April 28th, 2006
Presumably the new del.icio.us feature “Your Network” is just the start of a roll out as it falls a bit short of the hope and promise from Joshua’s talk at Berkman last year.
Two most critical missing features
* tags from my network (otherwise I just have a new link stream to drown in)
* what did my network think of this link? (as an API!)
Also I want multiple networks.
* if the brilliance of del.icio.us is it allows me to simply express the various vectors of my interest, shouldn’t my interest in having someone in my network (which is opaque, and 1-directional, and definitionally about interest, not squishy social stuff) have as rich an expressive language?
March 29th, 2006
Great quote from Thomas Hawk comparing image search engines
“If I were Google and Microsoft right now I’d be thinking about where I could find about 2 million or so users to rank my pictures on the cheap rather than wasting time on all this other stuff.”.
Still I think 2006+ is going to be about rediscovering that smart computers can help us get value from the rankings of handful of personally relevant opinions as well as 2M strangers in aggregate.
update [2006/4/3]: It was pointed out to me that Google has a stake in von Ahn’s ESP game (not to mention a whole new CMU/Pittsburgh lab focusing on data mining and AI).
December 12th, 2005
So the Yahoo acquisition of del.icio.us hit every tech blog on the planet this weekend, and hardly needs more rehashing. But a couple of ideas I haven’t seen elsewhere from one of my mailing lists.
It was pointed out that
[Yahoo] recently hired all the IBM people that worked at the WebFountain project.
And that the del.icio.us database of tagged website would be an awfully juicy source of data to start analyzing. Yahoo is the obvious player to build post-search interfaces, browsable and discoverable like Yahoo of old, but this time built to Web-scale.
Meanwhile is anyone watching the Flock’s future? What with its APIs to Yahoo’s Flickr, Yahoo’s del.icio.us, and integrated editor for all those new MT blogs. Just a thought.
September 1st, 2005
Weather over RSS is something I experimented with a bunch, but I got sick of writing scrapers for the data. Every now and then someone (including the NWS) will launch weather feeds, and I’ll hope the problem has been solved, and I can cross it off my todo list. But alas it never is.
Now Yahoo Weather has feeds, and they’re the best I’ve seen in that the data is actually structured enough to re-use. Problem solved.