I don’t care what anyone says: I think lack of sleep makes for interesting idea generation. (The 3 1/2 year old has a cold that she conveniently passed on to the 2 week old- he sounds like a truffle pig from snorting).
You guys all understand tags and tagging, right? Tags are metadata attached to blog posts (or Flickr photos, or bookmarks, or whatever accepts tagging) that help you and others reference and find the information easier. People use tags to help them keep their stuff organized in a non-folders format. They use tags to find stuff of interest to them (for instance, I search del.icio.us for things tagged “gtd” for Getting Things Done). Sometimes, people tag stuff to try and attract people to view it, as I do by tagging my posts.
What if we could use tags to separate point-in-time and contextual information?
Here’s what I mean. Imagine I’m driving to Cambridge, Massachusetts today, to visit the Million Year Picnic comic store and also to roam around Harvard Square like I used to do when I was 20. I pop open my news aggregator (like Bloglines) or maybe Technorati, and type in: “Cambridge, Massachusetts, Harvard Square, Route 95S, 8:30AM-1:00PM, Comics, Events.” I get back the following, cut from 214 different blogs and news feeds, including a traffic feed.
“Big concert in the Square today. Celene Dion.”
“Celene Dion today.”
“Protest of concert.”
“Anyone want to play Chess?”
“Trading old CDs near Starbucks.”
*Your Friends in Proximity: [email protected] ; Dave.Brown#gmail.com
*AD: $1.00 off CDs with this code at Newbury Comics: TRA1104
Traffic steady at 45MPH average.
***Avoid Route 2-Rollover*
*AD: Stop at x31 for gas at Shell. Save 24 cents a gallon.
And then obviously, if I did this search at a different time of day, or with some different criteria, I’d get something else. The traffic would be updated, and maybe I’d avoid that Celene Dion concert, which would RUIN my visit to the Square.
It’s all tags and tag searching, so it’s possible. I think it’d have to come down to the smarts of the search device. Wouldn’t you want the ability to do this?