As always, Louis Gray very eloquently said tonight “It’s Time to Stand for Something Better (Again)“. Things have gotten a little vicious as of late because some very sensitive issues have arise and I admit I’ve been caught up in the emotions. Yes at some point the mob needs to die, I’m not sure if we are there yet but it’s always good to reflect on your role in the picture. The sad thing is, we’re not talking about technology these days, we’re talking about philosophies, politics and religion of technology companies and their users. Now these are all important things to talk & debate about but they do tend to lean towards the negative writings after a while and mud gets thrown very heavy from all sides. We’ve essentially have become “The Tech Baggers” (Hey, Tech people drink coffee not Tea), not something I’m proud of when you put it into that type of perspective.
But we really want to be talking about technology and it’s better future. The issues we are talking about today really do define the tomorrow. But we need to be reminded sometimes that it should really be done with respect and civil. That of course goes in hand with respect over breaking news first. There are lines that should not be crossed even if you have something to prematurely break.
An Echo Filter and Ranker
But finally, I did want to touch upon “the echo effect”. We all want to say our piece on current topics and honestly, there isn’t that much news on a daily basis. Yet every day I easily have 1500 new RSS feed entries which has a lot of overlap. Some of this issue is too many voices but this is something that I know technology can fix for us. We need ways to reduce the Echos to our individual eyes. Between Feeds, RTs, Shares and Ranking Systems there needs to be a way that you can group topics and echos together while choosing to expand the grouping out if you really want to read every article. I kind of want Robert Scoble’s curation dream or at least the early building block of that system. This isn’t Lazyfeed or anything that exists today that I am aware of, this is something like Google Reader and Seesmic with much smarter ways of auto-grouping topics with sub-topics and knowing which ones give me all the news information I need at the top and which ones are opinion. AND it gets smarter by the reader’s actions understanding what and who the reader feels gives them the most signal. If I subscribe to an RSS feed, remove those RTs of who I’m following and use those as ranking Likes instead. I don’t know what this fully looks like and I know this is no easy task but it’s needed badly.