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Let Your Readers Select What They Want To Get From Your RSS Feed with SpecificFeeds


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A useful app for syndicating RSS content using tags, author or keywords. Fills a gap in the market for this type of functionality (not available in Feedburner) and nice to see that some people still see RSS as a viable means of consuming information. 

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Carlos Bisbal's curator insight, November 17, 2013 1:07 PM

Permita a sus lectores seleccionar lo que quieren obtener de su Feed RSS con SpecificFeeds

SpecificFeeds es una aplicación web gratuita que ofrece a sus lectores de RSS la oportunidad de suscribirse únicamente al tipo de noticias e historias en las que estén interesados. Para ello les permite seleccionar etiquetas, palabras clave y autores que quieren leer.

Usted sólo tiene que enviar su feed RSS a SpecificFeeds y el servicio crea automáticamente una página web y un icono que puede compartir o publicar en su sitio web para ayudar a los que quieran suscribirse a sus noticias, pero que prefiere los temas pre-seleccionados, etiquetas o autores que les gusta ver.

SpecificFeeds actúa como un filtro de RSS y servicio de distribución de contenido que proporciona un beneficio útil para los que lo consumen. El hecho de que se suscriba a un autor o una revista web, no significa que usted desee leer todo lo que allí se publica. SpecificFeeds ayuda a los editores web y lectores de reducir el ruido y aumentar la señal cuando se utilizan los canales RSS.

Puede probarlo en: http://www.specificfeeds.com/

 

malek's curator insight, November 17, 2013 5:56 PM

Worth a try, easy to customize was my first impression

Adam Donkus's curator insight, November 18, 2013 1:01 PM

Cool app

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Google Trends Now Lets Users Subscribe To Any Search Topic

Google Trends Now Lets Users Subscribe To Any Search Topic | The Social Web | Scoop.it

Excerpt from Google Inside Search (The Official Google Search Blog):
"Google Trends is a helpful place to see what people are searching for around the world. You can keep up with hot searches in real time, or take a historical look at trends dating back to 2004.
Started some days ago, it’s easier to get just the right insights at just the right time with email notifications.

You can now "Subscribe" to any search topic, Hot Searches for any country, or any U.S. monthly Top Chart.
You can also subscribe to email notifications about search interest in any topic you'd like.

If you decide you’re getting too many notifications, there’s an easy “unsubscribe” link in every email, or you can manage your preference on the Trends website in the new "subscriptions" section..."

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http://insidesearch.blogspot.it/2014/04/the-hottest-topics-on-google-delivered.html


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So glad that Google is putting some investment into its Trends service. Being able to subscribe to a Trends search is a natural extension to Google's news alerts service.

 

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The Future of Social Media Is Mobile Tribes

The Future of Social Media Is Mobile Tribes | The Social Web | Scoop.it

kEveryone has different needs, and the social landscape is shifting accordingly.


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"The next big thing is getting smaller and smaller."

 

"The first generation of social media touted "networking", but the next generation, raised in always-on connectivity, will embrace ephemerality and digital tribalism. Those users will abandon the major social networks and migrate to more granular mobile villages with simpler ecosystems."

I think these two statements are pretty much spot-on, and will watch with interest as Facebook (and the 'others') tries to look small while continuing to gobble-up anyone and anything that looks like it might threaten its business model. We don't need one all-consuming platform, but that not how FB shareholders view the world.

 

Interesting times ahead!

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Comunicologos.com's curator insight, April 19, 4:55 PM

Mobile Tribes!

Francisco Restivo's curator insight, April 24, 2:15 PM

At the end, we all will find our little corners and our big windows!

