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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 |

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 12:21 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 7:08 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 on it ...
janlgordon's comment, April 13, 2012 7:05 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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Are You Suffering From Information Overload? Here Are Some Solutions

Are You Suffering From Information Overload? Here Are Some Solutions | Curation, Social Business and Beyond |

This piece is from the Infoengineering blog

I selected this article because it is a constant challenge for me as a content curator and I know all of you are dealing with this, some better than others. More to come on this subject in weeks to come.


We're all experiencing this problem, there are some great suggestions to help you navigate all the noise.

"Information Overload is an increasing problem both in the workplace, and in life in general".

The Information Overload Age - This is when your mind is bombarded with images, sounds and sensations that overload the brain.

The root of the problem is that, although computer processing and memory is increasing all the time, the humans that must use the information are not getting any faster.

Effectively, the human mind acts as a bottleneck in the process.

There are some great suggestions on how to work with information overload effectively:

There are no simple solutions but here are some things you can do right now that will help you:

**Spending less time on gaining information that is nice to know and more time on things that we need to know now.

**Focusing on quality of information, rather than quantity.

**A short concise e-mail is more valuable than a long e-mail.Learning how to create better information (this is what Infogineering is about).

**Be direct in what you ask people, so that they can provide short precise answers.

**Single-tasking, and keeping the mind focused on one issue at a time.

****Spending parts of the day disconnected from interruptions (e.g. switch off e-mail, telephones, Web, etc.) so you can fully concentrate for a significant period of time on one thing.

My fellow curator and colleague, Beth Kanter has done a lot of work in this area, recently, she did a blog post and a review on a great book "The Information Diet"

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

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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 |

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.


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"

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Beth Kanter's comment, March 7, 2012 8:20 AM
Fantastic article - thanks for finding
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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"

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