- The Noisy Channel: The Efficiency of Social Tagging
Quote: "… the efficiency of tagging on del.icio.us has been decreasing over time… and conclude by suggesting that current tagging interfaces may be at fault, through a positive feedback process of encouraging popular tags."
(categories: delicious tags tagging social socialtagging )
- findability.org: Faceted Search: An Interview with Tito Sierra
Really nice looking search results page, we need to get something like this into 2.2.
(categories: clearspace search facetedsearch facets )
- Amazon Web Services Blog: May We Help You?
You can now buy support for Amazon web services tech support (based on Jive Forums). Also: Phone support is handled using Amazon’s proven Click-to-Call technology — click a button and they call back!
(categories: amazon ec2 aws s3 support customerservice )
- Top Gun 2007 / DSC_3760.jpg
Geez I wish I was 11 again. That’s an *RC* plane. Come on.
(categories: rc aviation planes kids photos )
And what did we do with that free time? Well, mostly we spent it watching TV.
We did that for decades. We watched I Love Lucy. We watched Gilligan’s Island. We watch Malcolm in the Middle. We watch Desperate Housewives. Desperate Housewives essentially functioned as a kind of cognitive heat sink, dissipating thinking that might otherwise have built up and caused society to overheat.
And it’s only now, as we’re waking up from that collective bender, that we’re starting to see the cognitive surplus as an asset rather than as a crisis. We’re seeing things being designed to take advantage of that surplus, to deploy it in ways more engaging than just having a TV in everybody’s basement.
This hit me in a conversation I had about two months ago. As Jen said in the introduction, I’ve finished a book called Here Comes Everybody, which has recently come out, and this recognition came out of a conversation I had about the book. I was being interviewed by a TV producer to see whether I should be on their show, and she asked me, “What are you seeing out there that’s interesting?”
I started telling her about the Wikipedia article on Pluto. You may remember that Pluto got kicked out of the planet club a couple of years ago, so all of a sudden there was all of this activity on Wikipedia. The talk pages light up, people are editing the article like mad, and the whole community is in an ruckus–“How should we characterize this change in Pluto’s status?” And a little bit at a time they move the article–fighting offstage all the while–from, “Pluto is the ninth planet,” to “Pluto is an odd-shaped rock with an odd-shaped orbit at the edge of the solar system.”
So I tell her all this stuff, and I think, “Okay, we’re going to have a conversation about authority or social construction or whatever.” That wasn’t her question. She heard this story and she shook her head and said, “Where do people find the time?” That was her question. And I just kind of snapped. And I said, “No one who works in TV gets to ask that question. You know where the time comes from. It comes from the cognitive surplus you’ve been masking for 50 years.”
So how big is that surplus? So if you take Wikipedia as a kind of unit, all of Wikipedia, the whole project–every page, every edit, every talk page, every line of code, in every language that Wikipedia exists in–that represents something like the cumulation of 100 million hours of human thought. I worked this out with Martin Wattenberg at IBM; it’s a back-of-the-envelope calculation, but it’s the right order of magnitude, about 100 million hours of thought.
And television watching? Two hundred billion hours, in the U.S. alone, every year. Put another way, now that we have a unit, that’s 2,000 Wikipedia projects a year spent watching television. Or put still another way, in the U.S., we spend 100 million hours every weekend, just watching the ads. This is a pretty big surplus. People asking, “Where do they find the time?” when they’re looking at things like Wikipedia don’t understand how tiny that entire project is, as a carve-out of this asset that’s finally being dragged into what Tim calls an architecture of participation.
So that’s the answer to the question, “Where do they find the time?” Or, rather, that’s the numerical answer. But beneath that question was another thought, this one not a question but an observation. In this same conversation with the TV producer I was talking about World of Warcraft guilds, and as I was talking, I could sort of see what she was thinking: “Losers. Grown men sitting in their basement pretending to be elves.” At least they’re doing something.
Remotely control Firefox. What a great prank this would make.
- 10 Things I Want From Enterprise RSS » SlideShare
The ten things: social, smart, mobile, up to date, suggestive, mashable, feedburner-like, pipes-capable, single sign-on-able and supported.
(categories: yahoopipes feedburner enterprise rss feeds syndication atom collaborative_filtering collectiveintelligence )
- scottberkun.com » Report from Web 2.0 expo
Question: "Does your Web 2.0 and social media software make the process of collaboration and developing relationships more fun, efficient, powerful and meaningful?"
(categories: clearspace collaboration value roi )
- A Journey In Social Media: Taking The Next Big Step
Quote: "… I want to expose existing content to be part of the discussion in our social environment, and, second – I want selected wikis, conversations, blog posts, etc. to be ‘captured’ as enterprise content for feeding into other … processes.
