A CHORUS OF GROANS coming from Mike Kiely, James Corbett, Conn O Muineachain and Keola Donaghy echo into podcasts with Mitch Joel, CC Chapman and Bryan Person. As James Corbett explains, all of these commentators lament "the ongoing fragmentation of social media into more and more social networks (Facebook, Twitter, etc)". Mike Kiely thinks we are slipping into a situation where there is "too little butter over too much bread" and I agree. I feel like a joiner--worse, I feel like a lemming--when hooking into Facebook for fun things and LinkedIn for business things. I agree with Conor O'Neill that I won't be a true Facebook user until RSS feeds flow from every section I want to monitor on Facebook. That's the only way to sustain a social community. RSS feeds are the sticky peanut butter to hold things together.
James Corbett refers to my RSS flavour of peanut butter as "the glue" and he points to Unifeeds, or unified feeds, a concept which is closely tied to that of lifestreaming and lifecaching. He uses the terminology "unifeed" because that "puts the emphasis on an enabling technology for filtering all our digital outputs into a single stream, a single feed. Our unifeed". I agree.
I have found one feed from Facebook and all that covers is the status updates from friends. I have started building an information composite of myself in Facebook but only as fast as I can harvest it with Adobe Acrobat. I need to back up my work and until I can comb my Facebook account with Electric Search (the only web ferret smart enough to be anything you want), I have to throttle back and focus on getting things done in the real world.
James Corbett -- "Lifestreams are good. Unifeeds are better."
Mike Kiely is Festy Mike.
CC Chapman is Accident Hash.
Bryan Person is bryper.
Conn O Muineachain is An Timeall.
Keola Donaghy is trading Hawaii for Ireland. What?
Mitch Joel is Six Pixels of Separation.
Bob Goyetche -- "Thoughts on the back channel" because after all these musings, there are other places to connect and work out plans. The world needs effective back channels.