Alex Wright


September 20, 2006

Matt Webb has relaunched Dirk, a clever little application that lets users free-associate between any number of topics, then make those associations visible to other users, who layer on their own connections. The name, I am guessing, may be a tribute to Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency.

Dirk reminds me of the old joke: God is love; love is blind; Ray Charles is blind; therefore, Ray Charles is God. Q.E.D.

A library scientist's version of Dirk might allow for more controlled vocabulary-type relationships - like synonyms, related terms and parent-child concepts - but then it would also be a lot less fun.

> Try it out.

File under: Informatics

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