12-15-06 - 1

The next big step in the internet is the unification of the web, blogs, communities, forums, and recommender systems. Recommenders like Netflix do a good job of correlating me to people of similar taste; that should lead me to their blogs (on topics I want); similarly if I subscribe to someone's blog on a topic, that should add metadata which improves recommendations for me. All the communities and forums are cool but they're totally isolated in these little pockets; it should be one internet-wide community where you can see your "friends" and such across web sites, eg. if I browse CNet looking at product reviews I can see my friends' comments and add forum posts right there, etc.

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