Collaboratively scoping information and coping with its overload
There is both a supply and demand side aspect to the information overload problem in the social media world. Often we read content that touches our interests, but with little time to read it in detail, and/or take notes for later retrieval. When we need it, it often becomes hard to retrieve it, in spite of many media solutions including search engines.
My reader’s tactic in coping with large quantities of content, some of which I may need later on, is tagging interesting non-fiction content. I do this typically on Twitter, sometimes G+, using the tags defined in the tag pivots of the Actor Atlas. If the content is really top, I add it as a resource, or embed a widget, in the Actor Atlas wiki at the one page where it belongs. For instance a CO2 measuring widget on the page about Sustainable Development Goal 13 — Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts .
At any future time, I can retrieve the tagged content, either via the #tag search on Twitter (two years horizon is common), or by visiting wikis defining the tags, with “a page per defined tag”. Readers can collaboratively cope with information overload!
Let’s now move to the supply side. A fair content producer who is aware of the information overload problem, and knowledgeable about the explained, feasible (and free) demand side tactic, may consider tagging content as it is published.
The reader thus becomes more empowered in dealing with the information overload problem. At any time, he or she can either read about a specific topic across the content offer, or read the content to which he or she subscribes.
The use of a tag also places the content in a “public” timeline. This would among the producers expose the cutters-and-pasters, and may therefore reduce such (unproductive / low value adding) behaviour. It could shift producers energy towards original content that at present is still missing for most of the tags, as evidenced by simple search. Hence producers are empowered to collaboratively scope their content.
Hence my wish for 2016, let it be the year that all learn the smart use of #tags for mutual benefit!
Leanpub: #Tag Guideline — world
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