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The new power of collaboration

The new power of collaboration | Has Social Media changed the future of missing persons? | Scoop.it

Howard Rheingold talks about the coming world of collaboration, participatory media and collective action -- and how Wikipedia is really an outgrowth of our natural human instinct to work as a group.

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1. I open with TED video of Howard Rheingold(the guru) speaking on  about the coming world of collaboration, participatory media and collective action and points out how humans have been working together collectively since our days of hunting and this is just an example of this in the present.

 

Rheingold captures the true essence of the importance of collaboration and the power that it has. With this as a starting point, I will take you step by step and we will explore the impact that social media has made in the last 20 years and how it is helping us track down missing persons.

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The Power Of Twitter: The Tweet That Found Missing Alzheimer’s Woman - AllTwitter

The Power Of Twitter: The Tweet That Found Missing Alzheimer’s Woman - AllTwitter | Has Social Media changed the future of missing persons? | Scoop.it

This The Power Of Twitter: The Tweet That Found Missing Alzheimer’s Woman

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3. This is very relevant and important as it is an exact example of what Rheingold explains in his TED speech that I have previously linked. The power of collaboration and social media(in this instance twitter) and how it was able to track down Diane Blayney in 2013. 

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The Collective Intelligence of the Web - The New Yorker

The Collective Intelligence of the Web - The New Yorker | Has Social Media changed the future of missing persons? | Scoop.it
In November of 2000, NASA did something unusual: it asked amateurs to help it map the surface of Mars. The agency set up a Web site called Clickworkers, where people could take a short tutorial on how to classify Martian craters and then get to work clicking on photos of Mars. NASA then aggregated all those clicks to come up with a Martian-crater map. There were two very interesting things about the results. First, although there was no financial incentive to participate, more than a hundred thousand people took part in the study, generating more than 2.4 million clicks. Second, and even more striking, the collective product of all those amateur clickers was very good—as a report put it, their “automatically computed consensus” was “virtually indistinguishable from the inputs of a geologist with years of experience in identifying Mars craters.”
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5. Another great article that explores the power of collective intelligence.

 

This article suggests the idea that what we have seen in the past twenty years of the world wide web does not even come close to what is to come in the next twenty years.

 

This article is fascinating as it explains to us how much of an impact collective intelligence has made on the world and how much more powerful it will become in future years bringing us more possibilities to connect and collaborate than ever before.  

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Help Us Find Someone | Missing People

Help Us Find Someone | Missing People | Has Social Media changed the future of missing persons? | Scoop.it
We are a lifeline when someone disappears. We search on behalf of those left behind and provide specialised support to ease their heartache and confusion.
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7. Here we see an excellent example of how social media has inspired missing persons websites such as this.... This site includes head shots of missing persons and has links to social media links such as Facebook and twitter... Have a look around to see example of what this site aims to achieve... i.e " help us find someone" and "how we can help you"

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Missing Manic Street Preacher Richey Edwards declared legally dead, 13 years on

Missing Manic Street Preacher Richey Edwards declared legally dead, 13 years on | Has Social Media changed the future of missing persons? | Scoop.it
MISSING Manic Street Preachers guitarist and songwriter Richey Edwards has been declared as presumed dead, 13 years after his disappearance, a spokeswoman for the band confirmed yesterday.
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10. Following the article we have just explored regarding Richey Edwards' seamless disappearance In 2005, in this article we are shown an example of just how 13 years down the track, without the advanced technology and the immediate "DIY journalism" that social media now offers us, Richey Edwards was declared dead without ever having a single siting or any real closure. I feel that today, this would never happen to a famous figure without a single photo or online comment being made....

 

It really is unbelievable how times have changed....

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▶ Manic Street Preachers - The Vanishing Of Richey Manic (Part 1) - YouTube

This is the infamous documentary about the disapperance of Manic Street Preachers guitarist/lyricist Richey Edwards, who left his car at the Severn Bridge on...
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12. Watch this video to help get an understanding of how little was known about Richeys disappearance in 1995, when we compare this to the more recent missing persons examples linked in this topic earlier it is fascinating to see just how much of a difference social media has made.

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Winona convicted of stealing clothes - theage.com.au

http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2002/11/07/1036308408379.html

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14. Almost ten years after Richey Edwards disappearance, Winona Ryder was caught on CCTV shoplifting... Here we see the impact that that media was starting to have with this story speeding across the world like wildfire... it is a good example of how things were starting to advance in just ten years but as my next chosen article will show... we had no idea......

Let's have a look at my next article for a humorous example of  just how different our ability to track someone down(wether this is a good or bad thing is another story) using mass collaboration within social media is...  

