Monday, January 09, 2006

Microcontent Comments

I already mentioned in the past that sometimes I need to retrieve a comment and I don't find it.
As a solution I collected comments that deal with a certain subject on one Blog page and showed my comments on the subject of Wikipedia.
This time I'll show comments on the subject of microcontent.

Table of contents for this posting:

1. Defining Microcontent
2. Authority Problem
3. The Future of Microcontent
4. Microcontent Revolution
5. Microcontent Manipulations
6. New Kind of Microcontent
7. Shift in Concept

Defining Microcontent
Nova Spivack wrote about "Defining Microcontent"

Long ago, while I was learning folk tales at the University, I came across the
Aarne-Thompson Index of "Motifs".
A motif may be an action, an item, a character, or even a direct quote from the
book. However, whatever that motif is, Aarne and Thompson have identified it as
an improtant characteristic of at least one folk tale. Their method involves
comparing the motifs present in the stories. Stories that have many of the same
motifs are then classified as related and given a number.
This idea of taking the smallest unit of an idea fascinated me ever since and the result is QTSaver, which arranges the same web motifs according to different needs.
Martin wrote:
it seems I simply was one of the first ever trying to find a definition, back then, six very long months ago, before "web 2.0" exploded… I'm a humanities man, interested in the new kind of semantic web emerging from microcontent-set-free…

Here's a tip for your new definition:
Web 2.0 is Peer Production
See more on
Martin wrote:
(This is apparently not spam)
QTsaver is a beta that:
"If there is an article on Wikipedia about "Siamese cat" - since Wikipedia doesn't update content related to "Siamese cat" – I'll write an article about the same subject which will have regularly updated content, powered by QTSaver search. A friend who heard about my plan commented that it is somewhat like peer production but using software (QTSaver) in the place of humans to create content."

Authority Problem
Mike Linksvayer wrote about " The Anti-Authoritarian Age":
People crave authority, and any system that doesn’t claim authority is suspect.
The most extreme example does not involve the web, blogs, wikipedia, markets, or democracy... Science is the extreme example, and its dual, religion.

This authority problem will get worse in the near future since Web 2.0 is about microcontents that are torn from the original article - so that the author is forgotten at
the end of the day. It looks like you appreciate encyclopedias a little too much. IMO they are old macro content monsters that have to be shattered to atoms of knowledge and rearranged according to users needs.
Helen Wang wrote about the future of microcontent:
2 billion mobile subscribers worldwide in 2005
600 handsets are sold every year, and 2/3 of them are camera phones.
20 million digital cameras
7.7 billion digital impages were printed
82 billion SMS were sent in 2004
50 million MP3 players
So, what are the implications of these numbers? I guess some people smell the money, others see this as a new opportunity.

The future of microcontent is that humanity will have to translate billions of macro content web pages into microcontent web pages,because macro content is not efficient enough for human needs – it gives us more than we need. What we need is a certain amount of words that answer our curious queries – not more, not less.

Microcontent Revolution
Alan Moore writes about "Storming the Bastille":
We are entering a world where content will be increasingly delivered through internet and internet-mobile-protocol-based networks that are non-linear, on-demand and entirely self-scheduled. In that world, the viewer – not the broadcaster – whoever that may be, will decide what is consumed, when, and how.

You can have another angle on the above revolution on

microcontent manipulations
Jos Schuurmans asked on his Blog:
"Does anybody know of an effort to standardize Q&A Blog entry types to serve natural question search?"

IMO You can learn a lot about the new field that you opened here for research from the Wondir model of questions and answers
( and from the microcontent manipulations of

New Kind Of Microcontent
Marc’s Voice:
We will be using this year’s conference as a launching pad for Structured V2 and I’ll be doing a panel on Compound Feeds, Microcontent and the Future of Syndication.

Here is a new kind of microcontent that might interest you

Shift In Concept…This sees Web 2.0 as a version where information is dissolved into "micro-content". So, take a little dash of application, a handful of RSS and dilute with social networking - bring to the boil and reduce over the heat of a desktop environment; this is the recipe for Web 2.0.


Web 2.0 is not a recipe and is not about external design - it is a shift in concept: The current sequence of articles from a certain beginning to a certain end will be shattered to pieces and the development of an argument from assumption to deduction will lose its hypnotic power. Each excerpt will have a life of its own in web 2.0 and will find its place sometimes in one role other times in another role. The original intention of the author will be forgotten and each new author will recycle the excerpt for his new intention.

Mobile Internet Access
Roger Johansson wrote about "The freedom of mobile Internet access"

There are today 4 ways to mobile surf the Web:
Through cache databases for race scores, weather, horoscopes, etc. it is not really "mobile surfing of the Web" because surfing is only on the cache, which is a pre arranged process of structuring the raw web and caging it in rows and columns.
Through mobile surf - few people use this option because sites don't fit mobiles; there are too long or too short answers for their queries; Images are too big.
Through I-mode - Works only on few thousand special sites and doesn't touch the vast info that populates the Web. I-mode has 43 million customers in Japan, and over 3 million in the rest of the world.
Through which is the first real mobile surf of the Web!!! It gets into the vital Web microcontents text (not multimedia) that fit the mobile screen perfectly.

Web 2.0 is about multiplying and remixing microcontents.
Comments are considered microcontents since they are usually short and since they tend to deal with only one theme.
Web 2.0 characteristic features are cutting and pasting and then rearranging.
IMHO what I did in order to compose this posting is a typical Web 2.0 technique – I searched the comments, found them, cut them from their context, omitted their design, pasted them in a new format and shared the results with my community.

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