The Future of Presence
From Social Patterns
Martin Geddes writes, in his Telepocalypse blog
It is very easy when talking about presence to get sucked into thinking about IM icons, and the messaging of comings and going using protocols like SIMPLE. But go take a look at the work of Media Lab Europe in Dublin. They have flower pots that bloom according to the availability of your special other. Tables that remember what was on them. Then there are the haptic (touchy feely) instant messages, the time-smeared entrance lobby webcam, and so on. Presence isn’t just about smiley icons.