Well, well, well, I have been thinking about social networking integration more and more lately, especially because I keep forgetting my password and forgetting which new cool online social networking website I am a member of.
I am pretty sure there are a few integrating sites already but I have just come across my new acquisition in my quest to know it all, not quite the holy grail but dipity is an interesting venture.
Specifically, what is dipity? Well, it looks like the next generation of RSS feeds. I would say RSS 2.0 but it doesn’t strike me as sophisticated enough to replace the original item. Still though it is an interesting site and If i could embed it on my wordpress blog I would be perfectly happy, shame on you wordpress for not allowing <iframe> tags in your blog posts.
So why use dipity? Is it just another fad?
For a journalist or PR person this could become a very, very important tool. This site is a constantly updated chronological map on whatever topic may interest you – for fun, keep up to date with friends, twitter, flickr etc.
However more importantly this is a tool to track industry changes and to get instant updates on whatever topics you may want. So, right now I am very interested as to the depressing changes (and I mean cutbacks) in the newspaper industry.
Journalism.co.uk have created their own timeline, tracking industry cutbacks, acquisitions and mergers, a fantastic way to keep updated on how this will definitely affect your own job and a good tool for speculation as to the future of the newspaper industry.
However, if you want to track changes or keep updated on a topic that hasn’t built its own timeline, it is quite easy to set up your own topic, which will only take a couple of minutes and updates itself daily. Let’s say you want to follow the expected general election next year, then this would definitely be a good tool to use, and it will keep you updated on everything from yougov polls to the latest press releases and e-news commentaries. Simply, insert your tag word and the updates should flow in, (or that’s the idea anyway). I did this with the topic Anna Politkovskaya and her trial which I can now get updated without having to scour the net for news.
Can you imagine how big this could be? Consultants are paid a lot of money by companies to track changes to the market, tastes and fads. This site looks like it could do it all for you. For smaller companies or individuals it is a very interesting venture.
Still though, I started this post as soon as I found out about dipity and got to know the tool as I was writing the blog and the more and more I get to know it the more disappointed I am. Not because it is not a fantastic new site that can track topics, news and other stuff I can’t be bothered or don’t have the time to search for sometimes. It is simply because I initially thought this was going to be the social integration site I was looking for, one site that can keep all my RSS feeds, updates, different websites I belong to, news etc all in one URL address, like a collage.
You know that bit in Minority Report when Tom Cruise has that glass screen moving from one piece of information to the other with his fingers, the world at your fingertips, well that’s the holy grail.
Jeff Jarvis said in an article many months ago that we all see the internet incorrectly. We view it as a site by site, page by page world, and don’t realise that we should be viewing it as one entity. What I mean is that we still view different websites as individual from each other and although this has slowly started to change as we trackback and link up more between sites, for the social networking side of the internet I haven’t really seen this happen fast enough.
There is facebook, flickr, digg, stumbleupon and all these different sites but if you have friends on say facebook and you want to show them your new photos on flickr you have to go through some very complicated procedure to let them know where it is, they don’t just instantly know. Considering how fast the internet is meant to be developing it seems that social network integration is not happening fast enough.
Still, use dipity. Just don’t forget you have it after you set your account up leaving your account wallowing in the internet netherworld.