An expansion of the BlogWeb RSS-aggregator idea. Why just have a tool that manages "incoming" messages that originate from blogs? Why not have a single monitoring/filtering app that processes everything you're interested in, from EMail to private NNTP newsgroups to blogs, etc? (Backlinks at bottom will lead to references of other people thinking about similar things...)
- this could even be a Unified Messaging hub: it could be the central Rule Based system for forwarding stuff to your pager/PDA, regardless of the original format! (OK, let's start refactoring this page...)
Rough goal: provide a single Portal/Dash Board for monitoring (soothingly) all the documents/messages that interest you, going in all directions (e.g. documents you write, tasks assigned to you, tasks you assigned to others, threads of conversations among other people where you have only a soft interest, etc.). See Brins Earth excerpt (or Manfred Macx stuff) demonstrating this idea.
- hrm, actual benefit to this? Or is it just BullShit?
read lots of message/item/node types
- WebLog-s (RSS, plus scrapings/virtual-RSS for non-RSS blogs)
- NNTP groups, Email List threads (UseNet, 3rd-party, and private servers)
- other Intranet channels: Software Forge
- web-based Group Discussion servers
- WebLog comments
- Social Media: Twitter (Open Twitter), FaceBook, etc.
- Instant Messaging? (maybe some of it doesn't get your attention instantly anymore)
- if this is supposed to be an Attention Management Dash Board, then you probably need PIM/GroupWare views here too: calendar, tasks, etc.
filter/prioritize (maybe a series of agent filters which add/subtract points)
boss/clients and spouse get big push
every item from a channel you subscribe to starts with a certain number of points (actually, you'll probably have different tiers, each with a different default point value - see Ecosystem Of Networks)
items linking to (esp. non-home) pages/items you've linked to (recently vs ever?): Blog Thread
maybe never delete anything (at least not automatically), but you may never look at 90% of what flows into the repository
reverse-glossary: turn word/phrase into WikiWord, index/tag (and add points)
every tag (WikiWord) is a filtering page
- top items across categories appear like Sister Site-s
- can have
ANDquery of multiple tags
track status/priority (for tasks and for things you want to read/finish)
present overview (Personal Portal)
allow reading of detail
== (original page bits below) ==
Might it make sense to use RSS as the format of exchange?
(Oct'02 thought) What might make this a big win is making it more possible for people to use things other than EMail. I think most people default to using email for communication because all those discussions end up in a single Inbox (vs having that Inbox, plus having to remember to check various threads in the Group Discussion server, etc.). But if you could have an Inbox which was basically just a Personal Portal into lots of different tools (esp if each is very simple/focused), maybe things change. Note these push back against my related AppLog idea...
This smells similar to LifeStreams. Buts here the focus/mission is to prioritize what you look at.
What Open Source app could be extended most easily in this direction?
Does this need to be:
simpler to write
allows user to mix/match with preferred/Best Of Breed clients
native clients provide inbox listing but no other Intertwingularity benefits.
clients don't yet support URI for opening a message, etc.
How important is it to have the benefit of this functionality from multiple machines? Does it need to run in the Cloud? But then what about Off-Line use?
EmacsGnus has many features along these lines. Beyond NNTP and a variety of EMail formats and sources, EmacsGnus (EMacs) also supports accessing groups (forums) from Web searches, Slashdot, Ultimate BBS, web-based email archives like Yahoo Groups and mail-archive.com, RSS, local directories, and "document" groups. --KenMacLeod 19June2002
You might also be interested in my thoughts along these lines, which I wrote up in Introducing the Microcontent Client --AnilDash
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