Powerset email

May 13, 2008


powerset

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Here is the Powerset email.


powerset website

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I got an email from Powerset that they are fully live. However, a visit to the site shows that the searches are restricted to Wikipedia only. That’s a complete let down!

Business Week is going to do a story/article as a twitter stream i.e. in 140 character chunks. The interesting part of the experiment being that the writer Stephen Baker will developĀ  the story based on the responses to each tweet.

Business week to twitter away

“Googley” design

May 1, 2008

The folks at Google have a great note today about what they focus on in terms of design principles. Here are the takeaways I especially liked from their list:

Googleys according to Searchyogi

1. Simplicity is powerful.

2. Design for the world.

3. Delight the eye without distracting the mind.

4. Engage beginners and attract experts.

5. Be worthy of people’s trust.

Kingmaker

May 1, 2008

Look at Mike Arrington’s picture – As featured in Time Top 100. Nothing like having the smug look and gloating over being a king maker!

I have spoken about information overload in couple of other posts. Robert Scoble’s RSS feed page has the following note on it:

I’m a tech geek blogger who reads hundreds of feeds every night from around the tech world. I pick the best items for you from about 800 feeds and try to get interviews with the most interesting people in the technology world.

Scanning 800 feeds seems like a LOT! In addition to all the near real-time twittering that Scoble has to do! This got me thinking about what is the variance of sources in his shared items. I am not sure if there is a Google RSS feed API, but it will be an interesting project for someone to look at the variance of sources in the shared items on a statistical basis. Given the finite bandwidth of human processing, my guess is that there would be low variance in sources on a daily basis. Perhaps one coping mechanism would be to look at a different bunch of sources everyday so that they fall in rotation over a few weeks. Of course, the problem here is that technology moves fast and information gets old very quickly.

How do you cope with this overload?