So Umair went after Scoble a couple of days ago. I didn't quite get Umair's point either, but OK...whatever.
Scoble's post was interesting, in that it seemed....uh...sketchily superficial.
"I’ve been studying noise and news now for quite a while. I’ve been wondering why sites like Google News and TechMeme have no, or little, noise?....So, how come services like Twitter and FriendFeed have so much noise?"
>> Dr. Scoble, Twitter and Friendfeed are personal services, while Google News and TechMeme are aggregation services.
"The news is in the noise. Which is why Twitter is crack for newsmakers."
>> Dr. Scoble, WHAT are you smoking? Please share.
Here are some definitions.
- Middle English, from Anglo-French, disturbance, noise, from Latin nausea nausea
- 13th century
2 a: sound; especially : one that lacks agreeable musical quality or is noticeably unpleasant b: any sound that is undesired or interferes with one's hearing of something c: an unwanted signal or a disturbance (as static or a variation of voltage) in an electronic device or instrument (as radio or television); broadly : a disturbance interfering with the operation of a usually mechanical device or system d: electromagnetic radiation (as light or radio waves) that is composed of several frequencies and that involves random changes in frequency or amplitude e: irrelevant or meaningless data or output occurring along with desired information
3: common talk : rumor; especially : slander
4: something that attracts attention
5: something spoken or uttered
6: a style of rock music that is loud, often discordant, and usually uses electronic noise (as feedback)
- Middle English, from Medieval Latin signale, from Late Latin, neuter of signalis of a sign, from Latin signum
- 14th century
2 a: an act, event, or watchword that has been agreed on as the occasion of concerted action b: something that incites to action
3: something (as a sound, gesture, or object) that conveys notice or warning
4 a: an object used to transmit or convey information beyond the range of human voice b: the sound or image conveyed in telegraphy, telephony, radio, radar, or television c: a detectable physical quantity or impulse (as a voltage, current, or magnetic field strength) by which messages or information can be transmitted
- \ˈnüz, ˈnyüz\
- noun plural but singular in construction
- often attributive
- 15th century
2 a: material reported in a newspaper or news periodical or on a newscast b: matter that is newsworthy
So why does Google News have no noise?