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Social Reading – In Search Of Juice

Social Reading: In search of juice

Reshared post from +Gideon Rosenblatt

On “Social Reading”

How often do you find yourself half reading something, getting through it as quickly as possible so you can find the juicy tidbits that you can clip for your post here on Google+ or on Twitter or Facebook? This is reading as a means to an end, rather than an end in itself. This is the dark side of the shared interest graph; the part that accelerates the flow of content beyond our ability to pay real attention to it.

I’ve been thinking about this problem over this last week, when, on vacation, I had web access only via an iPad and my Android phone. I was able to read articles on the web, but sharing them in a rich way was much less convenient than on my Mac.

This was when I really noticed it, this little pang inside, this desire to share what I was reading…to share it before I’d even fully digested it myself.

And this gets me to an interesting interview with +Clay Shirky, where he talks about the future of books and the future of reading. I encourage you to read it yourself:

Clay is talking about a lot of interesting ideas here, but the one I want to riff off of here is the focus on “social reading”:

“Social reading,” the way I’ve always interpreted the phrase, is reading that recognizes that you’re not just a consumer, you’re a user. You’re going to do something with this, and that something is going to involve a group of other people.

He notes that the Kindle Fire, with its improved annotation abilities, is changing the way we use books in this way. And so my riff here is that these kinds of capabilities are atomizing long-form content in ways that make it easier for us to share with others.

Think about it. We very frequently pull excerpts from articles we read, as part of our sharing process here on Google+. But how often do we do that with books?

The future of books is a future where this kind of content isolation will continue to break down more and more. As the traditional publishing industry loses more and more control, the tight grip over content will inevitably loosen. As a result, it will be easier and easier for us to grab pieces of long-form content (what we call books today) and share them with others…just as we do with articles, blog entries and posts here on Google+. We will share more and more excerpts from books…

The question this raises for me is – to what end? Already, I feel increasing pressure to read/skim articles with greater and greater efficiency, as part of the social media sharing frenzy. Books still have a special place for me. I read them more slowly, but that too may soon change as social reading creeps more fully into our consumption of books…

Interview with Clay Shirky found through link from +Thom Kennon.

Visceral Value in Virtual Conversations

Visceral Value in Virtual Conversations

Today I was inspired by a conversation with Anne McCrossan. Despite some tech difficulties with my mobile broadband, we successfully shared some of our stories for over an hour which, as often seems to happen with like minded people, was pure inspiration. Continue Reading

Art of Informal Learning – Rediscovering the Learners Pathway

Utilising ‘conversation frameworks’ (via @jaycross), such as
#Amplify, #Twitter, #Facebook and #LinkedIn is part of the social learning revolution. Creating communities of practice that effectively adopt such frameworks to support #learning is a trend that will change the way we learn; those who are not considering such methods will be at a great disadvantage in the future.

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 ”You go to your TV to turn your brain off. You go to your computer when you want to turn your brain on. “                                                                                                                   -Steve Jobs
Informal learning
“The best learning happens in real life, with real problems and real people, and not in the classrooms. ”
Formal learning
“Formal learning may not always be required… but it should always be available”
For example, Formal learning is like traveling in bus, the driver decides where the bus is going, and the passengers are along for the ride. People new to the territory often ride on bus before hoping on bike. Informal learning is like riding a bike; the rider chooses the destination, the speed as well as the route. The rider can stop anywhere to admire the scenery or to help a fellow rider.
The Informal learning is considered to be more effective in building proficiency than formal learning methods. That is the reason while hiring a candidate, experience and exposure will be taken into account more than mere degrees in the practical world.   It’s major plus is that learning will be mostly relevant and it is done in small steps in which the learner is a kind of entity in the overall happenings. So the learner can experience and then understand it thoroughly. Nonetheless, apart from all the formal learning we get, if we keep our eyes and ears open to any kind of knowledge that can be applied practically, we are on the right way to climb the cliff. This seems to be good clarity on informal learning about how it helps to enhance competency and professionalism of the talents of today to meet the changes and challenges in the future.



10 Levels of Intimacy in Todays Communication

As this was compiled in 2009 perhaps the designer had not heard of Amplify? Anyway, if he had, box no.1 would read Twitter, Box 2 Facebook, Box No. 3 Amplify with the rest remaining the same… be nice if it could be updated ;o)

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Lacking Empathy says University of Michigan Study

Yesterday I read a two articles posted via @socratoad “All about Dr. Robert Hare – Expert on the Psychopath” and “Psychopaths Among Us”, both were fascinating reads.

Today I noticed this article which reports quite a dramatic decline in empathy amongst college students; lack of empathy is one of the characteristics displayed in (clinical) Psychopathic behaviour…

I also found this link via Diane Bjorling which, although long, is very interesting –

One of the biggest notices from this article came at the end…

“If we just open our hearts to all the misfortune around us, it would be just overwhelming,” she says.

