Let’s be selfish!


The Secret, Selfish Side Of Social-Curation Sites | Fast Company www.fastcompany.com/1823230/the-secret-selfish-sid…sites

"Social curation companies like Pinterest, Storify, and Foodspotting are essentially creating hubs for crowdsourcing interests like wedding ideas, hipsterized photos, and tweets that appear social on the surface. At the core, though, social curation is incredibly self-centered. Pins of things that I want, pictures of food I ate, tweets about stories I read. There’s no sense of community–no we, ours, or us involved. People only post and repin the things with the hope that someone might like it, Tweet it, share it, but essentially we do it in a silo to please ourselves–there is no collaboration integrated into these platforms, yet. Today’s social platforms are innately self-centered because that is how they have been conditioned to be over time and more often than not people are just blindly pushing out content, not actually sharing what we like, bought, saw, need, want with others. We collaborate and work together in the office–so why not with our buddies at Sunday Brunch, compiling videos, photos, tweets, and more from last night’s concert?

"Our so called”social” worlds have become flat and one-dimensional, just like the static content we curate on a daily basis. Where’s the collaboration? Wedding photographers cull together separate videos of the bride and groom, so why can’t we? Is it even possible to have an internet ecosystem that is brought on by a collaborative effort–a group of people at a bar or classroom or concert?"

Who on earth knows what will become of the new Facebook "Interest Lists"? Maybe it is a brand new entity that no one has yet began to apprehend, understand. Maybe "Lists" of all sorts are the new "graphs" for those of us who utilize "lineary models" to graph, "understand", fundamental "data" in our everyday "data analyses"…???

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