Saturday, December 5, 2009

Answering the real time flow questions before the SuperNova panel

#sn09: We are moving from a Web of pages and sites to a rich continuous stream of online interactions.

@ciberch: Yes our online world is modeling closer the physical world which is immense and filled with streams of events upon events (acontecimientos)

#sn09:This new model snuck on us though social networks and micro blogging, but it is quickly becoming an aspect of the online experience.

@ciberch: The reason why it came from social networking is by no means a surprise. These websites were made to allow the user to be social. Its impossible to be social without introducing yourself . Sites like MySpace allow users to create an online identity and present their virtual face to the world.

User: I like to have a social circle of people to interact with on a variety of topics.

User: You may be far but here is my picture, my name, my overall likes/dislikes

Well in real life the users are not sitting still waiting for visitors to stop by. They are not sitting there repeating the same information over and over. That’s how social networks started…. We know that after the second visit to someone's profile the only thing the visitor cares about is what changed

The need to convey news came from users as a reflection of their lives via blogs, bulletin boards, forums, journals even just changing your picture, theme or display name.

Streams: Close the divide of space but also time

User: I don't really want to go bother everyone right now to tell them what happened but it would be great if they can see this later and let me know what they think.

Lifestream is the new identity: What a user does, how others react

The opinion of someone you trust on a certain topic is the most valuable

One to many disconnected chat

#sn09: How will the flow model alter the business landscape and user expectations ?

@ciberch: When users interact with businesses, they know the businesses have ulterior motives: make money

Users need things from businesses. Adding a social layer to a business will help the user realize the value of the businesses' offering. Adding streams (ratings/reviews) also helps businesses provide the identity/value of a product. Similar to the lifestream for a thing. Also on the reverse businesses will look at individuals public lifestream to reflect the person's character and potentially make some decisions based on that.

Therefore, it is important to be able to exchange these streams. Users don't do everything in one site, the same way as users don't just go to one store or eat one restaurant or live in one town for the rest of their lives.

We still are living in the midst of the information age. Information and knowledge inevitably equates to better decisions: better responses and better communication.

Humans are social by nature and empowering them with the information to make their social interactions more precise is very valuable.

Another aspect of humans is the desire to self express and contribute thus asserting their value. With this goal in mind many of us have spent hours and hours building personal web sites, blogs, taking pictures, videos, writing songs. They want to be discovered and places like MySpace with the stream allow for this happen.

Finally another aspect of humans is their competitive spirit and desire to surpass others in some particular areas. To be recognized as creative minds or reputable curators of content and share important information

The availability of information levels the playing field and builds meritocracies. Anyone can learn, analyze, comment

Shared development, collective intelligence. On demand indexing and correlating

It is the only way we can process this mass of information, conquer it together and evolve

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