I seems like a good idea to find new ways for adding posts and comments on blogs as 'branches of a mindmap'. This way conversations, discussions and related items can get connected based on the contents. Like this you will have structured commenting and you would be able to navigate trought comments on a post, based on your deeper interest and directions you take within the branches (in the comments or added facts).
If you want to add comments or participate in a discussion, it would be very easy to directly publish your input (like text, media or other files) and also connect to multiple existing 'information branches' in other mindmap structured discussions. When all of this would be done wih the same standards, you will get a very interesting three dimensional connected representation of topics and comments.
Yes, in a big way this is already happing in the form of blogging, comments, permalinks, tagging, folksonomy, social networks and services like Technorati, Bloglines, Newsgator, Del.isio.us and more.
The technology that these services are based on are extremely interesting, because they ad the 'community aspects' we know in 'real life socializing' like direct suggestions, shared interests and opinion leaders. The aspect of 'mass communication' add the 'human factor' to clustered publications. And things will really become interesting when information will automatically be sorted and formatted in a way that it best fits you information need.
We need to think of more effective ways of structuring and consuming information.
I'm missing a ratingsystem based on what a person did and published in the past. I want a rating system based on the quality of earlier publications (rated by people who read the article and based the amout of refferes and coments). And it would be nice if whe had more parameters to determine how valuable a publication is, for example based on the tags that are associated with it
I think that everybody will agree if i say that at the moment there is lot's of work to be done. Where do we begin and what will be the technologies that bring the best thing for mankind? Tagging done by people is ok, but it would be better to just tag persons or topic hosted by persons. Who want to tag by post? Leave this to computers, who can do it based on content or the behaviour that subscribes and besed on desktop and server algoritms.
So another way for realizing mindmaps or clustered content, could be done using Semantic Analysis and Desktop Visualization. There are many studies and articles on the subject, like for example This one. Just use a algorithm as 'BI clustering' (a dataminig term within Business Intelligence) to analyse the content of a post, the rating of the person who added it, related topics and automatacally add tags based on this. This could also be done based on the text you wrote, the referrers, the comments, analysis of added mediatypes, idtags, descriptions in the file format, the application (and configuration) used for publishing and the context of the publication. And last, you could have 'business logic' at the client (the user consuming a publication) which automatacally send ratings to the publisher based on browsing behavoir (how long is a posting viewed) or other smart ways (like on what topic or tag the post was automatacally added by the desktop software (configured by the user)).
When tags are automatically added to all publications, and the comments are automatically linked to other publications from individuals, organisations or related facts (from online knowledage portals and encyclopaedia's) and all this is in RSS… Then we are building an interesting network of related publications. The, next we have the challenge of building intuitive interfaces to navigate to this 4D network of related information and find ways to rate and sort this data based on your personal interests.
This idea comes down to creating new ways for connecting and sorting internet publications, based on a combination of 'social tagging and rating' and using software algorithms (business intelligence) to do the tagging and rating. It's about connecting information, people, thoughts and visualizing large amounts of data in a way that it will fit our personal information needs. This system could also be used for monitoring topics, events and trends.