Mar 12

Daily News Curated by Twitter, Aggregated by LinkedIn

If you aren’t using LinkedIn Today to skim the morning news, you might be missing out.

LinkedIn finds popular articles shared via Twitter, and arranges them by industry and source.  You can additionally subscribe to content from a variety of publishers such as NPRthe Atlantic, Forbes, the Harvard Business Review, the Chronicle of Higher Education, Fast Company, the NYTimes, the Wall Street Journal, and many others.  You can see your version here (you must be logged into LinkedIn) and can find out more here.

Mar 12

Aggregator versus Curator (versus thief)?

There’s some hubbub on the internets as to the value of aggregating versus curating (additional context at Buzzfeed FWD).

Harvest Time

My take is that sucking-down content published on the web for re-display in a different form is aggregation, and if said content is taken wholesale, theft.   If you do the same thing but employ some editing process, you are a curator.  To paraphrase Tim O’Reilly at SXSW yesterday, you should ‘create more value than you take’.  Note that this conversation started over a debate concerned with attribution.

Dec 11

Friction has value.

Facebook is leading the charge in integrating frictionless sharing for its users, where the music you listen to and articles you read are automatically shared online.  While this can create large volumes of usable data, I’m unsure if less friction is the future.  Looking at  more own content resources and the people on this list, I still strongly believe that aggregation is easy, curation is hard, and friction has value.

Aug 11

What’s in your bag?

What competencies will tomorrow’s web worker need?  The list can be broken down among attitudes, literacies, and skills.

Web workers will need to be disciplined, with an ability to work in unstructured and remote environments (as opposed to a cube farm).  They will need to be entreprenurially oriented, both in terms of delivering for their employer and for their own self-promotion.  They will also need to be networked, interacting, sharing, and collaborating with those both internal and external to their organization.  They will need to have a holistic view of their competitive space, and be capable of systems thinking (as compared to reductionism).  Lastly, they will need to be open to experimentation; doing what we have always done will not be the way forward.