Archive for the ‘Theory’ Category

Classifying collaboration systems

March 11, 2008

When I first began to explore social media technologies I came to realise that many of them shared similar characterstics, although there were also very clear distinctions between each type of service. I came up with the following list of attributes that can define many collaboration technologies:

  • Structure: Pre-planned tree / web, or tag captured – structure may apply to storage and / or to search and retrieval mechanism
  • Time Flow: Stream or Static
  • User-editable: none, footnotes /comments, full
  • Delivery: Push (to mail inbox), Pull (browse to)

If you consider for a moment blogs, wikis, RSS feeds and mailing groups you might see the significance of each attribute.

Of course I have since realised that this was focussed more on factual data media, rather than on relationship and brokering media, common in social networks systems, and possibly a spectrum between the extremes. There is clearly room to expand this list of attributes, but at least this is a start.


letting go – how bloggers release the flow

February 13, 2008

One of the things that led to my realisation was something I wrote not long ago, as part of an encouragement for anyone considering releasing their ideas via a weblog, rather than keeping them closely guarded

– don’t block your ideas
– tell, share, give

If you protect your ideas like a scientific formula you want to patent
protect, then you will have to go through an enormous effort and
expense to realise them. If instead you store them in a public place,
then you allow other people to help you achieve them, or even develop
them to a point further ahead than you might have even believed

Flow is …

February 10, 2008

A simple, banal, yet profound realisation…

Information shares one very common property with other entities such as energy, water and even money:

to benefit from its value, you must let it flow