Crowd Accelerated Innovation: another reason why Google Plus is and will be an important and vital tool


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Here’s a quote from this article, TED Curator Chris Anderson on Crowd Accelerated Innovation, Wired Magazine Jan. 2011.

BOLD EMPHASIS is mine.

The absurd camp calls YouTube a festering swamp of adolescent distraction: narcissism, kitten videos, and fart jokes. The obvious camp thinks it’s old news that the Internet fosters communities and promotes innovation (and this camp may view online video as a relatively insignificant new contributor to a familiar theme).

Both camps have a point. But they’re missing the big picture. The true significance of online video has been mischaracterized and underreported.

Innovation has always been a group activity. The myth of the lone genius having a eureka moment that changes the world is indeed a myth. Most innovation is the result of long hours, building on the input of others. Ideas spawn from earlier ideas, bouncing from person to person and being reshaped as they go. If you’re comfortable with the language of memes, you could say a healthy meme needs an ecosystem not of a single brain but of a network of brains. That’s how ideas bump into other ideas, replicate, mutate, and evolve.

Several authors have recently taken on this subject. Henry Chesbrough warns companies to adopt “open innovation,” Eric von Hippel speaks of democratizing innovation, showing how, for example, the kite-surfer community outinnovated the manufacturers that were serving it, and Michael Farrell describes “collaborative circles,” demonstrating that throughout history the best creativity has happened when groups of artists, reformers, writers, or scientists connected regularly with one another.

So Crowd Accelerated Innovation isn’t new. In one sense, it’s the only kind of innovation there’s ever been. What is new is that the Internet—and specifically online video—has cranked it up to a spectacular degree.

The way I see it, Crowd Accelerated Innovation requires three ingredients: a crowd, light, and desire. Let’s take each in turn.”

Another reason Google Plus is significant on the world stage

Google Plus adds Tweet, Translate and Delicious to its Stream Post options… AND an ALERT to Delicious users.


New layout and functions
G+ New Functions in Posting in Stream

ADDENDUM: turns out this is a Chrome extension. But it’s great.

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As of this morning, several more functionalities showed up under posts in the G+ stream. Previously there was Plus1, Comment and Share. Now there are 3 more: Tweet, Translate and Delicious.

Apparently, not everyone has this functionality yet (same as with the advanced version of Hangouts). But I’m certain this one will roll our very soon to everyone. My page is http://gplus.to/quickdrawartist

Delicious
Delicious

This is significant on many levels, of course. One being that, as I’ve thought myself, Google+ will replace many things, but not Twitter, unless it buys Twitter. And if it does, it will probably have the same hands-off approach that it uses with YouTube. My perspective has been that Twitter has a special place and set of functionalities that “plays well with others,” including Google+. Twitter is clean, powerful and flexible and very well administrated. I have never been able to fathom why so many folks express the feeling that Google+ would replace Twitter. What was I not getting? At this point, I think it’s a safe bet that Google feels the same way about Twitter.

Very cool right? But Delicious? Why Delicious? Google already owns its own very good google.bookmarks.

DELICIOUS USERS, SEE THIS NOTE**

I think I know why, because Avos (owned by YouTube’s founders) has acquired Delicious from Yahoo and Google OWNS YouTube.*

As a long time fan of and early adopter of Delicious, this is great news on many fronts, to my mind at any rate. Delicious has some significant functionalities that Google.bookmarks does not. On the other hand, Google.bookmarks ties into the rest of your Google apps. So I think we’re going to be seeing a conflation of the two.

Lately, I have been bouncing miserably between Instapaper (it’s so fast and handy), Firefox bookmarks, and lately, with the advent of Google+, Google.bookmarks, while in the back of my mind wondering why I didn’t keep using Delicious. Probably because I’m allergic to Yahoo.

What would really even fantasticker would be for Google to also buy Instapaper and merge its sterling functionalities as well (and improve its folder function too, or replace it).

*http://www.avos.com/delicious-press-release/      YouTube Founders Acquire Delicious From Yahoo!

** This popped up for me this morning, so check it out if you have ever used Delicious: up “To continue using Delicious, you must agree to transfer your account information to AVOS by Friday, September 23, 2011. Click here to transfer now > https://secure.delicious.com/settings/optin

Attention Delicious Users
Attention Delicious Users

When will Google Plus be released out of beta?


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Surfing around I’m getting the impression that it will be July 31 or so. Google Plus is so huge, that it may be that they want to work out any major flaws before public release. On the other hand, if they have not released it to a large enough beta test base, they will have painted themselves into a corner. As Steve Levy and others have testified, non-engineers are second-class citizens at Google. This is probably their biggest Achilles’ heel, and staying on the Greek theme, it represents tragic hubris. From what I can see, Google Plus is the bomb, in spite of Google’s lack of social empathy. Word is that Larry Paige (now the new emancipated CEO of Google) is trying to learn to become social, and is actually tweeting…. Don’t get me wrong, I think Google is the greatest thing since sliced bread. Of course, the guy who first marketed sliced bread took about 10 years to make it the default bread choice for Americans 🙂

The giants are maneuvering, creating giant strategic alliances. Facebook will have Skype video conferencing, but Google Plus will be offering video conferencing for up to 15 people. Sad that Skype is in Microflaccid’s paws, sadder still to see it allied w/ Facebook. Every night, in my atheist prayers, I pray that Steve Jobs and Google will bury the hatchet and realize that their common interest is to pool resources against the Beast: Facebook and Microflaccid.

http://mashable.com/2011/06/28/google-plus-videos/#MRkAdTflltc has 11 videos about G+ features. EVERYONE in the videos is under 25, most of them are white and “good looking.” The voice-over copy is beyond mundane, like it was written by the people who wrote for “Friends” but on downers. Eisenhower era crap. Beyond dumbed down. This is spite of the fact that G+ will blow FB out of the water. If Google invented sex, they’d probably say “hey you know how you love meatball sandwiches? Well sex is kind of like that too, you know, kinda messy, but worth it…. You may like it.”

Wordpress “busiest day” April 20. WTF? About crowdsourcing, Epirot, Trust Agents, Twitterification


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Just looked at my stats (below, clik for larger image) on WP and found that yesterday was my busiest day, many times over any other day. Funny thing is that I still have not taken the time to really study how to popularize my blog, or even how to properly read my stat reports. IOW, I don’t know what I’m doing, but the little attention I’ve paid to my blog has grown it from by a factor of about 10 in 30 days. I know that part of this came about from my determining to keep my thoughts more organized by blogging and THEN letting WordPress populate my Facebook page. See my featured home page blog for more about that.

This April, or late March, I decided to start paying attention to and started playing with, Twitter (finally, though I keep it off my mobile) and Worpress, oh and Quora. Can’t forget Quora. And I continue to forge ahead with “Trust Agents,” one fantastic book, about Crowdsourcing… Recommended to me by my digital buddy Epirot: Epirot Ludvik Nekaj @LPlus  NYC, Crowdsourcer, Founder & CEO of Ludvik + Partners @LAdvertising. “Fascinated by Digital World.” http://about.me/epirotludvik     http://epirotludviknekaj.com

And I don't know what I'm doing right.
Hmmm, I wonder where this will lead...