The "Nerd Alert" Report

by Rachelle Hruska · March 10, 2009

I'm just getting back into the office (it's good to be back), and the first piece of business? Checking in on what the nerds have been up to...

The Couple Behind "This is why you're fat" have been 'outed' and it's none other than Gawker's Richard Blakeley and girlfriend Jessica Amason. They have found an agent and are hoping to capitalize off of all of you fatty boombalaties out there with your bacon cheese pizza burgers and fried Oreos. Add this to the "I should have done that 2 years ago" list.

Are you upset that you are missing the South by Southwest Conference next week in Austin? Well you're not alone (surprisingly).  There is a whole group of NYC social media nerds that failed to get plans to head south, and you can join them all this Saturday at "North by NorthEast" at Mug Lounge to drown in your sorrows. There's a password! [Facebook]

Are blogs losing their authority to the statusphere? Authority schmority, Technorati's ranking of the blogosphere isn't going anywhere any time soon, but that doesn't mean it isn't time for a new index for measuring the authority of content publishers on Twitter and other micro-media.  [Tech Crunch]

Foursquare makes its debut in the Observer today, making them a "hot" app.  According to Gillian Reagan it's "Dodgeball on Steroids", yes but does she have the secret password to test? [Observer]

Sam Lessin's is now 100% realtime...this means it isn't just about "sharing"- it's about true synchronous collaboration for teams and groups on the fly.  Watch the screencast HERE.  Basically, anything using "Synchronous Collaboration" in its titles sends goosebumps up my arms. []

Thesixtyone is building a digg for indie music to basically make it easier to share music on the web by posing individual songs to Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, or the Global Grind. Thesixtyone is a web game that uses massively-multiplayer dynamics to help people discover music. Musicians upload their songs to thesixtyone, and if listeners like a song, they reward it by clicking the “heart” button to increase its bump count…[Tech Crunch]

Jokes aside, Julia "big tweets" Allison and crew over at NonSociety gets picked up by NBC's new channel, NY NonStop.  They will start airing 100's of episodes of TMI Weekly each month...get ready NY! [NonSociety]

The New York Tech Meetup held its first event in its new space, which can accomodate even more of us hungry to hear about the next big thing! [NYTechMeetup]