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15 Twitter Facts and Figures for 2014 You Need to Know - Jeffbullas's Blog

15 Twitter Facts and Figures for 2014 You Need to Know - Jeffbullas's Blog | The Social Web | Scoop.it
The microblogging giant has come a long way since co-founder Jack Dorsey's first tweet. Here are some Twitter facts and figures worth checking out.
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For those who thrive on facts and figures, there's plenty here to keep you going.  A useful infographic as well. From the article:

 

1. 300 billion tweets have been sent since inception

2. Tweets with image links have 5 times the engagement rate

3. Over 20 million fake Twitter users

4. Over 241 million monthly active Twitter users

5. 184 million monthly active users using mobile

6. The cost of a 24 hour promoted trend runs about $200 thousand

7. China is the country with the most users with over 35 million

8. Katy Perry is the queen of Twitter over 51 million followers surpassing Justin

9, Number of employees at Twitter has increased to 2000+

10. 170 minutes – The average time per month spent by users on Twitter

11. 63% of brands have multiple Twitter accounts

12. YouTube is the most followed brand with over 40 million followers

13. Twitter has a market cap of about 27 billion

14. Average number of followers per twitter user is 208

15. Ellen’s photo of Hollywood stars at Oscars with an incredible 3.4 million retweets


Read more at http://www.jeffbullas.com/2014/04/16/15-twitter-facts-and-figures-for-2014-you-need-to-know/#IIXTA48llIDBXM5j.99

 

 

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Influence: What Are Tools Like Klout Really Measuring?

Influence: What Are Tools Like Klout Really Measuring? | The Social Web | Scoop.it

A very interesting comparison of several measurement tools and what they really measure. [note mg]

 

For marketers, PR professionals and customer service teams, personal influence measurement tools can save time and help facilitate business decisions. Tools such as Klout, PeerIndex, Kred and TweetLevel are being used by brands to rank the relative importance of customers and prospects, prioritize customer service responses, and identify groups of influencers to target with perks and product sampling promotions.

 

But what are these personal influence measurement tools really measuring? Are they really an effective way to understand which of your customers are more influential?

 

It is easy to understand influence as a concept; if you can get other people to do something, you have influence. But it’s not at all easy to define how you would measure influence. As Nathan Gilliatt has pointed out, there is no such thing as a “unit of influence” – an observable, measurable event that reflects influence.

 

Read more: http://therealtimereport.com/2012/04/03/influence-what-are-tools-like-klout-really-measuring/


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Social reputation and social influence are becoming as important (if not more important) than your paper-based CV and your real-world network. But can they be empirically measured, and if so, what does your score actually mean? This article gives an overview of some of the products/services that purport to give you an influence score. Whether you take it seriously is entirely up to you!

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Social Media Network Guide (Dos / Don'ts) 2014

Social Media Network Guide (Dos / Don'ts) 2014 | The Social Web | Scoop.it
Click here for a larger view!While the jury’s still out on a better way to pluralize don’t, it’s a very useful graphic. We’ve taken a look at 11 major Social Media networks and explain various ways

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A look at 11 major Social Media networks and how they can be optimised for business. The Social Networks included in the infographic are:

 

FacebookTwitterLinkedInGoogle+YoutubeFlickrInstagramPinterestRedditTumblrSlideshare
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Julio Vizcarra's curator insight, March 29, 8:58 PM

Que hacer y no hacer en redes

Paul's curator insight, March 31, 8:12 AM

Really useful reference chart 

Tom Pick's curator insight, April 2, 8:13 AM

Great list, helpful reference to keep and share.

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Infographic Builders: 9 Free Tools To Create Great Visual Charts

Infographic Builders: 9 Free Tools To Create Great Visual Charts | The Social Web | Scoop.it

Robin Good: Here is a handy short guide to nine free infographic creation tools that can be utilized to create enticing visuals, word charts and data-based infographics without having special technical skills.

 

Useful. 8/10

 

Check them all out: http://www.infographicsarchive.com/create-infographics-and-data-visualization/ 

 

(Unearted by Andres Taborga)


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Some free tools for creating enticing visuals, word charts and Infographics. 

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Dave Wood's curator insight, March 31, 7:50 PM

Useful tools for creating infographics

Mary A. Axford's curator insight, April 1, 8:27 AM

Nice collection of infographic tools from an expert in digital curation.

 

David Baker's curator insight, April 3, 11:47 AM

I am adding this to my seminar resources. Having another set of tools for my teachers to create their PIE Infographics is important.  Creating visual representations of learning is such a powerful learning for teachers and is a skill they can transfer to their classroom and for students to create in the classroom.

