My name is danah boyd and I'm a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research and the founder/president of Data & Society. Buzzwords in my world include: privacy, context, youth culture, social media, big data. I use this blog to express random thoughts about whatever I'm thinking.

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feeds and social bookmarks

So i am starting to use feeds again (and it’s all Barb’s fault)… ::gulp:: The problem is that i read them on my mobile when i’m waiting around for BART. And i’m finding myself utterly frustrated with folks who have mixed their and Flickr feeds with their blog entry feeds. links have no value to me on my mobile and photos take forever to load (and i’d rather access them through Flickr directly). Can folks who mix the feeds explain why they do this to me? (The only reason that i can think of is that people want to give the perception that they are posting/linking more.)

I also realized that i want a different interface for interacting with feeds of links. I want the social-network blogdex version of social bookmarks. I want to see the most popular links from the feeds i read in a temporal pattern (maybe even with a nice slider like in my Flickr viewer so i can see the list change over time as collective validation happens). I want to see patterns that are not easy to detect when they’re amidst a bunch of different feeds (that i end up scanning and not really reading anyhow). And then, when i’ve read one of those links, i want to be able to hide it so i don’t keep seeing it. I actually do want to see what folks are linking too, but i mostly want to see what my social collective is linking to.

I do enjoy going to the front page of Y!MyWeb2.0 and seeing the MyCommunity listing (far more than the front page of which is mostly irrelevant these days because it’s everyone). I end up checking Y!MyWeb2.0 each morning to see what links i should read. But the popularity amongst my community part doesn’t have temporal data which is unfortunate. Still, that’s much more functional for me than the links people mix into their blogs especially because i read link lists when i’m in a position to click on links while i read blog entries when i’m in a position to read.

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10 comments to feeds and social bookmarks

  • kwc

    WRT to your social-network blogdex, Josh Tyler did a basic version of this with his extension to Bloglines called ChameleonReader ( Every night it gathers a list of the most popular links in your feeds and posts them under a “Top Links” list. It has no temporal component, and you gotta have a Bloglines account, but it does a lot of other feed-reading-workflow enhancements that I find useful.

  • hee! i am the RSS pusher! pssssst hey kid — the first syndication’s free…

  • Yahoo!’s edge?

    ‘Isn’t Smaller Just Better?’ asks Christian Mayaud. Barb at posted: Yahoo and Google are having a pissing contest. If only they had more women engineers to clue them in that size doesn’t matter nearly as much as how frequently

  • I’m with you on this – link redundancy is bugging me. I use feeds so I don’t have to read old content 5 times.

  • Yahoo!’s edge?

    ‘Isn’t Smaller Just Better?’ asks Christian Mayaud. Barb at posted: Yahoo and Google are having a pissing contest. If only they had more women engineers to clue them in that size doesn’t matter nearly as much as how frequently

  • p@

    I understand that is a very interesting concept as a linking, proof-of-concept type application. I have come across the same (ir)relevance issue you brought up in your post.

    I use as a validation/confirmation of distrobution. From what I can tell, the content is derived from a few major sources: google search strings (old data becoming important, relevant, in vogue etc..), blog-attacks (i.e. to be Slash-dotted or Boing’ed), and headline news (derived mostly from progressive/liberal||techy/trendy publications).

    As these sources are then distrobuted throughout the web/blogosphere, one can use to monitor their progress. It’s a first generation dynamic-aggregator, and I believe it has reached the bounds of its initial capacity. Until there is a massive redux of the API it’s built upon, its value will not grow beyond what it has achieved thus far.

    I’m very interested in the new generation of dynamic-aggregators that the OpenSource community will offer in the near future. The direction, design, and concept are all up for grabs.

    Whose input/feedback will their decisions be initially based upon? What impact will the first generation design concepts have on the development of new and unique opperating models/systems?

    I bring this up because I think the kind of feedback you presented in your post is very valuable from a development/design perspective.

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  • I mix my links with my photos with my blog entries because a segment of valued audience could not deal with 3 different feeds. I would be nice if the phone and the feed could talk to one another in such a way as to filter out items that are high-bandwidth/unideal for mobile device layout.

  • viz

    Don’t you think social bookmarking market is getting a bit crowded? For how many sites we have to submit a bookmark?

  • Do we also sub,it bookmark by RSS? help me as i am new in this field.