Social Information Architecture

With nods to Stewart, Matt, my uxagons, and the epic threat of lost bees, Gene Smith has created his own social software honeycomb.

Social Software Honeycomb

Gene's social software building blocks and social information architecture are jam-packed with sweet ideas and well worth a waggle dance.

Strange Connections

I'm headed to the AIIP Annual Conference in Minneapolis later this week to give a talk and receive an award, so I've been reading about Roger Summit and the birth of Dialog. Here's an excerpt:

Recursion. In my view of an interactive system, information retrieval should be thought of as a process, not as a probe (as is the case with batch systems). With the exception of simple, explicit searches, the searcher is neither completely aware of what is contained in the database, nor confident of just which words to use in the query to elicit a desired response. Because of this, there needs to be a high degree of interaction between the searcher and the database to gain the desired outcome.

In my view, today's search systems have ample room for improvement when it comes to information interaction. Our technology has come so far, and yet the basic challenges of language and representation ceaselessly recur.

thanks for this new honeycomb, very useful.

it does make me think about ways that various tools are complementary technology - e.g. how the mix of delicious and flickr is more than one or the other alone, in that you get little flickr photo thumbnails in your delicious, or that you get a different set of friends to share a photo with.

the implication (and I think I can argue for this, whether or not I believe in it) is that you should limit your active participation in networks so that you hit all the high points and don't overlap too much in system strengths. better to have a good reputation on one auction site than to have a mediocre reputation on six of them.