By Richard MacManus / May 13, 2009
I always find it so surprising to look at the dates on these articles, and while I am stumbling on these notions for the first times and nodding my head emphatically, Mr. MacManus has only been spouting this for 3 or more years. These so-called new ways of describing network evolution have been kicking around for some time.
So as we try to deal more and more efficiently with data- tailoring and personalizing it, where will that lead us next? Is exposing us to all that is out there and a constant expansion of the Long Tail really just the same as restricting our access in some way? Wading through the extraneous info on a web search can be such an overwhelming task that we only end up really looking at the most closely aligned material associated with our search? Just because we have limitless access does not mean we regularly exercise this right.
And maybe it’s a little like an all-inclusive trip- the first few times you gorge on the infinite mounds of culinary delights churned out. But pretty soon, it all starts tasting pretty bland and you get picky about what you choose. Or maybe your unfamiliarity with some dishes makes you particularly unadventurous and you stick to the tried and true North American cuisine, forgoing a tasty but exotic dish. I think this sensory or data overload can be perceived as its own kind of barrier and firewall aka the Great Wall of Data.
On the topic of Web 3.0, I came across a cool way to tailor your data streams. I have created my own paper on paper.li, mostly related to international education. At a glance I can get updated, scan my twitter feeds, bringing the knowledge I want to me.