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June 10, 2004
In Stowe's column, discussed by Ross, Stowe says: "...the tools that we will use to make sense of the world must be far more socialized than today's solutions..." I believe from the context that Stowe is referring to social tools, but it raises an interesting question: Are individualistic tools adding social components, and are we using those components?
For example, Word lets you do a bunch o' social things with documents, but what sort of uptake has there been? My guess - and, as always, all facts I mention are guaranteed to be wrong - is that the most widely used social tool in Word is rev tracking, and that's only social serially. Am I wrong yet? (Do we count "Save as HTML" as a social tool?)
Photo albums and editors are a class of tools likely to move rapidly from individual to genuinely social for two reasons: Photos often are about shared memory, and by sharing them we can distribute the too-onerous task for tagging them with metadata so they are findable and understandable.
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