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Employee Engagement : The New Heart of Enterprise 2.0?

Employee Engagement :  The New Heart of Enterprise 2.0? | The Social Web | Scoop.it
‘7 out of 10 of your colleagues don’t give a sh*t about your company.  The biggest problem is employee engagement”  Luis Suarez at the Enterprise 2.0 Summit, Paris 2014 Luis was using figures from ...

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Companies are (at last) catching up with the technology and beginning to take on board the true power of the social tools available to them.


Having spent the last 5 years or so adapting their external marketing mix to absorb the power of social media, they are beginning to realise the full potential of internal social tools which are capable of speeding up business processes and breaking down silos,  allowing employees to collaborate more effectively and at greater speeds.


But they also have to realise that widespread adoption of these new tools is less about the technology and more about people and behaviours. 

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My Library

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Nice visual on how you might organise your social media life. #pkm

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Helen Crump's curator insight, March 22, 6:57 AM

Awesome updated PLN graphic from Joyce Seizinger

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Can People Collaborate Effectively While Working Remotely?

Can People Collaborate Effectively While Working Remotely? | The Social Web | Scoop.it

As more workplaces become knowledge based, more companies will experience the tension of helping employees work together effectively while allowing them to do their jobs from almost anywhere.


One of the most important questions regarding the ability to work from anywhere is the effect it has on employees' engagement levels. On the one hand, working remotely offers employees a measure of autonomy that helps them feel better equipped to do their jobs well. On the other hand, employees must have positive, trusting relationships with their managers and coworkers to stay engaged, and such relationships may be more difficult to sustain with fewer opportunities for face-to-face interaction.

 

Gallup's extensive employee engagement research - presented in its recent State of the American Workplace report -- suggests that the ability to work remotely corresponds with higher engagement, but primarily among those who spend less than 20% of their total working time doing so.

 


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Gallup found that overall, remote workers are sllighlty more engaged (32%) than employees who work on site (28%). But there is a point of diminishing returns for engaging remote workers: Those who spend less than 20% of their time working remotely are the most engaged (35%) and have the lowest level of active disengagement (12%). These employees likely enjoy an ideal balance of both worlds opportunities for collaboration and camaraderie with coworkers at the office and the relative sense of freedom that comes from working remotely. #socbiz #agile

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Kenneth Mikkelsen's curator insight, March 15, 5:33 PM
Findings form Gallup's extensive employee engagement research: 

  • Among those who never work remotely, 28% are engaged - meaning they are emotionally involved in, enthusiastic about, and committed to their work -- while 20% are actively disengaged, meaning they are unhappy at work and tend to disrupt their coworkers' productivity. The remaining on-site workers fall into a middle category -- not engaged.
  • Among employees who spend up to 20% of their time remotely, 35% are engaged - but engagement levels drop as employees spend more time off-site.


Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, March 15, 7:38 PM

It could be we need to find what works best and when it works best. It might be less about working remotely or working side-by-side and doing both at appropriate times.

Helen Teague's curator insight, March 16, 8:46 AM

seems like the ability to discipline self to remain engaged is important

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Key Aspects of the Digital Workplace in 2014

Key Aspects of the Digital Workplace in 2014 | The Social Web | Scoop.it

While technology has thoroughly infused the workplace, its strategic adoption and meaningful application by the typical worker is actually just beginning. Here's how the digital workplace will develop in 2014. 


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While technology has thoroughly infused the workplace, its strategic adoption and meaningful application by the typical worker is actually just beginning. Here's how the digital workplace will look this year.

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How To Be An Effective Content Curator: A Resources Guidemap from #DCurate MOOC

How To Be An Effective Content Curator: A Resources Guidemap from #DCurate MOOC | The Social Web | Scoop.it

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A great mini-MOOC introduction to content (digital) curation. I was on the course! Highly recommended should Sam and Martin decide to run it again. #curation

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Paula Silva's curator insight, March 3, 11:34 PM

A useful source for content curation.

