Jeremiah Owyang: Your tweeters know more than you!

Mar 22 ’09

“Your readers know more than you.”

Dan Gillmor coined this as the now-familiar journalistic koan: the reporter aims to inform but always finds that some readers have more information about the story they’re reporting. This was always the case, he explained, but it took on a new urgency in the Internet era, as readers found outlets to respond, and correct, reporters publicly.

Beyond Blogging: a lesson for Groundswell

Jan 9 ’09

Why do people still read blogs? There are, obviously, many well-written articles tucked into the blog format by professional journalists, as well as by unpaid savants like Nate Silver.

Oppressiveness by Software

Mar 21 ’08

The engineer looks at the law and asks, why is it so sloppy? Take the DMCA-CDA disparity, or the fact that anonynous political robocalls are legal in many states while anonymous political commercials are not. The software engineer wonders why this all can’t be straightened out.

Quality Tags for Web Content

Mar 23 ’09

I need a standard set of adjectives for tagging content in a shared bookmarking system, particularly describing quality. No standard exists that I am aware of.

This is what I know is out there today:

Semantic Social Media Construction

Mar 9 ’09

The social media landscape will get simpler. It has to. There’s a jumble of tools, as Rachel Happe reminded us today, and most ordinary people (beyond the early adopters) will want a single input form for posting information.

Star Priority Notation: a *new* nanoformat for Twitter

Mar 2 ’09

The Star Priority Notation is a proposed nanoformat for users of Twitter or any microblggging service. A user can set a bang priority in their post/tweet such that it can be interpreted in a standard way by human readers or machine parsers.

Rethinking Linking

Mar 26 ’09

This is a series of articles on re-imagining how links can work in the semantic social web. My interest is investigating what could be regarded as the central dogma of the web for the last ten years: that hyperlinks confer authority. It’s the central dogma of Google, and it’s also the fundamental to the social web.

The Wikileaks Reader

Mar 12 ’08

This is a collection of pieces I’ve written recently on Wikileaks, the anonymous document dump website. There are interesting documents being made available on the site; I don’t dispute that. I merely wanted to cover some of their foibles along the way.

The Prosecute Torture Petitions

Jan 21 ’09

In the official online forum of the Obama transition team, tens of thousands of Americans petitioned for a special prosecutor to investigate the Bush administration’s support for torture. Was this democracy in action? Or would it only be if the President were to follow through on it? We examine this here.

The Launch

Six quotes set the stage:

Flam: Friends’ Lovingly Annoying Messages

Mar 15 ’09

Spam is the name we give to unsolicited emails from unknown people. We shouldn’t call spam what our friends send to us, but we have the same problem, that of having to wade through too many unimportant messages in a limited amount of time.

oCEM: the open Community Enablement Model

Mar 11 ’09

The Open Community Enablement Model (oCEM) is a definition of how a service provider works with its client community to enable them to do their jobs. It is similar to the CRM/CEM paradigms, but the “C” does not stand for “Customer”; it does not assume a customer/vendor relationship where the end goal is customer retention / expansion (i.e., more sales).