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  Tuesday, June 08, 2004

  Effects of reading someone else's feeds

Peter Caputa on reading someone else's feeds:

Bloglines allows users to make 'what feeds they read' public. (ie mine, amy gahran, martsanz, mfagan)

I started reading through Amy Gahran's feeds and I felt like a bit of a voyeur. Of course, SNSs allow people to spill a lot of info about themselves, and some people have no holds barred on what they write in their weblog, eurekster lets people share what they search for. And now bloglines lets people see what you read.

I am thinking outloud here, and just wondering what the implications for this are? It isn't like I could feasibly read everything Amy Gahran reads. But, I can tell a lot about her based on 1) what she reads and 2) how she categorizes it.

[...]I think browsing someone's public bloglines subs is the quickest way for me to find out about someone and what they are into. An advanced, yet still easy to digest, business card.

[...]And last random thought/question: When will the big hosted blogging services (ie blogger, typepad, livejournal) integrate an aggregator. Imagine knowing not only what people search for (google), write(blogger) and read (bloglines). It wouldn't be too hard to guess what I was thinking if you could monitor all that. You could call it google brain monitor.

I'm a bit hesitant to make my Bloglines subscriptions public: mainly because I don't feel comfortable with people finding that some are in the "Core" category and others don't :)

Btw, you can earn 5$ linking to Peter (it's not that I need 5$, but may be you do :)

  My dream wiki/weblog tool

At last BlogWalk I was trying to explain my ideas about ideal wiki/weblog tool, so just writing them down.

I wrote about blogs and wikis for thinking earlier, so just in brief on what is important for me:

  • process - weblogs are good to keep track of ideas unfolding; datestamp and preserving the original are important
  • outcome - wikis are good for (collaborative) working on integrating, refactoring and connecting ideas
  • connection between these two is essential - I'd like to see how bits of weblog posts turn into something more tangible

What my ideal wiki/weblog tool should do:

1. Weblog. Usual one. The only thing I need is something like liveTopics to add keywords to each post. Keywords should not be predefined and shouldn't behave like categories in Movable Type or Radio multiplying content: I need only an index that allows retrieving posts by a keyword (e.g. blog reading).

2. Linkblog. Something as easy as del.icio.us, with only one difference: when I add a keyword the link is added to the same keyword index as weblog posts (so, my posts about blog reading and links on blog reading are indexed on one page).

2.n Ideally I could have other types of logs - e.g. file log, e-mail log, reference log, book log, recipe log. Same: keywords and joint index (with an opportunity of switching indexing off for sensitive stuff).

3. Wiki. Here all the fun starts. When I post something to my weblog or any of other logs it's added to two places: keyword index (see above) and keyword wiki page. This is the time when I want the software to multiply my content: I'd like any new post about blog reading it is automatically copied at the end of wiki page called blogReading". Then I (and others) can do all the usual wiki stuff - editing wiki page making a whole from posts there.

If I add new wiki page, new keyword is added to my keyword index. If I rename a keyword then everything gets renamed and reindexed.

4. Keyword indexes (see above) - list of keywords that leads to keyword wiki pages and keyword indexes (and, of course, these two are linked).

5. Keyword (concept) maps. At least three of them: (1) visualising connections between wiki pages; (2) visualising connections between weblog posts based on co-occurrence of keywords in the same post; (3) integration of the two. All organised as webs (not trees :)

6. RSS feeds of every page (especially indexes, so people can subscribe to a keyword).

7. (just dreaming ;) Time-travel machine that keeps track and visualises changes in weblog posts, wiki pages, keyword maps.

That's it. Should not be that difficult given existing technologies. Even time-travel machines do exist. The only thing which is not in this picture is access rights (e.g. blogging to the world, to a group, to yourself). Have to think about it.

If you have a tool that integrates 1-6 I would switch to it.

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