Ali Anani's curator insight, March 4, 12:37 AM

Curate and scoop it- this one shows you how to curate  effectively

Christoph Meier's curator insight, March 11, 9:38 AM
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Here's a valuable resource on content curation, "distilled" by the students of the DCurate MOOC lead Martin Couzins and Sam Burrough which organizes over 60 different articles, guides and tools on the topic.

 

This resources collection is presented in the form of a Pearltrees interactive map, organized into eight sections:

 

1. Why Do We Need Curators

 

2. What Is Digital Curation

 

3. Aggregation vs. Curation

 

4. It's All About Audience

 

5. How Do We Find Valuable Content

 

6. How Do You Decide What To Curate

 

7. Curation Tools

 

8. Contributions from participants

 

If you are new to content curation this is a good resource to bookmark and keep as a reference.

 

DCurate MOOC sign-up: http://www.curatr3.com/portfolio-item/how-to-be-an-effective-digital-curator/  ;


See also: http://sco.lt/99a09Z ;

 

 

Free to use.

 

Explore the guidemap: http://bit.ly/digitalcuratorguidemap ;

 

See also: https://gibbon.co/RobinGood/content-curation-guide ;

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Curate Your Own Wiki-Guide with the Wikipedia Book Create Tool

Help:Books - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

There are almost no limits when creating books from Wikipedia content. A good book focuses on a certain topic and covers it as well as possible. A meaningful title helps other users to have the correct expectation regarding the content of a book.


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I can't add much to what Robin Good has already said, though I did explain the same process when I created a travel book for our holiday in the Amazon last year. Why not create a book for your next holiday destination?

 

 http://stephendale.net/2013/01/05/creating-a-travel-guide-from-wikipedia/

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Angela Watkins's curator insight, January 24, 11:34 PM

Curate Your Own Wiki-Guide with the Wikipedia Book Create Tool | @scoopit via @k3hamilton http://sco.lt/...

 

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Bettina Ascaino's curator insight, January 25, 7:16 AM

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Few people know that it is actually possible to curate Wikipedia content into custom print books or PDF / OpenDocument ebooks that contain exactly the content you want in the order you specify.

 

Once you are logged into Wikipedia you simply activate the Book Creator Tool and then, from that moment on, everytime you visit a Wikipedia page you can click and add it to your curated Wiki-Book.

 

There is also a dedicated wiki page where you can manage the pages you have collected and you can reorganized and sort them any way you want, eliminating the pages you don't need.

 

Unfortunately there is no integrated way to edit and further customize the content of those pages for your own use.

 

PDF versions are freely downloadable by anyone, print book versions are paid.

 

N.B.: The price for print books depends on the number of pages, starting with US$ 7.90 for books up to 100 pages. 10% of the gross sales price goes to the Wikimedia Foundation. Books are perfect bound, printed in the dimensions 8.5 inch x 5.5 inch (216 mm x 140 mm) and contain a table of contents, your chapters and articles, licensing information next to an index.

 

More info about printed versions: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Help:Books/Frequently_Asked_Questions ;

 

Free to use.

 

Learn everything about it: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Help:Books ;

 

Video tutorial: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/9/91/Enwp_screencast4.theora.ogv ;

 

 

MCLibrarianRMIT's curator insight, January 27, 10:04 PM

It's worth keeping in mind that some 'publishers' try to sell books based entirely on Wikipedia content. 

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How to find the Invisible Internet

How to find the Invisible Internet | The Social Web | Scoop.it
The rabbit hole that is the Internet goes much deeper than most people know. In fact, the World Wide Web as we know it represents just 4% of networked web pages — the remaining 96% of pages make up...
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The surface web - what we see using our standard browsers - represents a mere 4% of what is really out there. The other 96% is what is knowln as the "Deep Web" or "Dark Web" and consists mainly of peer to peer networks. You need to use a dedicated web browser to access the deep web - TOR (The Onion Router) being the most popular. 

 

The Deep Web is where Bitcoin (a digital currency) is used for most e-commerce transactions. 

 

Users include the military, police, journalists.....and criminals.

 

There may be a wealth of information on the Deep Web, but you should be careful about what you look for. Just like Alice, the deeper you go, the more trouble you could find yourself in.

