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6 Reasons to Visualize Your Data in the Age of Distraction

6 Reasons to Visualize Your Data in the Age of Distraction | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

This piece was posted by Loren Sorenson for Hubspot, I selected it because as she says "If you aren’t prepared for the visual content revolution, you may be left in the dust.


Not convinced? Let's take a look at exactly how visual contentis positively contributing to marketing strategies -- it may just give you the push you need


"Learn why visual content is a critical part of your content creation strategy.


Here are some highlights:


**People remember only 20% of what they read


**83% of learning is visual


Condenses and Explains Large Amounts of Information


**Today, there is too much information on the Internet you have about 3 seconds to catch someone’s eyes so they'll consume your information.


Gives Your Brand an Identity


**Visual content draws people in, letting viewers better understand your brand's identity


Drives User Engagement


**If you've ever read a book with a child, you probably know they find pictures more interesting than words; but are adults really that different?


Selected by Jan Gordon covering "Content Curation, Social Business and Beyond"


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janlgordon's comment, April 11, 2012 3:21 PM
Beth Kanter
Thank you for adding me to the wiki and for your kind words, it's greatly appreciated. Yes this is the conversation of the moment so to speak. I'm sure your presentation was amazing. Would love to hear it if you have a replay.
Beth Kanter's comment, April 11, 2012 10:08 PM
Jan: There's a link in the wiki to the live stream of the session - and a lot of notes and resources ... I love this topic! I'm holding myself back from created another scoop.it on it ...
janlgordon's comment, April 13, 2012 10:05 PM
Beth Kanter
Thanks for looking forward to seeing this info. Knowing you, I can imagine that you want to start another scoopit on this topic but it's not necessary because you're already doing a wonderful job covering it now.
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You Curate Your Own Experience - 5 Reasons Niche Social Networks Are Winning

You Curate Your Own Experience - 5 Reasons Niche Social Networks Are Winning | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

I selected this article by Matthew Knell for Socialfresh because it relates to the other pieces I've  posted regarding information overload and being able to filter out what's important through all the distraction. 


Let's face it, we have too many choices, whether it's content, social networks, and the like. It's like going to a particular restaurant that has a certain cuisine, you have a menu, you select what appeals to you.  With niche sites it puts you in charge not the other way around, you're curating your experience.


Here are some things that caught my attention:


**one constant through the many evolutions of Internet platforms is the fickleness of human beings.


**Especially when asked to make quick decisions.



**Successful products have been driven by the combination of:


**The “right” feature set


**Clarity in purpose


**most importantly, the vibrant nature of communities and how accessible they are to the user.


**They’re running into too many choices of types and places to share their content.


**Increasingly, they’re also running into one parameter that’s impossible to change – the number of hours in the day.


**It's no wonder Pinterest leads the way in niche sites......You can pick and choose what you want to look at, it's better than bookmarking and it's visual for starters.


The author talks about Facebook and Shopping Malls, trying to be too many things to too many people.


How this relates to curation and information overload:


In a quantity vs quality comparison, on a per piece of content basis, quantity almost never wins no matter  what you're comparing it to.


Curated by Jan Gordon covering "Content Curation, Social Business and Beyond"


Feel free to browse my other topic: "Content Marketing, Social Media & Beyond"


Read  full article here: [http://bit.ly/x1sjgU]

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Alessio Manca's comment, February 26, 2012 10:32 AM
Thanks so much. In my opinion niche networks are working better because they are still free from the effects caused by the desire to increase friends (or followers and so on). The other way: people are demanding more interesting content from non friends.
janlgordon's comment, February 26, 2012 11:23 AM
Alessio
Good insight, I agree with you:-)
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11 Ways to Stay Current in a World of Information Overload

This piece was written by Lee Oden for his blog Top Rank  - I selected this today because information overload is a challenge we're all facing. The author has some great insights and shares with us how he filters out the noise and stays abreast of things in his world.


Information filtering and finding meaning for others is the first step to being a great curator.


Here's what caught my attention:


**Value comes from identifying bigger picture patterns and synthesizing that information into practical business advice.


**"I like what Christian Adams said in a G+ thread, “When you have information overload across multiple channels you start to pick up on common threads and trending topics”.


**This is the essence of curation that creates value and there’s no substitute for human filtering.


**As a professional, it’s essential for you to filter signal from a mass of noise to grow expertise in your core discipline as well as others.


**The question is, where do you get the information to stay current? How do you filter out the noise?


The author has some excellent suggestions on how he stays on top of this challenge that we all are facing.


Curated by Jan Gordon covering "Content Curation, Social Business and Beyond"


Read full article here: [http://bit.ly/AhC5tz]

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7 Roadblocks To Content Curation - What You Need to Know

7 Roadblocks To Content Curation - What You Need to Know | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

This post was written by Romain Goday from Darwineco. The insights and suggestions in this article are excellent because they articulate the problem so clearly.


