupt and occupy flows of vehicles, pedestrians.

With @occupyPOPS the participation in a weekly, mini-occupy event in a POPS occurs either online and offline or online-only. I’ve programmed the bot to tweet quotes from theorists about the politics of public space, body, and spatial tactics of Occupy. Instead of having these 140 character quotes tweeted at intervals during the week, I’m thinking that they could be broadcasted during the occupy events that the bot coordinates. In this case, each event will appear on twitter to have someone attending the event in virtual space as if in the physical location of a POPS.

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