Douglas Crets


Giving Credibility to the Shadow Education System

How Four Essential Changes in China’s Social Web Will Affect Global Business

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The following list of five areas of China’s social web, and the five areas where they have changed are my personal assessment of these technologies. I believe that areas of change in China’s Internet will have pretty big implications for how people in other parts of the world do business. To me, it doesn’t seem like much of a surprise, for instance, that advertising models may take cues from Sina’s weibo microblogging platform. If you compare weibo with Twitter, the weibo platform does things that Twitter would only dream of trying, in terms of advertising delivery, commerce, and marketing opportunities. I say “would only dream” of trying, but I should say, “should try.”

Keep reading for my list of five important developments and what I think they mean for worldwide advertising, marketing, social networking, and reputation graph use on the global web.

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The Future of News Will Be Future News

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The future of news gathering will not be reporting on what happens in realtime. You can already see how the news cycle gets extended while live, just to keep eyeballs.

Recorded Future is a business built on the supposition that predicting the future will be most valuable ability for news gatherers.

Here’s what the executives at Recorded Future say about their own technologies and the future of news:

As the world has moved into an always-on, real-time mode, traditional methods of “news”, i.e. the morning delivered printed newspaper or even the hourly newscast, have been overtaken in their ability to provide early indications of what is happening by information traveling rapidly through media such as Email, SMS, Twitter, Facebook updates, etc.

The increased speed of delivery and accessibility to news creates opportunities to better understand developing scenarios even as the growing volume of content creates challenges in sifting, filtering and identifying actionable information about the future.

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#Google+ Disrupts Social Learning Arsenal

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Educators are spending a little more time looking at Google+ as a possible online teaching tool, especially since Facebook has proven to be an unwieldy and less nuanced social networking platform.

From the article at the Chronicle of Higher Education:

B.J. Fogg, director of Stanford University’s Persuasive Technology Lab and a consulting faculty member for computer science, says he plans to use Google Plus to collaborate on research projects: “Probably every project in my lab will have its own circle.”

As I detailed here last week, Google+ is a great new platform for teachers, because it gives teachers and students flexibility and better choices in how they communicate with each other.  It also operates in a way that allows learners a chance to go outside the constricted space of the classroom and use the social web to connect to other learners.

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Google Moves from Information Organizer to “Knowledge Facilitator”

If you needed another indicator that the future’s learning will be on the social web, look no further than an April 11 SEC filing filed by Google executives. They have dissolved their “search” group internally and reorganized it as a “knowledge facilitator,” pointing to another in a long series of clues that social learning has escaped the box of traditional bricks and mortar based education institutions.

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