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Collective intelligence is a shared or group intelligence involving knowledge creation and flow. Pooled brainpower emerges from the collaboration and learning actions of a community of connected individuals empowered by social media, participatory tools, and mobile platforms.
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Social Media: Pulse of the Planet?

Social Media: Pulse of the Planet? | Collective Intelligence & Distance Learning | Scoop.it

In 2010, Hillary Clinton described social media as a new nervous system for our planet. So can the pulse of the planet be captured by looking at social media activity?

 

There are many who are skeptical not least because of the digital divide: “You mean the pulse of the Data Have’s? The pulse of the affluent?” These rhetorical questions are perfectly justified, which is why social media alone should not be the sole source of information that feeds into decision-making for policy purposes. But millions are joining the social media ecosystem everyday, so the selection bias is not increasing but decreasing. We may not be able to capture the pulse of the planet comprehensively at a very high resolution yet, but the pulse of the majority of the world is certainly growing louder by the day.


One may think this picture depicts electricity use in Europe. Instead, this is a map of geo-located tweets (blue dots) and Flickr pictures (red dots). “White dots are locations that have been posted to both” . The number of active Twitter users grew 40% in 2012, making Twitter the fastest growing social network on the planet. Over 20% of the world’s internet population is now on Twitter. 

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Twitter expands the Discover tab to deliver more relevant tweets

Twitter expands the Discover tab to deliver more relevant tweets | Collective Intelligence & Distance Learning | Scoop.it

First launched in December, and upgraded last May, the Discover feature will now deliver a steady stream of rich-media tweets that are intended to be relevant to individual users. 

 

Twitter today unveiled the latest iteration of its Discover tab, a move it said will show users a steady stream of tweets deemed relevant to them.  The company first launched the Discover feature on Twitter.com last December, aiming to "bring you essential information from the Web [and in] May, we added stronger signals and a new design that made it more personal for you with better stories and tweets from people you know."


And in a blog post this morning, Twitter wrote that "Now we're improving Discover again: When you visit the Discover tab on Twitter.com, you'll see a continuous stream of tweets, which automatically expand to show you the most relevant stories and most engaging photos."  A quick look at the new tab revealed a string of tweets under the rubric, "What's happening now, tailored for you."


The trick, of course, is for Twitter to match peoples' actual interests with relevant tweets. But if it works, it could be a smart way for users to find new people to follow, and information important to them.  Twitter said it will be rolling out the new Discover feature to users "gradually."

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