RSS never blocks you or goes down: why social networks need to be decentralized – O’Reilly Radar

Industry analysts have been questioning for years whether Twitter is financially viable. Well, maybe it isn't–maybe this particular kind of Internet platform is not destined to be a business. Responsibility for the platform can be distributed among millions of sites and developers, while business opportunities can be built on top of the platform as services in analytics, publicity, and so forth.

Cutting to the chase

I’m wading through – well actually enjoying my way through – a whole load of unread RSS stuff on Google.

And it’s beginning to peeve me a little that I see the same link referred to again and again by people. …

How information can harm decisions

Additional knowledge of the minutiae of daily life can be not just useless, but actually harmful to us when we make decisions.

From thinking to iterating
Last June, Alex Iskold wrote a piece about the new age of continual partial attention:

There will never be less information, there will always be more of it.

Social Loafing

Social Loafing is an interesting phenomenon. From what I can work out, it was first discovered by a German called Max Ringelmann. He had people alone and in groups pull on a rope attached to a strain guage to measure the pull force.…

The importance of openness

RSS may well be the glue that keeps much of social computing from coming unstuck, but open, personal gumpf might well be the glue for communities.

Mick LaSalle of the San Francisco Chronicle has a humble theory that makes a lot of sense.…

Now you see it, now you don’t

Matt Webb has a nice idea on managing feeds.

Here’s a feature I want from my RSS feeder. Every so often it should silently hide one of the feeds. If I notice, and if I remember what it was is that’s been hidden, I should be able to say: Hey, you forgot feed X, give it back!,