0272: /haiku.tag

haikutag

Group poetry

In east San Francisco there is a group of people playing haiku tag.  What is haiku tag and where did it start?  No one really knows.  There seems to be only one rule, you just post a haiku.  Because its the local web, all the haikus come from people nearby.  This doesn’t mean it will be the best haikus on the internet, but it certainly will be the most local.

Experimental slashes like these on the local web don’t need a lot of planning to get started.  Someone decided to post a haiku to localweb.is/haiku.tag and someone else decided to respond with another haiku.  Haiku tag was born.

Haiku tag isn’t an app or a startup.  It’s not a movement or a facebook group.  It’s just something fun to do on the local web if there are other in the area who want to play as well.  If there is no /haiku.tag in your area, simply start one.  All slashes start with essentially one person making a post.  It’s like dropping a hook into the local water and seeing if you can get a bite… or a poem.

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0234: /bus.stop

busstop

We, the people, of this bus stop…

Ah the many things to do while waiting for the bus.  There is 1) using your phone; 2) using your phone; 3) staring blankly out into space; and 4) using your phone.

Waiting at the bus stop is a daily activity that millions of Americans partake in every day.  Often in silence on their phones.  Even if there are other people waiting with you, its a pretty anti-social affair.

But it doesn’t have to be.  Using the local web, you can communicate with your fellow bus stop brothers and sisters.  When you get to a bus stop just pop on localweb.is/bus.stop and set your filter to 100 meters. You will see messages people have posted to that very bus stop and its dwellers.  It could act as a digital bulletin board, or just a place to drop some bus stop wisdom, or bus stop jokes.

You probably know about /bus.stop because some one put up a local web sticker with the localweb.is/bus.stop URL on it.  That’s really all it takes to visit or create a slash.  Each bus stop is different, and savvy bus riders follow the /bus.stop slash on their mobile location group, which means that as they are riding the bus from stop to stop they can briefly see all the /bus.stop messages people have left before the bus starts to drive away to the next stop.

Yeah, the content at various /bus.stop slashes isn’t Tolstoy, but it isn’t “The 13 Best ClickBait BuzzFeeds of 2016 You Can’t Miss” either. It’s local content, written by locals.  It’s content from your fellow bus riders.  It’s just one of the many stories that are told in your city using the local web.

Pro tip: The Number 55 Admiral bus line in Providence has a rider that writes a poem each day, and drops a single line at each /bus.stop. In order to read it, you have to be going inbound and following on a mobile location group.  If you are riding the bus outbound, the poem is backwards. but still cool.

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