Is there an Information Tsunami on the horizon?

A few thoughts on the go. Before the internet there was print, and media publications gave us most of the content we consumed. There were distinct producers and consumers of information, the latter most of us. And then a revolution occurred: the user became a generator of information. Through blogs, forums, mailing lists, comments and websites. Add to the above – organisations becoming producers of loads of information. Digital made it cheap. It made it available to anyone with access or connection. So we had an information overload. Which means limits of how much can be produced and consumed in the time available. Now the natural processes of adjustments obviously kick in. So we get three things: Creative content that stands out, greater user selection for limited time, and much greater obsolescence. The more the quantity, the greater the junk. There is obviously no recycling of information here. Everyday we can have new content created, and the unused info sinks into the digital trash pile of search...
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Will technology turn us all into slaves?

The internet, or more accurately, the world wide web, celebrates its 25th anniversary today. Some rambling thoughts on the rise of ‘the machine’, invented to do log tables and census work, on the likes of patterns or threads woven by looms. My first encounter with computers and software was when my father brought home a book on learning BASIC. So I learnt the basic coding loops, and got to know about COBOL and FORTRAN. That was in 1989. A trip to a Soviet exhibition in the city was where I first saw the machine – the IBM PC, and some guys keying in a program. They made me type a few lines of code. And then at school in 1990, where we had a science festival, I had a glimpse of the mouse… though its use and functions were unfathomable. Today the advances in this space look mind boggling. We are talking about technology and its influence, the good and the bad...
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11 Things You Should Never Do on Facebook if You’re in a Relationship

http://www.ivillage.com/10-things-never-do-facebook-if-you-are-relationship/6-a-523101 11. And don’t make it public before it is confirmed. :/) Don’t know why I am blogging this! When internet arose, spending too much time online was said to be unsocial. Social networks seem to be a nerd’s all too successful revenge on this theory. ...
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Preventing ‘info shock’

Colewiebe.com Mark Schaefer, in a now famous article, points out an obvious fact – we are overloaded with information, and there seems to be no relief in the amount being churned out on the internet, mobile and social media platforms. Yet our capacity to consume this content is limited. He then draws out a startling conclusion: “In a situation where content supply is exponentially exploding while content demand is flat, we would predict that individuals, companies, and brands would have to “pay” consumers more and more just to get them to see the same amount of content.” In my opinion, we can take comfort in some common wisdom, and remain assured that the ‘good guys’ of content will ultimately drive out the not-so-good ones. That good content will always be in short supply — we don’t like all the ads that we see, do we? It’s certainly a war out there – to grab attention, get sales going. In short, newer and newer ways...
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Mass opinion or democratization?

“It is no longer the season to listen, but on the contrary, a time to pass judgment, to pronounce sentence, to issue proclamations.” via The Smartest Book About Our Digital Age Was Published in 1929 – The Daily Beast. It may of course gladden the critics of the information age, but popular culture, mass opinion and the wagging tongues of the hoi polloi have always been a subject of derision by some. It wouldn’t be a gross justification if I call the internet, the web and social media a democratisation of information that technology has brought about. And I am not trying to sell any gadgets here…. we are all the worse for them! As for opinions, everything is one, so said Aurelius. ...
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5 Reasons why blogs are better than Facebook

5. They are boring: No showmanship. So only the truly inclined pay a visit. 4. You can take a year’s hiatus and return with glory: Publish as and when you please. 3. Friends of friends of friends don’t get a whiff of what’s happening. 2. You can publish a book: Write as much as you please. 1. You own the space: Your thoughts take centre stage. The network can’t inundate and hijack your space. ...
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Filling the web with junk – by article spamming

It was inevitable that the billions of pages that now comprise the web, a rapidly growing and fast changing, massive collection of web pages, would need a powerful search engine to get the required information and filter out the rest. For this search engine to be fast and efficient and produce the most comprehensive results, it was also important to automatically crawl and index the web, and rank the pages using automated procedures based on objective criteria to produce the right information on the first page itself. A direct consequence of this has been the competition among websites, or rather among people trying to make money over the internet, to get their sites seen on the first few pages to receive maximum traffic and public exposure. This has given rise to the search engine optimisation (seo) industry, and a major aspect of this business is that of writing and publishing articles in bulk on a daily basis for web promotion, that...
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Web sites that ‘click’

Ever wondered what makes certain sites ‘click’ with web surfers, who then appear to get ‘hooked’ to these with regular visits? Such sites offer something of interest to the visitors with a quick user interface, who then return for updates and more information. A few stray thoughts on the factors at work behind the scenes here. Latest news and updates: A site that gives latest updates and news on the home page appears to be ‘alive’ and ‘breathing’. It implies background monitoring and maintenance, and that one is not looking at outdated information. Coverage and details: A detailed presentation of facts, specifications and a coverage of various aspects of the topic mean some amount of research has gone into writing such features and making the site. The copy-paste masters do manage to create a false impression of depth, though. Comments and criticism: Personal views, reviews and comments instantly create an impression on us, especially when they are critical in nature. Giving a perspective,...
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