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What Data Can’t Do - for one Thing, it Can't Measure Social Context

What Data Can’t Do - for one Thing, it Can't Measure Social Context | Data & Informatics | Scoop.it
Data can’t account for everything in our experience, nor serve as the only guide for our thinking, planning and decision-making.

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In order to really understand what the data is telling you (i.e. the information) you need to add context through narrative.

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janlgordon's comment, February 27, 2013 3:18 PM
Well put Neil Wilkins, I'm in total agreement!!
janlgordon's comment, February 27, 2013 3:19 PM
Thank you Stephen Dale, adding context through narrative is a skill all by itself. Thanks for your comment....
Ignasi Alcalde's curator insight, April 19, 2013 4:12 AM

Los límites de los datos.

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From Data To Insight: Turning Information Into Intelligence

From Data To Insight: Turning Information Into Intelligence | Data & Informatics | Scoop.it
Marketers are all over big data - but are they looking to big data at the expense of true insights and missing the heartbeat of their customers?

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William J. Ryan's curator insight, March 4, 2013 5:35 AM

Same can be said for learning as well, we track a lot in LMS's but are we measuring what matters?  Have we defined, and agreed upon, the metrics that will help the business and the performance of the community we serve?

Irina Radchenko's curator insight, August 13, 2013 4:32 AM

Today’s connected consumer has access to an insane amount of information, all at their fingertips, thanks to the ubiquity of smartphone access to the web.

 

From checking restaurant reviews and stock prices, to taking pictures of a new pair of jeans and asking the opinion of friends on Facebook, today’s consumer is no longer restricted to choosing a brand through a push marketing approach.

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Successful Video Curation Examples

 

 


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Video curation - the next big thing? 

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Robin Good's curator insight, December 24, 2012 6:06 AM


Tim Buchalka illustrates with some real world YouTube video channels, some successful examples of video curation at work.


Though the examples chosen do require some sophisticated production skills and equipment, the fundamental editorial philosophy behind them does not require any expensive technology, but the ability to find and showcase interesting content while contributing your own viewpoint and commentary.


Interesting Examples. Useful. 6/10


Original video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KNJd0xIo2ec



LLatipi's curator insight, December 24, 2012 9:35 PM

Great tips!

@erococonut's curator insight, December 29, 2012 4:07 AM

Show it! If an image is worth a thousand words, a video is worth a million.

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Trust, Context and Humaness: That's What Makes One a True Curator

Trust, Context and Humaness: That's What Makes One a True Curator | Data & Informatics | Scoop.it

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A useful insight into what 'digital curation' really means, and what differentiates it from "frictionless sharing", or "link spraying". It seems that in these pioneering days of content curation, the true meaning of the concept has not yet captured the imagination of knowledge professionals. #kmers

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Beth Kanter's comment, December 22, 2012 7:50 AM
love the term link spraying
Beth Kanter's curator insight, December 22, 2012 7:51 AM

Robin has curated list of definitions for content curation.  new term link spraying

Eric Moran's curator insight, February 13, 2013 12:50 PM

Common misconception about content curation is that everything is automated . This article does a great job explaining the human element involved in curating content. It also shares some bad habits people pick up from the unintentional convenience of automated tools.

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How Powerful is Visual Content - here are the Facts & Figures [Infographic]

How Powerful is Visual Content - here are the Facts & Figures [Infographic] | Data & Informatics | Scoop.it

This article and infographic was posted by Jeff Bullas. We all know visual content attracts attention - here are some highlights on just how powerful it really is in social media.


Excerpt:


"Visual content has been on a rapid upward trajectory over the last 12 months. Social media platforms such as Pinterest and Instagram have taken the social media world by storm. Instagram announced in July that it had acquired 80 million users"


** Pinterest and Instagram have taken the social media world by storm.Instagram announced in July that it had acquired 80 million users. To put some further perspective on its adoption and growth, the visual social media network is now being used by 40% of the worlds top 100 brands.


Simply Measured looked at Facebook’s top 10 brand pages to find out the real numbers and facts and figures on the engagement and sharing levels of photos and vides in comparison to text and discovered:


Videos are Shared Photos are liked 200% more than text updates


To put some perspective on the power of visual content other studies show that Photo and video posts on Pinterest are referring more traffic than Twitter, Stumbleupon, LinkedIn and Google+.


