Yes, one could always use stats from Twitter, etc. But such stats are
precisely what I think we *don't* want to use. Finding out what's most
popular isn't the problem. There are all sorts of tools for that. Just
check iTunes. What we're trying to solve via curation is to find
what's best, not what's most popular. We want to encourage curators to
say, "I found this amazing thing that no one else knows about and here
So when I talk about using Twitter, I'm not thinking of analyzing
Twitter data, but instead using Twitter as a tool for the expression
of curation. The most obvious is to send out a tweet whenever someone
recommends a program, but I have a feeling there's a lot more
potential than just that.
My suggestion to watch the Rheingold/Scoble interview wasn't because I
thought we could use anything directly from what Robert described.
Rather, my goal was to get us thinking beyond the obvious. (Note that
I didn't write "think outside the box." :-))
Robert uses tools, particularly in combination with one another, in
ways for which those tools were not originally intended. What he does
isn't the same as what we're doing at SpokenWord.org, but I have a
hunch that we can use some of those tools in ways quite different from
what even Robert does to achieve our goals. I don't know what those
ways are yet, but that's why I decided to run it past this group of
people who are smarter than I am.
(Robert is on our Board of Advisors. I need to run this by him, too.)