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The Guardian introduces @GuardianTagBot, a “Twitter-based search assistant”

The Guardian introduces @GuardianTagBot, a “Twitter-based search assistant” | Infotention | Scoop.it

"This morning, the Guardian announced the birth of @GuardianTagBot, the living, tweeting, occasionally sleeping Twitter account that serves as the public face of the Guardian’s content API explorer. Tweet @GuardianTagBot with a search term — or a whole group of search terms — and it’ll @-reply you with a link to Guardian content that matches your query. Whether you’re looking for Nieman Lab mentions in the Guardian (who isn’t?), or wondering what Nick Clegg is up today (ditto), or concerned that David Cameron may be a lizard (um)…the bot probably has your answer."

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Thrust, Drag and the 10x Effect

Thrust, Drag and the 10x Effect | Infotention | Scoop.it

"If you haven’t heard of it, the 10x effect is the anecdotal observation that great programmers aren’t just a little more productive than average ones (like 15-20%). They tend to be 10 times more productive. A similar effect can be found in other kinds of creative information work.

Can you transform yourself into a 10x person? If you meet certain qualifying conditions (by my estimate, maybe 1 in 4 people do), I think you can.

The 10x effect arises from the interaction of thrust and drag on the fundamental playing field of your life, your calendar.

If you understand how this works, and learn to manage the interaction, the benefits are enormous. Managing the interaction involves a rule that is about as close to magic as I’ve ever encountered: you just prioritize longer tasks in your scheduling."

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Terry Elliott's comment, November 4, 2011 11:51 AM
Take a look at the comments on this post at Venkat's site. Thoughtful and fair. Plus, the metaphors used here will expand your vision of what good research-based workflow really consists of.
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iDoneThis

"Every day we’ll email you to ask, “What’d you get done today?” Just reply to our email to make an entry."

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Amazon.com: Your Brain at Work eBook: David Rock: Kindle Store

"In this book, we travel inside the brains of Emily and Paul as they attempt to sort the vast quantities of information they're presented with and figure out how to prioritize, organize, and act on it. Fortunately for Emily and Paul—and for readers of Your Brain at Work—they're in good hands: David Rock knows how the brain works—and more specifically, how it works in a work setting."

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Summary of Your Social News Feeds - Summify

Summary of Your Social News Feeds - Summify | Infotention | Scoop.it

"Summify creates a beautiful daily summary of the most relevant news from your social networks, and delivers it to you by email, web or mobile."

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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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Amazon.com: The Information Diet: A Case for Conscious Consumption (Otx) (9781449304683): Clay A. Johnson: Books

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(Forthcoming book -- I read a prepub copy and recommend it as an infotention resource) "According to Google's Chairman Eric Schmidt, we create more information every two days than we did throughout human history up to 2003. How can you cope with information overload? This insightful book makes a compelling case that information overload doesn't actually exist—the real problem is information overconsumption.

Just as junk food can lead to obesity, junk information can lead to a new form of ignorance. The Information Diet provides a framework for consuming information in a healthy way, by showing you what to look for, what to avoid, and how to be selective. In the process, author Clay Johnson explains the role information has played throughout history, and why following his prescribed diet is essential in today's information age."

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Webinar: “Cultivating the Executive Mind: Is Mindfulness the Key to 21st Century Economic Survival?” | Jeremy Hunter

One hour video: "Peter Drucker, the founder of the discipline of modern management, asserted that making knowledge workers productive was the key to economic survival for the developed economies. Though knowledge workers use their minds to make a living, are they ever taught to use their minds more effectively? This webinar discusses my decade-old mindfulness program at the Drucker School of Management designed to teach managers to manage themselves."

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'Visual Storytelling': New Language for the Age of Data Overload

'Visual Storytelling': New Language for the Age of Data Overload | Infotention | Scoop.it
Over the past several years, our quest to extract meaning from information has taken us more and more toward the realm of visual storytelling...
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What Kind of Buddhist was Steve Jobs, Really? | NeuroTribes

What Kind of Buddhist was Steve Jobs, Really? | NeuroTribes | Infotention | Scoop.it

"Using the mind to watch the mind, and ultimately to change how the mind works, is known in cognitive psychology as metacognition. Beneath the poetic cultural trappings of Buddhism, what intensive meditation offers to long-term practitioners is a kind of metacognitive hack of the human operating system (a metaphor that probably crossed Jobs’ mind at some point.) Sitting zazen offered Jobs a practical technique for upgrading the motherboard in his head."

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The World Question Center 2010

"Filtering, not remembering, is the most important skill for those who use the Internet. The Internet immerses us in a milieu of information — not for almost 20 years has a Web user read every available page — and there's more each minute: Twitter alone processes hundreds of tweets every second, from all around the world, all visible for anyone, anywhere, who cares to see. Of course, the majority of this information is worthless to the majority of people. Yet anything we care to know — what's the function for opening files in Perl? how far is it from Hong Kong to London? what's a power law? — is out there somewhere."

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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.

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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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Robin Good's comment, October 10, 2011 3:35 PM
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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