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Pub/sub networking for enterprise awareness

Jon Udell – Pub/sub networking for enterprise awareness:

"In theory everyone talks to everyone and everything gets taken care of. In practice, as we know, not so much. Interpersonal messaging alone can’t create a resilient and discoverable web of connections. That’s why interpersonal messaging must be embedded in a pub/sub network where messages flow person-to-person, person-to-topic, topic-to-person, and topic-to-topic."

Mon, 28 Mar 2011 10:21:40 +0000

Your Emails are Too Long

Leo Babauta – Your Emails are Too Long:

"If the info you need to share isn’t on the web, put it there. Create a long answer or long background document (then edit it to the essential info) and post it online. […] Link to it in your email."

Sat, 26 Mar 2011 23:20:10 +0000

My So-Called DAM Life

Leala Abbott – My So-Called DAM Life:

"The archives at NYU was where I found that this interesting blend of a technology background, coupled with some archives know-how made me a unique bird indeed."

Thu, 17 Mar 2011 08:27:34 +0000

Are you doing a good job?

Seth Godin – Are you doing a good job?:

"The other way: "What aren't they asking me to do that I can do, learn from, make an impact, and possibly fail (yet survive)? What's not on my agenda that I can fight to put there? Who can I frighten, what can I learn, how can I go faster, what sort of legacy am I creating?"

Tue, 15 Mar 2011 10:05:42 +0000

Twitter's new developer roadmap

Dave Winer – Twitter's new developer roadmap:

"Facebook may have a huge installed base, but it's dead to me. I can't get there. The platform vendor is too active. Same with Twitter, same with Apple. Give me a void, something I can develop for, where I can follow the idea where ever it leads."

Sat, 12 Mar 2011 20:36:16 +0000

Fixing Metadata (or Let’s Do it Right the First Time)

Kim Schroeder – Fixing Metadata (or Let’s Do it Right the First Time):

"The majority of people do not understand the work that goes into providing quality. In our current era of fast and cheap; people have lost the quality aspect almost completely. When they can not successfully execute an accurate search in their database, then they call us to fix it. I am absolutely happy to do so, but make no mistake, I wish for that collection to have done it right the first time; rather than to have called us after hundreds of hours of wasted work."

Thu, 10 Mar 2011 20:31:45 +0000

Cascade of broken promises

Seth Godin – Cascade of broken promises:

"The cascade starts with the product. When your brand makes promises it can't keep, your overworked staff bears the brunt."

Sun, 06 Mar 2011 21:52:05 +0000

Tags don't cut it

Stijn Debrouwere – Tags don't cut it:

"We need to re-engineer tags so that they’ll allow us to represent the rich relationships between our content and the things that content talks about. If we do that, newspapers can infuse the news with necessary context that allows readers to see the broader picture. Quite literally, too: relationship-infused content can easily be enriched with maps and timelines, which goes way beyond what tags have to offer.

Tags have a deceiving simplicity that hides their complexity as a taxonomic concept. Relationships are closer to the way journalists think about their writing. Relationships are a direct answer to the question “what is this story about?” Because they’re more intuitive than tags, they’re actually harder to mess up.

If we re-imagine tags as rich connections that relate content to the persons, organizations, locations, events and themes they talk about, hopefully magic will happen."

Fri, 04 Mar 2011 08:40:46 +0000

Curation is boring

Stijn Debrouwere – Curation is boring:

"Readers want to know what everybody else is talking about, and join the debate. So tracking what’s hot is, well, cool. But instead of the bazillionth trend tracking app, I’d much rather see a tool that would use aggregation, machine learning and natural language processing to crawl the far outreaches of the web and spot obscure but valuable news or opinions that could enhance existing coverage. Like a robot army of researchers for every reporter, working 24/24 to suggest new angles and exciting topics we’ve missed. Topics everyone has missed."

Fri, 04 Mar 2011 08:30:06 +0000

Who will say go?

Seth Godin – Who will say go?:

"Most people don't believe they are capable of initiative.

Initiating a project, a blog, a wikipedia article, a family journey. Initiating something even when you're not putatitively in charge.

At the same time, almost all people believe they are capable of editing, giving feedback or merely criticizing."

Tue, 01 Mar 2011 11:27:44 +0000