Has the open web been forever absorbed by a series of corporate standards? Feels like it. But Kevin Marks argues that this has all happened before...
Rather than information being pushed to us through a decisive act like sending an e-mail, we receive it in a flow of activity from following people. We need to learn to live (adapt?) to the flow.
“If there’s someone you have a model of in your head, someone you know, you do care about what they had for lunch, that they’re in Paris.” You can follow someone without them agreeing it it first.
There are many public – everyone on the web sees a different world (a point danah made earlier). When we follow people we collect a peer group to interpret and make sense of the world. And then they become filters.
Small world Networks.
It’s easy for information to flow through them, because there are both short range and long-range links.
People decide that other people don’t belong. It’s analogous to countries.
People who connect – the “life and soul of the party”.