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See full article and infographic here: [http://bit.ly/Oj0yKP

 


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Two Pens's curator insight, December 15, 2012 7:55 AM

Visual imagery + story telling. You can't get a better combo.

Ferananda's comment, December 23, 2012 2:52 PM
You are so awesome Beth. Never cease to amuse me. Might 2013 bring you big flows of love. thank you for your work!
Stephen Dale's curator insight, December 24, 2012 12:07 AM

A picture paints a thousand words!

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What a big data business model looks like

What a big data business model looks like | Data & Informatics | Scoop.it

The rise of big data is an exciting — if in some cases scary — development for business. Together with the complementary technology forces of social, mobile, the cloud, and unified communications, big data brings countless new opportunities for learning about customers and their wants and needs. It also brings the potential for disruption, and realignment. Organizations that truly embrace big data can create new opportunities for strategic differentiation in this era of engagement. Those that don't fully engage, or that misunderstand the opportunities, can lose out.

 

There are a number of new business models emerging in the big data world. In my research, I see three main approaches standing out. The first focuses on using data to create differentiated offerings. The second involves brokering this information. The third is about building networks to deliver data where it's needed, when it's needed.

 

* Differentiation creates new experiences.

 

* Brokering augments the value of information.

 

* Delivery networks enable the monetization of data.


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BBC News - The top 100 sites on the internet

Which are the biggest sites on the internet? Explore this interactive graphic to find out.

 

- A treemap is a way of analysing large amounts of data in a small space

- In this example the top 100 websites have been depicted in proportion to the number of unique users they received in January 2010

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Content Curation Tool Scoop.it Introduces New Features: Apps And Extras

In the last week Content Curation Tool Scoop.it announced some new features:

- Google Chrome extension turns your browser into a powerful curation tool.
- The Scoop.it widget allows you to embed a slider from your topic pages.
- The BufferApp and Scoop.it integration is a way to easily schedule the distribution of your posts to social networks.

 

 

Check out full and new features here:

http://www.scoop.it/extras

 

Watch video tour about them: 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q635eCVivUA

 


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Big Data Right Now: Five Trendy Open Source Technologies | TechCrunch

Big Data Right Now: Five Trendy Open Source Technologies  | TechCrunch | Data & Informatics | Scoop.it

Big Data is on every CIO’s mind this quarter, and for good reason. Companies will have spent $4.3 billion on Big Data technologies by the end of 2012.

 

There are over 250K viable open source technologies on the market today. This article looks at new technologies that are shaking things up in Big Data:

 

- Storm and Kafka are the future of stream processing, and they are already in use at a number of high-profile companies including Groupon, Alibaba, and The Weather Channel.

 

- Drill and Dremel make large-scale, ad-hoc querying of data possible, with radically lower latencies that are especially apt for data exploration.

 

- R is an open source statistical programming language. It is incredibly powerful. Over two million (and counting) analysts use R.

 

- Gremlin and Giraph help empower graph analysis, and are often used coupled with graph databases like Neo4j or InfiniteGraph

 

- SAP Hana is an in-memory analytics platform that includes an in-memory database and a suite of tools and software for creating analytical processes and moving data in and out, in the right formats.

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Algorithms Can Help Curators Pre-Filter, Discover and Learn From Like-Minded Colleagues

Algorithms Can Help Curators Pre-Filter, Discover and Learn From Like-Minded Colleagues | Data & Informatics | Scoop.it


Robin Good: Alexis Dufresne of Faveeo, an up and coming information filtering and discovery tool not yet available to the general public, has been posting some interesting articles on topics related to news curation, filtering and discovery.

 

In particular, I found interesting his recent analysis on automated solutions and algorithms designed to help scale curation efforts, as these are generally discarded as inappropriate for any type of professional work. But, as he rightly points out, there are several tasks inside a curator workflow that can indeed help and reduce the curator's workload without limiting his ability to manually select and edit what he finds most appropriate.

Alexis pinpoints at least three different areas in which algorithms and automated operations can indeed greatly help the curator's work. These are:

 

1) Discovery of new sources and networks: ...By teaching a machine about the kind of sources and users a curator is looking for, a machine could process from the incredible mass of sources and people out there to figure out those who are likely to be trusted sources of information. By using techniques of text analysis, social reach, semantic density, popularity and more, this task could be done by a machine.

