Web 2.0 and Personal KM: Rude Lessons in Impermanence

This article was originally posted on December 13, 2010.

Not only has my default start-up site been down since some time in November, but the error message has gone from the slightly ominous “We’re experiencing technical difficulties” type (below) to the vastly scarier, generic error message pictured above.

I know it’s been reported before, but Pageflakes, the page where I aggregated all of the blogs I care about most dearly, along with my newsfeeds, to get a quick, one-stop view of most of the information I care about the most, seems to be gone and not coming back.

Because it was an aggregator, it’s not like any of my information (other than configuration of Pageflakes itself) has gone missing, but I’m without a tool I use literally every day to organize the web properties I pay attention to.

Through this process, I feel like I’ve learned a small lesson about the impermanence of information in the Web 2.0 world, and personal knowledge management. There’s been a lot written about how digital information never goes away if someone wants it badly enough (especially as the Wikileaks saga continues to unfold), but I’ve been made rudely aware of the opposite: how easily Web 2.0 properties can go away, or evolve in ways that we don’t want, leaving us with little recourse but to find new tools to connect with others and consume information.

The lessons for me:

[update: 12/11/2010, 10:30 pm — wouldn’t you know it’s back up? Let’s see for how long.]

Originally published at https://mikegil.typepad.com.

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