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Curation, Collection, Bookmarking: Does it Obscure Our Bias Toward Action? | ProfHacker & Chronicle of Higher Ed

Curation, Collection, Bookmarking: Does it Obscure Our Bias Toward Action? | ProfHacker &  Chronicle of Higher Ed | The Social Media Learning Lab | Scoop.it

What are the actions, results that come from our collecting, referencing, bookmarking, and proliferations of social media profiles, blogs, channels and social empires?


This post refers to current tools, and probes our purpose in using them by asking questions I often ask in executive coaching or in just making a smart decision:

  • What's important?  
  • What really matters?


Excerpted:

...With the near omnipresence of digital reference material, many of us no longer turn first to our own collections. Yet we were trained, explicitly or implicitly, to collect and save large amounts of information.


In Scott Belky’s recent book Making Ideas Happen: Overcoming the Obstacles Between Vision and Reality, he argues that most people spend too much time collecting notes of various kinds, and goes so far as to say:


References obstruct your bias toward action.


Many times, we hold onto an email, the URL of a website, or the PDF of a journal article, as a kind of emblem of an action we intend to take...


If those actions are important, then they should be captured and put into your action list. Otherwise you’re just piling up digital clutter.


Asking yourself why you’re holding on to something, when you expect to refer to it again, and how you’re going to find it when you need it can help you streamline your reference system.


Tools like Evernote, Catch (formerly 3Banana) and DevonThink can help you tag, manage, and easily retrieve those references.)


If you just keep everything, then you lose sight of what’s most important.


Today, with so much information all around us, there’s less and less that you really need to keep yourself. Focus on the important stuff and let go of the rest.

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Insights & Tips On Curation, Social Media For Non-Profits, Video | Beth Kanter Interviews Robin Good

This is a great Scoop for my Social, Peer Learning & Curation stream, along with the Social Media Learning Lab stream, just after I put together a video for LA2M on this very topic mentioning BOTH Beth & Robin.

 

Here you go, from two great blogger/authors.  (My video post will follow next.) ~ Deb

 

Beth Kanter interviewed Robin Good a few days ago.

 

Beth:  Robin, I really enjoyed listening to you, I know this is aimed at non-profits but your insights, tips and suggestions are something we can all use. 

 

Key points:

  • BEFORE you get on the web, decide how much time you're going to spend on there, otherwise it could become addictive, and this can happen if you're not careful (hmmm how many of you can relate to this?)  
  • Know who your audience is, pick a very specific topic
  • Be as narrow as you can, find great pieces, pull out what you think would be relevant for them. (Being too broad doesn't help filter out the noise for these people, it adds to it) 

Hear Beth's interview with Robin here: [http://bit.ly/zmRMc7]


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Beth Kanter's comment, January 27, 2012 9:08 PM
Jan - thanks for scooping this. I learned a lot from this interview. I also transcribed it and have included what I think of some of Robin's "classic" curation resources!
janlgordon's comment, January 28, 2012 12:01 AM
Beth,
I revised this post and put the link to the entire interview in it. Really great stuff, Robin is so amazing, good work!
Simon Awuyo's curator insight, December 11, 2014 5:41 AM

By the grace of God, a person whose foot steps I want to follow.