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Social Media stakeholders: community roles

Here are a few of the major stakeholders that gather around any social media effort.  Each role can be further divided into sub roles who specialize in particular kinds of behavior like starting discussions, arguments, or answering questions. Each stakeholder has information needs that…

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The Next Social Revolution

Clay Shirky posted his talk from last week’s Web 2.0 conference as a wonderful piece on what he calls social surplus – extra cognitive capacity that people don’t know how to spend at first. He argues that our next revolution is the shift from spending our spare cognitive cycles consuming content – watching TV – to spending our spare cognitive cycles consuming, producing, and sharing content.

It’s an interesting train of thought. I particularly like the bit at the end:

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Social Media and Scientific Collaboration

I saw an article posted to Slashdot yesterday about how scientists are using Web 2.0 tools to facilitate collaboration. The original piece, published in Scientific American, offers some food for thought around these parts. The article is pretty basic, but…

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What makes social media social?

At the recent ICWSM 2008 in Seattle I had an opportunity to present some thoughts about what makes social media social. The question is important because so many different types of interaction systems are considered social and they cannot all…

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