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Wednesday, April 14, 2004
Jon Udell on musiclogging

Jon Udell has been watching the recent going-ons around closing the loop in musiclogging, and seems as enthusiastic about both the specifics and the general vision as I am.

I'm not much of an audiophile, to be honest, and there are lots of other people who will get more deeply into music-blogging and playlist-sharing than I'm likely to. But the process at work here is deeply fascinating to me, and generalizes to other realms. Every kind of digital experience can thrive in the virtuous cycle of the blogosphere: use it, capture part of it, link to it, write about it, search for it, read about it, aggregate it, rinse, lather, repeat.
Udell quotes a post in which Jefferson Provost (correctly, in my view) observes that since "consolidation has turned music radio into a steaming pile of crap", word-of-mouth recommendation is pretty much all that serious listeners have got left to find the good stuff. I wholeheartedly agree.

I've been collaborating with Lucas and Alf (okay, rather coaxing them into working things out) to make the experience tighter among Winamp (the player I use), Webjay, and feedroll so that bloggers can easily post their finds, promoting good free music and musiclogging itself at the same time. Once things get nice and usable enough I think we'll be close to having a decent model case for the open, collaborative media filtering and recommendation networks of the future. I'll probably post more about it tomorrow.

What do you think? []  links to this post    9:30:47 PM  
Kottke: beyond syndication

Jason Kottke foresees the rise of structured blogging:
When more people start publishing content that doesn't fit the title/description/url format (recipes, movie reviews, photos, music playlists, etc.), "standard" formats will start to spring up (some have already) and the browsers will need to support them in some fashion. (This requires that the publishing tools support these new formats as well, which they eventually will. The whole ecosystem -- readers, publishing software, publishers, browsers -- will move along in fits and starts, just like it did with RSS.)

What do you think? []  links to this post    8:56:57 PM  
Page 23

Picked this meme up from Ni vu ni connu.

"Actually all that matters is what you are now, today, how you actually behave, not only outwardly but inwardly."
J. Krishnamurti, "The Flight of the Eagle"

Here's what the meme suggests you do:
  1. Grab the nearest book.
  2. Open the book to page 23.
  3. Find the fifth sentence.
  4. Post the text of the sentence in your journal along with these instructions.
You can have a look at the hundreds of other infected people's sentences.

What do you think? []  links to this post    2:38:37 PM  
Marc Canter interview

Read/Write Web features a great interview with colorful visionary Marc Canter. A good snapshot both of where the dude has been and where he's going. Choice quotes:
The evolution of tools has brought us to the point where the entire business models are changing and the essence of what tools are has shifted from something a professional uses, to something everyone will need to know how to use. A key part of that is the amateur stuff we alluded to earlier. Everyone takes photos, corresponds, has vacation videos, baby pictures and albums - the list goes on and on. So the content in our lives will get treated like content from Hollywood, World news, sports, etc. Disseminating this, making it easy to author and store, indexing it, applying knowledge management techniques to humans - is all part of it. New kinds of tools.


This has almost nothing to do with technology and everything to do with white males. As the infrastructure and technology becomes more and more of a commodity and the vested interests of these white males line up with the needs and goals of Interactive media (read: greed) - then it'll happen. It has to happen.

It'll be decentralized - but made up of hybrid, meta networks - that still rely upon centralized servers. It'll be open source and new, yet it will always have some degree of proprietary-ness - how else does someone make a buck? It'll be a model where amateur stuff (like Hot or Not and VoyeurWeb) can sit along side Hollywood stuff.

But MOST importantly it's something that enterprise and government/education adopts, because that's the only way we'll achieve REAL critical mass and lower the costs of the infrastructure - so that EVERYONE has broadband and that huge mega terabyte servers are in everyone's homes.

By the way, the interviewer, Richard MacManus, runs a terrific linklog; I've decided to make it a guestblog in the right-hand column of my blog's front page (which means you won't see it if you're reading this in an aggregator).

What do you think? []  links to this post    12:54:48 PM  

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