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Future Content Filters Shall Be User-Driven and Interchangeable

Future Content Filters Shall Be User-Driven and Interchangeable | The Social Web | Scoop.it

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Rangaswami makes his own case for why filters matter:
soon, everything and everyone will be connectedthat includes people, devices, creatures, inanimate objects, even concepts (like a tweet or a theme)at the same time, the cost of sensors and actuators is dropping at least as fast as compute and storageso that means everything and everyone can now publish status and alerts of pretty much anythingthere’s the potential for a whole lotta publishing to happenwhich in turn means it’s firehose timeso we need filterswhich is why the stream/filter/drain approach is becoming more common

 

Filters are important when drinking from the Internet firehose!

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Robin Good's curator insight, April 23, 2:25 PM



JP Rangaswami highlights and defines seven key principles for effective filtering in this age of excessive information. 


Two of them are of particular important to the future of information access as they may have a very deep impact on society and on our ability to be in control of how to select and find what is relevant for us.


1. Filters, of whatever kind, should be user-driven and not publisher-driven. 


2. Filters should be interchangeable, exchangeable, even tradeable


"What we don’t know is how to solve a much bigger problem: what to do when there are filters at publisher level. Once you allow this, the first thing that happens is that an entry point is created for bad actors to impose some form of censorship.


In some cases it will be governments, sometimes overtly, sometimes covertly; at other times it will be traditional forces of the media; it may be generals of the army or captains of industry.


The nature of the bad actor is irrelevant; what matters is that a back door has been created, one that can be used to suppress reports about a particular event/location/topic/person."

 



Insightful. 7/10



Full article: http://confusedofcalcutta.com/2014/01/03/3740/ 


Reading time: 5'


(via Howard Rheingold)


See also: http://www.masternewmedia.org/future-of-search/ 





Donna Papacosta's curator insight, April 24, 12:31 PM

More great insights from Robin Good.

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Psychologist: Social Media Causing A ‘Distancing Phenomena’ To Take Place - CBS DC

Psychologist: Social Media Causing A ‘Distancing Phenomena’ To Take Place - CBS DC | The Social Web | Scoop.it
With over 73 percent of online adults now using a social networking site, social media has dramatically impacted the world in both positive and negative ways. It has left many people to wonder how and if social media can mentally affect people.

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The article looks at the effects on society and individuals by the evolution of social media and social networks. Perhaps not surprisingly, the author - Lemoyne College professor of psychology Krystine Batchois - finds both good and bad.

 

The downside identified by Batchos includes:

 

- cyber-bullying

- younger people adapting more to on-line interactions and therefore lacking real-life social skills

- mental health problems

 

Batcho asserts:

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“The greater the social media use over time, the life satisfaction decreases,” 

 

I think I'd agree with that. There can be no real substitute for real-world life and experience.

 

 

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smadar yona's curator insight, April 19, 5:25 AM

מיועד לתמיכה בכתיבת החלק של חשיבות המדיה החברתית כעולמון בפני עצמו.

תרבות חדשה שנוצרת עם כללים וחוזקות משלה

irene's curator insight, April 21, 10:15 PM

Interestingly I now feel more connected to more people than ever before. Support comes at all hours of the day and night - a sentence here and there results in more communication rather than less and increased close connection with groups of peopel who share similar interests. Life is no longer so insular and I find myself supporting more causes and issues of social justice both locally and globally.

 

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How to Spot True Social Media Talent Amongst the 'Experts'

How to Spot True Social Media Talent Amongst the 'Experts' | The Social Web | Scoop.it

These days, it appears almost anyone can declare him or herself an expert at social media content. But falling for the self-promoting hype can be costly to your campaign — and your business". 


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I liked the comment from Jonathan Crossfield in relation to the concept of a 'social media expert': "This term in itself is silly because it implies authority over something that refuses to stand still".


I would add that social media is best understood if you''re an active participant, rather than a distant observer. After all, you don't learn to fly by watching the pilot!

