I made a small mistake this evening. I broke my self-imposed social media exile to retweet something by Alan Patrick, that linked to this post on his blog. And suddenly, I found myself besieged by unhappy social media pros that I respect.
Wishing all my readers a Merry Christmas. As you've probably noticed, I'm taking a wee break from the blog right now, but I'll be back before New Year with some reviews of the year… In the meantime, have a great festive season.
Snow has come to London:
#uksnow SM2 4/10
- #uksnow – the hashtag that allows identification of relevant tweets
- SM2 – the first half of my postcode, allowing geolocation of the information
- 4/10 – a measure of the heaviness of the snowfall, where 0 is none at all and 10 would be a whiteout…
At a meeting this morning, I told a prospective newbie blogger that intentional controversy was often a massively over-rated virtue. In the light of this, I couldn’t help but find myself nodding vigorously in agreement with this piece by Umair Haque:
To play the opinion arb game, news publishers have to stop seeking
simply the most controversial opinions. They’re abundant: every talking
head can churn one out, and faux “news” of every kind is already chock
full of ’em shrieking at one another. Instead, successful opinion
arbitrageurs must seek the most informed opinions, gooey with
expertise, thick with real value for readers.
Those opinions are worth the most — and they’re what readers will pay for.
Elephant in the room #2 when it comes to paywalls: you might have to change the nature of what your write and publish to make them work.
One of the nice things about having system admin rights for the Movable Type install that powers the 150+ blogs we’re running right now is that I can see all comments as they come into the system, and guage what’s attracting attention.
Rather than information being pushed to us through a decisive act like sending an e-mail, we receive it in a flow of activity from following people. We need to learn to live (adapt?) to the flow.
“If there’s someone you have a model of in your head, someone you know, you do care about what they had for lunch, that they’re in Paris.” You can follow someone without them agreeing it it first.
There are many public – everyone on the web sees a different world (a point danah made earlier). When we follow people we collect a peer group to interpret and make sense of the world. And then they become filters.
Small world Networks.
It’s easy for information to flow through them, because there are both short range and long-range links.
People decide that other people don’t belong. It’s analogous to countries.
People who connect – the “life and soul of the party”.