Quora represents a bigger technology trend, which is the layering of an interest graph on top of people’s social graph


Social Q&A site Quora may be the current darling of Silicon Valley, but not a lot of people beyond the insular tech startup world actually use it yet. That will start to change in 2011, which I believe will be the year Quora has its Twitter moment and start to really take off. Quora represents a bigger technology trend, which is the layering of an interest graph on top of people’s social graph. On Quora, you can follow not only people, but topics and questions. It defines the world by your interests, not just the people you may know or admire. This is a powerful concept and is not limited to Quora (both Twitter and Facebook also want to own the interest graph), but Quora is designed from the ground up to expose and help you explore your interests. It is addictive, and as it reaches a critical mass of early users, this will be the year it emerges from its shell much like Twitter did in 2007.

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What are the innovations for publishers, marketers and developers to grow and engage their communities and drive website visitor time, engagement and traffic?


What are the innovations for publishers, marketers and developers to grow and engage their communities and drive website visitor time, engagement and traffic?
You are welcome to join this discussion on Quora

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What are the best solutions for dealing with information overload?


Beth discovered some wonderful discussion threads about one of her (and my) favorite topics:  Information Overload and Strategies for Coping.  As George Siemens points out the issue of information overload is not new.   His definition of the problem is that it gets in the way of sustained mindfulness in order to get something meaningful done.

What is the solution?  Is it human (habits and skills) or machine (technology/software) or a combination of both?

              

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Finding Balance: Designing for Solitude


The world we experience every day bombards us with requests for connectivity from many angles, requests that it seems we feel pressured to respond to. And some of us have no doubt had some responsibility for designing it that way. But is the inability to switch off and disconnect losing us anything valuable as humans?

Ben will talk through a couple of stories from both history and the present day that suggest that considering what happens when the button is in the off position might be just as important for us.

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Sharing in 2010


AddThis released an interesting infographic with some statistics about users sharing habits. Among the impressive numbers: 44% of shares occur through Facebook, up 33% from last year (due both to the platform’s record growth and the release of the ‘Like’ button.)

 Shares over Gmail increased by 395%, outpacing StumbleUpon, Facebook and Twitter. Shares via MySpace and Friendster dropped 20% and 31% respectively. While the data gathered from AddThis widget are by no means comprehensive, the percentages should be relatively accurate given the sample size and the number of sharing services supported.

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Content Curation: What features and factors will determine the defacto content curation platform?


Join What features and factors will determine the defacto content curation platform? question. Add your comments, answers and votes.  

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Influence comes from one’s ability to draw people into a conversation AND hold them there. Influence means one’s blogs or tweets or Facebook posts are shared and re-shared throughout the online world. Influence creates action towards a person or a brand and has the power to create effect.

Klout vs. the Blogosphere: What does it mean to be influential? « Extanz.com – PR 2.0, Inbound Marketing, Social Media


Where I see for the curation to be solved is to introduce trust at a process level. One way is to “decompose” the Internet into higher trusted communities of interest where “Judy Consumer” will select the smaller communities of interest that appeals to her.

Signal, Curation, Discovery – John Battelle’s Searchblog


People who use Tumblr a lot tell me it “makes them feel smarter” about what matters in the web, because it unpacks all sorts of valuable pieces of content into one curated stream – a stream curated by people who you find interesting.

Signal, Curation, Discovery – John Battelle’s Searchblog