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Someone missed this during the Olympics, but stumbled across it today while doing some elections research (don’t ask). I really like the different approach to thinking about how people find and consume information.

You know how a lot of times I’m jealous of NPR? This is one of those times.

Love this. Really pretty take on why the “rules” of web design shouldn’t be taken as gospel.

This article talks about how the Seattle Times set up Facebook groups for high school alumni years (class of 2005, etc.) in order to gather people in one place and eventually mine them for info.  Ostensibly these groups also became places where those people simply connected with each other.  Given the explosion of VOA’s Facebook event page for the Egypt elections as a place for Egyptians to connect and share (and vent), I wonder if news orgs should think harder about how to create these types spaces for people, not to milk them for info but just as a service to bring them together (although hopefully they won’t mind if we tap them for participation every once in a while).

I don’t know what this has to do with digital media, other than that it’s just such a cool and simple idea.  I know it’s been around for a while, and been done elsewhere, but I just rediscovered it recently.  

Just shows the importance of thinking creatively and not being stuck in ideas of what content is “supposed” to look like.  Lovely.

Really cool data display, IMHO.  What I love about this is that all you have to do is look at it to glean some insights, but it also lets you dig in to get more information.  In fact, if I have one criticism (“criticism”), I wish there was another layer to dig down into.

Really great project.  If all this was was a crowdsourced attempt to find out how Guardian readers are being tracked across the internet, it would be cool.  But the fact that they also took the time to find out what cookies are tracking users on their own site, and to put together a neat little demonstration of where and why those are used, takes this to the next level. #inspiration!

Great example of how to do an explainer video in a way that’s both interesting and (relatively) simple (well, simpler than trying to do tons of animation, anyway).

The Difference between the United Kingdom, Great Britain and England Explained (by CGPGrey)

The primary purpose of an editor [is] to extend the horizon of what people are interested in and what people know. Giving people what they think they want is easy, but it’s also not very satisfying: the same stuff, over and over again. Great editors are like great matchmakers: they introduce people to whole new ways of thinking, and they fall in love.

I’ve been trying to come up with an example of a site that did a good job building in the idea of social capital, because a team that I’m working with is building a blog curation network, and hopes to get user participation.  I suggested they’ll get more participation if they build in a way for authors to build up social capital, or reputation, through their posts.  Sort of like how Amazon provides rankings for reviewers, or how forums prominently display credentials for posters.

It reminded me that Africa Rural Connect had done a good job building in social elements around ideas.  Endorse, donate, comment - all prominently displayed and available as sorting options.  It’s built on Wegora, which I posted about quite a while ago on here.

I don’t know if it ever took off or what it’s doing now, but the social capital concept is nicely used.