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Darius Douglass's curator insight, April 16, 5:51 PM

Talent usually separates itself from the crowd.  Social Media is no different.  When you have become informative and dependable, people will begin to rely on your judgement.

janlgordon's comment, April 17, 11:58 AM
Darius Douglass, you are so right - all you have to do is look at someone's digital footprint, it's all there for you to see beyond the facade - if someone is truly demonstrating not talking about social media, that's all you have to know
Michelle Gilstrap's comment, April 17, 1:59 PM
Jan, I agree with you I do try to comment on my social media sights with my followers when I have the time. That is the key, reading the content and finding the time to communicate. It is a hard balance.
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Why The Future Of Technology Is All Too Human

Why The Future Of Technology Is All Too Human | The Social Web | Scoop.it
While the past favored those who could retain and process information efficiently, the future belongs to those who can imagine a better world and work with others to make it happen.
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As Greg (author) notes: "...if computers are doing the work of humans, what are all the people going to do?"

But read on, because it's not all bad news for the technophobes. Machines cannot apply knowledge - that will always be a human activity, and it's how we apply what we know that will shape the world we want to live in.

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The Best Online Video Content Curated Into 30' Thematic Programs: Pluto.TV

The Best Online Video Content Curated Into 30' Thematic Programs: Pluto.TV | The Social Web | Scoop.it
Watch the best videos for free, 24/7, on any device. From music to sports, kids, skate, surf, comedy and more—it's out of this world.

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A great example of curated video.

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Robin Good's curator insight, April 3, 2:21 PM



Pluto.tv is a new web service which curates the best video clips available online by organizing content coming from YouTube and many other video sharing sites into thematic programs of 30 minutes each.


The interface is very similar to the one utilized by program guide viewers on standard cable TV.


Pluto.tv offers already more than 100 thematic video channels all curated by human beings.


My comment: An effective approach to surface great video content 

while delivering it in a familiar and consumable format.


 Available also as an app for iOS and Android.


Free to use.


Try it out now: http://pluto.tv 








Christian Faisy's curator insight, April 22, 1:08 AM

Chaine web magique, vous sélectionnez simplement le type de contenu que vous souhaitez voir puis vous regardez en direct le meilleur des contenus TV disponibles, sous forme d'une grille de programmes

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What is the Future of Work?

What is the Future of Work? | The Social Web | Scoop.it
Much has been made recently about one of the stand out trends of the times we live in: Everything is becoming infused with technology. Software is eating the world it is said. Some have claimed tha...
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From the article, the future of work key aspects:

 

1. The evolution of the business/worker: We are on a trajectory that has taken us well away from lifetime employment; both companies and individuals are much more autonomous.
2. Social enterprise: Companies and their workers must be thinking about the bigger picture, e.g. sustainability, environmentalism, corporate social good/responsibility - requires a very different mindset in our workforce than our traditional organizations typically have cultivated in the past.
3. New modes of management and workforce collaboration: The collaborative economy that is remaking very concept of how business works for the digital era.
4. New transformative workplace technologies: Everything from wearable tech to mind/machine interfaces and increasingly commonplace social business tools are changing how we will work. Businesses are also becoming platforms in every sense of the word, becoming technologies in their own right.
5. New approaches for addressing diversity and inequality: Expect enormous investments made through the rest of the decade by businesses, government, and other institutions to start tackling the structural issues in the global economy. We’ve increasingly learned and come to accept how much they impact business performance and the bottom-line.
6. A shift in the fundamental relationship between workers and business: The flourishing of vast numbers of self-organizing online communities. People can just come together online and create shared value without an intermediate organization that would otherwise have to the resources required to meet their needs. The classical enterprise clearly isn’t as necessary as before for many purpose.
7. Co-evolutionary changes in society and global/regional culture that impact the workplace: Technology improves what’s possible by dramatically lowering the effort, time, or cost of doing something. This sets expectation and enables/encourages new types of behavior in people and society as a whole. We need to better understand where this co-evolutionary process is taking us, as well as anticipating how these new directions will impact - it will affect our businesses.

 

Relevant and insightful  to emergent "Social Business"

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Can A Big Old Hierarchical Bureaucracy Become A 21st Century Network?

