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Looking for inspiration

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Sometimes I get asked where do you find enough to write about? And the answer is from a multitude of sources:

  • Suggested links from my Twitter community
  • The bookmarked sites of my network on delicious (is it me or does it feel weird not writing it as any more?)
  • I scan over 400 blogs and news sites in my RSS reader, here is a link to the sites sorted into categories
  • I have been a bit slack on this lately, but I try to get out and meet people, preferably those that have a different perspective to me
  • I am a subscriber to some web 1.0 media that comes up with great content. Examples of this include David Farber‘s Interesting People email list, HolyMoly, Popbitch and the conferences on prototype online social community The Well
  • The company I work for has a very email-centric culture: whilst it means that I go in every morning to do battle with an inbox bursting out of control, I also get sent links to great materials.
  • Mainstream media: I am addicted to includes Wired magazine, Monocle, Geek and the US edition of Esquire  

I’m going to tag Jonny Rosemont, Wadds and James Gordon-Mackintosh to find out what inspires their blog posts.  Also going to be in Barcelona next week looking for web.20ish or cultural recommendations to try whilst there (the comments box is now open).

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Beard or no beard

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Ged Carroll

Yesterday I put my Twitter Man idea into practice, when I asked my Twitter community whether I should shave my goatee off. There were ten votes for keeping it (including those people who asked me to grow a more extensive beard and or a mustache and one against.

What was more interesting was the way the replies came in.

Less than half the people replied on Twitter, instead they messaged me via Facebook. The messages on Facebook tended to be from Twitter n00bs, whereas I have long ago abandoned Facebook as a way of interacting with my communities, its more like a very unwieldy contacts book.

This transition space of communicating on one social media and the reply coming from a different source makes finding the threads of conversations much more complex, and is something that is worthwhile looking at in a more serious manner with a better experiment.

The data from my impromptu poll also supported Rainier PR’s recent study on media consumption findings, since not one of the responses about whether I should shave or not referenced the ongoing Amy Winehouse saga.

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GreatAdvice: Get organised with

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Bernard Kerr is the user experience lead on delicious at Yahoo!. I noticed something the other day about the way his bookmarks are organised that in retrospect was one of those duh! ideas. On the righthand side of the page Bernard has a tag bundle labelled actions and then a series of actions attached to the sites that Bernard had bookmarked (see below).

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Something to think about, a kind of GTD for your web browsing. This goes way beyond my current occasional use of toread and blogit as tags.

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Time & attention talk by Merlin Mann

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I love this presentation by Merlin Man.

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ThinkingAloud: The Twitter Man

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I had a long caffiene-filled weekend chilling out reading old Wired articles on counter-culture, prediction markets and social media when an idea came to me.

Why not combine the approach of Luke Rhinehart’s novel The Dice Man with an ad-hoc prediction market being substituted for the pseudo-chaotic responses provided by a pair of dice.

Like the dice a number of possible decisions could be created and then a prediction market could be used to decide which decision to take.

Then it struck me that Twitter would be an ideal vehicle for this:

  • The Twitter Man could have a closed set of people who they follow in the prediction market (a kind of advisory board based on the their social graph), which would hopefully provide the optimal decisions
  • 140 characters of Twitter would keep the options simple, closed, inambiguous in nature and enable simple responses; improving responses and making tallying up the results easier
  • Responses should be short, taking up a minimum amount of time and allowing for immediate gut reactions rather than an overly-analytical response

There is also a certain circular reference in this as the proto-online social network The WELL, can trace its history back to the Whole Earth Catalog and the back to land new communalism movement of the 1960s and early 70s which tried to create a collective mind similar to that occurring in a tribal people.

On the other hand it could also pander to the darker modern phenomena of self-centred wannabe micro celebrities.