The 5 Cs: Consume, connect, create, contribute and commit!
I’m not sure that I need to know someone in order to connect, create or contribute beyond what I consume from them. Instead, my consumption seems to trigger a complex analytical and judgement task in which I quickly evaluate “is this worth responding to?” As I noted in my comment on Tools for Collective Learning last week, I think there is a fifth ‘c’ here that involves commitment.
Thinking back over my last year of interaction with RSS-fed newsletters, moocs and recent exposure to FaceBook and Twitter, my personal filtering system produces an aggregate response to one or more of the following questions about the commitment of time and effort that I am willing to make when choosing to share:
→ First of all, do I want to weigh in? This might be a simple gut feeling or it could be a considered response.
→ Is there something intriguing, relatable or erroneous that prompts me to respond?
→ Do I have something valuable to contribute? I might start off composing a post or reply and then decide to cancel it if my contribution doesn’t seem worthwhile.
→ Is the page aesthetically pleasing or easy to read and navigate? If not, I’ll likely lose interest quickly.
→ How long is the post? Is there a summary or graphic that catches my eye? Does it look too cumbersome or detailed to hold my attention?
→ What insight does the ‘About’ page offer, if any?
→ What does the quality of grammar, sentence structure and tone of the post prompt in me?
→ Does the voice of the author or respondent sound authentic? credible? trustworthy? likeable? too academic? too juvenile?
→ Is there an easy way to share? If so, how broadly do I want to share? Will I comment on a post with or without logging in? Will I create my own blog post? Will I (re)tweet? Send an email with a link?
→ How do I balance my need for thoroughness and attention to detail with the new skill of skimming that is required in the (digital) age of participation?
→ Have I seen this contribution before (perhaps in another feed) and overlooked it?
All in all, I don’t seem to need to ‘know’ someone in order to share online. Recognizing an online identity may help but it’s neither the only deciding factor nor the most important for me anymore. However, I do need to judge whether it’s worth my limited time and effort to share. If so, I usually take action right away. I don’t save too many things for ‘coming back later’.
AK, I don’t claim to know you. I have read your posts once or twice before. I like what you wrote and it prompted about 30 minutes of writing and reflection from me that morphed from a short comment on The Daily to this post. Thank you! 🙂
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