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A blog about interface and product design by Joshua Porter

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By: Michal Migurski

Tue, 04 Oct 2005 20:08:35 +0000

I think this stuff has been brewing a lot longer than that. I remember seeing promotions from companies like Apple 15+ years ago describing computing agents who would forage for information and execute tasks on your behalf - remember "Phil" of Knowledge Navigator? Phil lost his bowtie, and sank quietly into the fabric of applications such as NetNewsWire, Rollyo or Reblog. There's your foraging! Next step is execution - I have some ideas I'm kicking around on how this might look.

By: vanderwal

Tue, 04 Oct 2005 15:02:49 +0000

In part it seems that we are witnessing a response to information overload, but it is also a response to too many actions needed by the person who wants information. The "I go get web" has been (or is being) replaced by the "come to me web". The web is becoming far more personal, or person-centered. Designers and developers used navigation as the metaphor for the "come to me web", but that was broken and does not hold up today. The "come to me web" is based on attraction, the Model of Attraction is a framework I have been developing for nearly four years (sorry for the self promotion, but I know of no other solution/framework that works). People have information they want and need, but understanding that information may be best done with an interface other than the one, which initially wraps the information. The information may also need additional information to make the best sense to the person using the information. To answer your question as to which came first, I strongly believe we knew we were not doing things optimally on the web. Through RSS and other standardizations people can now have the web work for them and not so much them working on the web to get information. The web becomes a tool as well as a resource.