First published on Medium.com.
In business, vision isn’t some mythical ability to see the future. It’s about being able to recognize a pattern and apply it to something new, before others see it coming.
In this post, we’ll introduce you to one such pattern, the gestation of new media within old media.
Some things are too important to leave to anyone else. For me, the health of my family is one example. There isn’t an aspect of that interest that I can live without. And when new information surfaces, it needs to find me.
Learning Sherpa, a Primal-powered application that tailors educational content based on the intersection of interests between educators and students, was awarded The Learners’ Choice Prize in the Desire2Learn Edge Challenge. Learning Sherpa was selected as the submission with the most potential to have a lasting impact on teaching and learning.
A growing list of companies are making “interests” the focus of their value proposition: Twitter allows you to “follow your interests”; Gravity (AOL) “unlocks the interest graph”; Pinterest “organize(s) and share(s) the things you love”; Quora “connects you to everything you want to know about” — just to name a few.
Antisocial networks like Snubster began as parody; a backlash against large social networks and our fatigue in managing virtual “friends” we barely know. But there are far more powerful and systemic trends leading towards true antisocial networks. The question of where social networking is heading and where it ends is important for anyone investing or venturing online.
Here’s a glimpse into a future where interest networks are liberated from documents and social networks.
Past: Connecting People
The social dimension of the Web imparts a powerful influence on knowledge acquisition. People discover each other through the intersections of documents they create.