When you can see something in this light, it makes it easier to create a plan of action that is effective. This takes time but it can be done. More about this in the weeks to come, stay tuned.


Excerpt:


We all want to be sure we are not missing important information. This post explores 7 roadblocks that are an impediment to curation.


**What differentiates successful professionals is their ability to take action before competitors so as to mitigate a risk or act upon an opportunity.


Here are a few things that caught my attention:


**Finding timely and relevant information on an ongoing basis about a specific subject is very challenging


Circles of Trust


**Today's information consumption is largely dependent on whom users "follow" online: social media connections, news sites (groups of publishers), bloggers and other information providers.


****It is easy to forget that critical information might come from outside those circles of trust.


**Most information is available on the Web, but focusing on the right information requires users to combine various tools in very creative ways


Curated by Jan Gordon covering "Content Curation, Social Business and Beyond"


Read full article here: [http://bit.ly/yMrqbx]

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Social Media Discovery: 5 Hurdles to Information Consumption

Social Media Discovery: 5 Hurdles to Information Consumption | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

This excellent article was written by Romain Goday for Darwin Ecosystems


After presenting some facts showing the immense and burgeoning amount of data available on the web, Romain goes into a little detail on the types of tools that use the Social Graph to filter content:


  • Social Networks
  • Search Engines
  • Discovery Engines


He then details 5 limitations to Social Media Discovery, opeing this section of the article:


**It is increasingly easier to publish information and increasingly difficult to consume it.


What most caught my attention:


**Excessive attention to what is being said within the user’s circle of trust limits the scope of the information consumption.


**The user’s perspective is not challenged, instead it is reinforced


**Users generally follow people that they respect at a personal level.


**It is understandable that they don’t have the desire to follow people that they dislike or that have the opposite view


**Lists, Circles and Subscriptions aren’t reducing the noise


**Following more people still equals a broader information scope and even more noise.


I agree wholeheartedly that it is our inclination to seek validation.  We must choose our sources and our curators very carefully to avoid seeing only what we are hoping to find.  But choose, we must!  The volume is just too great for anyone to do otherwise for a sustainable period of time.


If you're not careful you can escape the Google filter bubble to one of your own making. To avoid this, you may have to follow people who's views you may not agree with but at least you'll get the broader picture.


Curated by Jan Gordon covering "Content Curation, Social Media and Beyond"


Read the full article here: [http://bit.ly/yKZdG6]

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Karen Dietz's comment, January 11, 2012 10:49 AM
Excellent article and review Jan!
janlgordon's comment, January 11, 2012 6:04 PM
@Karen Dietz
Thanks Karen, loved our conversation on Google+:-)
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8 Surefire Ways to Thrive Despite Information Overwhelm

8 Surefire Ways to Thrive Despite Information Overwhelm | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

Jason W. Womack wrote this article for all of us,  who struggle with information overload. I selected it because.......


To be a good content curator, the first step is knowing how to harness your attention, to be able to filter, focus, and find the best and be able to leave the rest


**It's important to keep refining your daily habits and the author has some great suggestions on how to do that.


Excerpt:


Jason Womack warns "in the age of information overload, when it comes to what we have time to focus on, we are often forced to sacrifice quality for quantity.


Here's what caught my attention:


**Stop multi-tasking

When you multi-task, you can't give your undivided attention the the things you're working on.


**Set a timer for 15-minute intervals

Womack says that our days are actually made up of about 100 15-minute intervals. In fact 15 minutes is just about the right "chunk" of time for us to be able to stay focused, minimize interruptions and work effectively


**Know when you're not focused and implement ways to refocus

When you're working with your timer, write down eah instance when you lose focus-even if it's just to look at a clock to see what time it is.


**Carry a camera with you

Carrying a camera with you is actually a great way to become more in tune with your environment.


**I do this one and it really helps bring me into the present moment


**Listen more

There are three different learning styles: visual, auditory and kinesthetic. Everyone in your network falls into one of these categories.


**(very important tip, when you're not talking and focusing your attention here, it's an amazing experience on so many levels)


Curated by Jan Gordon, covering "Content Curation, Social Business and Beyond"


Read full article here: [http://bit.ly/xoqha6]

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Beth Kanter's comment, March 7, 2012 11:20 AM
Fantastic article - thanks for finding
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Search vs Discovery: A New Approach to Information Consumption

Search vs Discovery: A New Approach to Information Consumption | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

This post was written by Romain Goday for Darwin Ecosystem.


Managing information overload is hard! Search and discovery are very different. This post summarizes the advantages of content discovery engines over search.


Here are some highlights that caught my attention:


**Search provides an answer  Discovery  provides awareness.


Search vs Discovery: Advantages of Interenet Content Discovery Tools


**Awareness instead of specific answers


   A content discovery engine helps users ensure that they are not missing important information related to their topic of interest.