Time for a walk in the forest…

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College students have less empathy than past generations
College students today show less empathy toward others compared with college students in decades before, a study from the University of Michigan says.
Sara Konrath, a researcher at the university’s Institute for Social Research, looked at 72 studies that gauged empathy among 14,000 college students in the past 30 years. She found that empathy has been declining — especially since 2000.
The research finds that college students today show 40% less empathy vs. students in the 1980s and 1990s.
The study did not evaluate why students are less empathetic, but Konrath says one reason may be that people are having fewer face-to-face interactions, communicating instead through social media such as Facebook and Twitter.
“Empathy is best activated when you can see another person’s signal for help,” Konrath says.
Michigan graduate student Edward O’Brian, who helped collect data for the study, says the “explosion” in social networking has caused college students to spend less time with each other.
“You might spend your night posting on Facebook walls and sending out tweets to hundreds of your online friends, but by doing so, you’re also not spending time with real people and gaining valuable interpersonal experiences,” O’Brian says.
Another cause may be changing expectations about success. Since the 1980s, there has been a steady trend in people feeling more stressed about trying to “get ahead,” Konrath says.
“Empathy is a very important moral trait in terms of everyday caring for people in our environment,” she says.
Raines says that empathy is declining in all generations and that people may be closing themselves off from others in response to the increase in the flow of information and bad news.
“If we just open our hearts to all the misfortune around us, it would be just overwhelming,” she says.


When Social Gets Too Much

Morning Fog Emerging From Trees
A Guy Taking Pictures / Water Photos / CC BY

Hunky Dorey

You’re twenty eight years old, recently married, first child on the way, a successful community manager for a leading retailer, and part of your daily bread and butter is updating the feed on Facebook or Twitter. You’ll spend an hour a day looking through your well researched RSS feeds for one or two relevant articles to post, and perhaps another hour commenting on posts and enganging with your community. Your sorted, your cool, no worries there. Continue Reading

Identity Theft – No Joke

Read this article and circulate it…

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An open letter to Jessica Peter

I noticed you have 887 friends on Facebook and that we have 117 friends in common. I probably accepted your friendship for that very reason because I know we’ve never met face-to-face.
I noticed you’re 24 years old and graduated from a high school with the same name as my high school in ’00. That would have made you 14 years old. Congrats on being a whiz kid. I noticed we also graduated from the same college in 2006 (congrats again for being a whiz kid).
Your bio looked real familiar to me:

…Now work virtually from my home office. I blog professionally about the social web, research and write about learning technologies, present, teach, and (sometimes) attend graduate school.

(Oh snap! It’s mine. Verbatim. From Facebook.) I’m flattered you’d find it good enough to lift but please get your own life. Mine’s not incredibly exciting and with your beautiful photo (you could be a stock photo!), I’m sure your life is rich in experiences.


Social Media – Inspired by Scott Gould

If you want to follow someone who know’s what’s going on in social media and you’d like to get better at blogging and social sharing, then start reading what Scott’s writing; bookmark his site after reading this.

Why? Because he’s nailing it, proper!

While researching the keywords ‘like minds’ I discovered Scott’s website some weeks ago, and after some basic research, I found out that he lives not far from my parents on the South coast of England. Taking this coincidence further I began skimming his blog and read a couple of articles in full, I quickly realised I’d stumbled across someone very talented.

Digging a little deeper through Twitter and Facebook I began to know more about where he was coming from and got a glimpse of where he’s heading. At one point I just thought, I want to talk with this guy, so I found him on Skype, and we did just that. Scott very kindly obliged and we chatted informally about this and that, then the office began to pick up and it was time to say goodbye. The next time I’m back home I’m definitely going to pay him a visit, perhaps on a Sunday at his parish church.

Since this conversation we communicate on Facebook from time to time. Interestingly Scott said that he really likes Amplify, but as he’s committed to his own blog it’s not practical to do both; although he does send interested parties in Amplify’s direction.

Below I’ve snipped some of the key points from his latest post in order to give you a flavour, but I recommend getting to know Scott better by clicking through to his site and reading his posts in full, there is also a great video library called insights that should not be missed.

@Scott, thanks for continuing to inspire my daily work, I already see the differences, and although there’s still lots of room for improvement, it’s nice to know you there if I get lost, cheers mate.

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4 Issues With Comments, And Why Most Blogs Are Anti-Social

I have four issues that I’ve drawn from the comments you made, and bolded the main points, as this has turned out to be a longer post than usual.

Why Comments Matter

connections trump community
documented online

The Issues

1 – Readers don’t know what to comment
who is writing about being a better commenter?
2 – Bloggers don’t know what questions to ask
skills of facilitation are really absent in a lot of bloggers
Start valuing people – I mean really valuing people – individual people.
when was the last time you really engaged in a comments section and were retweeting it because of the comments?
4 – We don’t understand Social
Social is all about people and relating with them (not to them).

The Main Point

Blogs that don’t ask meaningful, thought through questions and don’t engage in meaningful responses don’t value their readers and are anti-social.

Your Leading Thoughts

My question for you is:

  • Do you invite people to your house to then just talk about yourself, and reply to nothing your guests have to say?


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