 

2) Learning the profile of a curator: A lot of engines are focusing on filtering the semantic meaning of an article in order to recommend other content. But by using advanced NLP techniques and text extraction methods, we could go further and have an idea of the tone, the lenght and other signals that can indicate the preferences of a human curator, other than simply the actual keywords used in the text.

 

3) Social recommendations: ...By detecting users that seem to click, like, share or save the same articles, we can connect them together to mutualize their search and discovery operations, in order to speed things up.

 

Rightful. Helpful. 8/10

 

Full article: http://www.faveeo.com/computer-assisted-curation-lets-figure-out-best-system-help-scale-curation-operations

 

 


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Faveeo Update : Two new features to speed up fresh discovery - http://eepurl.com/ycrBL
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Chrome Extension Protects Privacy Against Google, Facebook & 1,000 Other Sites

Chrome Extension Protects Privacy Against Google, Facebook & 1,000 Other Sites | Data & Informatics | Scoop.it

If you’re tired of logging into Facebook to reset your privacy options every time the company updates its user agreement, a new Chrome extension may be the fix you’re looking for.

 

PrivacyFix may be the long-sought after answer to privacy concerns that regular Google and Facebook users hear on an almost-daily basis.

 

“Default privacy settings on sites like Facebook are revenue- driven, not privacy-driven,” PrivacyFix founder Jim Brock said in a release. “Privacyfix puts you back in control of your data.”

 

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Government should give SMEs open access to intellectual property created at universities to help boost the economy - The IET

Government should give SMEs open access to intellectual property created at universities to help boost the economy - The IET | Data & Informatics | Scoop.it

A top academic, innovator and serial entrepreneur calls on the Government to give small and medium sized businesses open access to the intellectual property (IP) created in UK universities.

 

Professor Andy Hopper CBE has this week become the new President of Europe’s largest professional society for engineers and technicians, the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).

 

Universities should be encouraged and incentivised to kick start the development of new technologies and products by openly assigning the required IP to dynamic British businesses at minimal extra cost. In return, maybe the university could get a one or two per cent shareholding – more of a goodwill gesture than a conventional transaction.

 

Professor Andy Hopper believes this will be a big boost for the engine room of the UK economy, small and medium sized enterprises.

 

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google-refine - Google Refine, a power tool for working with messy data (formerly Freebase Gridworks) - Google Project Hosting

google-refine - Google Refine, a power tool for working with messy data (formerly Freebase Gridworks) - Google Project Hosting | Data & Informatics | Scoop.it

Google Refine is a power tool for working with messy data, cleaning it up, transforming it from one format into another, extending it with web services, and linking it to databases like Freebase.

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Social Media Strategy: Why Insight and Evidence is So Important

Social Media Strategy: Why Insight and Evidence is So Important | Data & Informatics | Scoop.it

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A timely call for a dispassionate, unbiassed and "agnostic" analysis of data to discover what it is really telling us, and then acting on this information. Sounds obvious? Then why are we so often misled through our ignorance of good and accurate data analysis? 

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Thanks for sharing:)
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Thanks for sharing:)
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Types of Graphs | Graphs.net

Types of Graphs | Graphs.net | Data & Informatics | Scoop.it
Graphs are a visual treat, as they can present complex information in a quick and easy manner. Mostly graphs are used to reveal a trend, compare statistics or

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A useful overview of different types of graphs and where they might be used.

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Beth Kanter's curator insight, December 30, 2012 1:07 PM

Handy cheat sheet for picking the right chart and graph.  Text description and infographic.    

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Six ways data journalism is making sense of the world, around the world - O'Reilly Radar

Six ways data journalism is making sense of the world, around the world - O'Reilly Radar | Data & Informatics | Scoop.it
When I wrote that Radar was investigating data journalism and asked for your favorite examples of good work, we heard back from around the world. I received emails from...
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Some great examples of data journalism and data visualisation.

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To Email or To Collaborate: Unlocking Value of Social Collaboration

To Email or To Collaborate: Unlocking Value of Social Collaboration | Data & Informatics | Scoop.it
Do you remember that old familiar chime “you’ve got mail!”? You couldn’t wait to open the mailbox flag icon on your desktop that signaled a new email message was waiting to be read.
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Many organizational leaders today struggle with the decision to remain in the comforts of communicating with colleagues through familiar email platforms, or to move to more advanced social collaboration platforms that encourage communicating and sharing between teams in real-time. And in this later scene, significant benefits can be received such as increased employee engagement, knowledge sharing and productivity.


