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    20 thoughts on Attention

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    I've been carrying a number of thoughts relating to Attention and rather trying to create a huge essay, I've decided just to offload these as a partially random list. Would be great to get your feedback, discussion, agreement and brutal rebutal. ...
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    Solving Tag-Hell

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    Backup Brain recently highlighted one of the problems with the tagosphere - the 'which tag do I use' problem. I say 'one' of the problems, because there are at least three tagospheric problems that are creating a Tag-Hell: 1. When in content tagging...
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    Del.icio.us Inside

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    At Seattle Mind Camp yesterday, Michael Blay Michael Blay , Geoff Froh and I ran a session on the topic of behind-the-firewall tagging. We kicked off by posing questions and letting a free flowing discussion kick off. It was great, lots of interest in...
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    Enterprise Tagging

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    Since posting the Del.icio.us Inside and Tagging behind-the-firewall posts, I've been pinged left right and center by a bunch of tagtastic people (both inside and outside Microsoft) regarding the topic of tagging within the enterprise / business context...
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    Using Technorati and Tags 101 - Screencast

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    I got some good feedback on the screencast introducing RSS to beginners . So, I've created a new screencast showing the various ways I use Technorati and Tags. I cover searching keywords and urls, searching for, creating & embedding Tags into blog...
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    47% of all blog posts are tagged

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    David Sifry provides more Technorati stats , this time with a little more info on the tagging front. Turns out tagging is really kicking off. The number of posts with tags or categories has grown past 100 million mark since Technorati began tracking...
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    The middleman won't go away

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    Via Findory's personalized page , I came across this , which led me to this , which then led me to this and this post by Matt Terenzio , speculating on the future disappearance of infomediaries: "If I want to sell my bike, I expose a blog post with...
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    Coping with Information Overload (video)

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    About four weeks ago I made my way over to ZDNet's studios in San Francisco to be interviewed by Mike Elgan for DevSource and discuss a number of topics close to my heart. The video (15-ish mins) is now published. Mike asked me about microformats ...
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    Tagging behind-the-firewall. Questions.

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    Stowe Boyd points (via David Weinberger ) to a discussion regarding the potential of tagging within companies . Tagging behind-the-firewall.... Questions - Who would tag their content? How (with what software) would they tag it? What's in it for the taggers...
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    Help with Tag Hell

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    James Corbett suggests Raw Sugar may help out with the Tag Hell I described a little while ago: "Raw Sugar is already on the case and providing both hierarchical tag clusters and tag similarity detection." I'm playing with now... - Tags...
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    2006 will be a tagtastic year

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    Greg Prosl pinged me about a video sports service he has just launched: BroadbandSports.com . The interesting part for me at least is the tagging side. I can tag the videos with any tag I like ( Del.icio.us -syle) and browse and search videos by tags...
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    How should the relationships between tags be defined, and by whom?

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    IT Conversations has an audio recording of Clay Shirky's entertaining and thought provoking presentation (update: text version here ) he gave at O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference in March this year, 'Ontology is Overrated'. Chris May has a useful...
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    you say 'potato', she says 'vegetable', I say 'ingredient'

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    Metadata is a funny thing. It is one of those topics (subjects?) that gets people to froth at the mouth from time to time. The reason it seems to wind people up so much (at least those in the business of making information navigable) is that we're all...
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    Tags and liberal interpretations

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    This poppeed into my RSS reader just now. It was tagged as 'UI' in Flickr . The tagger in question must either be an exceptionally lateral thinker to consider this plate of green beans and a bit of chicken as a user interface, or he/she ate this...
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    More on 'the Del.icio.us Lesson'

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    Joshua Porter, who coined the term 'the Del.icio.us Lesson', has gone to the trouble of further articulating the principle What Joshua did by inventing the term is to encapsulate the root cause of tagging's success and and other social network effects...
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    Moving my blog

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    OK, so I moved my new Alex Barnett blog to here for a number of reasons, explained here at my, er, new blog .
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    Enterprise tagging - off to the races...

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    TechCrunch outlines some of the features in a new product out there developed called ConnectBeam . It was just matter of time before someone ran with the Tagging behind the firewall idea. From the page describing ConnetBeam's benefits: Bookmark...
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    Taglocity 1.0 for Outlook

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    I blogged about a tagging tool for Outlook 2003, Taglocity , when it went to beta earlier this year. Well, the team has released Taglocity 1.0 ! Congratulations to David and his team. Click here to watch the Taglocity screencast ' href="http...
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    Digg + slashdot + del.icio.us/popular = diggdot.us

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    Digg + slashdot + del.icio.us/popular = diggdot.us Here's the RSS feed. via John Musser (again)
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    Search results relevant to who I am

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    Dave Winer has a simple, but very good idea . "A very simple idea for improving Google search and getting rid of spam problems all in one swoop, and it's not the first time the idea has appeared here. Let me tell you where my weblog is. Then it...
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    Tag Gardening

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    Tag Gardening . James Governor has coined a phrase (or a tag) that I'm sure I'll see crop up again... "Like plants or animals, tags evolve in an emergent fashion, open to hybridisation. Stewardship can help grow and put roots down. Helping the...
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    I have no idea what this means

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    Dan Farber : "Gartner makes a prediction that by 2015, over 100 leading companies will have made or saved at least $10 million due to networked creative intelligence, which leverages virtual communities to create new sources of information and value...
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    recommendation systems + tagging = ?

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    In the first of a series of posts, Rachmi Sinha explores the progress made in the realm of collaborative filtering, recommendation systems and the implications of tagging: "So are tags and collaborative filtering a marriage made in heaven? It's...
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    Web 2.0: The Desktop / Web Mash-ups

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    Nick Bradbury thinks it is time for some minor revisions to Web 2.0, and posts Web 2.01 Release Notes . I'd like to highlight the points he makes regarding the web vs. desktop and share some further thoughts on this topic (below): " WEB...
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    Saw this tagspam today :-(

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    Saw this tagspam today :-( Not good .
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