Monday, June 8, 2009

Can Twitter Serve as a Personal Knowledge Management Tool?

I came across Bill's blog post on whether Twitter can serve as a personal knowledge management tool. Here's the comments about it.

I think you have raised a valid point that Twitter reminds you of

While Twitter is definitely good in dissemination of information, I doubt it will be useful for long term personal knowledge management.

As the amount of information increases, it will be harder to retrieve what you want. There is a limit on the amount of information that can be stored with 160 characters. There is a scientific word for this - entropy

There are a lot of meta-information that is required for a feasible large-scale knowledge base. One good way is to use emails to see what Twitter is currently lacking.

  • Who - source or participants of the information
  • When - When was this information created
  • Context - as in previous emails discussion. Can we link up all the threads on twitter?
  • organization structure - as in email folders or tags

p.s: I decided to keep this in my own knowledge base :)