Email works well when sending confidential or restricted information, or if you want to control the content or broadcast a message to multiple contacts as part of an online marketing campaign. However when it comes to collaborating with teams on time-sensitive projects, or to gain critical insight from others on documents and business decisions, email has proven time and time again to be a major hindrance to an organisation’s productivity.

 

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The Human Algorithm: Redefining the Value of Data - Brian Solis

The Human Algorithm: Redefining the Value of Data - Brian Solis | Data & Informatics | Scoop.it
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Brian Solis expounds the importance of the 'human algorithm', the people and skills required to anaylse and interpret the data that is being collected in ever-increasing volumes (big data is BIG), and with the insight and ability to put knowledge to work.

 

The human algorithm is a function of extracting insights with intention, humanising trends ad possibilities and working with strategists to improve and innovate everything from processes to products to overall experiences.

 

The human algorithm can have an immediate impact with social media listening. In addition to tracking simple data signals such as conversations, sentiment, share of voice and service inquiries, data can present insights into preferences, trends, areas for innovation or refinement, R&D, and co-creation Even though sophisticated tools can help track data points that can lead to these insights, it still takes a human touch to surface them and in turn advocate findings within the organisation.

 

At present the  community or social media manager is not tasked with this type of responsibility therefore, insights largely remain undiscovered. It takes a new role that unites the disciplines of business intelligence and social media with the perseverance of a change agent. Without it, the insights that lead to innovation will be stifled by fear and skepticism.

 

Insight and value 9/10

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Infographic: the Future of Big Data

Infographic: the Future of Big Data | Data & Informatics | Scoop.it

Big data is not new. It has existed for ages and can be attributed even to the initial years of computing. However, one might do well to consider why is there an increased buzz around this now.

The answer is quite simple: Significant advances that have been brought about by x86 hardware have actually helped in bringing computing power to the masses. However, with new technologies, cloud computing has extended this power. Now, users have extended perimeters, while still being able to control costs effectively...


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The complete guide to Twitter’s language and acronyms

The complete guide to Twitter’s language and acronyms | Data & Informatics | Scoop.it

The beauty and challenge of Twitter is stuffing your most sophisticated thoughts and feelings into a measly 140 characters (or less). No good tweet is ever going to be 140 characters because it’s impossible to share, respond or reference a tweet that’s already at it’s max. If you want to make a big statement with a small message, you have to trim the fat. From the basic beginner to a tweet-savvy expert, this cheat sheet will help you navigate the perplexing and concentrated language that often appears in the stream, and make you seem like a regular pro in no time.


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Do You Know How Social Currency Influences Behavior?

Do You Know How Social Currency Influences Behavior? | Data & Informatics | Scoop.it
Conversation Agent quotes on Influence from Valeria Maltoni It's the age of the connected customer and people are now comfortable using technology to share -- privately or in public.

 

Here are some highlights:

 

How social currency influences behavior

 

**Social influences include peer pressure and social exchange. The latter is stronger than an economic motive.

 

**Most human interactions consist of an exchange of value. From a psychological standpoint, actions like sharing signal desire for self expression, need for validation, and social status recognition, and also simply altruism and affinity with a group or cause.

 

**Both social influences are amplified in public settings.

 

Psychologist Robert Cialdini documented six principles of ethical persuasion:

 

**social proof

 

**authority

 

**affinity

 

**commitment

 

**consistency

 

**reciprocity

 

Selected by Jan Gordon covering "Curation, Social Business and Beyond"

 

Read full article, see slideshare, images here: [http://bit.ly/VySDuu]


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social Proof.. It is what we all seek
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Creating Order From Digital Chaos | GigaOM

Creating Order From Digital Chaos | GigaOM | Data & Informatics | Scoop.it

Giuseppe Mauriello: I read this interesting article on GigaOM by Jim Hornthal that published an excerpt from his TED ebook “Haystack Full of Needles: Cutting Through the Clutter of the Online World to find a Place, Partner, or President.”

 

Here are some points that they caught my attention:

"What happens when data is huge? We get lost. Discovery, not search, will produce the next data-exploration breakthrough.

