While i was traveling, a new site that i’ve been helping with launched: Operating Manual for Social Tools. Stowe Boyd, David Weinberger and i are exploring what the issues are critical to consider in the process of building social tools. This is a topically-driven blog that is sponsored by ZeroDegrees. [Given the crap i’ve gotten about this, i’ve written an explanation in the extended entry.] We will be covering various issues relevant to the social tech space and this may be of interest for those of you who really liked my “connected selves” blog that got rolled into my main one.
I should note that i’ll probably repost some of my blog entries from there here for my own searchability.
OMST is using blog software. It is not trying to be a journalistic project; please don’t evaluate it on those terms.
I work as a consultant. I give talks for money. I write reports for money. I do research for money. Usually, these activities are private and directed at a small group of people in a particular company. OMST is a public project. ZeroDegrees is sponsoring it; i am consulting for Stowe, who is running the project. What i post on OMST is not dependent on ZD at all. I know nothing about what ZD is doing. They simply want bright people to actually put some of their brains towards public production of ideas around social tools. I often do this on my own as it is (and i often get pressure from folks on my blog). Frankly, supporting me to blog about this stuff motivates me to get off my toosh and write entries that are of value to ZD and any readers interested in social tools.
Apophenia is my venting space where i write what i feel like and i get very very cranky when people ask me to write about the things that are of value to them. This is *my* space and i feel a deep need to maintain those boundaries. OMST is a service to the community and to ZD and i very much respect ZD for being willing to make it a public project and not just a set of reports that are for their private consumption. My hope is that it will make everyone a bit more aware.
This project is in no way connected to any of my other consulting or internship work nor to my responsibilities as a PhD student. What i write on OMST is what i think is best for people interested in this topic including ZD, not what i think ZD wants to hear. In other words, i am operating as a consultant and a public intellectual not an advertising whore.
I hope this clarifies.