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"Where's the best stuff? is the question that motivates my Internet snooping."
In this post for The Atlantic, Derek Thompson investigates what drives people to read online. As a writer for a popular news site, it's of interest to Thompson to find out what people are clicking on when navigating through the endless amounts of content available to them. Though it sounds like a boring study of analytics at first, his findings and references are actually super interesting.
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Continuing its promise to be more transparent about how the News Feed works, Facebook has announced another tweak to how it decides what stories show up there.
Even Facebook knows that people want to be provided with quality content - not necessarily just what people think is popular. Check out the new way they're trying to smarten up everyone's News Feeds.
What started as a phenomenon on a more personal level is now extending its reach to work and offices.
Social media is being used everywhere else to share and consume information, so what's the delay on internal communications within companies? Have you ever met someone who enjoys answering emails? Me neither.
Some may view communication with coworkers via social networks as blurring the line between personal and professional - what they don't yet know is that there are networks that exist specifically for this purpose! Yammer, BranchOut, and even Google Plus are great places to host online communities of coworkers and enhance the professional experience by bringing employees together and making them more comfortable and happier in the workplace.
How employee communications can be enhanced by social media.
"In the social age, knowledge itself is no longer power: your ability to synthesise meaning out of multiple sources, your ability to add value, to reinvent yourself and effect change, your generosity of time and expertise, these are the things that add value."
What an awesome post by Julian Stodd!
I couldn't agree more that this is the age of knowledge sharing. Knowledge is no longer difficult to attain; with the power of social networking and sharing, many experts on diverse subjects can showcase their knowledge, share it with others, and give those others the opportunity to turn it into new types of knowledge.
As Julian says, "With no barriers of geography, our potential to connect, to share on a global stage, is limitless!"
Great post by Julian Todd about the power of sharing and generosity in the soical age. Knowledge alone isn't enough. The challenge is to add value to conversations, create meaningful content, collaborate and give to your community. Thanks for the scoop by Ally Greer!
I complain about not being able to manage my streams of information. I read how internet curators, like Brainpicker, sift through so much to find interesting things -- so we don't have to.
Cheri Lucas Rowlands's thoughts on the "labyrinthine-ness of the web" are extremely interesting and thought provoking.
There are so many curators who dedicate their time sifting through feed after feed, article after article, to find the best content on their subject of expertise and share it with their audience. Naturally, these curators coexist with the readers - those who have no desire to go through all of the noise and simply want the best content delivered to them.
This pairing will be the future of information consumption. In a world where millions of pieces of content are published to the web every single day, the algorithm will slowly become obsolete and the human curator will take over.
We've given this a try with our new Read.it app, and can't wait to see how information consumption will change when the content discovery is fueled by a community of experts.
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Pairing Scoop.It with another publishing platform, like Wordpress or Tumblr, makes for a happy marriage.
What makes an idea spread? As you read this, there are likely thousands of meetings at different news publications, advertising firms, and government agencies trying to crack that code.
Could this ongoing study be the key to finding out what makes content go viral?
Upon studying brain activity of multiple people watching different videos, researchers Matt Lieberman and Emily Falk found something interesting: the triggers that cause us to want to share things might not be as related to the processing of this information as we think - in fact, a much bigger factor was a part of the brain called the bilateral TPJ, which is "the part of the brain which shifts our attention to focus on the minds of other people."
When we process content, we're thinking about who we can share it with and how it will be seen by others. Curation for an audience is literally built into our brains! Keep an eye out for the rest of this study (and share it with your friends, naturally).
Every reporter works for Twitter now.
How much longer before we remove the "social" distinction from social media and just start calling it media?
The functionality is seamless: i don’t have to think about using it, i just have to think about my own knowledge management strategy, what do i want to say to add value to what i’m curating.
I just love Julian Stodd's insights on social learning.
The recent improvements in news distribution are astonishing. You don’t need to go to a specialty shop to find out-of-town newspapers or foreign magazines. Just open a browser. You can check on Israeli news sites when a new government is formed or during an American presidential visit and ignore them the rest of the year. The Internet also brings the enormous back catalog of journalism to life. That five-year-old Anderson essay on Cyprus is still relevant today. Recalling that he wrote a book on the island, I looked up an old Christopher Hitchens column on Cyprus yesterday evening.
In this insightful Slate Magazine piece, Matthew Yglesias gives a fresh perspective on "information overload."
The fact that there is more information available than there ever was does not necessarily have to be a bad thing. Readers are now able to read 15 different perspectives on news stories and current issues, and there are also numerous ways to access news and information from the past - something that I think we often take for granted.
Before the Web, there wasn't a way to contextualize or add value to certain pieces of information. Yglesias writes that, "Best of all, today’s media ecology lets you add depth and context to the news" and I couldn't agree more.
As Frederic Lardinois of TechCrunch put it, RSS keeps playing an important role in the “backend plumbing for many web and mobile apps” and it surely introduced many of us to the idea of real-time content feeds. But with social media taking over, RSS readers have been outgrown on many fronts.
With Google Reader gone, there's a huge opportunity to prove the value of user-curated content. Scoop.it's very own community of curators is sharing relevant information on subjects that they're interested in and knowledgeable about - who better to aid in the discovery of new content?