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October 28, 2008

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Hey Antony,

Its been a while since we last connected ;)

Glad to see you are trying Glue and very happy to open up the discussion about implicit and explicit information.

We thought long and hard about this problem while building Glue. While we do not know if what we delivered will work, we can share with you how we arrived this product.

At its core is the interplay of explicit and implicit information. Explicit information is scarce and valuable. Implicit information is abundant, but it is less interesting.

Glue uses the abundant to facilitate the valuable.

The implicit information is short lived - Glue only keeps last 20 things you visit and last 20 people around any movie, book or music album.

But this short history facilitates deeper connections. You can find someone and then explore what they've been up to and then, likely, pay more explicit attention.

So this is all quite deliberate and by design. We are yet to see if this model is correct and make sense.

Thanks & I hope all is well,

Alex

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