Sunday, February 4, 2007

Too Friggin Much! And How!

So today I'm exploring the blogosphere - Just a first foray to find those discussing issues related to process-oriented activism. And in just a few minutes, I found an overwhelming amount of text. A couple highlights:

Gothamberg is a a collaborative literature project, where people write their experiences with living in apartment buildings.

The most golden hit: Communication Nation

This one is by the founder of a company that works to improve communication for for-profit companies. The header for the blog is: "Communication is one of the most important skills anyone can have, in business and in life. As individuals and as a species, I believe we will be happier and more productive if we can improve our ability to communicate. This blog is dedicated to that effort. Join the conversation!"

I totally dig the message, and I look forward to the posts in the future.

This sortie into the blogosphere (the BS for short) has whacked me with a direct experience of the size of this landscape. There is so much out there. So many voices striving for attention, (and so many voices that have really valuable things to say) But with all the thousands of voices, how do the most valuable things rise to the surface? Should projects try to coalesce to avoid splitting the readership into too many peices?

Maybe the answer is in the community that builds up through inter-liking of content in the BS. Assume the blogosphere is a giant graph, and each blog is a node. Instead of trying to consolidate nodes, we can just build a constantly evolving network of links among nodes that reflect the interests and needs of individuals using the BS to answer questions they have.

I'm a little too disorganized to keep going with this, but here is another radish for the pot: search engines in this many-node interlink are soo important and powerful, because they are the gatekeeper that can expose a blog or keep it from seeing the light of day. But on the other hand, maybe not - if the links that exist among blogs are robust enough, one blog should be the light that directs users to other blogs they will find useful. Search engines are still essential for finding that entry point, but they are not the only way to move around inside the blogosphere either.

Lost and found,

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