Glenn Fleishman did a great interview (back in March) of Clay Shirky on the topics in Clay’s new book ‘Here Comes Everybody’.
Clay, as always, has some great stories to tell. Glenn is pretty good too. Yeah, you should go and download the interview from Glenn’s pages (link below).
The whole interview is great, but it was the very end that made me reel. Glenn asked Clay what business could do to take advantage of the participative nature of the Web. I overly simplify, but Clay, among other comments, mentioned that instead of proclaiming the next great thing in a press release and putting all the money into one pot, that companies spread the money across many endeavors and see what sticks (and do it without fanfare). Basically, have many experiments, put it out there, and see if folks like it rather than gab about it (Show vs Tell?). He uses the example of Wikitorial.
Gosh. I have lots to add to that and a few more examples. (My tongue is bleeding, I am biting it so hard. Though a beer can loosen it, in case you are interesting in a tale of enlightenment, abandonment, discovery, creativity, stealing, cluelessness, and dissapointment.)
While I hope that some companies hear what he has to say and take the learning to heart, I fear that most, as Clay points out, will end up focusing on the wrong thing. Or, as Glenn says, miss the elephant parade passing in front of them.
Hey, I’m just road-kill on the info superhighway. Go listen to some smart people (the link is below, in case you forgot).
Link: TidBITS Blog Post: The Internet Organizes Itself: Here Comes Everybody
I sat down with Clay on 14-Mar-08 to talk about the book for a short article that appeared in the Seattle Times, focused on the business side of his book. However, the Seattle Times allowed me to publish a podcast of our roughly 40-minute conversation.
As an aside: Clay does validate some thoughts I’ve been having. It’s always nice to inadvertently come to the same conclusions as others smarter than me.
Image from Joi Ito
Call me an optimist, but I think it’s inevitable that Earth-folk will eventually be wandering over Mars. Eh, not sure if it will happen in my lifetime or in my children’s. I’m taking a long term view on this.
But last night, one more entry has been made in the time line: NASA set down a lander in the Mars arctic region.
I had comletely forgotten about it until I noticed an article in the Boston Globe. When I went to the mission site I found out that landing was immanent (but on the middle of my night). Of course, being the geek that I am, when I woke up the next morning I flipped open the computer to see what images were to be seen.
The one below seemed most interesting. Note the scalloped pattern to the dirt. Alas, what I hate about this pics is the lack of scale. When the first rover pics came in, things looked big and daunting, only to find out that they were tiny rocks and such. Sigh.
Nonetheless, I find this all exciting.
Ok. This is last week’s news.
But, I am not seeing much discussion about this. Why?
Mashable picked it up right away. But not one person commented on Plaxo’s own site (link below).
Is this significant? Does it matter? Does this remind you of 1999 when Telcos bought Web-heads and did nothing with them?
FWIW, I just deleted my Plaxo account. Never really got anything out of it. BUT, with Pulse, they had an uncanny way of adding things I was thinking of. I think Pulse could have been like FriendFeed (and was about much earlier), but it happened to be attached to a company that made its name in corporate contact management. Eh. Brand dissonance.
Also FWIW, Zyb announced it was picked up by Voda two days later. Their post got a bunch of comments. Zyb was on a similar trajectory as Plaxo. Both were considered the leaders in this area, but we always felt Zyb a better mobile offering. (and I did not delete my Zyb account just yet)
We followed both closely since synch is a part of the (ever) upcoming Ovi.com that I was a part of (and Nokia also has the My Nokia Back Up service). Yeah, both companies had set out to mix PIM back up with social networks. And, yes, the company who can solve this issue will do well.
Do you think Zyb and Plaxo have done well with this fusion?
Link: Plaxo’s Personal Card: Comcast to Acquire Plaxo; Pulse to Become Central to Creating Unified “Social Media” Experience Across the Web, the TV (and more)
Joining forces with Comcast is a real win for our customers, our investors, and our employees. Comcast has an exciting vision to bring the social media experience to mainstream consumers. Together, we will be able to help users connect with all the people they care about, across all of the devices they use, with all the media they love to consume, create, and share. This is also great news for the Internet industry at large, where Plaxo has been – and will continue to be – a strong advocate for opening up the Social Web.