**Provide ongoing content


**The frequency with which the user decides to monitor new developments depends primarily on time frame related for their need for awareness as well as speed of information flow


**Whether new content is monitored every hour, every day or every week, discovery remains a continuing process.


**Focus on fresh content


**the common trait of discovery engines is their emphasis in newly published information


**Facilitate content selection by the user


**With discovery engines, users receive topic-relevant content and are the judges of what is relevant to them, in the moment, based on their own experience, expertise and context


Takeaways:


**Rely on search when you know what you are looking for (you need an answer and want to find the best resources) and this information is not very time sensitive


**Use content discovery tools when you need to know what is going on (what is new, what are people discussing right now) and want to find out what you don’t know


Curated by Jan Gordon covering "Content Curation, Social Business and Beyond"


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Information Overload? Don't Panic!

Information Overload? Don't Panic! | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

I selected this post today from my fellow curator's collection gdecugis, (love what he had to say below).  I personally think it's one of the best pieces I've seen so far on this subject.


We're all dealing with this issue and sometimes when you see it articulated as Brian Solis has done not only is it comforting but widens your perspective which is the doorway to finding solutions.


Excerpt:


At a time where some are thinking we urgently need an information diet, Brian Solis puts things in perspective: don't panic!

 

What he describes on PandoDaily as "the fallacy of Information Overload" is the fact that while we all seem lost at one point or another because our world is changed by the social media revolution, it's both inevitable and something mankind will adapt to.

 

This post is a great summary of the different ways we are affected and why we shouldn't try to move back to the previous state. But work on improving our filters.

 

Curation, anyone?


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Read full article here: [http://bit.ly/zNUhJg]


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Beth Kanter's comment, January 24, 2012 10:49 AM
I reviewed the book, Information Diet,yesterday - http://www.bethkanter.org/info-diet/ it is excellent. He talks about curation as part of the solution, although it is framed as information literacy
Guillaume Decugis's comment, January 25, 2012 12:51 PM
Thanks for sharing Beth: will go check your review!
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7 Tips To Help You Focus In Age of Distraction: Are You Content Fried!

7 Tips To Help You Focus In Age of Distraction:  Are You Content Fried! | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

This weekend I'm focusing on information, filtering and meaning overload and useful ways to manage and utilize it. Having said that, there's so much good information, insights and tips in this post, I have to digest it slowly.


Beth Kanter has written a great post on this subject, sharing the way she's dealing with it and the 44 people who commented on it have some great things to add to the discussion.


Intro:


This morning I learned a new word for information overload - content fried from a colleague at the Packard Foundation.    It resonated.


I identify with this, here's what really caught my attention:


"The biggest difficulty I experience is the shifting from this forward flowing process of consuming, curating, and sense-making of content to learn versus to get something done".


****The latter requires a different type of attention and whole new set of information coping skills


Howard Rheingold calls this process managing your attention or “Infotention” and it is what he has been teaching in his courses.


I’ve been trying to curate content that offers ideas, tips, and resources to get past that ugly feeling of “content fried.” He curated the above mindmap.


Manage Your Attention, Not Just Your Time:


Don’t just create a to do list, lay it out on daily and weekly schedule, breaking down key tasks of the project to chunks.


****But consider the level of concentration and focus that each type of task or chunk requires – and schedule accordingly.


My question to you is:


What are your challenges? What ways are you drowning or prospering in this area? I'd love to hear from you.


Curated by Jan Gordon covering "Content Curation, Social Business and Beyond"


Read full article here: [http://bit.ly/z84mSv]

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Beth Kanter's comment, January 21, 2012 8:19 PM
Thanks Jan for curating this post. As I mentioned in Facebook, I have really been helped by Bregman's book, 18 MInutes! His techniques are fantastic. The book is written using stories to illustrate is concepts. I've been slowly trying to put them into practice. It takes discipline
janlgordon's comment, January 21, 2012 8:26 PM
Beth Kanter
I am definitely going to get this book - your post is so full of great information and resources - so helpful, thanks.
Beth Kanter's comment, February 16, 2012 4:38 PM
thanks for sharing my post
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What Curators Need: Social Tools That Will Reduce Info Overload & Transform Collaboration

What Curators Need: Social Tools That Will Reduce Info Overload & Transform Collaboration | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

In issue 3 of PwC’s Tech Forecast there is a great video illustrating what is going to change in the near future when it comes to finding the right information.

 

"The Navigational phase of online information is just now emerging.

 

Within three to five years, finding more of the information we need--not to mention opportunities for more effective collaboration--will become possible. Social tools will help."

 

The animated video explains how making network and interest-based connections more visible will allow easier and more effective filtering and navigation of information spaces in the near future. 

 

Insightful. 8/10


Selected and curated by Robin Good


Watch the video here:  http://www.pwc.com/us/en/technology-forecast/2011/issue3/index.jhtml


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Beth Kanter's comment, January 8, 2012 2:55 PM
Fantastic find! Thank you as always