HyperLocal News Filters
All Points has an update on hyperlocal news. I look forward to seeing Everyblock grow, but I worry about the day when they (or someone else) will supplement their hyperlocal news feeds with geotagged blog posts. Once that happens public spats between neighbors will get libelous pretty quickly. (“Those dang Smith boys are the culprits who egged all those cars last night!”).
Maybe we need filtering (editorial oversight) at a local level. This could be done by neighborhood newsletters using cloud apps. Take a look at the protagonist in the following video. She is an editor of a neighborhood newsletter. What’s valuable here is not so much the explanation of Google Docs, but a workflow for editorial review at a local level. Perhaps someone like Everyblock could include local newsletters that follow some sort of journalistic ethics instead of just including any geotagged blog post.
So far though, users seem to prefer minimally filtered info. I don’t have any hard numbers, but it doesn’t look like Knol is going to catch up to Wikipedia any time soon, in either quantity or quality. Compare GIS at Knol to GIS at Wikipedia.