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  • Blog Post: Moving my blog

    OK, so I moved my new Alex Barnett blog to here for a number of reasons, explained here at my, er, new blog .
  • Blog Post: My musical attention (data)

    Earlier this month I mentioned that at the Content 2.0 event I asked LastFMs product manager, Matthew Ogle about the ability to export my data out of the system so it could be plugged into another. After all, the music I listen to, for how long and when I listen to it, user-defined tag and ratings, is...
  • Blog Post: Coping with Information Overload (video)

    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 , tagging , information overload , OPML , attention...
  • Blog Post: Share Your OPML (it had to happen)

    So, who would have thought that OPML would be a big deal? ;-) The interest in Dave Winer's latest project, Share Your OPML , is the reason for OPML's Attention this weekend. And with good reason too. Dave hinted at this project at last week's Seattle Mind Camp where we discussed Attention . This app...
  • Blog Post: it's about throwing stuff away

    I had the pleasure of meeting with Steve Gillmor in San Francisco earlier this week. We met downtown where he picked me up and drove me to a cafe in a suburb - I don't know where - and we chatted over a late lunch and lattes. We discussed the past and future of the internet. It was wonderful...
  • Blog Post: Attention Clouds

    Here's an attention cloud for you. az . "The Intention Cloud is a web application supported by Perl and AJAX technologies that gathers and displays the queries performed on search engines by their users in an intuitive output using weighted lists, also known as tag clouds." Tags: attention tags...
  • Blog Post: Attention 2.0

    (I had to call this post something and given this pic, I couldn't resist...) (er, that's Attention two Dot oh, folks...) The Seattle Mind Camp 2.0 Sunday session on RSS and OPML led by Dave Winer was a fascinating hour, spent discussing, well, RSS and OPML and more. In the room were around...
  • Blog Post: One Big Conspiracy

    According to Charlie Brooker , it's all one big attention conspiracy: "Install this driver. Now update it. Now update it again. Register to login to our website. Then validate your membership. Forgot your password? Click here. Now there. Fill out this form. And this one. And this one. Please wait...
  • Blog Post: Social Search

    Business Week has an article outlining some of the 'social search' developments underway at Microsoft. What is 'social searching'?: "Microsoft plans to unveil a question-and-answer social-search tool in the coming months, says Justin Osmer, senior product manager for MSN. The feature will let users...
  • Blog Post: GestureBank Recorder

    Steve Gillmor provides some details on how the existing Attention Trust recorder (ATX) relates to GestureBank - the codebase is forking. GTX will be the GestureBank Recorder. Sounds like an IE version of the ATX and GTX recorders are on their way too. The beta's nearly ready... "Now, with...
  • Blog Post: Information overload in 1848

    Information overload in 1848: "In 1848 the New York businessman W.E. Dodge was already feeling the effects of always-on connectivity:“The merchant goes home after a day of hard work and excitement to a late dinner, trying amid the family circle to forget business, when he is interrupted by a telegram...
  • Blog Post: 'myware' but without the 'my'?

    I have to agree with Steve Gillmor on this: "All proprietary clouds of data obtained without the users' permission are tainted, and it's my bet (GestureBank) that given a choice between an open pool and any proprietary one, the open pool will implicitly be more trusted." Not surprising that...
  • Blog Post: Your browser history as Attention data?

    Have you thought of your browser history as attention data? I have some thoughts on this. Not all good. Two companies are thinking this way. Tailrank is one. You can go to this Import page and give the site permission to look at your browser history for blogs you've visited and make browsing recommendations...
  • Blog Post: Recommendation and the Harry Potter Problem

    Greg Linden used to work at Amazon. From time to time he'll recount one of his 'early days at Amazon' stories on his blog giving some insight into the development challenges in building the world's largest online shop. In his latest post , Greg talks about the "Customers who bought this also bought...
  • Blog Post: 10 Random Thoughts. # 2 Repetition engines

    10 Random Thoughts. # 2 Repetition engines New media is rapidly becoming like old media . 'Memetrackers' (newstrackers) are dragging 'new media' into the land of the repetitive, the shallow and the incestuous. They are not what I meant when I described attention engines . I want my niches...
  • Blog Post: The middleman won't go away

    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 the classified ad or auction details and sit back...
  • Blog Post: Here's an OPMLish podcast for you

    Here's an OPMLish podcast for you, recorded tonight with me , Joshua Porter , Adam Green and John Tropea . It's all about the draft OPML 2.0 spec and a few other things thrown in such as structured blogging, OPML tools, namespaces and microformats. We had Adam along today as he's been experimenting...
  • Blog Post: Record-your-own-attention toolkit

    Now here's an Attention data experiment. This time by J Wynia . "I’ve read several times that if they have age, sex and zip code, they can get really pretty accurate targeting to an individual. So, why is the information about me not easily available to me to glean insights from? Why can’t I follow...
  • Blog Post: Annotated Reading List

    As Matt Terenzio has noticed, Adam Green is playing with some dynamically generated OPML files he's creating using a variety of services. Adam call the current output an Annotated Reading List . During the development process he discovered some 'undocumented limitations' within the Technorati API...
  • Blog Post: The Web 2.0 uncertainty principle

    What originally caught my attention was # 7 of Scott Karp's 'You know if you're a geek if you...' But then I read Mark Devlin 's comment on Scott's post: "The Web 2.0 uncertainty principle: If you understand it, you don’t know it." It all suddenly fell into place... - Update : Scott...
  • Blog Post: Software I Use

    James Governor posted another Declarative Living post , including a link to Alex Bosworth's Software I use page on Swik. For some reason, I thought this was a good idea - I'm bizarrely partial to the documentation of my stuff. Examples include my home network , books I own , my tagcloud . Why? I think...
  • Blog Post: Response to the Attention Problem

    Joshua Porter gave a talk recently 'Web 2.0 - Leveraging the Network' . He has published the slide deck that accompanied the talk and I ran through it this morning...I wish I could have attended, it looks great. I guess I'll have to ask him to go through it at our next podcast ;-) One slide caught...
  • Blog Post: Just when I thought it was safe not to blog about OPML

    Just when I thought it was safe not to blog about OPML and RSS, along comes Technorati to spoil my sabbatical with their favorites feature. Here are *some* (50) of my favorite blogs/sites . Almost all are webbish / tech-type blogs and sites. Others are adding their favorites too . Now, before...
  • Blog Post: Attention engines - screencast

    I created a quick screencast to show what I mean by the term ' Attention Engines '. Before I sign out for the night, I wanted to share some quick thoughts on others' recent posts discussing the Attention space. Don Dodge asks : "So, who are the new gatekeepers (editors) for the web?" I...
  • Blog Post: Infocard screencast

    If digital identities are of interest to you, so should this quick screencast by Kim Cameron demo'ing Infocard - it's worth a download. Choose the second file to download (the 2.5 MB size file). "As a taste of upcoming MIX06 sessions, Kim Cameron presents a thumbnail sketch of how InfoCards...
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