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  • Clive 9:24 pm on November 30, 2008 Permalink
    Tags: , community, ,   

    Twitter comes of age 

    Twitter comes of age with fast reports from the ground in Mumbai | World news | The Guardian

    Bloggers provided a “public service” function, creating sites that
    divert users to Foreign Office advice, police reports, helpline
    numbers, and Google documents containing lists of the injured and killed.

    Newspaper and magazine readers had to wait for much of the gripping writing from the scene, but the blogosphere was filled
    with accounts from the outset.

  • Clive 8:57 am on July 1, 2008 Permalink
    Tags: collaboration, community,   

    Collaborative Filtering 

    Collaborative Filtering: Lifeblood of The Social Web – ReadWriteWeb

    There are two basic principles involved in Collaborative Filtering.

    1. The Wisdom of Crowds and Law of Large Numbers suggest that as communities grow, not only does a large (diverse, independent, etc.) community make better decisions than a handful of editors, but the larger a community gets, the better its decisions will be.  Therefore, we can hypothetically create a Collaboratively Filtered newspaper, television channel, radio station, etc., which would be better (for the community) rather than any other arbitrarily selected medium. In fact, as we will see, services like Digg, YouTube, and Last.fm, are trying to do exactly that – (CF) based media outlets.

    2. The second principle of Collaborative Filtering suggests that in any such large community, with enough data on individual participants and on how the individual participants collaborate or correlate with each other, we can make predictions about
    what these users will like in the future based on what their tastes have been in the past, i.e. develop a collaboratively filtered recommendation engine. This, of course, relies on the fact that people’s interests, preferences, and ideologies don’t change too drastically over time.

    The two aspects of the (CF) system result in two very different and important results.

  • Clive 9:48 am on October 23, 2007 Permalink |
    Tags: community, , second life,   

    Second Life in education 

    Here’s a link to resources for the use of second life in education


  • Clive 3:23 pm on August 24, 2007 Permalink |
    Tags: community, ,   

    virtual community – paper 

    • Identity and Deception in the Virtual Community
      [Interesting on line paper] ‘Identity plays a key role in virtual communities. In communication, which is the primary activity, knowing the identity of those with whom you communicate is essential for understanding and evaluating an interaction. …’

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