On my to-do list is to get Steve Gillmor’s attention and explain that we already have a complete method of numbering and color coding meta data for social software. And that we want to help and share it if others will. Call it a social contract, but there IS value in there that can be used for good.
At last year’s eTech 2005 I presented a birds of a feather (BOF) session called "Color Coding of Interesting Actions in Social Software". I think I had at least four, maybe five people in attendance. Basically I felt like a geek among geeks which is somewhat frustrating.
By visualization of interesting actions in social software, please note that we are NOT trying to reinvent Vizster, rather we are looking for patterns of actions and attention that relate to society. Step 1 is TRUST which is what AttentionTrust is working towards. I like anyone who is willing to write the word ethics or integrity in a sentence. From there, with some stated ethics we can probably help. The net result should be something that looks like a GIS graphic but that indicates what people are paying attention to.
It is interesting to note that at eTech I had a brief exchange with some influential folks and I was trying to explain the concept of standardized methods of recording things like article adds, and the response was "but why would anyone share that data?" And then Steve Gillmor comes along, caustic, rough around the edges to say the least, and he might actually get a level of cooperation on sharing the data. Maybe this was a message that needed a hammer to initially get attention.