Today, Rocky Agrawal offerred an interesting article on Techcrunch, “Solving the Scoble Problem on Social Networks.” it’s a good read. The gist is that in certain social networks (for example, Google+) there are certain people whose presence in the stream actually ruin the value of the stream, even though their content is worth reading.
Rocky uses Robert Scoble as an example. Robert has so many avid followers that when he posts, there is so much commentary that his posts dominate the Stream, shouting out all other commentary. Rocky concludes that there is no choice for him other than to block Robert Scoble altogether.
As a solution, Google+ allows you to view the content from individual circles. This feature is useful, for example, to see only the posts from your family or a specific group of friends. But it doesn’t solve the problem of having your main Stream wrecked simply because you happen to follow Robert Scoble.
What Google+ needs is a way to filter the main Stream by excluding one or more circles. By curating a circle of “noisy” posters, it is then possible to easly “de-noise” the stream by deselecting only those circles. I call this solution “The Descobleizer”.
As you can see, I’ve filtered out the “noisy” elements of the stream by de-selecting my “Acquaintances” and my “Following” circles. What’s left is a non-noisy Stream of everybody else. This maintains the value of having a Stream as well as allowing me to still follow guys like Tom Anderson and Robert Scoble.