Posted at 1:39 PM on December 19, 2007
by Sanden Totten
It was on Centripetal Notion, a blog that dabbles in art and science. The blog had up a new feature called Skribit. It's an application that lets readers pick what topics the blogger should delve into. You can vote on a bunch of pre-picked topics, like gift ideas or styles of design. Or you can suggest your own. Bloggers who use Skribit can log into the main site and go fishing through a heap of reader-proposed topics for one they want to write about.
Now, I know blogs were already way web 2.0. But this seems like a logical step forward to me. It's not too unlike what we try to accomplish here at In The Loop, namely, collaborating with a network to make something interesting to read or listen to.
Of course, sometimes the most interesting posts are the ones that no one would have suggested . . . after all, we look to blogs to tell us about stuff we didn't already know about. But overall this is a neat new tool.
And true to Internet form, the first topic picked by the readership of Centripetal Notion was Sex in Space. The web may grow up but at least it's interests have remained relatively steady.