Owning Your Own Words – Is It Important?

June 19, 2012

Paul Ford:

I don't presume my work is important, but it is important to me. There is so much latent value in our own personal databases of words, links, ideas, emails, likes, photos, IMs, tweets, posts, titles, subtitles—so many connections to be made and so much data to be explored; How many companies have been talking in rapturous tones about their analytics upside, the fact that they can make those connections and resell them? That would work at the micro-level too, for individuals. But it's incredibly difficult to explore my historical self using the disaggregated services out there today. The web in 2012 is still more like Jenga than LEGOs.