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Programming the Internet.

Web Pacing Up Into Real-Time?

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The blogging phenomenon and feed technologies have really increased the quantity of both the fresh information and the speed it can be consumed at. Feed readers help to skip the laborious browsing and searching phases by bringing the new content directly into your attention. But, as this regards only somewhat ‘communicative’ content (blogs), also the amount of ‘documentative’ kind of content (wikis) is increasing.The Google Age Are you suffering from information overload? You should, as it’s just like exercise: you get better only by beating your limits. Has anything ever slowed down in the history of mankind? (No.) It’s time to adapt! As with everything else, we’ve seen pretty much nothing yet. If you’re not scared of the future just keep on reading.

This blog entry was inspired by yesterday’s Technorati vlog episode where they promoted their new search engine for finding more recent stuff compared to Google. And, it just might be so that a significant proportion of the information flowing through the Technorati plumbing really is stale after two weeks. (Btw., one should have this kind of labels also for short-living web pages.) Of course, the wiki-type of content is more permanent in nature, but Technorati is clearly focusing on the latest buzz.

This brings us to the duality of web 2.0 evolution: on the other hand there is this communicative usage, which is transient, and then there’s the ‘documentative’ usage for content that has more long-term value. The latter is the more traditional way to use the web and the former describes the hip MySpace-phenomenon. There was also this inspiring slideshow by Sam Ruby [via] about the future of web where he stated that “Teenagers see web as transient”, which clearly is accurate. The initial web 2.0 definition includes the wiki-kind of collaborative editing but seems to miss the communicative aspect. Blogs can be and are being used against you for both purposes. Transience naturally discards huge amounts of information (and just might lead into The Great Forgetting of the 21st century) but when has personal communication become worth permanent storage? Let’s just leave Google and some out.

Is web becoming a media for real-time communications? Is it replacing or merging with some other communications media? Now, I strongly suggest checking out this video. (And noting especially the web page editing app.) How about collaborative blogging? Your readers can communicate with you in real-time and give you instantaneous feedback while you’re just writing the entry. A very early aggregation is assumed to get the feed readers notified of the blogging activity. We’re talking about some fast communications! Even though I’d probably hate it right at this very moment, I can see that there’s potential.

Btw., just as a reminder, XMPP is the real-time communications protocol. Could it be that the communicative content goes over XMPP? And the web gets back to it’s roots as a storage of documentative stuff? An unlikely scenario as such, but something like it, perhaps.

Ok, the current reality is that much of the tube stuff (feeds) is mere communications, which has little permanent value. How to manage the information overload? Recognize and separate communication from knowledge valuable for you – e.g. by categorizing the feeds accordingly. It’s not a trivial task as the feeds contain mixed information and you need human intellect to extract the bits with long-term value. And sometimes the discussion is more valuable than source information; wikis are just superb in this sense as they cumulate information.

Conclusion: Web is happening as a communications platform and that role is developing very strongly. The communication is only getting faster and one must adapt to it for being able to act. Now, I must leave the rest of thinking up to you as I’ve very much exceeded my bed time. Take care!

Technorati: Web2.0, XMPP, Blogging, Wiki, Future

P.S. Once again, I failed to be conversational with you guys by picking up my own topic. I guess this entry goes into the ‘Documentative’ bucket, then. :)

P.P.S. I’m sooo going to send some fan-mail to that hottie Aaron. Oh, and if only Google Talk would support video calls he could give me a private vlog session! ♥♥ (And now I really hope you watched that episode.;)


Written by Janne Savukoski

October 26, 2006 at 2:49 am

Posted in Internet

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  1. The initial web 2.0 definition misses the communication aspect because the web is about references and location of resources. It also misses the point in being ‘sectarian’ in his approach and providing a narrow view point.
    Life is both more open and more complex than its pale web avatar, and what makes man what it is comes from its inherent capability at thinking and communicating.
    Communication and references are two complementary sides of expression, and must be present on the web. As they differ and serve different but equaly important purposes they need the appropriate tool sets to support them.

    Jean-Louis Seguineau

    October 26, 2006 at 10:22 am

  2. So true. It’s hard to find interesting and relevant aspects from pretty much any broader subjects. We use all the tools provided us with the most creative ways. I thought about this for the whole time writing and tried to judge if the subject was at all worth consideration. The view is very narrow, but isn’t it at least a little broader in describing the patterns of personal usage than the Tim’s post? Or perhaps I should’ve taken a more relevant reference point as in the definition the personal aspect was very slim; it focused more on the business side.

    But, I concluded that the real-time aspect and the social trend made the aspect interesting enough. And what all the simplifications are but to provide a point of view? If the viewpoint reveals interesting aspects that correlate with the reality, then the simplification is working. If not, then the viewpoint is irrelevant (and there’s plenty of those…)

    On the other hand, this web vs. communications viewpoint may stall if the blogging etc. goes into virtual worlds, for example. But, well, that’s perhaps a little far fetched, although I guess I wouldn’t resist it too much; web technologies (HTML/HTTP) would be of very little use there, but (Atom-over-) XMPP could have a very strong stand.

    Hey, thanks for the reference! It’s really nice to see that my utterances are of interest. And with such a nice title! :)

    Janne Savukoski

    October 26, 2006 at 5:39 pm

  3. I suggest you to put facebook likes button.

    Carlton Markð¯

    January 5, 2012 at 10:26 am

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