Smart Aggregation - The Next Big Step in Desktop Info Management?

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Newsmap as a Model for Smart Aggregation
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Mike Davidson who works in media product development for Disney initiates an interesting discussion on information overload and how a smart aggregator could be the answer to the enormous amounts of data we will (and some are already) be processing in the next few years.

The idea is that a desktop smart aggregator would filter your email, and learn from your habbits using adaptive learning technology as Mac does now but, also on your IM and news consumption. It's a purely speculative post, but an informed and quite plausable one - here's a snippet:

The key to our information gathering lives is all about smart aggregation. The days of media companies deciding what’s on your “front page” are numbered. Within five years, I believe customizable newsreader technology (whether client-side like Net News Wire, or server-side like Bloglines), will be as prevalent as the web is right now. The web will still be there for viewing entire bodies of content like full stories and video, but the web will not be the notification source that this content is available. Instead, it will be simple aggregators like we have today, and then eventually, creative ones like Newsmap… albeit in a much more effective form.

This follows on nicely from the conversations we recently had here on the excess effect and coping with infomation overload.

You can see from the discussion that there's a large amount of work to do just on the theory let alone an actual application but Mike speculates that one of the big players if not several are already working on it.

Do you think Google or M$ et al could pull such an app off and could it be the media app of the decade? I think they could, and it might...


Greg Linden has been out blog-spamm, ummm, commenting

Gred Linden has been out blog-spamm, ummm, commenting that Findory is trying to come up with an answer.

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