Posts tagged "mxna smart_categories"

FlashForward and FlashInTheCan Smart Categories at MXNA

As you probably know, both FlashForward (San Francisco) and FlashInTheCan (Toronto) are this week. I’ll be at both, but for those who can’t attend, I have created a temporary Flash Conferences Smart Category at MXNA, that allows you to keep up to all of the latests news and information from the conferences.

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Filtering out the noise (or What are Smart Categories at MXNA?)

One of the biggest problems we have had with MXNA (or any aggregator) over the past year or so is that they are primarily category based, and not content / conversation based. So, if a weblog is in the Flash category, and someone posts about what they had for breakfast, then that will appear in the Flash category.

While, this is not always a bad thing, as it allows you to get a feel for the people in in a particular community, it can lead to problems. One, it can make it harder to find the latest information being posted about Flash (or whatever category), as the category may contain a lot of off topic posts. Two, and as we saw during the past year, when the posts are about controversial or incendiary topics, then it can just annoy people trying to find info about the category. Finally, it omits relevant posts that are made by feeds in other categories (i.e. someone in the ColdFusion category makes a post about Flash).

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