“UFO culture” day


Many high-tech pundits have examined the new generation of camera-equipped mobile phones — and wondered why the heck anyone would want one. (Well, other that voyeur-camming your fellow workout-mates in the locker room at the gym.)

Here’s one new reason: Celebsnapper. It’s a mobile-blogging concept; if you see a celebrity out in the wild, you snap a picture of ‘em on your phone and post it to the site. I haven’t logged in yet to see what it’s like — stupidly, the site doesn’t even let you view any snaps unless you log in, and for some reason I don’t feel like handing out my email address today. But they get points for coining a new word: “Snaparazzi.” (Or did they invent it — or steal it from a previous usage? Anyone out there know?)

(Thanks to Rachel for this one!)

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I'm Clive Thompson, the author of Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better (Penguin Press). You can order the book now at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Powells, Indiebound, or through your local bookstore! I'm also a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and a columnist for Wired magazine. Email is here or ping me via the antiquated form of AOL IM (pomeranian99).

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