Can someone please explain to me how and why Thompson Reuters Scientific has such a grip on scientific journal Impact Factors?
If you look at the list of various indexing services, you can see that they are all brushed aside for Thompson Reuters. It seems to me that unless a journal is indexed by Thompson Retuers, then it really is not considered to have any relevant impact on the scientific literature.
OK, so maybe these guys were anointed by the community to stand in as the über-authority index. I can deal with that. But, I think also there is an opportunity for an independent authority index, à la Technorati.
I think it just might be my natural inclination to suspect a single source of authority ranking. But I think it’s more likely because I see so many tools available to measure impact that could be more responsive and maybe more granular than what the current system seems like to me.
I’ve started looking into this. People are coming up with alternatives. It also seems like Thompson Reuters realizes that they might lose a hold on their position.
Yeah, my brain has been munging on this lately.
Link to article that set off this brainwave: BioMed Central Blog : Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases tracked by Thomson Reuters and set to receive first impact factor in June 2008
Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases was recently accepted for tracking by Thomson Reuters. It is included in the ISI Web of Knowledge database and will receive its first impact factor this summer. We are delighted with this achievement, which confirms the prominence and reputation which Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases has achieved in its field.
Link to recent journal article: Effectiveness of Journal Ranking Schemes as a Tool for Locating Information
As de Solla Price observed , the number of scientific journals and the number of papers published in those journals is increasing at an approximately exponential rate. The size and growth of the research literature places a tremendous burden on researchers—how are they to select what to browse, what to read, and what to cite from a large and quickly growing body of literature?
Ok, so lifestreaming is the rage of ’08, what with SocialThing! and Friendfeed and all similar services hogging all the attention.
But I also see something that’s been bubbling under the surface that I call ‘mechstreams’. I see machines edging in as equals in our lifestreaming services, sending out streams of data indicating what they are up to or thinking or what. And I don’t mean info alerts like weather or news, but info about what is going on.
This is not new, really, but I think the time is right for these things to mix with real lifestreams.
- Tom Armitage hooked up the Tower Bridge to Twitter so that it can say ‘What am I doing?’ every time it goes up or down.
- I heard yesterday from Jan Chipchase of a teapot that says when it’s boiling water. In this case, it’s an unobtrusive tool to keep an eye on elderly folks – if the teapot is being used, then the old folks are doing fine.
I think this is fine and dandy in this day and age of the re-birth (again) of ubicomp and semweb (both of which I have been waiting to bloom for a very very long time).
So, where do you see this going? Tom Armitage gushed about this about a year ago. Have things really developed further?
[PS: In the course of actually slowing down to write this post, I keep finding more discussion of this topic. The inestimable Julian Bleecker used the term 'blogject' for objects that blog. He wrote up a minifesto 2 years ago. Krap, I need to get out more. Some days I feel like Rip van Winkle waking up and missing a huge chunk of the discussion.]
What do you make of this?
From Flickr: Camera Finder
Just stumbled upon this (no longer remember how):
Link: At SwitchAbit, Twittergram Shares a Common Future – GigaOM
So what is a SwitchAbit? Think of it as a web services switchboard that allows you to plug any type of content from one service (say Flickr) to another (say Twitter) — or even between multiple services. The dashboard is likely to be released later this summer.
Last year I had a few Ramblings on noise that focus on the internet as a noisy environment with data emanating from apps all over the place and how can we find, navigate, recombine, and contribute to that noise in a human way.
I’ve read a few recent posts that revolve around this topic and that I am still trying to digest. But, these thoughts tie three key trends I see unfolding before us: lifestreams (human streams of data), mechstreams (streams of data from machines), and the semantic web (meaning attached to everything).