The Wisdom of the Social Media Crowd
In his blog post A Story Culture, Michael Lopp, author of Managing Humans (check out the book’s great promotional website), used the intriguing phrase âconnective information tissueâ to describe the value of tweets (status messages sent via Twitter).
Challenged by his editor to better understand what information is, Lopp starts with the definition of the Information Hierarchy provided by Ray R. Larson at Berkeley:
- Data â The raw material of information
- Information â Data organized and presented by someone
- Knowledge â Information read, heard or seen and understood
- Wisdom â Distilled and integrated knowledge and understanding
Lopp then examines how information ascends this hierarchy using the perennial vehicle designed for its transmissionâthe story.
Shattered bits of narrative
âThe traditional narrative,â explains Lopp, âhas been shattered into bits of well-indexed information. Google wasnât the first indexing tool, but itâs certainly the best. Still, Google is powerfully dumb. Yes, I can find whatever piece of information Iâm looking for, but…
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