13 December 2004

Similar feeds -- do we get fed more of what we need less of?

Sometimes people get too myopic. They keep doing the same thing over and over. The trick is to change the pattern.

The trick is also to know when not to change.

I was thinking about this. It occurred to me, "Maybe the way searches are done" send us down this path of "doing more of what we should do less of."

If you notice in some aggregators there is a "find more like this" option. That's good if you want more like this.

But maybe a different solution is to look for "things are less like this" so that we can focus on something new. What if we could allow the "feeds not selected to be the guide to "what you might want to look at."

When we notice what we are ignoring, we might find new patterns in our thinking. Maybe we could continue these patterns. Or perhaps we could change them.
Sometimes people get too myopic. They keep doing the same thing over and over. The trick is to change the pattern.

The trick is also to know when not to change.

I was thinking about this. It occurred to me, "Maybe the way searches are done" send us down this path of "doing more of what we should do less of."

If you notice in some aggregators there is a "find more like this" option. That's good if you want more like this.

But maybe a different solution is to look for "things are less like this" so that we can focus on something new. What if we could allow the "feeds not selected to be the guide to "what you might want to look at."

When we notice what we are ignoring, we might find new patterns in our thinking. Maybe we could continue these patterns. Or perhaps we could change them.
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