I’ve said before that where we all need to be putting our attention is in providing context, and in doing it through curating the best material from across the web. So that’s the WHAT, but this is the HOW. A great discussion on how to make tagging and metadata work towards this end.
This is fascinating, and proves a hypothesis I’ve advanced here before. Making it harder to comment can increase the quality of comments, as can creating some sort of reward for commenting (making commenters feel they are making a valuable contribution).
Gawker instituted a “class system” for commenting, and after an initial drop-off in volume, volume actually increased - and, more importantly, so did quality.
“In Japan, where the U.S. looks to find its mobile roadmap for the future, 96% of mobile subscribers already have 3G coverage. In Western Europe, the penetration is around 54%, just slightly above 46% in the U.S. In developing and/or economically depressed areas, including the Middle East, Africa, parts of Asia, Eastern Europe and South America, 3G penetration is still in the single digits.”—New Study Shows the Mobile Web Will Rule by 2015 [STATS]
I tested this at some point in the past, and it worked great. Now I tested it today and it didn’t show anything. So I’m trying over here to see if I can figure out what’s going wrong and get it sorted.
There is definitely potential here. In the same way that everyone was gushing about how augmented reality would put lots of resources at your fingertips, “hotspotting” could connect loads of resources into your video viewing.
I really like this topic page. The layout is clean and easy to use, but still manages to cram in a lot of elements. That’s a really difficult thing to achieve - so far I’ve found that topic pages are prone to either becoming way too text-y and cluttered or going too far the other way and becoming so minimal that they don’t get anything across on the front page.