On Knowing Email’s Place and an Opportunity in RSS

Matt Moore has a very elegant slideshare summarising email’s relationship to other social software tools, and in the process showing very nicely how email fits within the broader frame of the basic functions of communication, collaboration and notification. And like a true maestro he leaves us with a loose end to chew on… Go on, take a look.

Do you see the same thing I see? His section on notification seems incomplete. The slide on RSS is definitely unfinished, and his nice two-by-twos for communication and collaboration left me chewing all night. I realised that the main reason Matt’s notification section seems unfinished is that the technology is still immature, as demonstrated in the following play on Matt’s matricksy approach (venture capitalists rush for the door). Matrices are such clever things for showing us where things are missing. Matt, please forgive this humble palimpsest replacing your Notification section. Kind viewers, do look at Matt’s presentation first to see how this cut of slides fits in. (Thanks to Maish for the Pageflakes reference).

8 Comments so far

Kelvin Quee

Patrick, I think your addition is beautifully done (and keeping to Matt’s original intent and style).

Squiki is a great idea!

There’s a Singapore startup that’s doing something somewhat like that! (Though without the RSS component)

Take a look at ChoonKeat’s brilliant sharedcopy -

Posted on April 04, 2008 at 11:57 AM | Comment permalink

Patrick Lambe

It does look good… but still looks as though it’s modelled on the “my page” model… does it allow you to mess with what other people see though on an “our page” model - as a wiki does?

Posted on April 04, 2008 at 12:05 PM | Comment permalink

Kelvin Quee

I see that if sharedcopy is implemented on a wiki, it would near what Squiki can do.

Still there’s no stopping anyone from Sharedcopy-ing a wiki!

I see the beauty of SharedCopy as adding an arm of interactivity for *any* website.

But somehow I think it feels weird that with all our whizz-bang technology available, we’re still so far from being able to “archive consciousness” as we do our daily thinking, research and interaction.

Posted on April 04, 2008 at 02:10 PM | Comment permalink


@patrick to really cut it down, sharedcopy is really a “my page” + “our overlays” model. underlying versioning mechanism of sharedcopy is very wiki. i guess to be a squiki will just be a question of tools we provide on the toolbar grin

@kelvin precisely, the key is how any page can easy be a congregation point - even protected pages like inside your facebook.

Posted on April 04, 2008 at 05:52 PM | Comment permalink

Patrick Lambe

Just so I understand it correctly, each “overlay” is unique to a particular individual? And it doesn’t stay live with the original source page? Can I see all my pages at one glance and organise them by topic?

I like the tool demo very much (there was another SG company that developed a sticky notes -cum-graffiti tool but it went under in the dot com bust I seem to recall, this looks much more collaborative than that early version)... but it’s not functioning as I see the squiki - eg an editable truly social live feed bookmarks cum RSS reader, with the ability to arrange the feeds by topic - the fact that anyone can add/remove/edit feeds would make the history and rollback function critical.

Posted on April 04, 2008 at 06:30 PM | Comment permalink


@patrick it doesn’t stay live in terms of modifying it… but the reference persist & is available for lookup… hmm, if you apply sharedcopy on google.com, you’ll see what I mean with the “N comments” link at the toolbar.

Each copy has its own version (increments as overlays are stacked), retrievable (undocumented) with ?version=N appended to the url of the copy.

Organising is “weak” and by means of tagging for now.

I believe you’re referring to “3rd Voice”! They seem positioned around freedom of speech whereas sharedcopy is more utility at the moment.

Posted on April 04, 2008 at 06:57 PM | Comment permalink


To bring the read later feature further, I’d definitely have to explore the content organisation needs mentioned

Posted on April 04, 2008 at 07:00 PM | Comment permalink

Patrick Lambe

Via Nancy White, a link to Trailfire, a Firefox plugin that allows you to leave commented browsing trails


Posted on April 10, 2008 at 01:46 PM | Comment permalink

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