The daily me
A good editor is hard to find.
That’s why I read the Globe online each morning, why I read the Times, the Journal. The world is a busy place and I have only a few minutes to catch up. I rely on the editors’ judgment to make the best use of my time.
Recently, I’ve been spending more time with the algorithmic editors, specifically del.icio.us/popular, Memeorandum and Reddit. Each of these sites use technical means to determine what’s important; each has its own algorithmic special sauce. They haven’t gotten to the point where I trust them to replace the newspapers, but by harnessing the wisdom of the crowds (at least the wisdom of techie crowds), they provide a useful complement.
Now, I just need to find an algorithmic solution that matches my own varied interests. One of my little projects for 2006 is to write a “Daily Me” program that will scour the web and find things I will want to read. I’ll be able to program it to find exactly what I’m looking for, while also preserving an element of serendipity.
I’ll keep you posted on how it goes…