Since 2008, I’ve been keeping an eye on Jonathan Harris. He’s a renaissance man for a new century: artist, computer scientist, visionary. He caught my attention with his mind-blowing show at MOMA — I Want You To Want Me, done in collaboration with Sep Kamvar, which took the pulse of the world’s emotional state.
With his latest social media foray, Cowbird.com, Harris is poised to become a cultural force on the Internet.
Cowbird is an online community of storytellers who use photos, audio clips and words to convey a brief, personal story. It has the addictive usability of Pinterest, with a soulful subtext that allows people to witness and connect through themes and stories. Harris describes it as a “Public library of human experience.”