Tuesday, January 04, 2005
Update: Thoughts on my first month in the blogosphere
I've received some nice comments on this post, but what really has me excited is the email I received last night from David Brin. In preparing that post I emailed Brin to confirm that the bit I remembered about reliability ratings was from the novel Earth and not a different book (my copy is in storage along with the rest of my collection of his work). I got an email back, and he sent a couple of links to related short stories on the web. The first covers the reliability issue through "ratings clubs". I want to contrast that to the suggestion of Urthshu who suggested a "social peer" program like stumbleupon.com. Ratings clubs would be good but I'm concerned about a small group having control over the perceived reliability of an author. This could be corrected for with multiple groups. Urthshu's suggestion of something like stumbleupon brings a greater diversity to the rating mix, but I think the rating system needs to be integrated into the blog post rather than a secondary site or browser extension. Keep your thoughts coming... I'll have more on this to come and of course another link from Brin (I haven't read the next one yet).