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* Bullard, Claude L (Len) <email@example.com> [2005-08-12 09:16]:
> From: 'Alan Gutierrez' [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
> > Didier replies:
> >> Another good point; Yes indeed human are adaptive animals and they
> >> found the trick to be ranked well in Google. Anything based on
> >> social interaction is subject to social manipulations. The more we
> >> see social networks embedded into the web the more we will see
> >> people organizing themselves to manipulate it.
> > At some point the blogosphere is going to find that it's spends
> > so much time working on Google rankings, it's going to start to
> > take control of the construction of relationships for itself.
> Which is what Didier is saying. It will n-furcate along the same
> lines as it is now, with self-reinforcing linking based on content
> affinities that are also political affinities in some cases, and
> in fewer cases, serious research. In effect, it simply turns into
> an automated fast form of magazines but with a lot more filching.
> People hawking causes leave their comments turned on. Those
> wishing to speak uninterrupted or unthreatened turn them off
> and rely on back channels such as email.
There's a problem with trolls that will turn comments off on
most high-traffic blogs, especially political blogs. Culling
comments can take up a lot of time for bloggers.
I've always felt that conversations ought to take place between
blogs, if there were applications that could piece the
A blog conversation protocol, then, in answer to your question
at the end of the post.
> >The recognition of the "A-List" preceeds the creation of a market.
> And just as markets have leaders, disruptors emerge to threaten
> the A-list. "Burn down the mission, if you want to stay alive..."
Sure. The A-list will be relevant always. You can't have a
society without celebrity, and vice versa.
Most of what exists today addresses the needs of the A-List,
however. Blogging software itself makes sense for someone who is
trafficked, but doesn't make as much sense for a programmer like
myself, who blogs only when time permits.
A personal CMS, makes more sense. With feeds, of course, but
also with versioning, for the essayists among us.
> > There are going to be new protocols for the construction of
> > edges in the network, that are richer than tags and URIs, and
> > the meaning of the edges will not be entrusted to a ranking
> > algorithm.
> That's the music market. You may not like what emerges here, but selah.
> > Rather, it will be negotiated by the nodes, the individuals, who
> > will agree on a meaning of the link.
> If it is important enough, it will be packaged, marketed and gamed.
Yes, yes, yes. It's all good.
> > I'd like to enhance exsiting blogging software so it can act as
> > a node in a graph data structure, that can be accessed
> > programatically, and see what new applications can be created.
> That's what it is now. What programs are you going to add?
I'd add an XML/REST interface to blogs for searching that blog.
I'd also add a XML/REST vote interface, that would allow anyone
to rank an article on that blog.
I'd let to go wild, address the problem of gaming later, (or
maybe after I get some sleep).
Alan Gutierrez - email@example.com