Do you share your RSS feeds?

So this has been bugging me for a while. Why don’t we share our personal RSS feeds with each other?

There are tons of sites out there that perform this function in amazing ways, but not for RSS feeds. There is digg and delicious for bookmarks. Flickr for photos, youtube for videos, myspace and facebook for nearly everything. I can share my daily actions on twitter and my docs on google.

So, why hasn’t anyone “socialized” RSS feeds? Not sure. It could be due to the lack of interest. RSS has been around for a while now, but is always secondary to the main tools. You can see this on websites where the feeds often break and they are poorly placed on pages. Or, maybe a lack of innovation. The companies that are releasing aggregators offer no really amazing features, just more of the same. Maybe it is because the mainstream public hasn’t caught on to RSS yet.

Anyway which way you want to slice it, I am surprised. Sharing our personal feeds and creating a community out of them, is an obvious evolution. Here is my list of 10 benefits that we can get through “socializing” feeds:

1. See what everyone else is following

2. Tag Feeds. Allows them to be grouped and searched on, while giving you may more ways to find feeds.

3. Send feeds to friends.

4. Feed networks. See what feeds you have in common with friends, what they just subscribed to, or unsubscribed from. (delicious networks)

5. Comment on feeds. Talk about their content and layout.

6. Help new users. Offer pre-populated, popular feed lists based on topics, interests, or preferences.

7. Show a list of the most popular feeds. What are the most popular feeds?

8. Share feed lists. See what your friends are following, try out their feeds for a week, or see what Chuck Norris or other luminaries are following (similar to itunes playlists).

9. Feed list ranking. Publish your list and see how many people like it or use it. (Amazon lists)

10. Numerical analysis – newest and most popular feeds in real time (digg).

If you can think of more, let me know. I mostly just copied what popular sites are already doing. You would then think that most of these could be created quite easily. I have been trying find out if their are sites already doing this, but the best I found was feedburner, share.opml.org, technorati, and I just found spokeo.

None of those seem to be focusing on the social networks that could be created around sharing RSS feeds. So, if you happen to know of any great sites let me know. Or, if you would be interested in teaming up with me to develop something like this let me know.

I look forward to sharing my feeds and creating a community of “active bookmarks” on the web.

Biological Evolution is Dead

A new idea just popped into my head. Now, I can’t think of a name for this new idea, but I am hoping one already exists. Maybe I am slow to the draw and this field already exists. So, please help me if you can.

Here is the idea: Biological Evolution is dead.

It has to be. Human evolution is no longer controlled by biology, it is controlled by technology. Look at these examples:

A person with a cochlear ear implant is, by his senses, 20% machine/robot.

A person with 2 prosthetic legs is, by his appendages, 50% machine/robot.

Humans and not biological evolution have, by far, the greatest impact on every species on earth.

The human brain will be drastically improved by technological evolution, thousands of years before it is improved by technological evolution.

These are just a few examples of how technology is controlling our evolution. I am sure you can think of many more. So, is biological evolution really dead? Have we already pushed aside biology and natural evolution and put ourselves in control of our own evolution?

I would say yes. To confirm this suspicion I tried doing some web browsing but found nothing. I am really intrigued by this thought and I hope to learn more. Does anyone out there know more than I do? Can you point me to some studies that looked into this?

The best I can do is recommend the book, The Singularity is Near, and the clip, the machine is us. Also, I will throw out the best name I could think of for this topic: Evolutionary Technology.

Google is taking over my life!

It is time for me to admit it, Google is taking over my life. I am completely addicted. I think I have become a Google Man.

I love Google products. There, I said it. I know I am not alone too. There are millions just like me out there, including several in my office at work. There are even Google Girls. We are all hopelessly in love with our Google. Just to show you that I am serious, here is a list of the Google products I use everyday, there are 23 of them:

  • Gmail, igoogle, picasa, calendar, groups, docs, spreadsheets, reader, financials, gmail chat, adsense, analytics, video, blogger, text search, image search, book search, scholar search, document search, web history, igoogle skins, google maps, and google earth.

There are plenty more that I casually run across. I don’t stop there though. Next, I go about trying to convince anyone I know to use Google products. I have invited everyone I know to gmail, sent screenshots of my igoogle, and walked countless newbs through the set-up process for these tools. Watch out, if you cross my path I may try to convert you to.

I am an unwitting Google Man. I didn’t ask for this. I just wanted to become more efficient and use better tools. That was my downfall. Now, I am an unpaid Google representative. Pierre and Sergy you sick demons.

The only comfort I have is knowing that I am not alone. Google Boys and Girls I know you are out there. I talk to you every day in gmail chat!

Oh well, I better go upload my Gmail photo from the google picasa web album.

If you are wondering what the hell I am talking about, maybe should:

The new Chief: CCO, The Chief Collaboration Officer

CCO – Chief Collaboration Officer

Get used to it. This acronym will be haunting our lives for the next 20 years.

