There was this little flurry of excitement when one of the Silly-Valley TechWhatever news aggregators asserted that Twitter was dropping the use of Rails. It seems not to be true. This is yet more evidence that the news aggregators are becoming part of the problem, not part of the solution.
If you care about the Big New Thing that’s going to change your life, wait till it comes and touches your life. Then you’ll know what it’s really about, not what some overworked underslept Bay-Area meme-promoter thinks. If the news is important, and your eyes and ears are open, it will find you.
The other problem with the aggregators is that there are a lot of smart, hungry, imaginative people working really hard to game them and get noticed. Sometimes it works.
Me, I don’t read hardly any members of any of the top-100 lists. But I think I’m well-informed. If I’m interested in a company or organization, I find an insider or two to follow. And I follow a lot of people who are smart and interested in some of the same things that I am; the effect of feeds and tweets is that we’ve in effect developed a shared and extremely sensitive radar network.
Isn’t the Internet supposed to be about disintermediation?