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19 April 2008


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Great post, Josie.

I guess we need (time-shifted) search in the mix in addition to timely Rivers of information?

Because, as you say, what you've got may be what I want, but not necessarily right now.

Right now, I'm thinking about how a mix of timely and timeshifted metaphors could work for shared attention around video, with @sleepydog. Hmmmmmm...

Yes, yes! Great sentiment here. I'm in agreement that the need is not in ever finer controls for filtering. It's in changing our mindset to one of serendipity and discovery. Keeps things fun too.

I agree with what you're saying in many respects, however, I've always found with any in depth analysis of social networks, that I find it all too straightforward to be worth such a heitened focus.What I mean is this: isn't (the analysis of social network) all just a bit too obvious and unneccessary?

Hi and thanks for the comments.
Luke. The bottom line, as bhcs points out, is making things too complex often makes them unusable. So the time issue is more one of digital literacy (on the users side) and better searchability (on the developers/designers side) - ie a metadata or organisational issue.

Gadget Inspector - I always think the aim of good analysis is in part to make the reader think how easy it is, to produce descriptions that seem transparent, so that the reader is left thinking "well, of course, that's completely obvious". I'm not saying I manage it that often - it's a hard job. The value of social network analysis in general? Most users won't and shouldn't have to care. But good analysis can be of use to service providers, workers, and developers, as well as people interested in socio-economic issues around the sector.

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