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Thoughts on what I want to say on the panel at [WWW]Supernova -- JoiIto

Feel free to add and comment. This is the outline for the thought on what I want to talk about.

Antoin sez: i think it is important to say how you imagine people actually using these things. Also, what pricepoints they will be prepared to pay. Importance of adhering to open standards. If everyone goes off brewing 'secret sauce' the whole thing will be very difficult to manage.

Alan Reiter (http://reiter.weblogger.com) suggests: Consider the disruptive effects of the things that "excite you." For many people -- especially for just about every conference organization that doesn't put on high-tech events (which is the vast majority) -- wireless technology, Weblogs, IRC, wikis -- are very scary stuff because they can "disrupt" meetings. There needs to be a lot of education before many organizations are comfortable with even basic wireless, such as WiFi, let alone even knowing what IRC or wikis are.

Clenchy's arse and the fight to make conference organisors rent comfy chairs... ;)

[WWW]Blogal Villager says: Glad to see that i18n and language makes it onto the list of mildly irksome afterthoughts. But I would say it already represents a hugely significant lost opportunity, given that, for example, [WWW]Weblogues.com is offering markedly superior, integrated blogging services to Francophone bloggers, including synergies with hosts, and 20six, for example, continues to expand across Europe. Think of what an international advertising market, instead of Anglosphere-only, with language-specific (and even geographically localized and topic-specific) spots, might have meant to a hosting site with social-networking features and a blogging tool committed to rich metadata with zero effort on the user's part. This is the global village, folks: Kids in Latvia might really dig Bronx trip-hop styles. But who's pioneering the channels to connect them up?

Related to "Public/customer relations" and "six-degrees networking": when are you blogopresarios going to move the marketing of the experience off the tired old "push-button personal publishing" spiel? The answer: when you are able to offer people more than that: "Push-button power networking with the world." Web journals inhabited by intelligent agents of the kind that Ray Kurzweil talks about, sorting the chaos, turning the Jehovah's Witnesses away politely for you, haggling for you on e-bay and amazon, and bringing you together with the members of your [WWW]Bokononian karass.

Blogging should be about connection with other people, and tools that help you accomplish this just by typing and linking. None of the tools we have are anywhere optimized for this (Technorati may be the best of a lackluster lot, but it can't, for example, find me English- and French-language blogs from Finland that regularly link to material on Jurgen Habermas, late-70s L.A. speedcore, and cyberpunk, for example; with some refinements, BlogMatcher might get there someday). Blogdex has not changed in an Internet eon, and still is not able to sort out, for instance, top Sinomemes from Nihongomemes from Euromemes from Franco-vs.Prussomemes from Hindi-vs.-Urdumemes from left- and right-coast memes, or geekmemes vs. artmemes vs. world marketwatch memes vs. teenage fanmemes, or indeed to slice and dice the Heraclitan flux in any dimension other than link-in popularity, which basically condemns you to the Sisyphean task of a lot of manual scanning of lists that lack any significant cues for what lies beyond a link. And merely nowing who links to me is not the same as finding everybody worth it's my while to know. And what on earth is Weblogs.com good for? It tells you who and when, like a giant tagboard on a 14-year-old's manga fansite. It adds no value, and nobody seems to be stepping forward to add much value to it: it's useless for the consumer user, and for the business intelligence user that you're really trying to impress, it's simply a waste of time, might as well keep paying through the nose for that Bloomberg box.

The only really advanced hosting-social software-community synergy on the horizon might be TypePad — at least I am hoping so, because I think those folks are brilliant — but TrackBack, if that is to be the principal tool for weaving the social fabric, is pretty much an unthreaded needle in a haystack, I think a lot of us agree. M&A? Strategic alliances? Consolidation?

I have ranted. — BV :-P