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04 March 2004

Bloggers as 'friendly knowledge animals'

When people work, they leave knowledge traces by doing things, writing things and saying things. People may either intentionally ('smell flags') or unintentionally ('foot prints') leave strong and clear (i.e. precise place) traces or weak and vague (i.e. place and is not completely clear like boundaries of territory) traces. People may intentionally or unintentionally leave as little traces as possible or try to remove their traces. Strong and clear traces inform other people about someone's knowledge territory, weak and vague traces leave other people in the dark about one's knowledge territory. In other words, people either hide their knowledge territory or show-off with their knowledge territory by the strength and clearness of the traces they leave.

Janine Swaak quoted by Lilia on Mathemagenic in a post that also links to an interesting soup of ideas about apprenticeship, craft and stolen knowledge (see also Matt's discussion of stolen knowledge).

Meanwhile, danah boyd has posted a wishlist for more efficient trace tracking tools in RSS. She wants to be able to choose to follow either a person, a topic or a post - rather than an entire blog - and allow friendly knowledge animals to deliver interesting morsels directly to her feed.

I do think that we need to routinely start going into more depth on posts - not just what they say, but who has linked to it, what's going on the comments... Matt is inadvertently hosting a le Parkour community on one of his posts, and I'm always terribly impressed by S├ębastien Paquet's posts that surface the very interesting conversations going on in comments.

Posted at 11:24 AM in Social software | Permalink


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