Elin Whitney-Smith (elin) Tue 8 May 12 10:24
"trying to read Twitter as somehow continuous, keeping up with every post, could drive you stark raving mad." More than that it is unnecessary since much of it is repetitive with retweets coming up continuously. Especially if you are looking at a twitter feed associated with a talk in real time.
Ted Newcomb (tcn) Tue 8 May 12 10:34
Howard, having been a heavy user of the Internet since 1993, I find your book just filled with practical tips and how-tos. Love the drawings by Anthony Weeks, a pull-out section all by themselves. I also like the way it's organized, you can jump in anywhere you want to learn or follow the index for topics of interest. Just a great job all the way around. Was one section more difficult to organize than another? And what's next?
Howard Rheingold (hlr) Tue 8 May 12 13:17
You know, Ted, the tools for finding and organizing research material are so much more powerful today that they have become a problem for me. I use Diigo, Devonthink, and Scrivener. The wide end of the research funnel has become much larger, but the narrow end, the part that goes through my brain, has not changed. So I gathered enough material for each chapter to be a book. I had to drop entire sections -- I dropped the smart mobs part of the collaboration chapter because I could refer people to an entire book (I will publish that sub-chapter as a blog post). I was going to write a concluding chapter about how to use the Web to make us smarter, but didn't have space for it. The good news is that I am writing a short e-book for TED on that subject this summer. I'm teaching a course on cooperation theory this summer: http://socialmediaclassroom.com/host/cooperation3 and working on the TED book and also blogging for the Digital Media and Learning community http://dmlcentral.net/blog/3663 I've organized a course for Stanford next Winter: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1pIxVqXT6EO_CoxCCD3tj9uYujVzhHzGWcYgT31LGQh c/edit and I'm getting on a plane a few times to do some bread-and-butter speaking (including, it appears, a trip to Bogota at the end of June). Summer is when I try to learn new tools. I'm going to refresh my knowledge of Personal Brain. I might teach a course for teachers on Net Smart. Then back to Stanford in the Fall for http://socialmediaclassroom.com/host/vircom
Ted Newcomb (tcn) Tue 8 May 12 15:25
Amazing pace you keep up. I'm very glad that Tedx is going to allow you to expand on your book; looking forward to what you have to say. I realize the future holds a lot of rough water, but what are one or two things that make you hopeful in regards to folks implementing the tools you provide in Net Smart?
Elin Whitney-Smith (elin) Tue 8 May 12 16:33
Howard Rheingold ‏ @hrheingold tweeted: "We need to understand more deeply how human-computer works & apply that knowledge to cultivate more humane, mindful technology practices." Amen! on these lines see Chris Berendes' post: http://citizentools.netalyst.com/2012/who-first-planning-successful-social-med ia-strategies He's grasped the meat of the matter. We pay attention to the tech and says "So, those first technology questions are, almost always, really questions about People, Objectives, and Strategy. Technology, in Post (http://forrester.typepad.com/groundswell/2007/12/the-post-method.html) and in life, is the last question, not the first one."
It's all done with mirrors... (kafclown) Wed 9 May 12 06:36
We've featured Howard's book (and link to this discussion) on our blog today: <http://tinyurl.com/digifam-netsmart> The blog is for the Digital Family Summit, a new conference that I am co-organizing along with my wife at the end of June. <http://www.digitalfamilysummit.com> I was just at a similar conference <http://www.mom2summit.com> for Mom and parent bloggers, and there is a weird paradox-- you want to get as much as you can out of the conference, so having people tweeting out important quotes/salient points is great) But the entire plenary room was full of people not looking at the speaker, but looking down at their phones/ipads/computers. When you speak at a conference like this, is it disconcerting to you? Do you feel the need to speak in short 140 character sentences, knowing that people are mediating you in real time? And as an organizer of such a conference, what tips do you have for me to ensure that both you and the audience have the best experience possible?
. (wickett) Thu 10 May 12 00:05
I have learned greatly from this discussion and will print it out to add it to the wonderful resources in your book. Thank you, Howard. I do hope you will return to the Well from time to time.
Rob Myers (robmyers) Thu 10 May 12 05:06
I've now ordered a copy of the book as a result of the discussion here.
Jon Lebkowsky (jonl) Thu 10 May 12 05:10
Excellent. Today is the final day for this two-week discussion. We've barely scratched the surface here; the book is rich with information and guidance.
Jon Lebkowsky (jonl) Thu 10 May 12 05:37
I pinged Howard. He's on the road and can't make it back to answer final questions until next Thursday. He thanks everyone for the great conversation - look for his final responses soon.
Gail Williams (gail) Thu 10 May 12 11:34
Thanks, Jon, Ted, Howard and all the readers. Best continued luck with this book! I liked it for a deeper dive, but I do find I like reading you best interactively, Howard. I think conversation is your sweet spot. Virtually drop by the <vc.> Conference you launched so ling ago, and check up on the locals who follow this stuff, ok? That would be good serious fun.
Elin Whitney-Smith (elin) Sat 12 May 12 07:42
Thanks everyone, especially Jonl and HLR
George M. From Portland (captward) Tue 15 May 12 11:32
writes via e-mail: Howard, Hi. Enjoyed your other books and this discussion. We like your work and want to buy this one. We are regular readers of Inkwell. What do you like best about the Well now compared to back in the day? You are a visitor who was once a regular (I gather from the comments anyway) so you are in a good position to observe -- how has the members-only area evolved? Peace and !!!
Jon Lebko (jonl) Tue 15 May 12 11:57
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Howard Rheingold (hlr) Fri 18 May 12 10:54
Sorry for the delay! I was gone for a week and then it took me several days to catch up. While I was on the road I gave a talk at the Media Lab, followed by a conversation with Joi and Mimi Ito. It has received a lot of comment: http://www.media.mit.edu/events/2012/05/10/media-lab-conversations-series-howa rd-rheingold I will try to return to catch up on some of the questions that were posted in my absence. And thanks for the nudge, Gail. I will check out VC. I found myself thinking about the Mind conference a while back. I think I started that around September or October, 1985! Yes, I love the conversational mode and spend way too much time in the forums and blog comments for the courses I teach at Stanford and Rheingold U.
David Gans (tnf) Fri 18 May 12 11:51
THe mind conference! What fun we had in there. Laundromania was one of the all-time great playgrounds.
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