Archived entries for Social Web Mob indexing? Folk categorization? Social tagging? Mob indexing? Folk categorization? Social tagging?.

Jacobs discusses postcoordinate indexing, defined elsewhere as “A method of indexing materials that creates separate entries for each concept in an item, allowing the item to be retrieved using any combination of those concepts in any order.” This is exactly what we’re doing with free tagging.

2014 EPIC – The Future of Online [Media]

Go watch this flash movie right now. (Or the first time you have 8 free, it doesn’t have a pause button.).

It’s the history of the media wars, with a dateline of 2014. What happens with Google, Amazon, Blogger, Microsoft, Friendster and TiVo play together? What happens when search, news, shopping, social networks, blogging, camera phones, recommendations, filtering, archiving, the long tail, and everything else that’s ALREADY in motion congeals?

Remember that feeling you got when you “got it” in the first Matrix movie? I got that feeling watching this. Remember that feeling you got when you actually realized that scale of the Internet, and what it will eventually enable?

Go watch it.

It’s not clear how you’re supposed to feel when it’s over. Sounds pretty cool. Sounds pretty scary. Come back here and leave some comments after you’ve watched it. Technorati lets you monitor it as it spreads across the Web.

(I guess this was on metafilter in mid November, but it’s new to me today.)

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“RSS readers collect updates, but with so many unread items, how do you know which to read first?”

That quote is from the problem statement of Attention.xml. I can certainly relate, and I suppose many of you can. Personalization of website fonts and colors is one thing, but personalized importance-ranking of content is an entirely other thing!

In order to make these value judgments about a piece of content, the judge must know things about the content and it’s source. This information about information is metadata.

So what type of information about information is necessary to make these determinations? The Format Summary of Attention.xml gives some clues:

Attention.XML is an XML file that contains an outline of feeds/blogs, where each feed itself is an outline, and each post is also an outline under the feed. This hierarchical outline structure is then annotated with per-feed and per-post information which captures such information as, the last time the feed/post was accessed, the duration of time spent on the feed/post, recent times of feed/post access, user set (dis)approval of posts, etc.

While you can play with the prototype, it’s more fun to just imagine the possibilities. Good things are coming folks.

Wikis, RSS and Wikipedia history visualization by the Media Lab

Jeremy Zawodny writes Why do Wiki RSS Feeds Suck?. I’m a big fan of Wikis. Jeremy writes that he’s not. His two reasons are 1) he “find[s] the markup annoying”; 2) Change notification, especially when offered by RSS, “all suck”.

The first is quickly disposed of: Wikis generally allow HTML or XHTML markup in addition to their own markup. If you don’t like Wiki markup, don’t use it. (The system is converting it to XHTML anyways, so you can view-source grab it.) Wiki markup is there for people who prefer it.

His second issue is that Wiki change notification (RSS or other) is often nearly useless. I generally agree: either it’s too technical, or it’s too vague. Too specific, or too broad. My work Wiki, for example, only allows you to subscribe to changes in general — the entire Wiki — not to a particular page.

While the notification could be better, perhaps the information is of a type not suited to per-instance notification. RSS is a natural medium for “change notifications”, but not necessarily for “change visualization”. The MIT Media Lab’s Fernanda B. ViĆ©gas, in collaboration with IMB’s Martin Wattenberg, have done some beautiful, insightful and important work visualizing dynamic, evolving documents and the interactions of multiple collaborating authors. That have mainly focused on the interactions on Wikipedia, which are massive, controversial at times, and exceedingly active. Check out their gallery, it’s pretty sweet. It’s amazing that in some cases, 20-word sentences have each word contributed by a different author. Also, that files that have been exited tens of thousands of times will still retain unchanged content from initial authors. (I saw them present this work at CHI2004 in Vienna.)

Blog Torrents, P2P and the Development of De-centralized Media

Broadband Daily posts an interview with Nicholas Reville of Downhill Battle, which just recently released Blog Torrent, a very exciting new initiative:

Blog Torrent is a key first step of our plan to make software that builds participatory culture. Video (specifically television) is a huge part of culture. But it’s still an extremely top-down medium– even as the tools to make high quality video and animation have become extremely cheap, very few people watch any significant amount of video other than what’s on networks and cable. We think homemade video can compete directly against professional television, especially as reality shows have brought down viewers expectations about the production values needed to make engaging TV.

More from the BlogTorrent site:

What is Blog Torrent?: Blog Torrent is software that makes it much easier to share and download files using the bittorrent protocol. Blog Torrent is easy to install on your website: we don’t use MySQL so installation is as easy as uploading a folder to your web host, and all administration happens in the web interface. Blog Torrent is easy for users: even if they don’t know what bittorrent is, they get an installer that downloads the file they want. But most of all, Blog Torrent makes publishing with bittorrent painless. Just click “upload”, pick a file, and you’re done. This is our preview release and it has a lot of bugs and rough edges… but we’re smoothing them out for the next version, so stay tuned.

Why does Blog Torrent matter?: Making it easy to blog large video files means that people can share their home movies the same way they share their photos or writings. It lets people create vast networks of truly peer-to-peer video content– video that was made by individuals and shared with individuals, no bandwidth budget or distribution deal needed.

We’ll definitely be seeing more torrent news lately, and this convergence with the blogging world / blogging technology can only help.

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