Anybody who has ever logged on knows that online writing begets exclamation points. A lot of exclamation points!
Mocking this punctuational predilection is easy and fun. An amusing blog called “Excessive Exclamation!!” features photos of, for example, a Carl’s Jr. printed receipt with the words “PLEASE LET US KNOW HOW WE DID!!!” , , ,
A new study out of the Georgia Tech School of Computer Science calls such patterns of communication “hyperadvocacy.” The study identifies four characteristic behaviors of Twitter hyperadvocates, whose actions clearly separate them from the tweeting behavior of typical users.
A “severe literacy deficit” haunts the world’s most developed countries. Between one-quarter and three-quarters of the world’s adults don’t have a “suitable minimum skill level” for coping with the demands of modern life and work.
LIGHT READING: More than 15% of people living in most of the developed countries participating in a recent study had the lowest levels of prose literacy.
That’s according to the International Adult Literacy Survey (IALS), a large-scale cooperative effort by governments, national statistical agencies, research institutions and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
"The list of recommendations presented below is based on scientific studies of students in grades 4–12. The strategies for teaching writing are listed according to the magnitude of their effects. Practices with the strongest effects are listed first.... All of the strategies are potentially useful, and we encourage teachers to use a combination of strategies to best meet the needs of their students."
Yesterday, 250 million photos were uploaded to Facebook, 864,000 hours of video were uploaded to YouTube, and 294 billion emails were sent. No wonder content curation is one of the most important jobs of our digital age.
"..."We need to rethink every facet of the journalism model," said Richard Gingras, VP of News at Google.
The news audience is evolving faster than news providers. By now, 75% of traffic is going to stories. A minority of visitors ever see a site's front-page curated presentation of the news.
But the problems go deeper than just presentation. News is a commodity now. It spreads virally across many media through new tellings and retellings. The Web is finally real-time.
News organizations no longer get to control the story. They have to do more than inform to stay relevant. News sites have to be useful.
To be useful, news sites need to be information tools, not just sources. Journalists are the people with the time and skills to gather all the needed information into one place and filter out the rest.
But the value of information is not just in the knowledge of it; it's in what you can do with it.
News isn't just about information. It's also storytelling. Anyone can publish text, photos or even video to the Web now. But technology enables new, compelling storytelling techniques that could shine in the hands of dedicated news organizations..."
A TED-talked idea is a validated idea. It is, in its way, peer-reviewed. But, spread through TED, of course, they aren't just ideas; they're branded ideas. Packaged ideas: perhaps the cultural equivalent of a patent: a private claim to a public concept. Is this anachronistic for an open platform?
This is a great interview of David Carr, the well-known columnist at the New York Times where he publishes "The Media Equation" on the future of Media and Journalism. It was suggested to me by Serge van Oudenhove: thanks!
Carr was a speaker at a recent SxSWi pannel named the Curators and the Curated and he comes back in this interview on his "yes, but" about curation: yes, he believes content curators have an important role to play, quoting Maria Popova who was at that same pannel, but also pointing out the importance of attribution and credits, a "form of compensation" in the sometimes too free-for-all Web.
But his interview takes a step back looking at the future of publishing, including the business model challenges in the digital age.
He gives interesting persepctives making it a great read.
We know the amazing contribution of Steve on this topic (we had the chance to interview Steve at SxSW this year). He explains here very clearly why curation creates value for a corporate organization such as IBM, not only for its customers, but internally.
"Within the world of corporate communication, there are two schools of thought on this. There are those that say – Clamp Down. No tweeting without authorization. No posts, no photos. No messaging outside of approved channels. And then there are the thinkers who are looking to turn this big noisy mess into value for their brands and corporate parents."
As a Pew study highlights a growing trend of readers who gather news through curation, brands are also finding that links to content help build a customer base. (30% of consumers go to a "news organizing site" to keep up with current events.
Take an adjective (implacable) or a verb (calibrate) or even another noun (crony) and add a suffix like ity, tion or ism. You’ve created a new noun: implacability, calibration, cronyism. Sounds impressive, right?
Nouns formed from other parts of speech are called nominalizations. . .
Social Media, Social Life: How Teens View Their Digital Lives is the latest research report from Common Sense Media's Program for the Study of Children and Media. We surveyed over 1,000 13- to 17-year-olds nationally to understand how they perceive social media (like Facebook and Twitter) affects their relationships and feelings about themselves.
Said aloud, longer words flow more quickly than short ones, just as “convertible” has more rhythm than the double pop sound of “rag top.”
