Sunday, February 1, 2009

pruning blueful

blueful, by its nature, was designed to be ephemeral, to slowly vanish into the noise of the web. But I plan to keep it "pruned" and functional as long as I have the time and money to afford to do so. I just recreated the node that was formerly a wikipedia user page (who knew even user pages have to be on topic?) which makes the sixth time I've had to redo a node since blueful went up about a week ago.

One of the interesting things about blueful to me is that the entire thing is really a violation of terms of service. Except for a few things like the flickr images, I am technically using most of these sites-- MySpace, Craigslist, Last.fm-- for purposes other than that which their creators intend you to, and in some cases even allow you to. Several people have commented that they feel like explorers or trespassers following a secret trail through sites where others conduct their business unawares. Perhaps one of the reasons that blueful has been so well-received is this feeling of illicitness, the mild shock of seeing art in a place where it's normally not expected, or even allowed.

3 comments:

emshort said...

It occurred to me after playing that another possible venue would have been an Amazon wishlist, with the story continuing as the comments on wishlist items.

The problem, of course, would then be that people could ruin the story by actually purchasing the items for you, thereby removing those elements from the list.

So maybe you'd want to make the wishlist items all absurdly expensive and unlikely things. Diamond rings, $3000 lots of Iranian caviar...

Scixual said...

Ah, ephemera...

Aaron A. Reed said...

Emily, that's like the problem I ran into with scads of people starting to follow the "blueful" account on Twitter. You'd think that would be a perfect marketing vector, except that if I sent any messages it would mess up the story on that page...