“the Web is old, the Web is new, the Web is all, the Web is you”
With the introduction of new social software applications such as blogs, wikis, newsfeeds, social networks, and bookmarking tools (the subject of this paper), “This is the user’s web now, which means it’s my web and I can make the rules.”
Reinvention is revolution – it brings us always back to beginnings.
Just as long as those hyperlinks (or let’s call them plain old links) are managed, tagged, commented upon, and published onto the Web, they represent a user’s own personal library placed on public record, which – when aggregated with other personal libraries – allows for rich, social networking opportunities. Why spill any ink (digital or not) in rewriting what someone else has already written about instead of just pointing at the original story and adding the merest of titles, descriptions and tags for future reference? More importantly, why not make these personal ‘link playlists’ available to oneself and to others from whatever browser or computer one happens to be using at the time?