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Breaking Out of the Echo Chamber – contentious.com

“Cass Sunstein, an amazing legal scholar, says that one of the dangers of the internet is that we’re only hearing like voices, and that makes us more polarized. Homophily can make you really, really dumb. What’s incredible about the net is we have this opportunity to hear more voices than ever. But the tools we tend to build to it have us listening to the same voices again and again.

“Search in the future needs to lead us to people, to places, to voices. My hope is that in the future we get over homophily and we start looking for really productive serendipity — the sort of serendipity when you go to that shelf in the library and you think you know the book that you’re looking for, but you actually find the book you’re really looking for within 2-3 shelves of it. You think you’re looking for info on the US elections, but you end up finding info on how the Jamaicans are viewing the US elections. You think you’re looking for info on network security and you en d up finding information on why Pakistan is so afraid of YouTube.”

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4 easy steps to creating a Twitter list from your conference backchannel

4 easy steps to creating a Twitter list from your conference backchannel | Infotention | Scoop.it

"And today I discovered a great, free Twitter tool that lets you do just that: TweetBe.at. TweetBeat has all kinds of handy tools for managing Twitter lists, including just what I needed: the ability to search for everyone who’d used a given hashtag, and add them all to my new Twitter list in one go. Here’s how I did it."

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10 Online Tools for Better Attention & Focus

10 Online Tools for Better Attention & Focus | Infotention | Scoop.it

"If only finding focus were so simple. With a tidal wave of information coming at us daily, focus is rapidly becoming the scarcest commodity of the 21st century. With this in mind, I’ve rounded up a handful of the best apps for fighting back against the constant distractions of our digital lives."

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Joining Howard Rheingold, Clay Shirky, Paulette Robinson on: How Social Media, Curation and Infotention Will Transform Your Future - Free Online Conference Launching Next Week

Joining Howard Rheingold, Clay Shirky, Paulette Robinson on: How Social Media, Curation and Infotention Will Transform Your Future - Free Online Conference Launching Next Week | Infotention | Scoop.it

I am honored to announce that starting next Monday October 17th, the National eXtension Virtual Conference will launch online showcasing a series of presentations plus open discussion from Howard Rheingold, Clay Shirky, Paulette Robinson and yours truly. 

The official topics of this three-day event have not yet been officially announced but they all circle around the topics of the future of communication, curation, search, and the new infotention skills. 

There is no registration required to attend the event, and the format foresees presentation slots from each speaker, followed by 90 minutes discussions with moderators and the audience.

The event will go live at this url: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/broadcasts/nevc2011/

Please share this news with anyone interested in these topics. 


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LuAnn Phillips's comment, October 10, 2011 7:48 PM
Got an avatar? The event is also available live at eXtension in Second Life http://bit.ly/qqZCa8
janlgordon's comment, October 18, 2011 12:03 PM
Bravo Robin!! This was one of the best talks I've heard in a long time - You are so right on target, you continually help me to hone and fine tune what I'm doing to be of better service to others - thank you so much
janlgordon's comment, October 19, 2011 6:03 PM
Absolutely brilliant talk the other day, thank you so much!! This is a topic that is going to be huge. I love the connection between infotention and curation, lots to absorb, exciting and challenging at the same time.
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Visual Curation of Bookmarks Gets Better with Utopic.me

Visual Curation of Bookmarks Gets Better with Utopic.me | Infotention | Scoop.it

"Curating and sharing links on the web is a hot space. Delicious has relaunched, and services we’ve written about like Snip.it are trying to get you to share all of your links on its service.

 

Utopic goes a step further in helping you discover and share links, videos, music, and pictures that are relevant to you with its brand new gorgeous design and visual bookmarking launch.

 

Utopic had this to say about its new visual bookmarking feature:

 

With one click you can now save, tag, share and later quickly recover anything on the internet that you find interesting.

The same goes for your favourites and links already shared on social networks. Utopic allows you to automatically import and publish those links in a beautiful visual profile.

 

Topic-based content discovery through other people sharing your interests is still there as well, albeit with a new design and navigation." (Remarks by Robin Good)


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MediaShift . Learning in a Digital Age: Teaching a Different Kind of Literacy | PBS

MediaShift . Learning in a Digital Age: Teaching a Different Kind of Literacy | PBS | Infotention | Scoop.it

"The literacy of the future rests on the ability to decode and construct meaning from one's constantly evolving environment -- whether it's coded orally, in text, images, simulations, or the biosphere itself. Therefore we must be adaptive to our social, economic and political landscape. Those of us living in this digital age are required to learn, unlearn and learn again and again."

