Friday, August 3, 2007

Push v. Pull

And now, ladies and gentlemen - let's get ready to rumblllllllllllllllleeeeeeee!

In this corner, the current champion and the way most people do things.....Pull Technology. In the other corner, the challenger, and the friend of those who are deluged with digital media, Push Technology.

A recent discussion on the SLED list, started by Sarah Robbins, centers on "a mailbucket site that is archiving our list" making the "archives public on a non-member website."

If someone wants to know what conversations are going on on the SLED list they can join and then search the list. What is happening now is that this compiling is causing email to be posted publicly, outside the list, and that is being picked up by other services like Google Alerts (which is how I found out about it)

I'll be honest that I am a bit concerned. Not that I would ever say anything that, as one member on the SLED list said, I wouldn't want to see posted on a highway billboard. But how the SLED list deals with this is something that needs to be handled by those on the SLED list.

Here is what I see as more of a meta-question this issue brings up....when is push and pull technology appropriate? Is this even a relevant question, meaning, it doesn't matter if information is pushed down to us or we have to go pull it up.

I believe that there ARE times when push and pull technology needs to be used prudently. What do you think?

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