Remembering in Public

17 October 2007 at 7:09 pm Leave a comment

I was listening to the second chapter of Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything, and the authors quote the creator of the social bookmarking site del.icio.us Joshua Schacter as explaining that he created this site “as a way to keep track of all the things he was thinking about posting to his blog. He calls the service ‘a way to remember in public. . . The actual database represents crystallized attention–what people are looking at, and what they’re trying to remember'” (42).  This reminded me of my recent post regarding memory in the age of electracy.  In fact, I said almost the exact same thing: 

If del.icio.us is a way to publically remember personal websites, then networking with others on del.icio.us is a way of adding other people’s memories to your ownWho you know becomes how you know:  epistemology as community.

I *promise* that I did NOT read this chapter before writing this post! 

I tried explaining the advantages of del.icio.us to a colleague today, and I said to him that searching for a topic in del.icio.us is different than searching in Google insofar as it’s like searching other people’s memories.

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