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Kara Alongi Twitter hoax shows social media's affect on missing person cases - The Star-Ledger - NJ.com

Kara Alongi Twitter hoax shows social media's affect on missing person cases - The Star-Ledger - NJ.com | Has Social Media changed the future of missing persons? | Scoop.it
The Star-Ledger - NJ.comKara Alongi Twitter hoax shows social media's affect on missing person casesThe Star-Ledger - NJ.comWithout Twitter, Clark police would have treated this like a missing juvenile, a serious but common problem.

Via Rahadian P. Paramita
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16. This article shows the impact that social media today has on missing person cases in specific. Although this was a hoax, it is a good example of the power(both good and bad) that social media has today.

 

When we use this to compare to The case of Richey Edwards we can see just how much times have changed due to social media and the impact that just one "tweet" or "blog post" can have in comparison to a time where not even a single CCTV image from a hotel lobby, petrol station or bridge could be caught of Richey Edwards the night of his disappearance.... How times have changed!

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Social media aids search for missing persons

Social media aids search for missing persons | Has Social Media changed the future of missing persons? | Scoop.it

In this Social media sites are often seen as places to swap gossip, share photos and waste time, but they are increasingly being used in the hunt for missing persons.

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17. In this article created in September 2010, we can see just how powerful the use of social media today is when "Facebook" is used to locate six-year-old Andrew after a TWO-AND-A-HALF year search!  The power of collaboration within social media played a big part in the location of a young boy who could quite possibly of not been found before social media existed. 

 

It is incredible to see how much difference social media has made just 15 years after a famous figure such as Richey Edwards disappeared without a trace despite his fans, manager, groupies and fellow band members, we now see cases such as this where an everyday boy, without a single fan(other than his dedicated father of course) tracked down with the combined online efforts of others.

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Social media tool in hunt for missing persons

Social media tool in hunt for missing persons | Has Social Media changed the future of missing persons? | Scoop.it
AS people continue to turn more and more to social media for information, police from Lake Illawarra Local Area Command have said platforms such as Facebook can both help and hinder missing person investigations.
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19. In this article we are shown how Police are now using social media responsibly to help hunt for missing persons.

 

‘‘In some ways it’s no different to sticking a poster up on a pole with a picture on it like people have been doing for years, in that sense of getting the message out there,  it can be be a positive,’’ Sergeant Harrison said. 

 This quote by Sergeant Harrison is the perfect example of times changing... What was once a poster exposed only to those within the area that it was hung, is now an online posted available to people all across the world.... the possibilities are endless when we look at it in this context

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Collective Intelligence - The Vision - YouTube

Trends set by the consumer lead Web_2.0 revolution are increasingly being adopted in the business world. Find out what Collective Intelligence means, where w...
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2. At first glance this clip might seem a little irrelevant and the clip itself if quite dated and is actually discussing Web 2.0(the second stage of development of the World Wide Web) but I have decided to contextualise it for you as find the the vision of collective intelligence and online collaboration being discussed in this video quite inspiring.

We are able to see the power that Collective Intelligence and Online collaboration has has over the past 7 years which will help us better appreciate the case study that we will be exploring shortly.

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▶ Social media sites and missing people - YouTube

Social media sites are becoming increasingly popular and being used for more than just communicating with family and friends.
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4. A news clip about people turning to social media and is an example of powerful social media can be to spread the word of a disappearance.

 

This article is a great example of people collaborating and coming together to not only assist in searching  and finding missing persons but support those who are suffering from the loss of someone by extending condolences and sympathy in online communities. 

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Is it possible to pick someone up on a plane?

Is it possible to pick someone up on a plane? | Has Social Media changed the future of missing persons? | Scoop.it

Here we see an example of just how powerful social media can be when a young man tracks down a woman whom he found attractive on a flight they both took.... if this isn't a perfect example  of just how powerful social media is, I don't know what is!Flight flirting? There are a few major obstacles to picking someone up on a plane.

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6. In this article we see an example of just how powerful social media can be when a young man tracks down a woman whom he found attractive on a flight they both took through the use of social media.... if this story isn't a perfect example  of just how powerful social media is, I don't know what is!

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How Social Media Has Changed the World? 5 Impacts of Social Media on Our Lives

How Social Media Has Changed the World? 5 Impacts of Social Media on Our Lives | Has Social Media changed the future of missing persons? | Scoop.it
There are so many ways social media has changed the world, and these five that are discussed in this hub are among the most significant.
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8. Following my previous article... this article further explores how social media has literally changed the world. Use this reflect on just how many levels we are able to connect on before we move onto our next article which relates to my case study of Richey Edwards' disappearance in 1995.

