information overload

Why Snapchat Is Valuable: It’s All About Attention

Most people who encounter a link to this post will never read beyond this paragraph. Heck, most people who encountered a link to this post didn’t click on the link to begin with. They simply saw the headline, took note that someone over 30 thinks that maybe Snapchat is important, and moved on to the next item in their Facebook/Twitter/RSS/you-name-it stream of media. And even if they did read it, I’ll never know it because they won’t comment or retweet or favorite this in any way.

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Your Life Is an Algorithm, Your Brain Is an Operating System

Ever wondered how you were supposed to keep up with the never-ending stream of content and data in your life? Not to worry, the elves of the Internet are busy at work, creating everything from magical little algorithms that automatically execute basic tasks to sophisticated utility apps that run in the background, taking care of all the minutiae in your daily life.

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Information Overload? There Has Always Been Too Much to Know

The backlash against the information overload of the modern Internet era is getting stronger than ever. After years of sharing everything with everyone and breathlessly embracing the latest site du jour on the social Web, people are realizing that they can no longer keep up.

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When Computer Science and Neuroscience Intersect

The potential that lies at the intersection of computer science and neuroscience is outlined in a new, quite literally mind-blowing book, The Two-Second Advantage: How We Succeed by Anticipating the Future—Just Enough by Vivek Ranadivé and Kevin Maney. It’s my pleasure to introduce this work to you in this the first post of the book’s Post2Post Virtual Book Tour.*

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Content Economics: A Plea for Scarcity & Exclusivity

Content is King. So said some guy who hasn’t been identified. The guy who said this set off a trend in content creation on a scale that hasn’t been seen before. Everybrand and his dog, cat, meerkat and seagull, are producing “branded content”.
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Turn off/ We Are Only as Visionary as Our Language Permits Us

Two weeks without checking my RSS-feeds and my brain is experiencing a creative spring. It seems the cyclical sameness of intellectual entertainment, disguised as (RSS/Blog) inspiration does nothing more than keep our brains occupied coping with the share volume of stuff to be updated on – instead of letting our mind rest for a second and make its own creative connections.

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Branded Data: Visualizing the Internet's Future

It all started with the humble infographic - those charming representations of well-designed data that are fast becoming ubiquitous across the Web. Infographics, in fact, have become so popular as a way of telling complex stories very elegantly (and generating massive page views) that they've spawned a whole new generation of increasingly sophisticated data visualization tools that are making it possible to view the data behind very complex political, financial and socio-economic trends in real-time.

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The Secret to Online Influence: Think Greek

  1. Guest Post by: Monica Shaw

People use the internet to find and share information: videos, articles, pictures, movie times, menus… you name it. We’re hungry for the stuff. But with so much information surging through cyberspace, it takes a really juicy bit of info to really grab our attention. Even then, the juiciest morsel needs to catch us at just the right moment in order to influence us.

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How to Make Decision Making More Adaptable with Layers

Co-authored with Chris Curran

Never before has such a mass of data existed. Needless to say, all this information complicates the decision-making process. Businesses need new strategies to answer the biggest question:

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Seeing Video Ads Everywhere

In 1971, Herb Simon said:

What does an abundance of information create? Basically a scarcity of attention.

And the interesting thing about the quote below from Samuel Johnson was that it was written in 1751. So, one hundred and fifty years ago, people were complaining that there were too many ads in the world.

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