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trustlet

In 2007 I've been researching trust metrics for social networks, with Paolo Massa. I started a framework in Python to create and analyse datasets, available under the GNU GPL and I started the wiki, available under the Creative Commons Attribution license.

More to follow: wikis without nofollow

I've come to realize that it's silly that most wikis are using nofollow by default. In fact, it seems that the majority of the most visited websites are not contributing to a healthy way for spreading pagerank. Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, Youtube, Wikipedia and Delicious are all adding rel="pleasefollow" to links added by their users.

Out of New York and into Groundcrew

I'm in Northampton MA right now, at Joe Edelman's place. It's nice to be out of the City. It's even nicer to see Joe excited about Groundcrew. The guy who worked on the user interfaces for Blogger and Twitter is doing the design and there are some cool opportunities. It also looks like the project has taken a clear direction on one side - while leaving open the community side for later. The main problem is the cost of text messages, which should have been free by now.

Citizen Logistics

Together, Joe Edelman and I were the dynamic duo of the CouchSurfing Collective in New Zealand. Joe came with fantastic ideas, that were unfortunately not realized in Nelson. Fortunately he also improved the infrastructure of CS in such a profound way that his work there is probably the main reason that the website is still up.

Google's issue tracker is not great

We're using Google Code for our trust metrics project, out of sheer convenience, and because of lack of political correctness. Well, I've given up on worrying about privacy a while ago anyway.  I just tried to use the issue tracker that comes with Google Code, but first I got a time-out, there were two identical issues because I refreshed.

One Million Forgotten Moments

amylin cut off her dreadlocks last night. Today she is frantically trying to comb out the remains of her dreads. Last night we also went to a great theater show, we were in an audience of 20, sitting inside, watching tens of "actors" performing on the sidewalk and on the street, mingling with omunexpecting by-passers. Very entertaining! This week was also great for dumpster diving. It's just too easy in New York.

Guaka Mole in Trento

It's crazy how it's possible to be together most of the time for one year while traveling, but not when staying in one place. I hope that humanity will be able to get rid of borders some day, well, rather sooner than later. Anyway, I'm flying to New York next week, to see my love! Unfortunately I can't stay as long as I would like to. Paolo doesn't let me.

Weak links

Yesterday I started reading Barabasi's "Linked: The New Science of Networks". It's inspiring, in many ways. It makes me realize how different my life is, compared to most nodes in the social network of human connections. I have many connections, but compared to most people, most of my links are weak. I met so many people in so many places, mostly for very brief periods - i.e. a ride in their car, staying one night at someone's home.