 

In the modern era, information overload has become an even larger problem than information scarcity. Data is generated by the ton, and most of it is not remotely relevant or useful. The way we search has even created a gray market in this thin veneer of content, often referred to as “faux content.”

 

Estimates vary but all point to evidence that a great percentage of the web today is simply manufactured sites created specifically to scoop up visitors in search of ad dollars. The effect isn’t just a nuisance, and makes sifting through the ever growing tons of online data even more confounding.

 

The back-link game, or the process by which websites can purchase inbound links — Google’s original secret sauce that generated results based on the “authority” of a web page — has become vital to generating superior search results, and the multibillion-dollar search-engine optimization industry is built on reverse-engineering the actual search algorithms for commercial gain.

 

Rich Skrenta, the CEO of the spam-free search engine Blekko, frames this de-evolution in an interesting way: “Today, the Web has become a tragedy of the commons, a social system ruled by spam — over 90 percent of URLs today are pure junk!”

 

Fortunately, there is a growing band of innovators who have taken up the challenge and are tackling those issues — with startlingly similar approaches. Their universal mission is to employ relevant, expert-based pattern recognition to generate a useful consumer outcome.

 

For these passionate discovery engineers, the goal is not to find a needle in a haystack, but instead to present a haystack of needles, an array of potential valuable answers to a growing list of useful and impactful questions..."

 

Read full original article here:

http://gigaom.com/2012/10/20/creating-order-from-digital-chaos/

 


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Forget Bring Your Own Device - Try Corporate Owned, Personally Enabled

Forget Bring Your Own Device - Try Corporate Owned, Personally Enabled | Data & Informatics | Scoop.it

As consumer devices and services increasingly outstrip their corporate competitors in power, productivity and cachet, Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) has become the latest so-hot-you'll-melt trend in the world of corporate IT. 

 

The idea behind BYOD is to let end users choose the devices, programs and services that best meet their personal and business needs, with access, support and security supplied by the company IT department - often with subsidies for device purchases.

 

But BYOD places new burdens on IT as it tries to deal with an infinite variety of platforms and profiles.

 

COPE takes the opposite approach - instead of making corporate functions work on personal devices, it sets up a framework to support and allow personal uses of company devices.  With COPE the organization buys the device and still owns it, but the employee is allowed, within reason, to install the applications they want on the device, be it smartphone or traditional computer.

 

Clearly COPE is the preferred model from the IT perspective, since it still gives them control over the hardware device, and (within the terms of the COPE policy) the applications that can be installed. But is this really very different to how things work now, and do you trust your IT department to choose the right device for you? #byod

 

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US Data Use Explodes to 1.1 Trillion Megabytes

US Data Use Explodes to 1.1 Trillion Megabytes | Data & Informatics | Scoop.it

It's no secret that Americans are using more and more data, thanks to smartphones and tablets, but the grand total might be a little surprising.

 

According to CTIA, the wireless industry trade group, U.S. mobile users consumed 1.1 trillion megabytes of data between July 2011 and June 2012.


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Facebook Launches Collections, “Want/Collect” Buttons That Save Products To Pinteresque Profile Sections

Facebook Launches Collections, “Want/Collect” Buttons That Save Products To Pinteresque Profile Sections | Data & Informatics | Scoop.it

Excerpted from article on TechCrunch:

"Facebook has just begun testing “Collections” — a new feature it says is “unrelated” to Pinterest but could be a competitor. It allows retailers to add “Want” or “Collect” buttons to news feed posts about products. These save and share products to a “Wishlist” on user profiles that host a “Buy” button that can be clicked through to make purchases offsite.

Seven retail partners can now share Collections posts to their fans.

 

Collections could help retailers score viral click-throughs to their product pages by making things their fans are interested in more discoverable to friends. Facebook isn’t earning affiliate fees on Collections click throughs, but it could get brands to buy ads to get more fans.

 

The “Want” button adds a product to a Timeline section called “Wishlist” visible to friends of friends, the “Collect” button saves to to a Collection called “Products” that’s visible to friends only, and a special version of the “Like” button will also add to “Products” but that’s visible to friends of friends.

 

The “Want” button adds a product to a Timeline section called “Wishlist” visible to friends of friends, the “Collect” button saves to to a Collection called “Products” that’s visible to friends only, and a special version of the “Like” button will also add to “Products” but that’s visible to friends of friends..."

 

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http://techcrunch.com/2012/10/08/facebook-collections/


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