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Thursday, January 29, 2004
...Personal Interaction Manager?

For about a year now, I've had the phrase "Personal Interaction Manager" intermittently sticking in and out of my mind. Never took the time to define it, but something keeps telling me this is what I really need. Talk about fuzzy logic. As I write this, Google returns zero hits for the phrase. (I have a hunch that this will change soon. :)

Now, Eric Gradman's recent paper would seem to get closer to a definition. Hmm.

What do you think? []  links to this post    10:27:47 PM  
Who defines your identity online?

Loïc Le Meur on why you should talk about yourself online instead of letting others do it for you. Here's an extra tip to keep aware what's being said about you: enlist Feedster or Google Alert to watch for occurences of your name on the Web.

If you're skeptical that in the future everyone will have a public existence whether they like it or not, have a look at RateMyTeachers and generalize.

What do you think? []  links to this post    2:56:48 PM  
Welcome, Derek!

Reputations researcher Derek Lackaff has just joined the blogosphere (Yes folks, today is reputations day round here) I like his intro post:

Welcome, dear reader, to yet another blog. As everyone else on the planet, and their pets, caught blogging fever over the past few years, I reveled in my bloglessness. Maybe blogging, I reasoned, would be proven another silly fad. Something I could chuckle about down the line – “How lame. Good thing I wasn’t a part of THAT – one less permanent blotch on my Google and Wayback Machine record”. Although I (used to) read Wired, knew all the net culture buzzwords, and could even kick out a script or two, I totally missed out on the mad blog rush.

But I’ve slowly realized that personal publishing is probably here to stay (at least in some form or another). Years later, the cool people are still maintaining their blogs. And it seems that I keep finding ever more fascinating, weird, personal, hopeful, and intelligent bloggers as time goes by. Maybe, just maybe, it’s not a simple fad. Maybe blogging is something more than a massively linked (ego)stroke (as the pundits keep claiming). In any case, I know I have to get involved – I’m researching online communication.

Yes, there you have it. I am yet another beginning postgrad student who is fascinated by social technology, and will try and ride the wave towards a degree or two. In particular, I am interested in the mechanics of online collaboration – content filtering, collaborative learning, reputation management, trust matrices, open publishing, etc. My current research involves discussion moderation regimes (such as Slashdot’s moderation system) and their impact on the discourse they control.

Or maybe I just never really conquered my original Slashdot addiction.

It's never too late to start a blog.

(via Bruno Boutot)

This post also appears on channel weblog research

What do you think? []  links to this post    2:35:17 PM  
Two action quotes

Chris Corrigan: "Waiting for democracy to emerge is not only boring, as the Tutor says, but also fruitless. Democracy emerges out of action, not the other way around."

Frank Tibolt: "We should be taught not to wait for inspiration to start a thing. Action always generates inspiration. Inspiration seldom generates action."

What do you think? []  links to this post    9:32:58 AM  
Mario dans Le Devoir

The Quebec edblogging experiment I blogged about a while ago, in a post titled "Deploying weblogs in fifth and sixth grade - an experiment in Quebec", was recently covered in the Journal Le Devoir. Mario Asselin, the school principal, who's interviewed in the piece, does first-class blogging of his own here.

This post also appears on the open channel edblogging

What do you think? []  links to this post    9:12:32 AM  
GarageBand demo tracks

MacJams: Tracks created using the new Mac GarageBand Software, by webjaybs (not sure if he made the songs or collected them).

A nice example of how funky Apple's GarageBand can get when put in the right hands.

(via Lucas)

This post also appears on the open channel playlistlogging

What do you think? []  links to this post    8:52:49 AM  
epinions empirical analysis paper

Reputations researcher Paolo Massa will present his paper "Using Trust in Recommender Systems: an Experimental Analysis", which analyzes the epinions "Web of Trust" system, at the Second International Conference on Trust Management 2004.

Note that Paolo points to a number wikis relating to trust here.

This post also appears on channel social software

What do you think? []  links to this post    8:50:26 AM  

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