Remixing the World’s Knowledge.

Not unlike my other friends, Naaman decided to draw my attention to Omnisio’s acquisition.  Now its not like we all haven’t seen this before.  Google’s acquisition, well, it just follows the time.

At Yahoo! Research Berkeley, we investigated the hypercontexts around sharing and linking videos through social constructs.  Last year we claimed pragmatics are more important than semantics.  It was a pretty bold research move (but was typical of myself and my tall colleague).

The core of whats happening here (and hopefully Google knows their purchase is indicative of this) is we dont always consume media for content.  We watch videos to be conversational.  We watch videos to add or listen to commentary.  For example, violence during a soccer match can be conversationally funny—we saw the hilarity ensue. YouTube’s annotations were a start but I didn’t see much come of it.  Maybe Omnisio will help.  The tricky part is making something useful available to people, be it in sync or async. Oh, and you should checkout Andy Baio’s use of Viddler; its my favorite video tagging usage to date.

One thought on “Remixing the World’s Knowledge.

  1. naaman

    We are blessed to be living in an age when we have a global communications network in which idiots, assholes, and total and complete wastes of fucking human life alike can come together to give instant feedback in an unfettered and unmonitored online environment

    Well I sure hope they are not going to end up with that.

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