Technorati Link Cosmos: A new link tracking tool for the Blogosphere. “Simply type in a URL of a blog, website, or interesting article on the web, and Cosmos will tell you which bloggers are linking to the URL.… There are two ways of ranking the inbound links to a blog – either by ‘Freshness’ or by ‘Authority’.” Here’s our test” who is linking to Hypergene MediaBlog. Seems to be very effective, with thorough results.
Telling All Online: It’s a Man’s World (Isn’t It?): “...the Venus-Mars divide has made its way into Blogville. Women want to talk about their personal lives. Men want to talk about anything but. So far the people who have received the most publicity (often courtesy of male journalists) appear to be the latter.” (nytimes.com)
Conversation on The Well about Howard Rheingold’s Smart Mobs: “The eBay and Slashdot reputation systems are both top down — they’re features of the code developed centrally. Are there bottom-up reputation systems we should pay attention to? How are they different?...” and later in the discussion..."Even though it’s early, and the sources I’ve cited indicate that economists and computer scientists are actively studying online reputation systems, I see at least one problem: It’s easier to get a bad rep — fairly or unfairly — than to redeem that bad reputation. Ask anyone whose credit rating has been dinged through identity theft or error. And where is the possibility of redemption — a formerly bad actor reforms? Clearly, these questions must involve both social and technical disciplines.”
Computers Go Too Far: Michael Kinsley on GoogleNews. “People still do it better. But not by much. The day is clearly approaching when editors can be replaced by computers. This requires some urgent rethinking.” (slate.com)
Postcards From Planet Google: “That is a paradox of a Google log: it does not capture social phenomena per se, but merely the shadows they cast across the Internet.” Later… “Google’s worldwide scope means that the company can track ideas and phenomena as they hop from country to country.” (nytimes.com)
Sony Re-dreams Its Future: Story about Sony re-engineering for a networked world. “For the past two years, Ando and Sony’s chairman and CEO, Nobuyuki Idei, have been trying to fast-forward the company into a broadband entertainment future, one in which nearly every Sony consumer product will be connected to the Internet or an Internet gateway device. Once all these products are so joined, ...the customers will be able to instantly share their own digital pictures, videoclips, and text and voice messages — put another way, their ideas and emotions--at the touch of a button. Sony executives say, with a sincerity that disarms even cynical observers, that a core design criterion for all Sony products is to touch the heart.” (fortune.com)
The Nieman Conference on Narrative Journalism: An excellent set of links from John Hiler to the best of this conference.
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