Twine: Me, My Interests, and I
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It's Sunday afternoon, and I'm watching my Dallas Cowboys fall behind in the first quarter against Tampa Bay, so I decided it was time to do something productive and blog.
I went and voted yesterday. I mentioned on my Facebook profile it was kinda cool to be able to vote at a grocery store so I could also pick up a six pack on the way out.
I have no idea if my vote will count. It was on one of those electronic voting machines...God only knows where my vote ended up. Hopefully where I intended it to.
But in the meantime, I can probably find other like-minded and disgruntled voters through a new service offered by Radar Networks.
Called "Twine," the Web 2.0 startup is positioned as an "interest network."
I've been hearing more and more about the so-called semantic Web, where more and more content is categorized and shared according to a user's interests.
Twine seems to be headed in that direction. I signed up for the beta awhile back and just received my invite.
After entering an initial profile (yeah, that part's getting old, but I suspect the looming recession will start to dramatically decrease the number of new Web 2.0 sites I'll be inclined to register with!), I was offered up a number of "Twines" that had been started centering around the topics I had expressed interest in via my profile.
I liked the low investment required up front, from that perspective.
Then, it was up to me to navigate through them and express which one's I was interested in and wished to subscribe to. That part took a little more work.
Then, once I found those of interest, I could simply subscribe to the Twines I wish to follow either via the Web site or as RSS feeds.
But here's the further dilemma of my information overload: I don't have time to read the feeds I have today. Even with this great service, this thing is simply going to add to the infoburden I'm already unable to consume and don't have nearly enough time for.
So, as soon as someone figures out how to build a Web site that can add a few hours to the day, be sure and create a "Twine" and I'll be the first to subscribe.
Until then, I'll continue to try and take only small sips from the information firehose.