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Notes on cultivating a personal learning network | Institute for Social and Network Literacy

Notes on cultivating a personal learning network | Institute for Social and Network Literacy | Infotention | Scoop.it
RT @Infotention: Notes on cultivating a personal learning network: http://t.co/fzHbHFL1 #mindamp #infotention...
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Smallest Federated Wiki Videos

This is Ward Cunningham, who invented wikis: "Our new wiki innovates three ways. It shares through federation, composes by refactoring and wraps data with visualization. Follow our open development on GitHub or just watch our work-in-progress videos here."

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How can we build better filters for growing flows of information?

How can we build better filters for growing flows of information? | Infotention | Scoop.it

 

 

Nicola Bruno, cofounder of Effecinque and a journalist fellow at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at the University of Oxford) goes the startup route "with the intent of being relentless hunters of news and human filters of information."...

 

Heres what got my attention:

 

As the digital flood sweeps into our lives every imaginable kind of information, much of it offering nothing more than a smoke screen to blur or distort our view, figuring this out is crucial.

 

Who or what can help us see beyond the smoke? Will software like Stats Monkey give us reason to believe that we are swimming only in facts with its mechanical certainty? And what will be the role of journalists in a media landscape in which reporters and news items are little more than commodities, and, in the case of reporters, a soon-to-be redundancy?

 

 

http://www.niemanlab.org/2011/09/from-nieman-reports-how-can-we-build-better-filters-for-growing-flows-of-information/


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ifttt / About ifttt

ifttt / About ifttt | Infotention | Scoop.it

It's called "if this then that" and looks like a way to program activities with ifttt scripts -- it could be used for infotention. If anybody comes up with infotentional scripts, let me know, and I'll share them.

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Routine information sharing — Slaw

"Looks like litbots and databases will soon be providing routine updates of structured information to human readers via newspapers and news websites in the form of machine written articles. Narrative Science is the company behind it.

Pretty soon, such litbots will be conversing with my own personal litbots, and negotiating the purchase of routine items I need and can afford, according to the budget I set and the priorities I identify."

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Hartmut Rosa on Social Acceleration and Time

"Renowned social theorist Hartmut Rosa talks about social acceleration in modernity, and its consequences for religion, immortality, health, and the commercialization of time" (8 minute video)

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Netvibes - Dashboard Everything

"To help visualize the complex information flows that every knowledge worker and every organization must navigate, I often use the metaphor of a bow-tie. This helps me to understand and conceptualize Information Overload, and it may be helpful to you as well. To start, simply picture the shape of a bow-tie (yes, the fancy one that goes around the neck).
On the left side of the bow-tie is the complex incoming information in the form of communications, news and reports, meetings, and any other information input, no matter how small. This flow includes sources both internal and external to the organization that are filtered down and processed in the middle of the bow-tie, the knot. The knot is where the complex flow of information is reduced, simplified, and digested so that it can be used to produce complex outcomes on the other side of the knot. The right side of the bow-tie is where the structured and digested information is applied to business problems and used to create profit and gain advantage.
The bow-tie is a powerful model because it allows for complex inputs to be reduced to manageable blocks that are then used to drive complex outcomes. The problem is that the knot of the bow-tie, and by extension the organization, team, or individual knowledge worker, is vulnerable to becoming overloaded. If the knot fails and is overwhelmed by the incoming information on the left side, then the important outcomes being produced on the right side will suffer."

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6 Twitter Dashboards That Will Lead You to Social Media Success - Resource Nation (blog)

6 Twitter Dashboards That Will Lead You to Social Media Success - Resource Nation (blog) | Infotention | Scoop.it
6 Twitter Dashboards That Will Lead You to Social Media SuccessResource Nation (blog)Twitter has created a few Twitter dashboards, or applications, that allows you to access your Twitter accounts (and a few others) all in one place.
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About || Percolate

"Percolate is the first content curation platform that works by bubbling up interesting content based on your network and presenting it back to you for reaction.
Percolate works by hooking up to streams of content (like RSS and Twitter, with more to come) and filtering down to the most interesting stuff for you (by way of a lot of math and technical wizardry). We then present that content back to you for you to react to, which is as easy as hitting an "awesome" button."

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College students limit technology use during crunch time — University of Washington - washington.edu

College students limit technology use during crunch time — University of Washington - washington.edu | Infotention | Scoop.it

A new University of Washington study found A new University of Washington study found college students – only weeks away from final exams and in the library – tend to pare use of electronics. It’s their way to manage technology that permeates their lives.

Project Information Literacy
A student studying in one of the college libraries where Project Information Literacy conducted its survey.
Today’s students may often be considered “heavy multitaskers” who are unable to concentrate on one activity at a time. However, based on 560 interviews in 11 college libraries around the country near exam time last spring, researchers found most students using only one or two technology devices to support only one or two activities at a time — coursework and to a lesser extent, communication.

