RebooT/witter: Links are dead and Google will no longer organize the Information of the World
Links are dead
It took me a while to grasp the essence of what this creation called Twitter had turned into – certainly not a service, more likely the virtual consciousness of the entire mankind.
Who'd have thought that in 3 years or so, the RSS Information River would be taken over by "Twitter" - a Galactic Information Pot that has fundamentally changed the infrastructure of producing and consuming Information, just like RSS did at the time.
The Galactic Information Pot and the "Problem of RSS"
"Anything Goes" into the Galactic Pot, a centralized, global Information reservoir – where each bit of information has an ID-tag, thus traceable to its inceptor. The "problem with RSS" (in retrospective, of course) was that random injection of Information all along the river-bands had become too chaotic to manage, distribution-wise. Each individual had to cherry-pick his/her favorite feeds from across the Blogosphere. That's the main changing point now: the entire production of information is no longer to happen by the river sides; from now on, anything we're about to publish should first arrive at the Galactic Pot, and only from there it may recirculate through and into the river.
1. Publish everything and anything to the Twitter Galactic Pot (both man and machines!).The physical problem of Google, Technorati and other feed aggregators
2. Go to Tweet Scan and filter-search for the Information that interests you
3. Subscribe to the filter(s) that you've created
In his book Linked: The New Science of Networks, Albert-laszlo Barabasi explains something fundamental about the physical nature of the Internet, which is at the heart of the problem of feed aggregation (again - easy said when contemplating backwards). The Internet, explains Barabasi, is made of physically isolated islands. Yes, there are huge Islands, some of them so huge that they are built of sub-huge hubs and spokes, and yet, it's isolated islands all over the place.
The physically isolated islands are beyond the reach of the indexing robots! The robots are following links and so unless there's a link from one island to another, it is impossible for the Robot to get to the isolated content. It turns out, that ~90% of the internet is unmapped (un-googled!), meaning that the lack of links between the physical network territories is unbridgeable...
To overcome this physical limitation, the information hunters are yearning to have "inside information", i.e. URLs from (or Links to) the isolated areas, so that their Robots would be able to make their way into the Information zone. "add your URL to Google","Ping Us" and other pleadings of that kind are the outcome of this inherently fragmented and isolated nature of the net.
Conclusion 1: If you can't reach them, why not bringing them all in, now that a galactic information pot exists?
Conclusion 2: If this post is played backwards you'll hear Links are dead! (Chapeau, as always, to Steve Gillmor, who's equipped with one of the best pair of glasses around)
The information hunters will lurk wherever there's more possibility to get fresh meat, and fresh meat is rapidly shifting into the Galactic Information Pot. The need for links to get to Information had thus faded away.
Organizing the Information of the World? What for?
After all, we got SEARCH. We no longer need the Information organized. And, ironically, it's none other than Google who showed the world how pointless is it to organize mails (i.e. Information) once they are all residing within a single Pot (like Gmail) equipped with an efficient search engine...
Condensed Civilization/One Spot Shop
It is easy to envisage a parallel mass-migration (to that of Information) of virtual persona from the endless prairies of the Blogosphere into the shrunk, condensed and urbanized area of the Galactic Pot, which is well-equipped with APIs for production/consumption of information, an Aladin-type of an object whose Jini will generate whatever Information we ask for in just a split of a second.
Twitter is or soon will be the shortest way to get to any other point [that's you and me] over the virtual cortex, and in the operational, cost-effective reality we're living in, it will make any other mean of spontaneous information exchange (or marketplace) economically redundant.
Don't cry for Google, though: Organizing the Information of the world has never been their business. It's too passive, don't you think?
The Future of Ideas
The Galactic Information Pot, containing the living consciousness of mankind, can only do with short, thought-length info-pieces. You can't think a whole book, nor can you think a blog post (as pathetically lengthy as this one) – at least you cannot coherently think those lengthy information pieces without the aid of Time. And yet Time is still ranked among all those virtual mediums as Public Enemy#1 and so Twittered coherency will only be achieved by those who will have the Time and passion to trick and tweak the medium.
In the meantime, the fight against any timely obstacle between producers and consumers of Information will continue. Twitter is already ubiquitous and soon enough our thoughts will be encoded and transmitted into the Galactic Pot via some implanted nano-devices. And it is then that Twitter will truly and objectively become the reflection of the entire past, present and future of humanity. Because all the ideas, memories & dreams of what's been so far called mankind will lay there, encoded.
p.s. It's good to be back. Thanks for sticking around.