(categories: chuckhollis clearspace distributed discussions aggregation feeds )
- Slides from Spinn3r Architecture Talk at 2008 MySQL Users Conference « Kevin Burton’s NEW FeedBlog
Scaling MySQL / Java with an emphasis on writes.
(categories: java jdbc mysql performance presentations kevinburton )
- IdeaFactory : Weblog : Google Docs and JRoller
Google Docs has the ability to publish documents via the Metaweblog API.
(categories: blogging metaweblogapi app publishing )
- The Green Issue – Climate Change – Environment – Energy Efficiency – Consumption – New York Times
On the seeming insignificance of light bulbs.
(categories: food environment energy )
- ZombieURL – Waxy.org
Quote: "For the last few weeks, I’ve been spending every Friday with a small group of brilliant geeks … for a weekly one-day hackathon." We get an hour on Wednesdays at Jive. It’s our 2% time.
(categories: innovation )
- Unit Structures: Productive Unit Structures: Introducing Freedom
Quote: "Freedom is a Mac application that disables your computer’s networking capabilities for a selected time interval." I’ve found the 1.5 hours I spend on the bus everyday to be the most productive time of my day.
(categories: productivity apple mac osx software networking time )
- Yahoo! Developer Network: Yahoo! Weather
Free weather data in RSS format for "… your own web site or client application" but then the fine print says only personal / non-commercial. Bollucks.
(categories: weather yahoo api feed feeds rss data )
- Flickr Code
Flickr was last deployed 2 hours ago, including 19 changes by 6 people.
(categories: development documentation flickr api code community communities )
- social Info Page
Mailing list on jabber.org, description: "the mashup of Web and Jabber! OpenID, OAuth, buddy lists beyond IM, XMPP pubsub instead of HTTP polling, etc."
(categories: jabber xmpp openid oauth socialnetworks blogging blogs )
- sioc-project.org | Semantically-Interlinked Online Communities
Description: SIOC provides a Semantic Web ontology for representing rich data from the Social Web in RDF.
(categories: communities community data semantic foaf ontology rdf sioc semanticweb )
- Comments on Life-altering experiences | Ask Metafilter
Man I’ve had it pretty easy compared to some (most?) people. Just imagine what this thread would look like if people that didn’t have internet access could post.
(categories: askmefi life childhood children experience )
- Yahoo! Search Blog: The Yahoo! Search Open Ecosystem
Yahoo crawler now "… support(s) a number of microformats, including hCard, hCalendar, hReview, hAtom, and XFN. Yahoo! Search will work with the web community to evolve the vocabulary framework for embedding structured data."
(categories: semantic rdf searchengine semanticweb microformats yahoo search )
Quote: "PottyMouth transforms completely unstructured and untrusted text to valid, nice-looking, completely safe XHTML." Python. Ported to Ruby as well.
(categories: markup python security content comments )
- Where to Find Open Data on the Web – ReadWriteWeb
Great list (and comments) of freely available data sources. When is someone going to make the weather forecaster datasource free so that I don’t have to pay accuweather or weather.com for forecasts / current weather?
(categories: data free database resources open )
- Datawocky: More data usually beats better algorithms
Quote: "… adding more, independent data usually beats out designing ever-better algorithms to analyze an existing data set."
(categories: algorithms bigdata data database databases algorithm netflix datamining )
- Looks Good Works Well
Bill has been reviewing a number of UI anti-patterns on his blog recently, he’s covered some really good stuff.
- We’re Taking an Open Direction with Web Communities: Are You In? ~ Chris Pirillo
Quote: "I don’t want a social network, I want a socially *RELEVANT* network (both on-site and beyond). I don’t want a community platform, I want a participation platform where members are rewarded and ranked appropriately…"
(categories: communities community idea social socialnetworks chrispirillo )
- Jeff on Cloud Computing: The First Hadoop Summit
Cool review of stuff going on with the Hadoop project from the first annual Hadoop summit.
(categories: pig hbase mahout rapleaf nutch hadoop )
- Move Over Lotus Notes, SharePoint is Filling Yer Shoes
Quote: "… SharePoint is fast becoming the next IBM Lotus Notes — and not in a good way."
(categories: sharepoint notes collaboration )
- EditGrid Confluence Plugin – Online Spreadsheets – EditGrid
Cool confluence plugin that gives you and everyone else the ability to edit spreadsheets online simultaneously.
(categories: spreadsheet editgrid confluence )
- Parsing human-written date and time information « Jon Udell
Good stuff in the comments about parsing human generated (not computer generated) dates, need to check out Chronic.
(categories: dates datetime parsing antlr chronic sandy )