“Our findings belie conventional wisdom about the multitasking generation – always online, always using a variety of IT devices to communicate, game and do their homework,” said Alison Head, a research scientist at the UW Information School who co-directed the study. “Our findings suggest students may be applying self-styled strategies for dialing down technology when the pressure is most on them.”college students – only weeks away from final exams and in the library – tend to pare use of electronics. It’s their way to manage technology that permeates their lives.

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Mining TWeets for Tag Recommendation on Social Media

http://precog.iiitd.edu.in/Publications_files/DC_AS_SMUC_2011.pdf

"Automatic tag recommendation or annotation can help in
improving the eciency of text-based information retrieval
on online social media services like Blogger, Last.FM, Flickr
and YouTube. In this work, we investigate alternate solu-
tions for tag recommendations by employing a Wisdom of
Crowd approach in a mashup framework. In particular, we
mine tweets on Twitter and use their hashtag(s) and con-
tent to annotate videos on Flickr, Photobucket, YouTube,
Dailymotion and SoundCloud. We crawl Twitter to col-
lect a random sample of tweets containing Flickr, Photo-
bucket, YouTube, Dailymotion and SoundCloud URLs. We
then recommend tags for these services using hashtag(s) and
content present in tweets. We use a hybrid technique (auto-
mated and manual) to validate our results on di erent sub-
sets (presence / absence of hashtags, presence / absence of
media tags) of data. Experimental results demonstrate that
the proposed solution approach is e ective and reliable."


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They are very helpful indeed! I suggested to Scoop.it to adopt them too.
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I'm Reacting As Fast As I Can! - Oprah.com

Four strategies for maintaining your focus when faced with so many sources of information.
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The Landing: George Siemens's blog: How do you manage your information?

The Landing: George Siemens's blog: How do you manage your information? | Infotention | Scoop.it

"Managing resources is one of the most important skills for students (people!) to master. I started blogging in 2000 and have spent a significant amount of time trying to devise an information management system that I can use to make sense of a topic or discipline. I've attached an image below that highlights the process and tools that I use."

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Ken Morrison's comment, October 8, 2011 8:03 PM
Thank you for sharing. am champoussin
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Goodbye Information Overload: Strawberryj.am Digs Out The Best Links From Your Twitter Connections - AllTwitter

Goodbye Information Overload: Strawberryj.am Digs Out The Best Links From Your Twitter Connections - AllTwitter | Infotention | Scoop.it
Goodbye Information Overload: Strawberryj.am Digs Out The Best Links From Your Twitter Connections...
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paper.li - the blog

paper.li - the blog | Infotention | Scoop.it

Paper.li adds RSS as content stream, filtering, block people or websites from appearing daily,new filters fot twitter, twitter lists, #tags

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7 Ways to Automate Your Life With ifttt

More on ifttt, with some practicale examples: "Ever wish you could get a text message every time someone tagged you in a Facebook photo? Or that you could record notes to yourself that are transcribed and sent to your e-mail account?

A nifty new Web service called ifttt (pronounced “lift” but minus the l) offers a way to automate tasks involving a bevy of services like Instagram, Craiglist, Dropbox and Instapaper, among others.

The basic premise of the service is simple. Users simply connect two services together to respond to triggers, under the construct that if this happens, then do that."

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Who Is Going To Become Your Preferred Filter? A Service or a Human?

Who Is Going To Become Your Preferred Filter? A Service or a Human? | Infotention | Scoop.it

"As the avalanche of information coming through social networks and real-time tools like Twitter continues to grow, the need for filters to make sense of that tsunami of data also increases, and it seems as though everyone has a different way of trying to solve that problem.

 

Facebook threw its hat into the ring this week with what it says is an improved “newspaper-style” news feed that highlights important content, while Digg has just launched “newsrooms” aimed at doing the same thing, and online influence-ranking service Klout is rolling out topic pages based on what’s being shared by those with influence.

 

But will any of these be able to solve the filtering problem, or will they just add another source of noise?"


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ProfHacker - The Chronicle of Higher Education

"What would be great, then, is if there were a publicly browsable collection of scripts that scrape APIs and websites, scripts that could easily be updated if something about the data changes.

Friends, let me commend to you ScraperWiki. ScraperWiki is a bit of a wonder, because it provides three different handy resources, any one of which would be worth some time:"

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TheBrain :: The Art of Visual Inquiry

TheBrain :: The Art of Visual Inquiry | Infotention | Scoop.it

The Brain is a powerful infotention tool with an easy beginning learning curve and infinite potential. This one and a half hour recorded seminar shows how to use PersonalBrain to manage information overload -- and more, to transform it into individual knowledge and collective intelligence

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