Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Everything is Not Miscellaneous (The Importance of Structure) 

buko obele
So rather than gleefully celebrating the removal of "physical constraints" on the web we ought to be searching for ways to better translate those same physical constraints (whose only fault is that they are old but have actually proved quite useful in many previous ventures including the construction of civilization) to the web. Better ways for users to add and organize data into meaningful information, easier systems for users to organize themselves into groups and communities, faster algorithms for exploiting the tremendous structural knowledge contained in this vast new place -- ultimately we need to give users the tools to build their own structures and carve out their own spaces on the web and then finding way to bridge all of these new structures together. It's more hierarchies and more categories created by users for users that the web needs, not less.

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