In August, I attended an Usability Professionals’ Association Meeting “Obsession: the Sympathetic Heart of Design“, given by Tom Brinck. Among other things, his definition of “Web 2.0” was the ability for people to “geek out” about stuff they like. Geotagging photographs and now organizing my bookshelf and rating books online seem to be two shiny objects that have my attention.
His site for organizing books was LibraryThing.com. When the inspiration struck, I couldn’t remember his site, and so I found and am fooling around with aNobii right now. aNobii hangs up a lot, and has fewer books on its shelf than LibraryThing (16K vs. 6 million), so for the networking potential/Metcalfe’s Law, I’m in the wrong pond…..but it’s oddly sticky, maybe it is just “sunk cost” of time spent.