Links for Tuesday 17th July, 2007

3 replies on “Links for Tuesday 17th July, 2007”

  1. That Writer/Reader mashup sounds interesting, although I’d like to know more about what the talks will be on – they’re pretty light on details at the moment.

    The Web 3.0 article has some insights, but I think “Highly specialized information silos, moderated by a cult of personality, validated by the community, and put into context with the inclusion of meta-data through widgets” is not what the inventor of the phrase “if you can’t describe it in one sentence, it’s not worth thinking about” had in mind.

    In particular, Web X.0 is historian-style era-dividing. These eras are defined by popular usage, not technology, and most accurately defined after the fact. As always, the technology for the “next generation” is here now, it’s just a matter of finding the ways people want to use it.

    The biggest challenge I see is exactly along the lines raised in “The Cult of The Amateur”, but he got it the wrong way around – it’s a fantastic thing that content is being created by more and more people, but the more content there is, the harder it is to find the good stuff. I expect to see content channels, like channels on TV,or the radio, with professional content jockeys, selecting and presenting, and possibly even commissioning content (some blogs are already like this).

    And no, fantastic as tags are, and great as search engines will become, nothing technological beats a good human DJ of content. At least not this generation.

    Will advertising be enough to pay for all the content, and all the management? That’s a tough one, but until we get micropayments in an easily usable way (1 cent for the last half of this comment/blog post, 1 dollar for access to my archives for a year, 5 dollars to get my news posts immediately, rather than the next day…), we may be stuck with it.

    His ideas of search engines incorporating other, higher level information is a good one, and some, such as clusty, stumbleupon and delicious (used as a search engine) are already doing it. This suggests to me that it’s a change that will eventually be given to us as an upgrade by google and the big search names, rather than a disruptive change that people clamour for and that rewrites the shape of search.

    Of course, we will all become more connected, but I continue to harbour doubts that anyone actually wants all of our “lifestream” published. We want all that information for ourselves, but the editing of our lives for the public is a big job, and probably one that we’ll do only occasionally and infrequently (just how many hours have you actually watched justin.tv?), and the result will probably be something not dissimilar to blogging as we have it now – selected snippets of our thoughts tidied for display.

  2. Re the reader/writeup mashup conference, I thought you’d like that. Not sure who’s speaking yet, but you can’t complain about the price. :-)

    Your comments are longer and more thoughtful than most people’s blog posts, kyb.

  3. Very kind of you, and it does highlight another point that I hope Web 3.0 will solve. I originally started my blog as a way of collecting the comments I’d left scattered around on other peoples blog entries. I’ve sadly not really kept it up to date, but I want to be able to go to one place and see everything I’ve written on the web, everywhere, not just on my own blog.

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