When writing my previous post about aggregation I started thinking about all the small pieces of me that are loosely joined around the web. Today I decided to see what all those connections looked like:
It’s a bit clearer at the larger size. Along the top are five of my own websites. The red arrows show things that I update by hand — writing weblog posts, adding Delicious links, uploading photos, etc. The grey arrows show one website automatically updating another without my intervention.
I started thinking I’d create a gorgeous graphic but soon realised it was going to be too complicated and interweaving to be as elegant as I first imagined.
A good proportion of those sites I almost never visit: Pownce, FriendFeed, Tumblr, Jaiku, Brightkite, LiveJournal and Fire Eagle (which is designed so you don’t have to visit it). They trundle along, getting updated by the ghostly fingers of APIs without me actively using them. Quite magic, almost scary, and possibly a little pointless.
On the off-chance you want to draw your own graphic — I bet some of you would have far more complicated ones — and you use OmniGraffle, here’s my original document to give you a head start with the logos etc. Do post a comment if you make your own.