Slate launches reader collaboration project

Slate has launched the first in a series of projects aimed at harnessing “the collective intelligence of our readers for the good of Slate and society,” called “The Hive.” The first such project asks readers to “come up with compelling and useful ways for Americans to use less energy in their homes and save money.”

Mysterious Iran Protest Death Filmers Win Polk Award

The anonymous individuals responsible for recording the shooting death of 26-year-old Neda Agha-Soltan at a June protest in Tehran, Iran, and uploading the video to the Internet, won the George Polk Award for Videography. The video became a rallying point for the reformist opposition in Iran. You can watch the video below (WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT).

Haiti: A case study in real time news

Sky News journalist Emily Purser describes how the early coverage of Haiti unfolded using Twitter, Facebook and Skype..

How many tweets about Iran at #iranelection ?

Social Media blog Mashable.com says there have been nearly a billion tweets on Iran’s political upheaval, with between 10,000 and 50,000 per hour mentioning the country. At the peak, 221,744 tweets were sent in one hour. wow.

Map the Texas wildflowers

Neat user-generated interactive map and database from Chron.com

Obama and Lincoln: Comparing the president to his hero

President Barack Obama consciously emulated Abraham Lincoln during his campaign. But what do they actually have in common? In honor of the 200th anniversary of Lincoln’s birth, this video animation from The Associated Press looks at this tale of two presidents.

Tweeting the terror: How social media reacted to Mumbai

CNN.com reports that “social media appeared to come of age and signaled itself as a news-gathering force to be reckoned with” within minutes of the terrorist attacks on Mumbai, India.

Twitter Vote Report

Twitter Vote Report is an all-volunteer network of software developers, designers, and other collaborators who have teamed up to help track voting problems on Election Day.

EveryBlock launches two new cities

EveryBlock has launched sites for two new cities, Charlotte and Philadelphia.

American Public Media’s Budget Hero game

The Center for Innovation in Journalism at American Public Media has launched a great new game, Budget Hero, which lets people decide how taxpayer dollars should be spent and focuses on the major issues in the 2008 election – like the war in Iraq, the Bush tax cuts, expanding health care, and stimulating the economy.