Web 2.0 will bring about many changes in corporations. One of which will be a reshuffling of management. Most of this will take place at the low and mid management levels, but their is always room for one more Chief at the top.

A colleague and I recently discussed the value of establishing a CCO. Will it be a hindrance to innovation and growth? Or, an enabler that provides top-level support?

I think that a CCO will be an enabler who radically changes the landscape of the corporate environment. The transition will not be smooth, though, many will fail and a few will succeed. Those who succeed will be copied incessantly until the role of CCO is fleshed out, understood, and books are written about it (The 7 habits of highly effective CCO’s…).

In the end, the CCO will be here to stay.

P.S. – Those CCO’s who succeed will be the ones who use the tools at home. See you on myspace!

My Community

Many thanks to Stowe Boyd, Lars Trieloff and Emily Chang for this post.

Inspiration strikes in the weirdest places and for the weirdest reasons….I’m at an Enterprise 2.0 conference (E2.0) talking about the development of Web 2.0 and what happens? I get inspired to start an art blog. Who knew…

But thanks to the power of laptops (which I can’t stress enough: “everyone needs a laptop”), networking, and the intertron, inspiration has come. Let me tell you how this happened and maybe give you a little insight into the world of Web 2.0.

On day one of the conference I had lunch with Lars and he introduced me to Roller. A blog software that can host multiple blogs. One of my holy grails for blogging. Allowing you to build a community around your blogs and avoid the mass crowds on the popular sites. I hope to eventually use this to unite my multiple blogs together.

Next, I saw a presentation at E2.0 called “Social = Me First” by Stowe. It was a really good presentation that covers the philosophy of this movement, but I was really interested in something else. I wanted to know what is next? (blogs and wikis are already years old after all). Stowe’s answer was “flow app’s“. I delved into them a little bit and it appears that he is right. (sorry, but explaining more would only cloud up this little narrative and I haven’t gotten my brain around in yet, so click the link for more).

Learning about flow app’s led me to Emily’s site. She has created a myriad of sites, including ones for reviews of web 2.0 technology, a personal blog, an art blog, and a flickr profile. Bang, that is where inspiration struck. I am used to single sites like MySpace, where you have one huge page for all of your interests. Emily has taken that a step further establishing multiple sites where each one utilizes different aspects of the web and social dynamics. For example, her flickr account is just for her pictures and other pictophiles, and then on her artcodes blog she hosts individual photos that express some artistic interest.

It is this online portfolio or personal ecosystem that I like. In fact, what struck gold with me is the way that I can take previously personal and private interests and get them published. I can carve out my own home on the web, except instead of it being a homepage it is now a diverse ecosystem where my thoughts and interests can interact with millions of other folks worldwide.

Getting to those millions is the next step…maybe I will start with just bugging my girlfriend to visit them for now….

For those of you new to the web 2.0 world, these tools are easily available, mostly free, and easy to use. If you are interested here are some good ones: flickr, picasa, blogger, vox, 1& 1.

Enterprise 2.0 Conference – Boston

Well…here I am sitting in a grungy boston-style hostel, getting all excited for the Enterprise 2.0 conference. With sessions like the ones listed below, I have high hopes.

  • Social = me first
  • Collective Intelligence: Monkeys or Memes?
  • Social Project Management: Everything Big Is Small Again
  • Leveraging Your Community as a Competitive Weapon

With attendees like Andrew McAfee, Ross Mayfield, Don Tapscott it is sure setting up to be interesting. I hope to hear their innovative insights into the Enterprise 2.0 world. Some pertinent questions I hope to get answered:

  1. What exactly is Enterprise 2.0?
  2. What tools does it utilize?
  3. Which companies are leading this innovation?
  4. How much of this is open and transparent to the public (i.e. will the rest of us benefit from it)?
  5. Philosophical – what is this doing to the corporate structure?

Stay tuned and I will post the answers I get throughout the conference. As well as more blog posts about some of the conference’s interesting points.

Anyway, some other thoughts about the conference…I am worried that the conference planners will focus too much on introducing these tools to a fresh audience, rather than delving into some of the growth and middle to post maturity questions that arise when implementing Ent 2.0 tools. We’ll see…the track I am interested in attending Social Tools for the Enterprise.

Finally, let me send off with a mention to my new reading interest:

The book was recommended to me by a colleague, one of those “you need to read this right now” statements. You know where the conversation gets very serious and you take it like gospel. Well I picked it up and it is a compelling read so far. In fact, I can’t help but think that Web 2.0 is a natural progression to the singularity. I mean the information that is coming out of wikipedia, digg, delicious, the blogosphere is putting so much information and knowledge at our fingertips. The next logical step is to design software to cogitate it all.

So far that is what the book is about and especially how that software will eventually be able to “cogitate” it 100 times better than our brains can. Then the singularity has come and past and robots are officially here…Roy (the author) is predicting this to happen by 2050. I think Web 2.0 will make that date come sooner. A recommended read definitely.

Thanks for the read and happy wiki days to you.

Steve