Can A Big Old Hierarchical Bureaucracy Become A 21st Century Network? | The Social Web | Scoop.it
Can a big old hierarchical bureaucracy become a 21st century networked firm? My interview with Rod Collins, former CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield Federal Employee Program. Many firms would often rather die than change. For some, a hybrid approach may help.
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Excellent article  from Steve Denning, based on an interview with

Rod Collins, author of the book, Wiki Management .

 

Collins is clear that for an organization to survive it must  shift to a network-based management with peer-based accountability,


There are three basic options. The choice will depend on the organization's particular history:


The  lattice option has no hierarchy, no bosses, and work is self-organized.

The campus option, modelled on Google, where there is a loose hierarchy. They have managers but the reporting relationships are so spread—about a 60:1 ratio—that it is impossible for the managers to micro-manage the work.

The hybrid option, which is more likely what a big old firm is going to use. Hybrid options are transition options, blending network features with a hierarchical structure. 


In the end, it comes down to: Are you planning and controlling? Or are you iterating and co-creating? If you’re doing the former, you are probably on a path to death. If you’re doing the latter, you have the capacity to manage at the pace of change.


Relevance to Social Business 9/10

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Human Towers - The Art of Collaboration

A beautiful testament to the power of human collaboration. 

 

A castell is a human tower built traditionally in festivals at many locations within Catalonia. At these festivals, several colles castelleres or teams often succeed in building and dismantling a tower's structure.


On November 16, 2010, castells were declared by UNESCO to be amongst the Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.


This is a film by David Oliete. Filmed on the 6th and 7th of October 2012 in Tarragona, Catalonia.


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XXIV Human Towers Competition took place the 6th and 7th of October 2012 in Tarragona, Catalonia. Can there be a better metaphor for "collaboration"?! 

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MyKLogica's curator insight, March 20, 12:57 PM

Es emocionante verlo y vivirlo ...

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25 years of the World Wide Web: Where would you be without it?

25 years of the World Wide Web: Where would you be without it? | The Social Web | Scoop.it
Rebecca Gajecki remembers when she researched her school papers by going to the library and looking stuff up in books.

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Do you remember the days before you carried around the world in your pocket?

 

That would have been before Tim Berners-Lee, a British computer scientist, submitted his proposal for what became the Web back in March of 1989. The Web turned 25 years old this week and it's hard to imagine an invention or process that has changed our lives as much in recent history, impacting everything from political movements to our love lives.

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Alison D. Gilbert's curator insight, March 22, 4:51 PM

For one thing, I hated going to the library. So I am much happier having all the information in books (and more) right at my finger tips, all the time.

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Definition Of Digital Citzenship

Definition Of Digital Citzenship | The Social Web | Scoop.it

As more and more people interact digitally – with content, one another, and various communities – the concept of digital citizenship becomes increasingly important.

 

Which begs the question: what is digital citizenship?


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Not exactly a definition, but a useful reference.

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Matt Cutts Says 'Stop' Guest Blogging for SEO: Here's Everything You Need to Know

Matt Cutts Says 'Stop' Guest Blogging for SEO: Here's Everything You Need to Know | The Social Web | Scoop.it
Google's Matt Cutts, in a personal blog post, declared that "guest blogging is done" as an SEO tactic, setting off a firestorm. Here's a full recap of why this happened, how the industry reacted, and what it means for future of guest blogging.

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A must-read for anyone who has been tempted to use guest blogs. It sounds onbvious, but quality of the content trumps search rankings.

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The 7 Most Powerful Ideas In Learning Available Right Now

The 7 Most Powerful Ideas In Learning Available Right Now | The Social Web | Scoop.it

Tomorrow’s learning is already available. Here are 7 of the most compelling and powerful trends, concepts, and resources that represent its promise.


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Seven key principles for tomorrow's learning:

1. Digital & Research Literacy

2. Shift From Standards To Habits

3. Game-Based Learning & Gamification

4. Connectivism.

5. Transparency

6. Place-Based Education 

7. Self-Directed Learning & Play

 A useful article
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