I’ve been seeing a lot lately on G+ about ‘noise’ (mostly in the form of people complaining about ‘noisy’ people who are taking over their stream by posting a lot)
noise is a form of pollution, in a way… but also in a way not because it is not necessarily a bad thing, a lot of the ‘noisy’ people I follow on G+ are actually posting really interesting stuff. there is just a lot of it so it makes everyone else look quiet in comparison.
Tho I did witness an interesting exchange on twitter. someone complained @kevinrose was taking up his whole G+ feed. krose’s response? “follow more people!”
anyway, the article is by Adrian Chan on sharing content and the noise it creates.
I liked this interesting paragraph from the article:
The noise produced by an attention economy. This being noise resulting from the online social condition that only activity can get attention. One has to post and share in order to have presence. Here the act of sharing is what matters, less so what is shared, for the act maintains presence and creates the contexts around which others can engage.
reminds me of something i read recently in one of the many twitter advice posts I’ve been looking at: "You’re only as good as your last tweet." which also fits in to what I was talking about in class on Wednesday about digital citizenship being an ongoing process that you have to keep maintaining, not a goal you can reach and then be satisfied you’ve completed it.
The noise of obligatory social etiquette. This is the noise created by adhering to online social norms and conventions, such as following back, or adding to Circles, reblogging, liking, and so on.
This feels like a bit of a Catch 22 situation!
Sharepocalypse is just the tip of the sharing iceberg. The flotsam and jetsam that drifts downstream in a medium that never stops flowing. But the currents beneath are deeply social and mean far more than meets the eye. It’s going to be hard to sort through all that noise. Because collect the empties as you will, more often than not, there’s a message in that bottle.
Nice paragraph. especially the bit about the medium that never stops flowing. This is why I want to do a printed piece as having something with a physical form means it will not go unnoticed.
This post gives a good description of internet pollution and spam. It’s easy to think of spam as just those emails you get from Nigerian princes, or those “congratulations you won!” pop ups, but this article highlights two other types of spam that contribute to internet pollution that the ordinary internet user is more likely to be guilty of. In my words, here they are:
Posting the same thing everywhere on all the forums/blogs/social networking sites you belong to. If you do this, then people searching for something may come across your same post many times in the search results. Also, it’s incredibly annoying for the people who follow you in more than one place, because we’re getting the same thing over and over again. Different social networks all have different purposes so adjust the content to fit each one.
Posting inane things. On Twitter this is a huge issue especially when one is looking for information through hashtags, or trying to find out more about news that has broken in the trending topics for example. I think it’s a case, again, of using the right social network. If it’s just something about you, that perhaps nobody else will care about or benefit from, either don’t post it at all, or post it on Facebook (where hopefully you have everything set to private so it will only annoy your friends!).
I also like how the writer talks about deleting things on the internet that you no longer need. From time to time I go through my blog archive and delete posts that are no longer necessary. perhaps I should do that for my twitter as well! (though I feel the problem of internet pollution is more apparent in real-time searches)
“A related danger of the merging of online and offline life, says business thinker Tony Schwartz, is that we come to treat ourselves, in subtle ways, like computers. We drive ourselves to cope with ever-increasing workloads by working longer hours, sucking down coffee and spurning recuperation. But “we were not meant to operate as computers do,” Schwartz says. “We are meant to pulse.” ……..Whatever you might have been led to imagine by the seeping of digital culture into every aspect of daily life – and at times this week in Austin it was easy to forget this – you are not, ultimately, a computer.”
This quote is from an article I looked at in 453 by Oliver Burkeman (can you tell I’m finding it inspiring going back thru my old workblog and finding new meaning in things I’ve collected there? haha)
I have been thinking of cutting back on internet pollution as the reason why we need to start thinking of the internet in more emotive terms rather than as pixels and data, but re-reading this article makes me think that perhaps there is a more basic human need for it. We are human. We want to feel connected to things on an emotional level. But perhaps the way the internet is portrayed visually is what is getting in the way of this connection.
obviously the most notable being the death of Osama Bin Laden.
Twitter and breaking news is a very interesting subject. If I hear about something and want some up-tp-the-minute information on it I am much more likely to check the trending topics, or search on twitter to see what links people have posted than to Google it. The way I see it, people posting links means the link is a good one with the information I am most likely looking for: the Twitter users have done the googling for me in a way. This is also where spammy, unconstructive, polluting tweets get in the way. I don’t want to have to scroll through lots of advertising or “why is *insert topic here* trending??” tweets to find the links helpful users are posting.
We’re entering into a new era of the Internet, where users are now looking to find validated sources within the mix of information overload that we all experience, said Steve Rubel, EVP of Global Strategy and Insights for Edelman during his presentation at Mashable Connect 2011. This shift is changing the nature of authority.
“More content will be created today than existed in entirety before 2003.”
“Curation is just as important as creation.”