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From Despair to Where? Richey Edwards' Disappearance 18 Years On

From Despair to Where? Richey Edwards' Disappearance 18 Years On | Has Social Media changed the future of missing persons? | Scoop.it

w that In the years since his death, Richey has almost become the indie-rock Elvis. To this day, sightings are reported of him in far away destinations like hippie communes in India....

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9. Now that we have a bit of an understanding of how collaboration within social media has allowed us to collaborate like never before  - Let's have a look at the case study of the disappearance of Richey Edwards in 1995, a time before social media was at large...

"On the morning of February 1, 1995, James Dean Bradfield of the Manic Street Preachers entered the lobby of the Embassy Hotel in London expecting to meet his band mate Richey Edwards The two were set to embark on a U.S. promotional tour for their latest album, the Holy Bible. Bradfield learned that Edwards had checked out of the hotel early in the morning then took off to Wales never to be seen again. February 1, 2013 marks the 18th anniversary of Richey Edwards' disappearance."

 

In this article we see how a famous figure was able to disappear, never seen again, not a single glimpse caught on CCTV nor a single siting confirmed.

In the early 90's this may have been possible... But today... Not a chance! Have a read of this article to gain an understanding of just how different things were before the rise of social media... A time when even a public figure such as Richey Edwards who was "hot property" at the time could disappear without a trace. Today, it would be almost impossible for a celebrity to go missing without a single tweet or snapchat being sent...

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▶ Richey Edwards Sister Rachel Elias - YouTube

What Happened To Richey Edwards, The Guitarist In Manic Street Preachers? An interview with Richey Edwards sister Rachel Elias from BBC Richard James Edwards...
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11. Here is a short video of Richey Edwards sister, Rachel Elias recounting his disappearance and expressing how in this time, (before social media and online collaboration) both Richey and other missing persons could literally drop off the face of the earth without a trace.... 

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▶ Manic Street Preachers - The Vanishing Of Richey Manic (Part 2) - YouTube

This is the infamous documentary about the disapperance of Manic Street Preachers guitarist/lyricist Richey Edwards, who left his car at the Severn Bridge on...
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13. Part two to continue on from the previous clip - to continue to get an understanding of Richey's Story.

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Bradley Cooper checks out Jennifer Lawrence’s boobs! PLUS Justin Bieber, Kanye West: Top 10 celebrities caught looking at boobs!

Bradley Cooper checks out Jennifer Lawrence’s boobs! PLUS Justin Bieber, Kanye West: Top 10 celebrities caught looking at boobs! | Has Social Media changed the future of missing persons? | Scoop.it

http://www.heatworld.com/Star-Style/2012/09/Justin-Bieber-Kanye-West-Top-10-celebrities-caught-looking-at-boobs-Mr-Titzperverts/Uh-oh! This is a little bit embarrassing for Bradley Cooper.
At last night’s Silver Linings Playbook...

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15. As we have explored in the last two articles I have provided, in 1995(a year that I considered to be quite technologically advanced at the time), we saw a celebrity as "big time" as Richey Edwards disappear off the face of the earth without a trace... Never to be seen again...

Today, about two decades on, we see celebrities(multiple) getting caught out for perusing the cleavage of their date at an event. Take a look at this article to help get a bit of an idea of just how much social media today has impacted the ability to track, locate and collaborate - even something as trivial as a celebrity having a "perve" does not go unseen!

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Police see mixed blessings in social media missing persons campaigns

Police see mixed blessings in social media missing persons campaigns | Has Social Media changed the future of missing persons? | Scoop.it

SOCIAL media campaigns are becoming increasingly valuable in finding missing persons, but police have warned they could hinder official investigations.

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18. Social media has changed how we connect and has allowed us to collaborate and share information with one and other all across the planet. 

 

This article shows us just how powerful social media campaigns for missing persons can be but unlike in my previous article where we see social media praised, we are given good insight and warned about how it could also be hindering the official investigation of the trained authorities

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Social Media: Influence on Missing Persons

Social Media: Influence on Missing Persons | Has Social Media changed the future of missing persons? | Scoop.it
This past week we have seen a great deal of local and national media coverage on the missing IU student Lauren Spierer. In the wake of this gut wrenching story I began to see social media posts of the search efforts everywhere. I saw a twitter post from Ryan Seacrest retweeting about the missing girl. I also saw updates and interviews from her parents on The Today Show. I was even invited to help the search efforts through Facebook. This got me wondering how social media can help search efforts for missing people.
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20. Another great example of how missing persons have changes since the introduction of social media

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