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Monday, February 26th, 2018

as days pass by — Collecting user data while protecting user privacy

Really smart thinking from Stuart on how the randomised response technique could be applied to analytics. My only question is who exactly does the implementation.

The key point here is that, if you’re collecting data about a load of users, you’re usually doing so in order to look at it in aggregate; to draw conclusions about the general trends and the general distribution of your user base. And it’s possible to do that data collection in ways that maintain the aggregate properties of it while making it hard or impossible for the company to use it to target individual users. That’s what we want here: some way that the company can still draw correct conclusions from all the data when collected together, while preventing them from targeting individuals or knowing what a specific person said.

Saturday, September 2nd, 2017

What Blade Runner is about, and the Narcissist Creator Razor ( 1 Sep., 2017, at Interconnected)

George Lucas, Ted Chiang, Greg Egan, Stanley Kubrick, Tom Stoppard, William Shakespeare, and Ridley Scott are all part of Matt’s magnificent theory that the play is the thing.

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are replicants.

Characters look like people, except they exist for only the duration of a movie — only while they are necessary. They come with backstory and memories fully established but never experienced, partly fabricated for the job and partly drawn from real people known by the screenwriter. At the end, they vanish, like tears in rain.

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

husk.org. chaff. Aggregation and the Edge.

Paul Mison shares his thoughts on moving towards a decentralised web of services rather than silos of data. "Now I'm wondering: is there a space for a piece of user-installable software, like Movable Type or Wordpress, that aggregates their data from sites across the web, and then presents it as a site? If there is, is it even possible to write it in a way that anyone who couldn't have written it themselves can even use it?"

Monday, April 28th, 2008

Loosely joined

The mighty Zeldman has written a thought-provoking piece called The Vanishing Personal Site which chronicles the changing nature of personal publishing. Where once we had a central URL that defined our online presence, people are increasingly publishing in fragments distributed across services like Twitter, Pownce, Flickr and Magnolia. It was this fragmentation that spurred my first dabblings with APIs to produce Adactio Elsewhere which I did three years ago to the day.

Jeff takes a different approach by incorporating all of those other publishing points directly back into his site rather than a separate aggregation area. This approach seems to be gaining ground.

One of the comments to Jeffrey’s post points to the newly launched website of the architect Denna Jones built in part by Jon Tan who describes the thinking behind it. The site is driven entirely by third-party services like Tumblr, Del.icio.us and Flickr. Jon, by contrast, has his third-party publishing aggregated on a page called Asides, similar to Adactio Elsewhere.

I think most people, even if they are micro-publishing in many places, still have one URL that they consider as their online representation. It might be a blog, it might be a Flickr profile, or for many people, it might be a Facebook account.

It will be interesting to watch these trends develop. Something else I’m going to watch is Jon Tan’s website. It’s dripping with gorgeous typography wrapped in an elastic layout. How is that I haven’t come across this site before? Why wasn’t I informed?

Monday, April 14th, 2008

Planet BNM

The homepage of the local Brighton New Media mailing list has had a facelift. It's now a very nifty aggregator of Brighton geek content.

Play You Have To Burn The Rope, a free online game on Kongregate

Burn the rope, kill the baddies and save the entire planet. Well, not really. But it's worth winning this game (by burning the rope) to hear the song.

Thursday, September 20th, 2007

Home :: WEBJAM

This Ning competitor has a lot of really nice UI touches. Also, the fact that you can play around a lot without signing up is a plus point.

Wednesday, August 29th, 2007

Plaxo to ship online identity aggregator based on microformats | ScobleShow: Videoblog about geeks, technology, and developers

The guys at Plaxo have not only implemented social network portability, they're sharing the code.

Sunday, June 3rd, 2007

afeeda » Feed » adactio on afeeda

I saw afeeda demo'd at Reboot. It looks like a handy place to create a lifestream. Here's one I made earlier.

Sunday, April 1st, 2007

lifestreamblog.com

There's now a blog dedicated to the Lifestream concept. It looks the idea (and the word I coined) has legs.

Thursday, December 21st, 2006

Marc’s Voice » Blog Archive » Great to see others talking about decentralized social networking

Marc Canter's been saying it for years: social networks for humans don't scale and lock-in is a no-no. I need to investigate People Aggregator.

Monday, October 9th, 2006

UsedWigs Radio Podcast 18 « USEDWIGS RADIO

Podcast interview: Greg Hoy of Happy Cog Philadelphia.

Monday, June 19th, 2006

suda.co.uk/projects/microformats [Planet]

Planet Microformats: Brian aggregates blog posts, upcoming events, del.icio.us links and Flickr pics tagged with 'microformats' (which means this link will also appear there... I mean here).

Sunday, March 19th, 2006

popurls.com | popular urls to the latest web buzz

An aggregator of aggregators... and I'm posting a link to it on one of the aggregators.