The hard stock of English words comes from our Anglo-Saxon heritage. In addition to function words such as prepositions and conjunctions, the Old English word hoard contained many stark words of one syllable, including the notorious four-letter variety. That hard language was softened in 1066 after the invasion of England by William the Conqueror. The Norman (think French) king brought with him a language that sounded more sophisticated.
McCorkindale and her colleagues found that the Millennials age group learned of fan pages through friends or by stumbling on the page. Only 28 percent said they had actively searched for an organization’s page.
Researchers have introduced what appears to be a universal technique to reduce the work function of a conductor. Their use in printable electronics can pave the way for lower cost and more flexible devices.
Some Grammarians consider “each other” and “one another” as interchangeable, while others don't. There may be no historical support for this rule, but there are people who believe in it today. Should you follow it on that basis?
[This goes for your own stuff too, writers.~Gina Stepp]
Giuseppe Mauriello: I selected this article written almost two years ago by Nicole Nicolay. It is still applicable and full of highlights. The author analyzed the new situation by introducing informative tips. Below I have excerpted few gems from it:
"...***THE REAL ISSUE
Broadcasting what you think may be relevant information again and again, without pre-screening the source and considering the context is a waste of your time.
Most importantly, it begins with content.
...The tools and strategies for sharing good content with your sphere can be learned. But, creating and sharing good content takes skill.
***SO, WHAT'S NEXT?
1) Identify your role in obtaining good, relevant content.
...Are you a content creator a content curator? Or perhaps you’re both.
A content creator is someone who identifies the “needs” within their audience and seeks to help by creating original and highly relevant content.
A content curator is someone who sifts through the Web to find and deliver the most relevant content for their intended audience. Sort of a Hunter-Gatherer 2.0!
But a thoughtful content curator is more than just a broadcaster of good info. It’s someone who understands their brand and their audience well enough to identify the relevancy of the content, as well as the best context for sharing.
2)Recognize the sources that deliver consistently rockin’ content.
You need to recognize both local and national sites that can assist your content delivery efforts. And if you ROCK a niche, be sure to recognize those sites as well.
3) Organize your sources in a dashboard or reader format for easy access...
1) Balance the type of content you share.
...The content you share represents you, and your brand. So be sure to really check out what you share with your network.
...Your goal should be to find and share content that REALLY helps your audience…or is REALLY interesting.
Your consumers don’t gain anything from a constant stream of commentless Foursquare checkins…and the same could be said about listing tweets that are not framed in a social context. If it doesn’t add value or create conversation….don’t share it!
2) Moderate your frequency level and improve your quality of life.
The feeling is important…you need to be motivated to deliver consistency with social media. That being said, I’m far more concerned with delivering better quality content than quantity. And so should you if your strategy is to become your network’s trusted advisor.
And in order to do that, you need to listen, share, and respond. I see a lot of sharing out there….but far less listening and responding. Social media is about creating opportunities to engage with others. So rather than auto-posting 20 articles a day….try scheduling 3-5 REALLY GOOD shares!!!.."
Organize anything, together. Trello is a collaboration tool that organizes your projects into boards. In one glance, know what's being worked on, who's working on what, and where something is in a process.
"Publishing is not evolving. Publishing is going away. Because the word “publishing” means a cadre of professionals who are taking on the incredible difficulty and complexity and expense of making something public. That’s not a job anymore. That’s a button. There’s a button that says “publish,” and when you press it, it’s done...
The question isn’t what happens to publishing — the entire category has been evacuated. The question is, what are the parent professions needed around writing? Publishing isn’t one of them. Editing, we need, desperately."
Clay Shirky already expressed interesting views on curation and the filter need. This blog post is about the evolution of reading. Of course, how we read on the web, now that everyone can be a publisher change the area but not the mission.
Clay Shirky explores also the notion of "social reading", where human curation has also akey role to play:
"Social reading introduces the idea of text as a usable object. The idea that I’d read it and then do something about it"
As we become increasingly connected on multiple levels, we have to remember to remain grounded in reality.
Use the original camera–your eyes and memory–to capture the moments around you. Make the original post by going see a friend and sharing that joke or moment from your day. “Pin” that drawing from your son or daughter on your fridge and tell them how proud of them you are. As we become digitized one page, one photograph, movie at a time, we have to remember to check in on the original social network, our lives.
A few weeks ago I was reading DEMONGLASS by Rachel Hawkins (Oh snap! Book talkin' going on right here) and I was literally laughing out loud at some of the things Sophie was saying/thinking. (If you haven't read these ...