1. Hi Laurel,

    Yes, it is interesting, keep the posts up! Put them on your blog where you control the content and distribution, not just on LinkedIn (where they control the content and distribution).


  2. Well hon, yes and no. Many people feel more secure on LinkedIn as they feel they have less visibility to the “Invisible Audience”. I am therefore wary of taking content and placing it publicly. Nobody has rights to everything, no matter what some of the dataportability guys might think. 🙂

  3. “Hon”?

    That feeling of security may be a false feeling.

    In response to your query “Is this stuff interesting to you guys? Or should I keep it on LinkedIn? Heh”, my point was that (if you are comfortable doing so) it would be great to do so more public than just on linked in (and condensing the conversation into a blog post/analysis). This is because I thought the content was good and as Ben Barren said if its not in my Google Reader, then I don’t see it.


  4. “hon” – term of endearment for leaving a message on bloggy. 🙂

    That feeling of security shouldn’t be a false feeling. There are a handful – no more than a few hundred- in the echo chamber that spin on and on about RSS feeders.The rest of the world keeps “what goes on Facebook stays on Facebook” approach. A world that incidentally didn’t care about Facebook Beacon, and privacy, whereas the echo chamber did. Be careful who you follow, Techmeme is not the barometer for social network attitudes! 🙂

    I’ve had discussions with Chris Saad and others about dataportability. Don’t get me wrong, dataportability is important. But no more so than civic privacy. It’s like CC creative commons – some people think creative commons means you can use the content anywhere, anytime, anyhow you like. And it doesn’t. Ditto portable data: just because it’s portable doesn’t mean it should be public.

    I’ve just got back from teaching social media in Saudi Arabia to Arabic women. Issues of gated communities and controlling our content is paramount for the women there. Something that Ben Barren – who used to fill his blog with pictures of undressed women – may not understand.

    I brought the discussion out to my blog, but I won’t name the LinkedIn person or quote him directly. If he wanted the discussion public, he would’ve made it so, no? And for the record, a bunch of Web 2.0 people asked me to remove early screenshots of Facebook once they realised I had posted them up publicly. So I yet again learnt the lesson that what is ‘popular’ in theory, is not in practice.

    What a minefield we traverse… 🙂

  5. Very useful posting. Not sure whether aggregation is Web 3.0 or not. To me this takes us more down the road to me me even though it may enable the communication of meme.

  6. yeah that’s exactly what I meant by being a personal portal and not web 3.0. But I think it’s a stepping stone because it gets users thinking- how can I pull my interests into ONE location? Why do I have to have multiple FRIENDS lists? Why can’t I update my status just once? What happens if I pull in private data to a public site? (eg Tabber, you can see SilkCharm stuff without logging in).

    And most importantly, we start to lift the veil on the invisible audience.

    N.B. the ‘me me’ aspect is what turns me personally off aggregators.

  7. And I thought the next big change to qualify a web version increment would semantic web 🙂
    I agree with you on the context bit but I find a lot of value in knowing all about what my friends are doing in one place. It was very difficult following them on 10 different places.
    I would like you to add FriendFeed to your aggregator review list.

  8. @sachendra I signed up for FriendFeed yesterday. I know I’m slow… 😛 Who else do I need to include withoutlooking like a real goose for forgetting them?

    I want one that lets me tag my friends (Twitter doesn’t) so I can can quickly check feeds for “colleagues”, “competitors”, “stalk-this-hottie”, “family”, “important”, “not-important” and so on. With 700+ on Twitter and 400+ on Facebook it’s unmanageable in a non-discerning aggregator 🙁

  9. @Laurel: You make a great point. Do let me know if you come across one that lets you tag friends.
    Maybe we should send this feature request to guys at various aggregators you’re reviewing. Maybe run a twitter poll to gather user feedback and use that to backup the new feature.

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