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December 2, 2004
Musings on Blog Searching, Blogging, and Bulletin Boards
Topic: 4) A Random Walk
Haven't quite got down the reading, posting, and browsing aspect of blogs down yet to my liking. Even though my investigations to date indicate that the searching, directory, blogging, social networking, caching, and grid computing spaces are converging, the workflow is pretty inefficient for me. Even simple browser bookmarking for me is getting out of hand.

Now as for stuff that *does* simplify my life, if you haven't tried the Findory site, check it out. In a nutshell Gregory Linden, founder of Findory and a key person formerly involved with personalization features at, has created an offering that personalizes the process of searching blogs through the use of adaptive learning. The platform tracks and learns what you like to read (through browser cookie technology). Then it organizes info in that way for you. What I like. No install. No new browsers. Just rock-and-roll and go. My style all-the-way.

To me, tailored searching is a great thing. Why? Because it draws personally relevant and timely network information flow to me. I use networks as an important part of my learning process because I am involved in a broad set of activities and can't be an expert in every area. For one thing, figuring out which channel to open for information can sometimes be tough because of the number of options. Findory is becoming sort of like Star Trek's Number One to me ... I can just turn to it and say "Open a channel" and "Make it so".

Now changing the subject a little bit, I wanted to comment on putting things back into the network. I find blogging useful, but I was originally surprised to find that the commenting format in blog environments was different from that on bulletin boards. Blogs don't make back-and-forth easy. Bulletin boards do. It is practically impossible to track the back and forth that goes in the commenting section of a blog. This hampers any useful dialogue that might grow out of the original blog post. Perhaps the desired effect. Perhaps not at other times. Problem is, as far as I can tell, there's no option in blogging to take the conversation to a bulletin board environment (e.g., a LinkedIn plug-in, Google scratch space, intelligent eGroups link or whatever). The situation that winds up happening is that everyone meets up in hyperspace, but there's no virtual Starbucks to link up for coffee and take the conversation further. Where's my instant e-Latte when I need it?

Updated: I was told that I should have said "cyberspace" not "hyperspace". Ah well. Tomato - tomata ...

Steve Shu
Managing Director
S4 Management Group

Posted by sshu-s4 (c) S4 Management Group LLC at 10:58 AM CST
Updated: December 3, 2004 10:35 AM CST
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