Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Web 2.0.1 - a realityloop feeding itself?

Folks are staring at themselves in the monitor staring at themselves in the monitor staring at themselves in the monitor, on and on, completely trapped in a reality loop that never ends.

-- Shannon McFarmland

(in Invisible Monsters by Chuck Palahniuk)

I blogged about not not getting Web 2.0.

In the meantime I yielded to the hype... I have accounts on twitter, reddit, readbag, flickr,, Scripd ...

But it seems I am lagging behind the hype again! The current hot new thing are sites that aggregate all that valuable Web 2.0 content!

Sites and technologies like FriendFeed, Yahoo Pipes and Gnip are the next bubbles of coolness...

... so content itself seems to be available in abundance. The trick is now to aggregate and filter all this content that's floating around on the web, and then re-present it again as (new) content ...

Welcome to the age of information-overflow!

Time will tell how this affects us and our notions of information-consumption.
This article has some interesting observations: Is Google Making Us Stupid?

Here is my private manifestation of the realityloop: I export my Google Reader Shared Items to my FriendFeed which I then subscribe again in Google Reader ... senseless, but happily trapped in an endless loop ...

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