Designing a new social web tool
The 1990s were about categorising and storing stuff, using your email as your main communication method, your to-do list and your progress chart. 2008 should be about changing the inbox to the feedreader, not storing emails to deal with but getting a flow through the feed of information: read it, use it or lose it.
In a three-hour morning session with Lee and the guys from Headshift, a group of around 50 of us are looking at creating a prototype tool, a new one that takes feeds, flow, activity and peripheral awareness and rolls them into one, with a little bit of GTD on the side.
Key to this is trying to create something that uses attention feedback to drive the relevance of information for people in an organisation. That is, as individuals search and use information, the system adapts itself to provide even more relevant "you might be interested in this, too" information.
We'll also use Headshift's 'Social Stack' to structure things:
Organise your stuff by tags; arrange in a portal; manage networks and feeds
initmate groups/teams organise in wikis in group systems
Blogs and Networks
Some items or topics are shared with networks and discussed in blogs
Bookmarks and Tags
People store, share, tag, vote or comment on useful links and news
Public feeds and flows
Internal and external RSS feeds based on subject, person, group or search
Note that this starts from the bottom.
This workshop lasts three hours, so there's a chance for you to jump in here on the blog if you have some ideas to contribute. I'll pass on your ideas to the group.