Lee S. Dryburgh is telling really interesting stuff, which feeds right into the conversations I hope I will have with people at the MindTrek 2007 conference in Tampere, Finland.
Lee and I appear to share a common belief in the untapped value of connecting to relevant strangers, to people we don’t know (and who are, in my version, represented online through their engagement in conversations across the Long Tail distribution graph).
Where we may differ slightly is that Lee emphasizes enablers in the mobile environment to connect with real people In Real Life, whereas I’m not so sure if identity, reputation and trust matter all that much… At least online, I don’t care if you aren’t IRL who or what you say you are, because you are whatever you say you are online. Online, perception is reality.
From the podcast web page on IT Conversations:
"(…) The Web only connects us to people we do know. How do we aim
about creating a system that dynamically looks up people, may be,
within a certain radius of our geographical location and shows them up,
not just on a browser restricted client, but on any of our hand-held
Snippets from the podcast:
Lee S. Dryburgh: "Where I see future growth is in enabling conversations between relevant strangers."
MySpace is an identity-walled-garden. Attributes are static.
I’d like my personal trusted device to locate people in my vicinity with overlapping desires.
If we want to connect with people we don’t know, how do we go about it?
How can we unlock the latent value that’s in the heads of those 2 billion people with mobile devices?
Immediate, relevant contacts. How can we do this without creating another identity silo?
The best way to imagine it at the moment is as a new section in the buddy list. An ephemeral part of your buddy list.
We don’t know if the attributes that others communicate are true.
It’s hard to know whom you are dealing with online. So you have less
We need to broadcast our live metadata into the network.
If you have reputation, then trust can come in. It is what other
people say about you. Trust is the building block of human cooperation.
The Higgins Project trust framework aims to enable people to find anybody anywhere according to their context.
Let’s try and build systems which help us connect with unknown others.